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Archive for July 2009

When Should You Make “The Big Reveal?”

In dating, it’s known as "the big reveal" – the point in an emerging relationship where both participants put everything out on the table, from old flames to skeletons in the closet to religious preferences and desire for marriage and children.  Deciding when to make the big reveal is tricky.  Disclose too soon and you…

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The Other Side of the Story on The Lawyer Who Represented Himself

Last week, I posted here about Denver lawyer, Mark Brennan, harshly criticizing him for representing himself in a before a disciplinary board that is threatening to pull Brennan’s license for doing nothing more than zealously representing his client and achieving an outstanding result.  In the post, I agreed that the Board’s complaint was unjustified, but…

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Biglaw Free and the Solo

Update: For more interesting perspectives on Free, check out Ken Adams at Adams Drafting, Doug Cornelius at Compliance Building, Jordan Furlong at Law 21 and Jay Parkhill of Start Up Tool Box. A few weeks back, I read Chris Anderson’s book, Free which is also available free in a variety of formats, including a sponsored…

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Fee for Advice Sites Pose Traps for the Unwary

Originally, I intended to simply file an approving comment on Simple Justice blogger Scott Greenfield’s cautionary expose about Law Guru, but Scott’s post is so important, that it demands additional circulation.  Scott reports on a new initiative by Law Guru.com to compensate lawyers for answers that they provide in response to questions posed by the…

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Why Is This Lawyer Representing Himself At A Disciplinary Proceeding?

  IMPORTANT  – POST UPDATED HERE –The Other Side of the Story By all accounts, Denver lawyer Mark Brennan was treated badly.  Last year, he won a verdict for his client in federal court, only to have it snatched away by the judge, as a sanction for Brennan’s inappropriate and outrageous conduct during the trial.  Though I…

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Risking a Law License for $125 A Pop

File this story under “What were they thinking?”  That was my first reaction when I read this disciplinary decision, Cincinnati Bar Association v. Mullaney, in which three lawyers were sanctioned  for partnering up with Foreclosure Solutions, a non-lawyer company which referred the lawyers foreclosure cases (yes, that’s right – cases where folks were about to…

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Handling Biglaw Practice Areas on a Budget

With many biglaw attorneys now considering solo practice, I wanted to list a couple of ideas and resources to procure biglaw practice tools on a budget.  For most consumer practice areas, such as family law, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, new solos can find a cornucopia of low cost practice tools, such as pro bono training…

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