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Why Not To Burn Bridges, Part II

December 20, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Following up on this earlier post here is yet another article on alumni networks, this time from the Chicago Tribune, entitled Companies Learn to Value Alumni (December 18, 2005).  As the article reports, law firms are the latest to join the trend: Law firms are among the latest adopters. Their practice of forcing out lawyers […]

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Lawyers as Resource Hubs: A Fresh Marketing Approach

November 8, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Usually, those article you read on networking are a lame restatement of the obvious:  attend bar functions, pass your card out to everyone you meet or set up lunch dates.  What’s even worse with some of these suggestions is that they put lawyers at the mercy of others, who may reject your card or your […]

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What I Like About Solo and Small Firm Conferences

October 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Oklahoma LPM “czar” Jim Calloway has some great words on the dynamism of solo and small firm conferences and fellow leader, Reid Trautz offers his thoughts as well.  From Jim’s post: But what these [solo and small firm] conferences share is extremely important. They always have energy and excitement. There are always groups of lawyers […]

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Some New Networking Ideas

August 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This article, Developing Businesses Takes Proper Networking, Stephen Melanson (August 18, 2005) offers some old standby ideas on networking as well as some new approaches. In the category of old standbys, there’s the usual advice on joining a chamber of commerce or a trade association.  As for a new idea, Melanson recommends starting your own […]

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Law Firm Alumni Networks Are Proof That You Shouldn’t Burn Bridges

August 5, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

A few months ago, we posted about the growth of law firm alumni networks. Now, there’s another article on that topic this month, Law Firms Leverage Alumni to Drum Up Business (New York Lawyer, 8/4/05).  This article discusses some of the the benefits that large firms get from alumni networks, such as contacts with potential […]

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Managing Solosez

August 3, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Before I was a Shingler, I was a Sezzer, that is, a member of the Solosez listserve that many of us have fondly and jokingly come to refer to as our “virtual solo firm.”  The list has been a godsend for me; through it, I’ve gotten top notch advice from other lawyers on matters out […]

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Finding An Office By Playing Softball

July 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Not all networking needs to be as formal and nervewracking as a singles party.  Sometimes, you get to know colleagues in a more relaxed environment through activities like a bar softball  softball league, as described in this article, League Creates Connections On and Off the Field, Baltimore Business Journal (7/3/05).  The article describes how one […]

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Law Firm Alumni Programs May Offer Marketing Opportunities

May 19, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Are you a biglaw expatriate who’s just started a law firm or been running one for years?  Either way, this article on law firm alumni programs, Nixon Peabody Starts Alumni Program, Business Review (5/16/05) may interest you.  The article reports on Nixon Peabody’s alumni program, comprised of 500 former firm attorneys who now work at […]

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Loneliness and Isolation: Hazards of Solo Practice

April 25, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Ironically, one of the greatest benefits of starting a law firm – being able to work alone – may actually be one of the greatest hazards of solo practices, as this Q&A from the Massachusetts Bar Association website points out (thanks to my fellow blogger David Giacalone for sending this article my way).  Here’s what […]

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Go Ask A Blogger – It Works!

April 25, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

The greatest thing about blogs is that they give small lawyers like you and me access to resources that were once completely out of our grasp.  The reason is that at least now, most bloggers still blog because they’re completely enthusiastic about their field or enjoy sharing information. Tom Lincoln at the Trial Prep blog […]

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