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Future Fridays: Hey, ABA – Why Do Solos and Smalls Bear the Burden of Access to Justice?

November 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Four years on the heels of its Ethics 20/20 Initiative, the ABA is once again trying to make itself relevant. This time around, the ABA has established a Commission on the Future of Legal Services , with a goal of inspiring innovation and leveraging technology to expand access to justice.  And guess who’s expected to […]

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Solo by Choice Now Available on Kindle

November 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In the five years since I first published Solo by Choice, potential buyers have increasingly been asking for an e-book version. I wasn’t able to release an e-book when I updated the book in 2011. But a few months ago – with little fanfare – the electronic version launched and is available here on Amazon […]

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Legal Advice on a Dime – Should Lawyers Play?

November 5, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

With last week’s announcement of Legal Zoom’s recent partnership with Sam’s Club to offer deals on legal services as well as Avvo’s launch of Avvo Advisor, the blogosphere’s abuzz with discussion of “should lawyers participate or shouldn’t they?” ( See  Susan Cartier-Liebel, The Bridge Builders  at Above the Law, Bob Ambrogi’s coverage of Avvo Advisor […]

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Another Solo Practice Bites the Dust

October 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This week, it’s Above the Law  columnist Shannon Achimalbe’s turn to Monday morning quarterback a solo practice that ran out of steam- a topic covered previously by Lawyerist , MyShingle and Simple Justice. In spite of this handful of posts, failed law firms or failed start-ups don’t get much coverage (and when they do, it’s all smoke or […]

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Do Corporate Counsel Really Want Freebies – or Do they Want To Put Big law in Its Place?

October 23, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In a buyer’s market for legal services, great work alone often isn’t enough to attract or retain a client. At least that’s what two in-house counsel advised in recent interviews posted at JD Supra and summarized at Daily Report Online. According to these interviews, today’s in-house counsel expect outside lawyers to take the time to […]

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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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One More Reason to Flat Fee: Getting Paid

October 16, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

A recent decision by a New York court, rejecting a law firm’s breach of contract claim to recover $2.3 million in legal fees from a client highlights both the importance of a detailed written representation agreement and yet another reason to consider adopting flat fees. According to the New York Law Journal, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres […]

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New York Bar Recognizes that Virtual Lawyers May Be More Accessible to Clients

October 14, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Slowly but surely, these times they are a changing. In Ethics Opinion 1025, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) clarified that its advertising rules – which require lawyers to list a physical address on letterhead and business cards – does not “independent mandate for attorneys who advertise to maintain a physical office address.” What’s […]

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Biglaw Manages, Solo Manages to Do

October 10, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In any universe other than the one inside the Beltway, attorney Paul Zukerberg would be the overwhelmingly favorite to serve as the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Zukerberg has the legal chops for the job; he’s practiced law in Washington D.C. for twenty-eight years, focusing on complex traumatic brain injury cases […]

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Should Lawyers Mark A Spot With With a Domain Dot – And Will Ethics Regulators Say Yay or Not?

October 8, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Move over, vanity license plates emblazoned with slogans like NTGUILTY, or call lines like  1-800-SUE-THEM. Beginning today, lawyers everywhere will have yet another means to brazenly trumpet their presence as the gtld  (generic top level domain names) .lawyer and .attorney become generally available for registration. That’s right, by tonight, the web will be littered with […]

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