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Go Rural, Young – and Old – Solos

September 13, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, the WSJ Law Blog highlighted this story reporting on South Dakota’s push to bring more lawyers to rural parts of the state. As you’d expect, the shortage arises as a result of the older lawyers in rural communities nearing retirement in combination with the departure of younger lawyers for opportunities in larger towns […]

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Solos Take on the World!

April 3, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

If you think that global practice is the exclusive domain of behemoth law firms, think again. These days, there’s more opportunities for solos to go global than ever before, as I write in my piece, at The Xemplar, entitledA Whole New World for Solos that begins like this: While many large, national U.S. firms are […]

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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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More on Niche Practices

June 30, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve written extensively on niche practices all over this blog – but I’d never presented on the topic until a few weeks ago, at the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Conference.  It’s a popular topic these days- as I noted in this post – and I also see that Peter Olson at Solo in Chicago […]

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What a Niche Law Practice Is (Pot Law)…And What It Is Not

June 21, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

One of my solo-centric colleagues, Susan Cartier-Liebel of Solo Practice University is running a two-part series on niche practice over at her Build a Solo Practice blog, so I didn’t want to send you into niche-overload.  But I after seeing this article from the National Law Journal on “pot law practices,” I couldn’t resist.  Though […]

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Interested in Foreclosure Law? The Bar Is Interested in You!

October 26, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

With the economy still floundering, foreclosure lawyers remain in demand.  In fact, according to  Time Magazine, eighty six percent of foreclosure defendants go unrepresented.  Yet as far as I can tell, few solo and small firm lawyers are fully exploring this promising practice area.   Below the jump, I discuss some of the barriers to entry […]

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Veterans’ Issues As A Practice Area

May 26, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

A few years back, I highlighted a small firm specializing in veterans’ issues.  Now, four years later demand for legal services for veterans remains high.  Fortunately, for solos considering veterans rights and benefits as a practice area, there are multiple opportunities for first rate, hands on training. Today, the Maryland Daily Record discusses the HPRP […]

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The Home Office Niche

May 7, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

With home offices increasing in popularity, what better niche for a home office lawyer than advising home based businesses.  I’ve shared this idea before, but was reminded of it again after reading this piece from a Colorado publication which describes that: Douglas County [Colorado] is home to one of the largest populations of home-based businesses […]

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Be THAT Lawyer!

April 13, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Not sure how many of you remember the T.V. Show, That Girl, featuring Marlo Thomas as a small town gal trying to make it big as an actress in New York.  Truth be told, I never much liked the few reruns that I saw (I’m too young to remember the originals), but the concept of […]

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Another Pitch for the Niche

December 5, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve posted before on the value of a niche practice to a successful law practice, but two items in today’s news make me realize that it’s time for an encore.  First up, this Los Angeles Times story describes a 26 year old biglaw associate who heads a team of lawyers at a large firm — […]

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