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The Future of Law: Been there, done that, let’s do it better.

December 31, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

As the saying goes, there’s nothing new under the sun.  What law profs and thought-leaders tout as “the future of law” — from non-lawyer representation or nonlawyer ownership of firms  and form-based, assembly-line style or virtual law practices (for the record, not all virtual practices follow this model) — have their roots in legacy models that the […]

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Celebrating A Decade At MyShingle

December 10, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Ten years ago yesterday, I pushed the “enter” key and launched on to the World Wide Web.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I fell in love with the medium and my solo/small beat so I just couldn’t stop.  But this blog has been so much more than just a place to write […]

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The Miracle of the Solo (reprise)

December 7, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Editor’s note: Tomorrow night is the first night of Chanukah, one of my favorite holidays not because of the presents but what it stands for. Chanukah inspired one of my favorite posts in nearly a decade of blogging, and if you didn’t catch it last year, here it is again. Tonight marks the first night […]

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Blawger Hall of Fame

November 27, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

What do you do with someone who’s blogged nearly a decade and been nominated for ABA Top 100 Blawg Contest for six years straight without ever coming remotely close to winning the category? Stick her along with nine other guys (and yes, they really all are guys) in the Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.  That’s what […]

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What if solos were start ups?

November 20, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

In the nearly ten years that I’ve been blogging at MyShingle, solo and small firm practice has never really been what you’d call buzz-worthy.  Sure, there was that time when the economy first tanked that suddenly solo was the new soho , or when it seemed as if every blog on the beat – from […]

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A lawyer who still has to market: shameful confession or practical reality?

November 19, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

After I shared this quick video clip from the Avvo Conference on my Facebook page, a high school acquaintance remarked: Sounds like you’re a lawyer that needs to market, what stress! Though intended sympathetically, the comment stung. Because yes, after almost 25 years of practicing law, 18 as a solo I suppose that I do […]

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Blogging By Myself, Blogging By Myself

November 13, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Because I’m a blogger, other lawyers frequently ask me questions like whether they ought to start blogging, what kinds of topics to select or what types of results to expect.  It’s a topic that I’ve presented on, written about (even a book!) and of course, blogged about. I can offer a myriad of tips and […]

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My Dispatch from the 2012 Futures Conference: Who’s Looking Out for Solos and Our Clients?

October 29, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, I attended the COLPM’s Futures Conference 2012 here in Washington D.C.  to learn where the practice of law and the legal profession are heading.  For once, I got more than I bargained for as panel after panel of technology experts and thought-leaders and in-house counsel openly shared the problems with today’s law firms, […]

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College of Law Practice Management

October 29, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

This past weekend, I was excited and honored to be inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management . I spent some time with my buddy Ed Poll  who’s been hammering the point that law is a business before many of today’s futurists were even born.  Ever insightful, Ed asked one of […]

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Social Media and Substantive Law Practice

October 26, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Last night, I glimpsed the future of work at my kitchen table. It was 10 pm, and I’d just returned from the grocery store when I happened upon my daughter, math book and worksheet spread on the table, laptop  by her side open to a Facebook page.  Naturally, I exploded – “What are doing on […]

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