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IOLTA Pioneer (and Shingler) With A Killer App

January 27, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Remember back in the dotcom days, when everyone’s goal was to develop that killer app, a computer program that is so useful that people will invest in a particular machine or hardware simply to run that program?  In law, a killer app is harder to come by, yet  Henry Zapruder, who died earlier this week […]

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Solo Defends Blogger Anonymity

October 7, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Via this post at Greatest American Lawyer, I learned about the recent Delaware Supreme Court ruling that an elected official who’s been criticized by an anonymous blogger cannot use a defamation suit to compel disclosure of the blogger’s identity wihtou substantial evidence to prove the claim.  (See New York Times story).  But what really excited […]

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More on Katrina Related Small Firm Impacts

September 23, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

As a follow up to this earlier  post, it’s been three weeks since Katrina and solo and small firm practitioners are starting to contemplate the consequences and plan for the future.  This article,  Many Small Law Firms May be Gone, Adrian Angelette, reports on small firms’ biggest problem – loss of clients.  From the article: […]

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More Katrina News

September 10, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Following up on this last post, there’s another article, Small Law Firms Hit Hard by Katrin (Fulton County Daily Report – 9/8/05) on the impact of Katrina on small firms.  From the article: "I’m worried about the ones that don’t have friends. Some of the solos and real small outfits might not know other folks […]

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A Salute To Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Shingler

July 2, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Sandra Day O’Connor leaves two legacies as she departs the United State Supreme Court.  the legacy that will garner the most attention in today’s weblogs and tomorrow’s history books, of course, is that of her quarter of a century as the nation’s first female Supreme Court justice.  But Sandra Day O’Connor leaves another equally important […]

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Texas Bar Does What MyShingle Did Almost Three Years Ago

June 1, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

This  article (Texas Lawyer, 6/1/05) reports on an online resource for starting a law firm that includes articles, manuals, guides – and even a place to purchase books on starting a practice.  No, the article’s not reporting on MyShingle or our On Line Guide which has been up and running since December 2002 (with a […]

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Consumers Can Buy Legal Advice in Supermarkets Across the Pond

March 21, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Here’s a story, Plan for Supermarket Legal Advice (BBC, 3/20/05) about a proposal that will shake up the legal profession in England and Wales by allowing commercial businesses to own and run law firms.   The intent of the proposal, known as the Tesco law, is to make legal services “a better deal for consumers.”  Under […]

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Supreme Solos

February 28, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

October marks the Supreme Court’s return to the bench after summer recess.  But for the past four years, it’s also marked the Supreme Court group admission of roughly thirty solo attorney from all over the country and members of the ABA’s Solosez listserve.  The group event was devised by Maryland solo, Terry Berger who continues […]

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A Law Firm That’s Out of This World (at least, its fees are)

January 25, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

As lawyers, we all want our work to be regarded as “out of this world” – but just not in this way.   According to this article, South Gate Chases Legal Firms, LA Times (1/23/05),  a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, ruling that the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton had overcharged its municipal […]

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Anonymous Lawyer Revealed

December 27, 2004 by Carolyn Elefant

This story’s been heavily covered all around the blawg world: the unmasking of the formerly anonymous Anonymous Lawyer as Harvard Law Third Year Jeremy Blachman. You can learn all of the details from this New York Times article, Revealing the Soul of a Soulless Lawyer. Though Blachman never thought his hoax would last longer than […]

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