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Archive for February 2006

Improvements Coming for NY Solos and Their Clients

A couple of years back, we posted about  New York’s formation of a committee to examine difficulties facing solo practitioners.  As this article describes, the Committee’s Report has now issued, recommending a variety of chances including improving the efficiency of calendar calls and scheduling conferences which often waste solos’ time on waiting and figuring out…

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Niche Blogs

Kevin O’Keefe of  Lex Blog has a post on niche blogging, summarizing tips by Darren Rowse on choosing a niche topic.  The tips include selecting a topic that interests you, where there’s not yet much competition and which will offer enough content.  These tips are particularly important these days in starting a law related blog,…

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Cheney’s Victim Is A Famous Solo in his Own Right

Harry Whittington has been in the news recently as the victim in a hunting accident involving Vice President Cheney, but before this event, he’d earned a reputation as a famous solo in his own right.  As this article from the Austin Statesman describes, Whittington’s successful legal battles included ensuring that the state properly spent the…

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And Where Were the Solo Women Lawyers? (probably too busy blogging, running businesses and practicing law to complain…)

This article Women Aiming for Partnership Face Persistent Problems (NYLawyer 2/10/06) reported on a New York City Bar Association Symposium, attended by a mostly female crowd of 300 that addressed a persistent question:  “When will the legal profession see sex equality throughout its ranks?” According to the article, the Symposium apparently bemoaned what we’ve heard…

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Changing Practice Areas: Harder for Biglaw Than Solos

It’s rather ironic that lawyers at a 1000 person mega-firm, with specialized departments galore, apparently have a more difficult time changing practice areas than solos.  At least that’s the impression that I gathered from reading this somewhat depressing article, Retooling Strategies by Gail Cutter (NYLJ Feb. 10, 2006), which discusses the difficulties and risks that…

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Electronic Filing Changing the Practice of Law

Grant Griffiths wishes for electronic filing in his state courts after learning more about the federal e-filing system (now in place in 87 percent of federal courts) where lawyers automatically receive notice of filings .  I can’t blame Grant.   Particularly for lawyers who practice from home, who may not live near the courts, there’s nothing…

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