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Future of Law Friday: Disruption in Law Is So Last Century

March 14, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Lawyerist, Sam Glover penned a thoughtful, witty piece questioning whether the recent crop of legal technology companies promising to disrupt the practice of law, can or will actually deliver.  Sam asserts that many of these companies haven’t a clue as to how lawyers practice and consequently, they “build a “solution” to what they […]

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Making A Successful Solo Practice A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

March 13, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Let’s say that you aced law school or spent a couple of years at the most prestigious firm in your state or the country or worked in-house at a Fortune 500 corporation.  If you have these credentials — and even if you don’t — but you’re itching to try your hand at starting your own […]

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Will Bar Associations Help Solos and Smalls Find Clients?

March 12, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at my weekly perch at Above the Law, I took the position in a recent column that bar associations are useless for networking and generating referrals. My column wasn’t meant to diss the bars; I noted that even if they’re not effective for networking, they a wealth of resources such as low-cost CLE, free […]

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Let’s Meet at TechShow

March 12, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

For the third year running, my friend and co-author, Nicole Black and I are hosting a Wine & Dine Offline at ABA Techshow. Techshow is always so busy – and even though I am not presenting, I try to cover the show for readers, catch up with my blog’s sponsors and identify others. So our […]

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A Few Notes About Evernote

March 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I’m a practical technologist — which means that I use technology on a strictly need-to-know basis, learning only those features that support my immediate goals, while ignoring all others. I’m also an impatient technologist, which means that if I can’t figure out how to […]

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The Unexpected Surprise of Starting A Law Firm

March 4, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Starting a law firm is nothing if not an adventure always full of surprises. Here are some of the things that surprised me about starting a firm. You will always be terrified. For as long as you are in practice, you’ll always fret that one day the phone will stop ringing, that business will dry […]

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Quick and Dirty Professional Advice, Just a Click Away

March 4, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

An apple a day may keep the doctor away – but an app each day ensures that a doctor is always on-hand.  One new app, First Opinion allows users to text message doctors health-related questions. FirstOpinion pairs each user with a specific doctor and over time, they build relationships. The app isn’t intended to offer […]

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Can Lawyer-Specific Social Networks Succeed?

February 28, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday, Bob Ambrogi reported on the emergence of yet another lawyer-focused social network, this one called Foxwordy, which touts an invitation-only membership and “access to thousands of docs and clauses authored by experts” as two of its unique features. Of course, what’s also potentially unique about Foxworthy is that it may charge for membership (or […]

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Legal Subscription Services, Revisited: Ethics Edition

February 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Legal subscription services go by many names: prepaid legal, toll bridge agreements, outside general counsel plans, Legal Counsel Services or lawyer-on-retainer.  Essentially, a subscription service is a catch-all for a business model where users pay for ongoing access to a product or service. In any event, legal subscription services have been around for a long time; […]

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Is Starting a New Kind of Law Firm As Easy As Riding A Bike?

February 26, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s a new law firm on the block here in Washington D.C., reports the Washington Post — easily recognized by its sunny yellow bike. The cycle analogy is a bit of a play on words, since here, the BIKE stands as an acronym for the Tandem’s tagline, “Be yourself, Innovate, Kindness and Engagement.” Not surprisingly, […]

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