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Twitter and Other People’s Privacy

February 14, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

This Saturday, February 18, 2012, I’ll be attending the Maryland State Bar Association’s Hanging a Shingle program. I’m participating not as a speaker (not asked) or as a way to promote my books, Solo by Choice or Social Media for Lawyers or this blog (I can’t, since the MSBA endorses neither), but simply as a […]

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Summertime, Selling and the Solo

June 22, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

So, it’s summertime for the solo, and surprisingly, the selling is easy. At least, I’ve always thought so. For starters, lots of law practices slow down, what with clients, other judges and lawyers on vacation and many lawyers have time on their hands. Moreover, with the economy in its current state, it’s a buyer’s market […]

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Always On

March 23, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

A few days ago, I called a colleague at a mid-sized energy firm who’s known for a particular niche. As we chatted, I remarked how it was odd that we’d never run into each other at industry conferences to which she responded that she rarely does facetime these days. Doesn’t need to. My guess is […]

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Why I Say Maybe [No Thanks] to Handwritten Thank You Notes [Update 3/16/11]

March 16, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

See update notes at end of post (3/16/2011) Inspired by posts singing the praises of handwritten thank-you notes (like this, this and this), I decided to experiment a little myself. For the past month or two, I’ve sent a dozen or so handwritten notes to colleagues, thanking them for taking the time to meet with […]

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A Match Made in the Blogosphere

October 12, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

From afar, they seemed like opposites: a tough New York City criminal law trench warrior with disdain for high faultin’ academics and a talent for effortless and abundant insights and a world-travelling, West Coast civil litigator with a global practice and a penchant for literature and a knack brevity. Yet they spoke each others’ language, […]

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No Need to Niche Alone: Collaborative Niche, the Firm of the Future

September 7, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Regular readers know that I’m a big fan niche practice. Indeed, niche practice is fast becoming a niche of its own on other solo blogs, particularly Chuck Newton’s Third Wave. But niche practices aren’t just for solos and small firms. Today, I came across this Press Release for the Redgrave LLP, a law firm serving […]

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Social Media or the Internet Alone Won’t Help You Find A Job

February 8, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Don’t get me wrong – I’m a fan of social media when used ethically and responsibly.  Heck, I’ve got a book on  social media for lawyers with Niki Black that’s coming out at the end of next month. As a shy person myself, I understand the appeal of social media:  it’s easy.  You don’t risk […]

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The Importance of Getting Out in The World: How A Lawyer Found an Oprah-Worthy Case on a Trip to Staples

January 24, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

UPDATE – here’s a piece from the Connecticut Tribune that also discusses the importance of meeting people offline.  Though remember- online contacts can also lay a foundation for offline meetings so don’t cut your Internet service just yet! Imagine wandering into Staples to purchase office equipment for your new law firm and emerging with a […]

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How Your World Opens Wide When You Start Your Own Law Firm

March 15, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Back when I worked for others, my social interactions were remarkably stratified.  As an associate or a newbie government lawyer, I spent lunches and breaks palling around with other junior lawyers who occupied the same lower tiers of the employment hierarchy as I did.  My sole social encounters with partners or superiors came during polite […]

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Making the Most of Solosez

October 10, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

In a response to my last post, the Underground Solo Railroad, a reader wrote asking for advice on the best way to manage Solosez, the ABA Solo listserve that’s now grown to 3500 members.  Without a doubt, the listserve generates over one hundred messages daily.  Though I joined the group when it stood at a much […]

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