My Shingle

Will the Future of Law Look Like the Future of Medical Practice?

April 30, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

As with the legal profession, medicine is rapidly changing, driven by technological advancements, cost pressures and physician shortages.  Healthline reports on some of the  new business models cropping up in response. One company, Turntable Health is a subscription service. A flat fee of $80 per month buys an adult an unlimited amount of monthly visits […]

Read more New Ideas 0 comments

Document Automation Isn’t the Only Disruptive Legal Technology…And What That Means for Solos & Smalls

April 28, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

  Thanks to technology, advance directives- legal documents that specify what actions should be taken if patients are no longer able to care for themselves – are readily available. Free advance directive forms abound online at sites like this, while those who don’t care to read through lengthy instructions can create an advanced directive at […]

Read more Client Relations 3 comments

Summer Fellowships at LOCE & MyShingle

April 27, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Both my firm and this blog, MyShingle.com are sponsoring 2-3 paid, 6-week fellowships this summer for rising 1-Ls or 2-Ls.  The position is posted online here. You can apply either through that site, or directly to me by sending the required materials to elefant@myshingle.com. The positions start May 25, so I’m accepting applications as soon […]

Read more Announcements 0 comments

Lawyers Can Use Competitors’ Names to Advertise…But Should They?

April 24, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re looking to steal a rival law firm’s Google Thunder, the coast is clear (except in North Carolina) opines Professor Eric Goldman in a soon-to-be-published SSRN article, Regulation of Lawyers’ Use of Competitive Keyword Advertising. Goldman explains that use of a competitor’s name as a keyword violates neither publicity rights nor trademark law, noting […]

Read more Ethics & Malpractice Issues 4 comments

Ethics Is Only 1/5 of What Lawyers Need to Know For A Digital & Dynamic Practice

April 13, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Like law, the energy and utility industry where I spend my days has traditionally been heavily regulated.  What that means is that rules for participants or relief for consumers come by way of regulatory commissions rather than statute or contract. But that model changed when utilities dipped their toes into social media where as this […]

Read more Ethics Issues 1 comment

Best Bet for Finding A Legal Job After Law School: Bet On Yourself

April 6, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Although employment prospects for new law grads are showing signs of life, overall post-graduation employment remains at a dismal  56 percent average rate for all law schools.  And while connections, solid skills and networking can improve the odds of finding a position , your best bet for finding a job after law school may just […]

Read more Encouragement 0 comments

Determination of A Bonafide NY Office Requirement Is Next Step To Its Demise

April 3, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

The New York Journal reports on a recent Court of Appeals ruling interpreting NY Judiciary Law §470 as requiring attorneys who are not residents of New York to maintain a physical office in the space to practice. That physical office requirement means a real space – not a kitchen table or a corner in Starbucks. […]

Read more Ethics Issues 1 comment

What Makes A Great Client?

March 31, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Tales about  clients from hell abound. Visit any lawyer listserve and you’ll encounter weekly threads populated with complaints about crazy clients or advice on how to fire them. Bad clients aren’t exclusive to the legal profession either – doctors deal with them and one designer even set up a Clients from Hell website dedicated to them. […]

Read more Client Relations 5 comments

Stop the Madness: How The NYCLA’s Ethics Opinion on LinkedIn Forces Lawyers To Act Deceptively And Violate Linked In’s User Agreement.

March 24, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Deceive – to mislead by a false appearance or statement By now, in 2015, most of the general public over the age of 21 have been using Google, Facebook and LinkedIn for nearly a decade. During that time, they’ve acclimated to the culture of each of these online universes, and grown as adept in distinguishing […]

Read more Ethics Do's & Don'ts 5 comments

Dismal Legal Employment Rates for Class of 2010: It Could Be 1937 All Over Again…Except Now, The Solo Option Is Feared, Not Revered.

March 23, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

  For a profession that prides itself on hewing to precedent, how soon we lawyers forget our collective history. This time, amnesia has taken hold with respect to findings about unemployment trends in the legal profession as well as the promise of solo practice in a recent article, What Happened to the Class of 2010? […]

Read more Solo Practice Trends 2 comments