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Is Denying a Solo Lawyer’s Motion for a Continuance Due to Maternity Leave Sexist – Or Worse?

October 20, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

By now, you’ve probably read about Stacy Ehrisman, the Georgia attorney who filed a judicial complaint against immigration judge J. Daniel Pelletier after he denied her unopposed continuance request due to maternity leave and then berated her when she showed up with her four-week old infant in tow.  Lots of female commenters – Staci Zaretsky,  […]

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The Girl Is Gone

August 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I saw it coming a year ago but that didn’t prepare me for the reality that she is no longer here. Oh, sure, she’ll be back but as a visitor or a guest, not a resident of this house where she grew up. Only two days have passed since I dropped my daughter off at […]

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5 Reasons to Schedule Your Whole Day

July 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which was scheduled to run between June 17 and July 3, 2014 and was extended one more day to include some additional guest posts.   This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger  Women Lawyers News The flexibility of entrepreneurship and solo practice presents a challenge […]

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What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life?

June 30, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.  This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger T. Michelle Curry In 2004, I attended the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. During one of the CLE sessions, we were given free copies […]

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After the Love is Gone: Quitting Solo

June 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.   This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Nichole Goudreau I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who practices in a large city on the east coast.  We talked about his solo […]

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Two Great Reasons for A Work Life Balance Firm

November 4, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

The concept of work-life balance or a life without seams  doesn’t get much love in the legal profession. Lawyers who strive to balance family and work are often derided as dabblers, losers or faux-lawyers. And while there are many days that I too question whether it’s possible to do everything well, all at once, there […]

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Solos Who Start From Home Aren’t Home Alone

September 30, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Over my years of blogging, I’ve devoted extensive coverage to the home v. office debate. I’ve acknowledged that for some practices, regions or personalities a home office won’t do and I’ve also suggested that many solos and smalls likely rent office space, at least some of the time, if it were more affordable. At the […]

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Fourteen Years

September 15, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Exactly fourteen years ago tonight, at 11 p.m. on the eve of the birth of my second daughter (a planned induction since I was overdue), I waddled from my house to the just-opened all-night CVS four blocks away to buy a disposable camera for the big day. Back then, smartphones with reasonable photo capability hadn’t […]

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Last Picture Show

August 26, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Earlier this morning, I snapped my last first-day-of-school photo of my older daughter who today begins her senior year of high school. While she’ll have many more first days in college, I won’t be there to document them before she leaves for that first class. And I won’t be there with a favorite meal prepared […]

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Is In-Person Networking the Right Approach for Every Person?

May 22, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

I read with interest, a pair of posts by Philadelphia law blogger Jordan Rushie  and Scott Greenfield about the importance of in-person networking.  I don’t disagree with them. For better or for worse, Scott’s and Jordan’s way is how business still gets done in most of the legal profession. By starting at the low end […]

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