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Archive for June 2006

Ed Poll Stands Up For Solos

Here’s a huge public thanks to Ed Poll, one of today’s preeminent law practice management experts and coaches, for sticking up for solos.  In this post, Ed joins the chorus of bloggers speaking out against the New York bar’s recently proposed restrictive advertising rules.  And in this post, Ed takes on the California bar, lambasting…

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Who Do These New York Bar Rules Target – Let’s Not Kid Ourselves

I have to confess that when I initially heard about New York’s proposed gag rule on attorney advertising, I suspected that it was just another way to perpetuate the biglaw/smallfirm double standard by targeting forms of advertising like websites and weblogs that have proven especially beneficial for small law firms.  And indeed, Dennis Kennedy fears…

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That’s My Client…I Knew Him When…

It’s not often that practice areas like family law, primarily the province of solo and small law firms merit attention from a legal commentator of Dahlia Lithwick‘s stature.  But Lithwick tackles issues like the problems with an adversarial family court system and how well you really know your clients in her op-ed piece in the…

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Telephone Talk

Jim Calloway has a great post on one of the unanswered (pun intended!) questions concerning solo practice:  what’s the best system for answering the phone?  Jim’s post summarizes the pros and cons of (a) outsourcing to a live answering service (uneven quality and costly); (b) using paid employee (who may be low paid and unmotivated)…

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Take an Expert’s Advice on Price

I may be a solo who runs an established blog for other solos.  I’m an expert on my own practice and what works for me.  But I’m the first to admit that what works for me may not be optimal for others.  So if you want to get a broader perspective on matters like pricing…

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Can Solo Practice Make You Open Your Mouth?

Each week, the ABA e-report has been featuring some of the runner up entries in its Ross Essay Contest.  One of this week’s essays, Opening My Mouth by Elizabeth Streit caught my eye.  Streit doesn’t write about solo practice; she’s a government litigator.  But what she’s written about how government practice transformed her life as…

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Have an Octopus Carry Your Files

I don’t usually post about products that I’ve not tested personally.  But this new file carrying strap, The Octopus which creator Jessica Hirsch brought to my attention, looks so neat and elegant that it seemed worth mentioning.  Basically, the Octopus is a more sophisticated version of a book strap, which is how some of my…

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