My Shingle

New Ideas

Best Bet for Finding A Legal Job After Law School: Bet On Yourself

April 6, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Although employment prospects for new law grads are showing signs of life, overall post-graduation employment remains at a dismal  56 percent average rate for all law schools.  And while connections, solid skills and networking can improve the odds of finding a position , your best bet for finding a job after law school may just […]

Read more Encouragement 0 comments

Open Your Own Academy

March 11, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Though it’s usually the other way around, every so often, solos and smalls can take a lesson from big law initiatives. Two months ago, I blogged about Holland and Knight’s security lab, where the firm tests its clients’ systems for security flaws and recommends fixes for vulnerabilities – and now, I’ve just come across The […]

Read more New Ideas 4 comments

A Place Where Solos Can Work Away

January 21, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

To me, there’s nothing more depressing than the concept of the staycation  – essentially, spending valuable days off from work hanging around the house and area where you live. Sure, I get the concept of local sightseeing (I live in the tourism capitol after all) but that’s what visitors and houseguests are for. To me, […]

Read more Law Practice Management 3 comments

Unemployment Benefits as a Transition to Hanging a Shingle

January 9, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in the dark ages when I started my law firm, I took advantage of unemployment benefits to help pay the bills. I’d been working five years before a layoff lead me to hang my shingle, so I figured that I’d paid enough into the system to deserve some support. Although my unemployment benefits maxed […]

Read more New Ideas 3 comments

A Legal Tech Tool That Is Actually Very Cool – But Does It Break Ethics Rules?

September 2, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

To date, much of what’s been characterized as legal disruption hasn’t impressed me as much more than a souped-up, techno-powered version of what’s been tried before and failed. Still, I’m no curmudgeon and every so often, I find myself excited about the possibility of tiny law applications like Shake Legal – an app to create […]

Read more New Ideas 6 comments

Pros and Cons of LobbyConning for Solos and Smalls

August 20, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Many folks often complain about the cost of legal conferences – but trust me, the $300-$500 price range is pocket change compared to many events in my industry that start at one thousand dollars. If that’s true for conferences that you may want to attend, why not try lobby conning instead? The New York Times […]

Read more Marketing & Making Money 1 comment

Start a NonProfit Law Firm

August 19, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A few months back at my beat at Above the Law, I posed this question: Why Do Low Bono Work When You Can Start Your Own Non-Profit?.  After all, if new lawyers are going to be offering discount rates, they might as well run the show and gain the advantage of being the boss, plus […]

Read more New Ideas 3 comments

Want to Lower the Cost of Legal Services? Let’s Ditch Trust Accounts.

May 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Last month over at Attorney at Work, practice management consultant Peggy Gruenke shared her Mini-Checklist for Trust Account Management. Gruenke’s list is an exhaustive compilation of the do’s and don’ts and best practices for trust account management and therein lies the problem. Because in a digital age when most firms accept electronic payments and credit […]

Read more New Ideas 4 comments

Dewey Really Want to Say That Crowdfunding Is Unethical Fee Splitting? The Biglaw/SmallLaw Double Standard

March 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in May 2013, Findlaw blogger William Peacock posted about Upstart, a  crowd funding site where “backers” provide money to new graduates, who pledge to repay the funds through a percentage of future income for a term of five or ten years. Upstart and similar crowd funding platforms might potentially offer an innovative solution to […]

Read more Ethics & Malpractice Issues 4 comments

Is Starting a New Kind of Law Firm As Easy As Riding A Bike?

February 26, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s a new law firm on the block here in Washington D.C., reports the Washington Post — easily recognized by its sunny yellow bike. The cycle analogy is a bit of a play on words, since here, the BIKE stands as an acronym for the Tandem’s tagline, “Be yourself, Innovate, Kindness and Engagement.” Not surprisingly, […]

Read more Client Relations 9 comments