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Archive for June 2005

Maryland’s LOMA Gets A Blog

Pat Yevics, who heads the Maryland State Bar Asssociation’s Law Office Management Assistance (LOMA) Program recently launched the LOMA blog, putting her in good company with law practice specialists Reid Trautz (DC) and Jim Calloway (OK).  The bars’ law practice management offices are one of the best developments that I’ve seen to assist solo and…

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The Musical Baton Passes to MyShingle

The musical baton and its five questions that I must answer have made their way to MyShingle, via my fellow bloggers and sezzers Stephen Terrell of Hoosier Lawyer and Bob Kraft of P.I.S.S.D.  Since I rarely blog about anything not law related, this baton gives me a chance to share more about myself, including some…

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Rational Ethics?

OK, how is this for rational ethics?  As an attorney in Maryland or presumably in any state, I can start an ancillary business (let’s call it AB) like investment management or a lobbying shop or an insurance business which will serve both my firm and other customers.  And presumably, because I own AB, any time…

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Sometimes, You Really DO Need A Lawyer

I’ll admit that there are many tasks currently handled by lawyers that a non-lawyer or pro se could take on just as competently.   At the same time, there are  certain  matters that a nonlawyer is bound to  screw  up,  often with  tragic  consequences,  as this article,  Paralegal Accused of Posing As Lawyer (Dallas Morning News,…

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Why You Can’t Just Take Your Client’s Word for It

The Supreme Court just issued a ruling in Rompilla v. Beard (see this link at SCOTUS blog for a good summary and links to the opinions) a case that I blogged about several months ago here. In Rompilla, the Supreme Court reversed a death penalty ruling, finding that the Rompilla’s defense attorneys were ineffective because…

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The Big Firm Small Firm Comparison

Law Girl of On Firm Ground posts the second installment of her biglaw-small law comparison.  This time, the focus is on the differences in client contact between the two venues (essentially, client contact at one of those places is a myth, I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one) and what Law Girl…

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Shortcuts So You Can Benefit from Blogs

So, you’ve heard about this blog thing but you’re still too overwhelmed by what it might take to reap the benefits.  After all, how can you possibly run a practice and read 700 blogs a day or set up a blog and commit to three daily posts?  Well, guess what – you don’t have to. …

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