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Meet the PrioriLegal Founders: January 2014 MyShingle Commingle

January 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

As you know, I’ve written about the pros and cons of the new generation of online platforms that seek to match lawyers with small business clients. See here  and here.  The founders of one of these new companies,, Basha Frost Rubin and Mirra Levitt will be in Washington D.C. and I’ll be hosting them […]

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Delaware’s Bonafide Office Requirement Is Bonafide Hypocrisy & Bonafide Short-Sighted

January 3, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

You might say that recently sanctioned  Delaware attorney Fred Barakat didn’t set his sights high enough.  Suspended for two years for several disciplinary violations including representing clients from his Pennsylvania home without a bonafide office in Delaware, Barakat could have been a paragon rather than a pariah had he founded an #AltLaw operation instead of settling […]

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It’s Not Too Late For End of the Year Holiday Outreach

December 20, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

You had the best intentions for celebrating your clients and colleagues this holiday season. First, it was branded calendars or chargers or thumb drives for clients and colleagues as a holiday gift, but your budget couldn’t quite cover it.  So, you downscaled to printed holiday cards but you didn’t place the order in time. Then, […]

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Solo Is A State of Mind

December 13, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Though it may surprise you, I’m not a fan of lawyers describing themselves as solos. Despite eleven years of promoting the virtues of hanging a shingle  and big law’s tarnished image, the legal profession — from law schools to judges  — still reveres big firm lawyers and their shiny credentials. Even the so-called  Newlaw darlings […]

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Underneath Their Codes: Where To Look To Get the Website You Want

December 11, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Let’s say that you need a website for your law firm and you’re on a tight budget. So what are the options? You can’t afford some of the high-end, reputable vendors that serve law firms exclusively — and you’re not interested in a usurious three-year installment contract where you pay a small fee up front […]

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MyShingle Turns Eleven

December 9, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Sometime in the evening of December 9, 2002, I clicked the enter button and launched MyShingle’s inaugural post into cyberspace. My blog has created some great opportunities — but eleven years is also a long, long time to be blogging. Each year, more blogs emerge and it becomes increasingly difficult to stay relevant and keep […]

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Food for Thought on Law Practice Trends, Part II

December 8, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Just a day after I served up some Food for Thought on law practice trends, I stumbled across another food-oriented trend right here in my own backyard: the rise of fast and casual dining. As described in the article, fast and casual restaurants fall into “that category in between McDonald’s and Applebee’s, with an haute […]

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Food for Thought for Spotting Law Practice Trends for 2014

December 6, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Tis the season for trend spotting! As the year winds down, predictions of hot practice areas and the future of law will cram the legal trade press and blogs.  In fact, Bob Denney has already released his always excellent annual “What’s Hot and What’s Not” over at Attorney at Work; if you only have time […]

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Twenty-First Century Solutions to the Age-Old Problem of Lawyers Who Abandon Practices Due to Death, Incapacity or Illness

December 2, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

The problem of lawyers abandoning a practice and leaving clients in the lurch is hardly new. Yet abandoned law practices are increasingly becoming a crisis for the legal profession reports Cincinnati Enquirer and Lexington Herald. In Kentucky, a recent tragic spike in the number of lawyer suicides  (six in 2012 alone) galvanized the bar’s attention […]

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A Post Celebrating Thanksgivukkah, Menurkeys and Solos

November 27, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Behold the Menurkey. Part Menorah, part Turkey, the Menurkey commemorates the intersection of Thanksgiving and Hanukah, two holidays that celebrate the triumph of religious freedom over oppression; of small outliers over large dynasties.  In many ways, both holidays represent the story of solos. Although age-old holidays inspired the Menurky, it came to life in decidedly 21st […]

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