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Archive for January 2011

ABA’s Issue Paper on Admission by Motion: Impact on Women Lawyers

I’ve been so busy covering the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 initiatives on ethics of lawyer use of social media for marketing and confidentiality concerns regarding lawyer use of technology that I just about overlooked the other initiatives that continue to emerge. For example, on December 2, 2010, the ABA’s released an issues paper on…

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For the Dead of Winter: Merino Wool Sweaters!

It’s mid-January, and those of us not lucky enough to live in warmer climates still have much of winter left to brave. This means snow and sleet and wind and just general, frigid miserableness. If you’re like me (a woman), you are cold all the time. There’s no shame in it, ladies: Scientists recently discovered…

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Where the Money Is In Law

Even though biglaw is on the decline, there’s still big money to be made in the law. Only not necessarily by lawyers. Last month, news of the Reuters/Westlaw acquisition of Pangea dominated the headlines, with bloggers like Jordan Furlong imagining the possibilities that this new behemoth could bring to the table. And today, two other…

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Solo Practice Round Up

What’s Up Doc? The medical profession is struggling with the same challenges as the legal profession, including rising tuition costs and enormous student debt (the average is $172,433 (as compared to $45,000- $60,000 for law students, though 25 percent carry debt in excess of $120,000 according to these stats. And like lawyers, doctors are also…

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Webinar – Niche Practice and 2011 Practice Trends

Sorry for the late notice, but tomorrow, I’ll be presenting a FREE webinar on Starting a Niche Practice and offering some ideas on 2011 solo practice trends that could potentially serve as a niche. The webinar is tomorrow – January 19 – 10 am Pacific Time. You can register here, or visit the post about…

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Are Solos in Debt At Disciplinary Risk?

Last week, Above the Law’s Elie Mystal posted about a frighteningly out-of-touch Ohio Supreme Court decision which held that a recent law school graduate lacked the character, fitness and moral qualifications to take the bar exam. Was the applicant a killer, drug addict or wife-beater? Nope. Just a 34-year old dad and former self-supporting stockbroker…

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Xemplar: New Spotlight on Solo and Small Firm Lawyers and Trends

As two of my “co’s,” co-author Niki Black and former co-blogger Bob Ambrogi have already posted, I’m part of a new project, The Xemplar, sponsored by Lexis. Also part of the project are two other people I’ve long wanted to work with, my “co-alum” (we were a class apart in law school) Mass LOMPAP Director…

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MyShingle Fashion: The Statement Blazer: Part II

I said I would be back with a more professional twist on the last outfit, and I am. It was simple enough, and I stayed true to what I said in the last post as far as structuring the ensemble and working with the colors. What makes a good statement blazer so eye-catching is usually…

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