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Archive for August 2011

Why I’m Glad I Never Counted

As a parent, I’ve made so many mistakes that it’s difficult to keep track. I over-promised and under-delivered, sent school forms in late and never, ever did the school trip thing, let alone cook organic meals, assemble two dozen spiders out of oreos and pretzels or organize playgroups like the moms profiled in Good Enough…

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The Online Guide to Starting a Law Firm is Finally Here!

Ever since I moved to this space, I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting to publish the online guide that houses all of this site’s content in one enormous place. At the same time, I realize that I’ve also got some gaps in content – areas that need some bulking up, and the online guide lets me…

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Just Because Lawyer Marketing Is Ethical Doesn’t Mean It’s EFFECTIVE!!!

It’s been stormy summer for Groupon, a daily deal website and once darling of Wall Street. Since June, Groupon’s web traffic tanked by 50 percent, its IPO is on the rocks and a judge just green-lighted a false advertising suit filed against the company.  Still, Groupon can celebrate one victory: a thumbs up from the…

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MyShingle’s Referral/Thank You Gift Survey, MT/HT @LeannaHamill

  Update – Note: If you send handwritten notes or even emails to thank referrals, feel free to include that in the thank you category – and if you’re using notes or cards, please share the name of the vendor as well!  It’s only fitting that a post seeking input on referral and thank you…

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Is This Really How You Want To Practice Law?

Well, it pays the bills. A solo criminal defense practice that generates over $100,000 in billings. No employees and no need to advertise.  There’s just one small detail: you’ll handle 558 cases in a year and take 4 to trial. Fewer than one percent. It’s not difficult to find a solo practice like the one…

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MyShingle Fashion: Polishing Up A Maxi Dress

This marks my last post featuring the Year Round Cardigan from Eddie Bauer. Recall that last time, I had to switch from the oatmeal heather color to the sea foam because the former sold out. My goal for this mini-series (hopefully the first -or second?- of many mini-series here) was to illustrate many different ways…

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End of Summer Sessions at MyShingle

Typically, the end of the summer brings with it downtime for my practice, as most of the agencies and Congress here in DC shut down and many clients take vacation. Many years, the lull has worried me but after a crazy summer, I’m hopeful for a respite. Plus, it’s given me an opportunity to put…

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