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The Solo Lawyer Tax

March 6, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Sometimes, it just plain sucks being a solo. (Yes, you actually read that at MyShingle!) Not only must solos suffer the indignity of getting paid less in cases where they outperform their big firm colleagues, but in many instances, solos also pay more for products and services than larger firms. Call it the solo tax. […]

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Is Using a PO Box as A Law Firm Address Penny Wise, Pound Foolish?

January 17, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Attorney at Work, solo Ruth Carter discusses her reasons for choosing a post office box as a mailing address for her newly launched, home-based law firm. Not surprising for a new solo, cost considerations played a significant role; at a price of around $17-$22 per month, Carter explains that a post office box […]

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How Online Bytes Enhance Offline Bonds

January 11, 2012 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, my older daughter attended her first Sweet Sixteen while my younger one prepared to audition for the school play. Our house was abuzz with giggles and shrieks of excitement and supportive encouragement as my older daughter tried on dresses for her friends and plotted about gifts and gossiped, while my younger one sang […]

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If Consumers Want to Know Where Their Tomatoes Are Grown, Don’t They Have A Right To Know Where Their Lawyer Is Located?

December 7, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday, while shopping in WholeFoods (a reward to myself after a particularly grueling week consisting largely of take-out), I noticed several prominently displayed signs touting local produce. Though the Whole Foods stores in my area have carried local produce for some time, what made this display particularly interesting is that the sign disclosed both the […]

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To a New Year of Meaning

September 30, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Both today and yesterday, I have been observing Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish New Year. When I was in college and law school, I abided the rituals, well, religiously, foregoing work and use of any electronics and spending my time in services. But back then, the prayers and rituals resonated with me in a way that […]

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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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Preparing for a Life in the Law Unimagined and Uninvented

April 21, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Next week, I’ll be speaking about the starting a law firm option at Georgetown Law School here in Washington D.C.  This is my fourth law school presentation this year.  Yet the more I improve on, and deliver this talk, the more I wonder myself: how can we prepare students for a life in the law […]

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The Future of Law from the NYSBA

April 18, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

I was pleasantly surprised to read the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)Task Force Report on The Future of Law. For starters, the report characterized solo and small firm lawyers very even-handedly; pointing out the ways in which solos have leveraged technology to their advantage. From the report: Solo and small firm practitioners are not […]

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Solo Incubator Launches At UMKC

November 2, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in June, I had the privilege of speaking at the Missouri Bar’s excellent Solo and Small Firm Conference.  In addition to the practicing lawyers in attendance – many who were eight or ten time repeat attendees, the event was also populated by a swarm of yellow-shirted students, who as it turned out, were participating […]

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Solo Lawyers and Solo Bloggers as Heroes

October 24, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Who says small firms can’t do big things? Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on the solo and small firm lawyers, who in the course of simply doing their jobs defending homeowners in foreclosure cases, stumbled across gross abuses in the foreclosure process, ranging from robo-affidavit signers” who attested to reviewing documents they’d never […]

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