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Archive for July 2010

The ABA Makes A Play for Solos, but Should Solos Play With the ABA?

Update [7/22/2010] – I’ve spoken with some people about this post and I want to clarify that I was speaking about the ABA as an organization, and not about the staff, the section leaders or the people in the publications department.  The folks who edited the Social Media for Lawyers book did amazing work, Jennifer…

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The ABCDs of Dressing for CLEs

My law school hosts CLEs very often – it seems like every month, there are attorneys walking past the student nook on the fifth floor to one of the larger classrooms, narrowing their eyes judgmentally at me because I’m sprawled out on the couch, half-unconscious, with my Labor Law book open on my stomach and…

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SoloCorps Takes the Heartland: Video-Capturing the Solo Experience

So, what is SoloCorps? Well, it started out as a kind of modern-day road trip — two good friends who met online, driving across the heartland from Duluth, Minnesota to Omaha, Nebraska, Foursquaring our location and tweeting up with online colleagues along the way.  But as  Lisa Solomon and I got to talking about the…

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The Shout-Out Lawyer

This tape is remarkable not so much for the content (the abuses of freemium – which is somewhat interesting) but rather, for displaying something that we rarely see:  a client giving a lawyer a shout-out. If you don’t believe me, skip ahead to 1:38 of the tape, where Ben Chestnut, MailChimp’s co-founder, describes how moving…

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Why You Should Register for MyShingle

For over seven years, MyShingle was an entirely free blog, full of open content:  hundreds of blog posts as well as static resources like Soloformania (a compilation of forms commonly used by solos), Bars, Reviewed (a summary of benefits to solos offered by state bars) and the OnLine Guide to Starting A Practice (already well…

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The One-Sheet Generator. Yours, FREE, At MyShingle

So, ever heard of a one-sheet?  Perhaps the best description comes from Wise Geek, which defines a one-sheet as a single page document designed to provide a burst of information about a product for the purpose of sales or advertising….one-sheets are also usually constructed with some care to create a flashy, appealing image which makes…

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Sweltering Summer Heat and Frigid Air-Conditioned Offices

A heat wave seems to be sweeping the country, and temperatures are soaring even into the triple digits. All you want to do is turn the fan on and sit around in your swimsuit. Or, perhaps if you live in one of the thirty-four U.S. cities named “Springfield,” all you want to do is set…

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Lindsay Lohan: Dream or Nightmare Client for Newbie Solo?

So here’s a practice management issue that law school doesn’t teach: You’re a newbie solo who passed the bar nine months ago and opened a law firm right afterwards.  Suddenly, the phone rings:  it’s a Hollywood superstar on the line, she’s  looking for a criminal defense lawyer to represent her and she’s picked you!  Trouble…

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