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Archive for February 2005

Small Firm Does Pro Bono

Bob Ambrogi reports here on the pro bono work of a two attorney firm, Moran and Gottlieb and links to this story about the firm in the Poughkeepsie Journal.  Subsidizing their pro bono work with revenues from paying clients, Moran and Gottlieb maintain a free telephone hotline to field questions from anyone who cares to…

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Online Litigation Tips

Via Jim Calloway comes a link to  Dave Swanner’s guest post at Legal Underground entitled “Twelve Ways Technology Can Make You A Better Trial Lawyer.”  There’s some great advice here for both new and seasoned attorneys who have full time litigation practices or just dabble in trial work from time to time.

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If We Can’t Beat Them, Let’s Compete With Them!

I’m never more mortified than when I see lawyers trying to shut down legal document preparation services like We the People which purportedly compete with lawyers – as the Illinois Bar is doing.  See Lawyers Protest Expanding Legal Document Preparers, Chicago Sun times (2/21/05).   I can’t understand why attorneys, who offer a valuable service, feel…

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Is There A Malpractice Action a-Comin’?

Many attorneys who practice criminal law believe that their malpractice exposure is minimal.  After all, it’s hard to show that it’s more likely than not that a client would have avoided conviction but for the attorney’s negligence – it only because it’s so hard to predict what juries might do.  But after reading this article,…

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More on Going Solo After Law School

David Swanner,  a South Carolina  solo weighs in with some good advice about starting a practice out of law school over here at his web log, South Carolina Trial Law.  David knows about going solo after law school first hand – because he’s done it successfully.

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Alabama Court Appointed Attorneys May Strike

We’ve already had a lengthy discussion over the reasonableness of $30-$40/hour court appointed rates back here. Now, there’s an interesting development relating to court appointed rates out of Alabama as reported in  Lawyers for Poor Threaten Walkout, David Holden,  Huntsville Times (2/22/05).  According to the article, the state currently pays attorneys for indigent criminal clients…

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Reid Blogs

My D.C. colleague and Law Practice Management Advisor, Reid Trautz recently started blogging at Reid My Blog.  As I can personally attest (having started my firm before Reid came on board with the D.C. Bar), Reid has done an enormous amount to increase the resources available for D.C. attorneys who want to go solo.  And…

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