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Archive for May 2006

South Carolina Makes Discipline Records Available Online

According to this article, the South Carolina Bar moved to electronically post disciplines of lawyers on its webstie for 75 years (of course, who knows if the web in its present form will be around by then).  Some lawyers oppose this decision, arguing that it “creates a Scarlet Letter” for anyone who makes a mistake. …

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Finding Networking Possibilities in Everything You Do

Great story in this Amy Joyce column from today’s Washington Post, entitled Job Connections Start as Social Connections.  Joyce describes how a blind date spawned by went awry romantically, but worked out professionally for the guy when his date helped him to score a job at her company.  The lesson – you never know…

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More On House Calls

Joining a previous and long ago post on housecalls is this piece, Swtiching to House Calls, Hope Viner Samborn (ABA Journal 5/2006).  These days, house calls are viewed not just as convenient for clients but as a way to avoid having an office.  From the article: Solo practitioner Laura S. Petelle gives new meaning to…

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It’s All About Your About Page

Did you ever visit a weblog, only to puzzle over the main point of it?  As more and more weblogs are given practice specific names (e.g., California Estate Planning Practice Blog), that’s less of an issue.  Still, as Kevin O’Keefe points out in this post, it’s worth your time to offer readers an easy to…

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Mothers’ Day Mix

Ah, Mothers’ Day.  A time when my daughters leave me free to blog uninterrupted. (though I guess I should worry a little when my younger daughter’s mother day note reads like this:  My mom likes to hug me.  She always works on her computer).   Today, I’ve rounded up a couple of articles of interest to…

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When You Get Too Close to A Client: Is It a Risk or Part of the Job?

A few weeks ago, I posted here on the dangers of getting too close to a client.  That issue came to mind again in reading this article Killer Charisma by Glenn Frankel (Washington Post Magazine 5/13/06) which ponders why advocates for Roger Keith Coleman, who was executed for the murder of his sister-in-law, continued to…

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Hey Biglaw – Where Were You When It Mattered?

Apparently, competition for Supreme Court cases has now grown so intense that biglaw firms are trying to poach criminal cases from small fry defense lawyers.  That’s the distinct impression that I came away with after reading Will Defense Lawyers Accept Help on High Court Criminal Cases? The article reports that this past term, the Supreme…

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