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Free and the Contract

January 14, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Once upon a time, law firms used wills as a loss leader. Clients would come to a law firm for a free will and in theory, the firm would have first dibs on the more lucrative probate work when the time came. These days, free contracts are the 21st century version of free wills with […]

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Rural Round-Up: Practice Opportunities Remain for Those Willing to Stake a Claim

September 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Three years ago, I blogged about opportunities for lawyers in rural practice. That wasn’t just a short term trend either; demand for rural lawyers remains high, as shown by yesterday’s story from the Journal Star about veteran lawyer John Thomas’ efforts to find a successor to his busy rural practice. It’s a great story about […]

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Solo Is A State of Mind

December 13, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Though it may surprise you, I’m not a fan of lawyers describing themselves as solos. Despite eleven years of promoting the virtues of hanging a shingle  and big law’s tarnished image, the legal profession — from law schools to judges  — still reveres big firm lawyers and their shiny credentials. Even the so-called  Newlaw darlings […]

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Small Helpings of Solo

November 26, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Sometimes, there’s simply not enough information to convert into a post – so here are some small bits on solos and smalls from round the media and blogosphere: Sotomayor Remembers Solo Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor didn’t spend much time in solo practice, but her experience certainly must have left an impression.  In a recent […]

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Future Fridays: Will Limited Licensed Technicians Kill Solos & Smalls?

September 27, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Editor’s note: see updates at the end of the post Last week, the ABA Task Force issued a Draft Report and Recommendations on the Future of Legal Education . Among other things, the Task Force recommended the concept of limited licensing of non-lawyers who could directly serve clients as well as development of educational programs […]

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Suntrust’s New Online Legal Portal Shows There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

July 29, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Stephanie Kimbro writes about the  launch of a new business hubm integrated into the services offered by SunTrust, that includes businesses services like web development and legal-lite document preparation (meaning simple leases, website privacy policies and a bunch of other simple business agreements) all in one place.  I agree that it’s an interesting concept – […]

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It Took Solo To Take Prenda Down

May 9, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday, federal judge Otis Wright slammed  Prenda, a rogue “porno trolling” quasi-law firm that figured out a formula to get rich in the Internet Age. As Judge Wright uncovered , Prenda bought copyright interests in porn movies, placed them in shell corporations to appear as if they were owned by clients (rather than Prenda lawyers) […]

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New Practice Area for Lawyers: Be A Privilege Shield

April 2, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

The ABA Journal reports on a new practice trend for lawyers: acting as  privilege shield. As hacker attacks increase, companies are turning to lawyers to assist with initial investigations. While presumably lawyers bring substantive knowledge to the table and can help companies assess potential liability, they offer an even more valuable benefit: privilege.  Many companies […]

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ISBA Report on the Impact of Debt on the Legal Profession: Accurate Assessment or Unfair Assumptions About Solos?

March 21, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Via Scott Greenfield, I learned about this recent study by the Illinois State Bar Association on The Impact of Law School Debt on the Legal Profession. Whether or not one blames the debt crisis on law schools (for inflating employment results), the government (for essentially prohibiting discharge of student loans in bankruptcy except in very […]

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Future of Law Friday: Marketing With Menus

March 8, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Buying legal services can be confusing. Sometimes – in cases where work is unpredictable, or facts are unknown, opaque information may be acceptable. But for work that is commodity in nature or more predictable, there’s no reason not to make prices available to consumers – if not on your website, then at least in materials […]

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