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Archive for September 2011

The First Week of Going Solo

The following is a guest post by Carl, a New Jersey Divorce Attorney who recently hung a shingle. The First Week of Going Solo Day 1 The first few weeks of hanging a shingle and starting a law practice are a blurry, fear-inducing yet simultaneously exciting tightrope walk along the edge of hope and fear.…

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Should Lawyers Be Seen in Jeans?

This week’s  fashion column just went up and it’s already generating some controversy.  A couple of readers have asked whether a column on jeans reflects my view that denim is suitable attire for female (and presumably male) lawyers.  To be honest, it never occurred to me that a post on jeans might be viewed as…

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Go Rural, Young – and Old – Solos

Last week, the WSJ Law Blog highlighted this story reporting on South Dakota’s push to bring more lawyers to rural parts of the state. As you’d expect, the shortage arises as a result of the older lawyers in rural communities nearing retirement in combination with the departure of younger lawyers for opportunities in larger towns…

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MyShingle Fashion: How To Dress Like a French Woman: K.I.S.S.

And so begins my next little mini-series for MyShingle! I’m calling it “How To Dress Like a French Woman,” because in this series, I teach you how to build and assemble a Lazy Susan so you have a great place to store your spices. Er, wait, no, I seem to have gotten my note cards…

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Community Involvement As A Marketing Tool

The following is a guest post by Noble McIntyre of McIntyre Law in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Let’s be honest. That title sounds cynical at best, opportunistic at worst. But hear me out. Getting involved with your community can be one of the best ways to market your firm, not just because of the business you’ll…

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A Solo Fought the Law and the Solo Won! NY Jud. Code 470 Found Unconstitutional!

Note: You can find the latest update regarding this post here:  Solo Seeks to Challenge Archaic Bonafide Office Rules at the Supremes The wheels of justice grind slowly, but exceedingly fine. Nearly four years have passed since New-York barred, New Jersey residing attorney Ekaterina Schoenefeld refused to play scofflaw and ignore a valid law requiring only…

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