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Archive for April 2011

The Future of Law from the NYSBA

I was pleasantly surprised to read the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)Task Force Report on The Future of Law. For starters, the report characterized solo and small firm lawyers very even-handedly; pointing out the ways in which solos have leveraged technology to their advantage. From the report: Solo and small firm practitioners are not…

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UPDATE: Can You Spell I Went Overboard? Try I-L-T-S-O

Update [May 3, 2011 – I’ve made a few more cuts to the post] Update [April 17, 2011]: Last Friday, I posted the entry below, which was critical of the newly formed International Legal Technical Standards Organization and its proposed tech standards. There, I argued that the proposed standards as overkill, and the entire effort…

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Where Have All the Lawyers Gone?

Perhaps the most surprising piece news from last night’s Ignite Law was Jay Shepherd’s announcement that he’s shutting down his firm to focus full time on his business, Prefix LLC which teaches lawyers how to price knowledge. The next day, another colleague revealed that he too will leave his practice to focus on another venture –…

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Don’t Poach on Me

Earlier this week, I dropped a few hundred dollars to attend one day of an industry conference.  I didn’t do it for the CLE.  Rather, I  had to guard against other lawyers poaching my client.  Even with my oversight, at least one consultant made an overt, brazen play for my client as I stood by.…

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From tiny ethics mishaps, do major missteps grow?

Back in March, I pondered whether there might be a correlation between cutting little ethics corners on seemingly insignificant matters like advertising and committing major ethics breaches like pilfering from trust accounts or prejudicing a criminal defendant’s rights on the other. I actually hoped that my observation was wrong – after all, if a slip-up…

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Solos Take on the World!

If you think that global practice is the exclusive domain of behemoth law firms, think again. These days, there’s more opportunities for solos to go global than ever before, as I write in my piece, at The Xemplar, entitledA Whole New World for Solos that begins like this: While many large, national U.S. firms are…

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MyShingle Fashion: When Black Dresses Get A Little Boring…

I’m with you ladies – I love a little black dress. (A little black work-appropriate dress; it’s not like I’m recommending you wear your cocktail dresses to the office.) Black dresses are incredibly versatile and can be worn any different number of ways, and if you’ve got a couple that are knee-length, possibly with sleeves…

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