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Letter to A New Lawyer

January 12, 2008 by Carolyn Elefant

What advice do I have for a new lawyer?  That’s the money question from my friend and colleague, Susan Cartier Liebel who’s preparing this week’s Blawg Review #142 on that very topic. To start, I asked myself what kind of advice I would have found useful two decades ago when I was a new lawyer.  […]

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An Interview With Foonberg – A Blast From the Past!

September 24, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Thanks to the Wayback Machine, you can access most of the MyShingle posts that pre-date November 2004 . For those who don’t recall, I’ve been blogging at MyShingle since December 2002, but I moved from the Slash Code to Typepad platform when I became an ALM affiliate blogger at the end of 2004. Searching through […]

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If I solo out of school, do I pick the cheaper law school?

January 28, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Q:  I’m only applying to law school now, but I am hoping to open up my own general practice as soon as I graduate.  Here is my situation:  I am fairly sure that I will be admitted to a law school in the city where I am intent on living and opening my firm (School […]

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The best time to start….

November 14, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Seth Godin has some great advice on the best time to start a firm:  maybe last year, maybe never.  But the second best time is now.  So go for it (and read Godin’s entire post).

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MyShingle Q&A: Finding Contract Work

January 2, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

A reader writes: Do you have any recommendations on how to pick up contract work from local attorneys or solos?  I want to approach local firms to see what their needs are for subcontracting out work.  Do you have any ideas on how one should go about doing this?  I’m not looking to do contract […]

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Yes, You Can Be A Part Time Shingler

December 11, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Solo Wannabee wonders whether you can start a law practice part time.  Surprisingly, the conventional wisdom on this question is no, that solo practice demands full time commitment to make it and that client demands are full time.  But that’s not my view.  As I’ve said before, there are as many right ways to hang […]

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Some FAQ on Solo Practice

September 25, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Below, a reader writes in with advice on some frequently asked questions related to solo practice.  The reader’s questions and our answers are interspersed below.  Readers, since I’ve only started one practice, after all, I’m the first to admit that I’m not an authority on all ways to go solo.  What I’ve learned from blogging […]

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Say Nay To the Naysayers

September 19, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Editor’s Note:  Recently, I’ve been receiving a number of inquiries seeking advice on starting a practice.  I’m going to try to address as many as I can, as quickly as I can, in what will hopefully be a regular "Questions & Advice" column.  If you send me an email with a question, try to eliminate […]

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Leaving A Law Firm: Some Resources and a Request

August 15, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

A reader who’s currently employed but actively planning to start a firm recently posed the following question to MyShingle: How do I announce to my current employer my intentions to start a firm and leave on friendly terms but still take the clients whom I’d like to take with me (assuming the client wants to […]

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Is It Ever Too Soon to Go Solo?

July 26, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Ann Israel, a biglaw recruitment attorney who writes a column for New York Lawyer typically responds to questions about how to make partner or what’s the best law school to choose.  It’s rare that she gets a question like  this one from an attorney wondering whether he should go solo after his first year out […]

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