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Archive for March 2011

Guest Blogging, Part II

You know the saying that bad facts make bad law. That’s what came to mind when I read Jay Fleischman’s response to my original post, Just Say No to User Generated Content. Whereas I’d argued that providing user-generated content to others is exploitative, Jay responds that there are benefits to be had by guest blogging.…

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What Cutting Ethical Corners Says About You As A Lawyer

Ah, those silly bar ethics rules. Like the ones that prohibit lawyers from dubbing their practice “Smith & Associates” when the firm is comprised of just one person. Recall, that Sonya Sotomayor ran afoul of these rules and it came back to bite her during her confirmation hearings. As it turned out, Sotomayor’s ethics lapse…

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21st Century Solo, A Chain-Blog Post, Part II

Jordan Furlong has posted a critical read for solos as well as those contemplating this adventure. Jordan’s post, which grew out of his recent guest lecture at Solo Practice University, focuses on what it takes to succeed as a solo in the 21st century. Since I’ve also spoken on this same topic (see 2:33-5:01 for…

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Bespoke or Be-Gone: Lessons from the E-discovery trenches

Make way for John Henry, Round 2 . Just as the steam-engine rolled over John Henry, recent advancements in e-discovery technology similarly enable machines to accomplish the work formerly performed by a team of 500 lawyers, reports the New York Times. Moreover, not only do computers perform e-discovery less expensively, but also with a precision…

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Solo Plus

Starting a law firm can be hard. But once you’ve got the infrastructure in place, there’s no reason that you can’t launch other side ventures. That’s the subject of this article Solo/Small Law Plus , highlighting lawyers with side “hustles” (as we’ve referred to it on Solosez) and offering a couple of thoughts on how…

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MyShingle: Warm, Laid-Back Style

Everything is dreary and dull outside, with overcast skies and small, dejected piles of grey and black snow, so I felt like putting together something comfortable with warm colors. Some days, you just don’t want to put on the silk blouse and the pumps – you want something a little more easy-going, something low-maintenance. If…

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Lawyer Advertising: Louisiana State Regulations and the First Amendment

The following is a guest post by Roy Ginsburg. In the famous 1977 Bates decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that lawyers have First Amendment rights, too; legal advertising is constitutionally protected commercial speech.  Prior to that, state’s ethics rules prohibited all advertising — and we never saw any of those amusing (and not so…

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