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Sometimes, First Is Worst

November 15, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Recently, one of my colleagues shared with me the success of a monthly subscription service that he’d recently launched for his clients, who are businesses in a relatively specialized industry.  He was surprised by the positive results because another one of our colleagues had tried a similar program a decade earlier with no takers. There […]

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The Pop-Up Law Firm

October 23, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

So what if lawyers could match an occasional need for office space with existing and under-utilized capacity? For example, maybe a group of solos want to set up a monthly legal clinic for start-ups but can’t figure out where to host it? Or maybe you want to host a group of solos for a hands-on […]

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Info on Infographics for Lawyers

June 19, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

For all of the reasons described here by my colleague and Allison Shields, I love infographics — a visual chart that depicts complex processes or statistical trends in a captivating way.  I have a Pinterest Board where I collect infographics on green technology, and my Twitter bio, @carolynelefant highlights my affinity for them. Still, I was […]

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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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Should the Bars Get Help from Yelp?

October 25, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

When it comes to social media, many bar disciplinary bodies have expressed reservations about testimonials.  Some states permit lawyers to post testimonials on their websites only with prominent disclaimers, while others impose a duty on lawyers to monitor third-party sites like Avvo or LinkedIn where testimonials might crop up. Though testimonials can potentially be deceptive […]

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The Ethics of Legal Subscription Services

August 13, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Jordan Furlong’s  twitter stream, I learned about Legal Care, a UK-based legal subscription service.  The Legal Care package costs 14 pounds/month and includes  free template documents, a will pack, document review service, 25 percent discount on fees if a solicitor is needed and a guaranteed response to emailed inquires within an hour, 24/7. Legal […]

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Quick Proposals With Quote Robot

August 6, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

With so many different online products and services available for potential use in practice, I generally don’t investigate them until I have a need. Make that a pressing need. I have been known to sign up for and learn to use a service just a couple of hours before I need it, which can wreak […]

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