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Archive for May 2005

Announcing – Other Shinglers!

You’ll notice an important addition to the MyShingle sidebar – a list of "Other Shingles."  There, you’ll find listed websites and weblogs for other solo and small firm practitioners.  It’s a public service that will always be available free for any solo and small firm lawyer – so if you want to join the party,…

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You Never Know When You Just Might Start Your Own Law Firm

To my readers who visit this site and dream of starting a law firm but are precluded from doing so because of your present circumstances,  one’s for you.  Because it’s never too late, as this article, More Lawyers Flee Megafirms, National Law Journal (5/31/05) suggests.  Though the bulk of the article reports on large firm…

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Outsourcing legal research is a

Outsourcing legal research is  a topic that’s made the discussion rounds on various blogs, MyShingle included.  Well, what about the reverse:  how about exporting your firm’s expertise overseas like this Portland Maine law firm, as described in Portland law firm exporting expertise, Matt Wickenheiser, Maine Today (5/29/05).  Seems that some of my fellow energy regulatory…

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Client Endorsements Banned from NJ Lawyer Websites

And yet another stupid bar rule, this time out of New Jersey, where the Advertising Panel Lays Down Rules for Law Firm Ads on Wed:  Catchy URLs OK, but not client endorsements (New Jersey Law Journal, 5/31/05).  The article reports: In two opinions published May 23, the committee says law firms are free to adopt…

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New Shingles List

We’ve added names to the Shingles list, but the links are not working just yet.  Stay tuned…

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Proposed Disbarment of Prominent Boston Lawyers: Now, It Makes Sense

I have to admit that I was a little mystified when I read about the recent Massachusetts Discipline committee’s decision to disbar three prominent Boston attorneys, whose resumes included high government posts and stints at biglaw) biglaws.  Among other things, the attorneys had duped and tormented a judge’s law clerk in hopes of gaining an…

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Law Firm Alumni Programs May Offer Marketing Opportunities

Are you a biglaw expatriate who’s just started a law firm or been running one for years?  Either way, this article on law firm alumni programs, Nixon Peabody Starts Alumni Program, Business Review (5/16/05) may interest you.  The article reports on Nixon Peabody’s alumni program, comprised of 500 former firm attorneys who now work at…

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Ways to Make Sure You Get Paid

As this article, Getting Paid, Not Played (Meg Tebo, ABA Journal, 5/19/05) begins, “Getting stiffed is almost like a rite of passage of solo practice.”  This article offers a couple of ideas from practitioners to avoid this rite, such as customizing and revising a retainer agreement to facilitate client payments, giving upfront estimates and collecting…

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