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Archive for September 2005

What They Don’t Teach At Harvard Law School

The Harvard Law School newspaper put out a career guide which included all kinds of articles like Why Not to Be A Government Lawyer (as a former FERC attorney, I’ve got to agree with that one), the downside of biglaw and careers in public interest. Sorely missing from the list of possibilities is the one…

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To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That Is the Question

This article, Is Mandatory Disclosure of Malpractice Coverage a Good Idea? Ann Sherman, Small Firm Business (9/19/05) writes about the debate over mandatory malpractice disclosure rules taking place before many state bars across the country.  Below from the article is an excellent summary of the pros and cons of mandatory disclosure from Bob Weldon of…

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This Lawyer Was Lucky…But I Wouldn’t Try This Trick At Home

This article, Winning As Your Own Lawyer, NY Lawyer (9/15/05) reports on one of the unusual instances where a lawyer represented himself before a disciplinary board – and won!  From the article: In 2002, Ziegler took over the defense of a robbery charge against a member of a family he had represented for years, even…

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Biglaw Attorney With Big Clients Goes Small

And yet another biglaw attorney downsizes, as reported in this article, Law Firm to Serve Smaller Businesses (Grand Rapids Press, 9/10/05).  According to the piece, Barry Kane, a large firm partner and Vince DeYoung, former attorney for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Harrahs’ have  launched a Michigan law firm that specializes in business counseling, intellectual property…

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A Home Office Still Needs to Be An Office

For all of you home office shinglers, fellow solo Lisa Solomon authored this guest post at Home Office Lawyer entitled “Putting the Office Back in the Home Office.”  Lisa offers a couple of quick tips to professionalize your home office so that you can keep your home-office and home-life separate from each other.

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Did Partner-ese Cause $90 Million in Malpractice?

Associate:  Can I take a look at the certificate of incorporation for my research assignment? Partner:   No! You don’t really need to know the facts.  Just do the research I asked for! I’m just guessing about the partner-associate partnerese dialogue that might have ensued as part of the preparation of The Opinion Letter That Could…

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Legal Writing Resources

Via Tom Mighell at Inter-alia comes a link to weblog that’s been published since March 2005 but is new to me: Wayne Schiess’ Legal Writing.  Wayne’s site offers examples of poor legal drafting, tips on legal writing and a list of articles that he’s written.  What was most interesting to me though was that Wayne’s…

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