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Lawyers Hungry For Justice Feed on D.C. Restaurant Boom

Here in Washington D.C., restaurants aren’t just a way for lawyers to spend money on expense account lunches.  For a few enterprising lawyers, the booming restaurant business is also a way to make money by pursuing wage law violations — often on behalf of immigrant and lower-income workers — against the restaurants that hire them,…

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Create Legal Documents in the Browser Plus More

There is now a way to access client, matter, and accounting information from any device, at any time. The new innovation is called LEAP 365 and this ground-breaking technology provides a plethora of extra benefits that have never been available before: Work is no longer a place, it is an activity. You can now capitalize…

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ATL Academy For Private Practice 2016: Register Now!

Just month from today, on October 28th, 2016, Above the Law will host its second annual Academy for Private Practice (“APP”), a full-day conference offering practical solutions and expert insight on meeting the challenges of starting and optimizing a small law firm practice. The conference programming combines panel discussions and breakout sessions on subjects ranging…

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Ditch the LLM and CLE; Get Micro-Credentialed Instead

Looking for an entree into a new practice area, or a way to segue out of solo practice to something new?  Forget CLEs  or LLMs  and consider micro-credentials or “nano degrees” instead. Never heard of micro-credentialing? Basically, it’s certification training on very specific skills , ranging from web development, social innovation, data analytics, and even…

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The ATL Academy For Private Practice Is Coming To The West Coast

The inaugural ATL Academy for Private Practice in New York City was so popular that we’ve decided to take it to the West Coast. On June 22, we will be in San Diego, California, where APP panelists will offer practical solutions and expert insight on meeting the challenges of starting and optimizing a solo or…

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Why Does the New York Law Journal Overlook Solos as Rising Stars?

According to the New York State Bar Association, the number of lawyers in solo or small firm practice in New York has doubled since 1997.  As of 2006, the vast majority of attorneys practicing law in New York State — 83.5 percent — were solo practitioners, according to the Commission to Examine Solo and Small…

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How Can Solos and Smalls Sabbatical?

Stephanie Kimbro, once a solo practitioner herself, recently wrote of her decision to take a step back from both legal practice and legal reforming for a while, referencing a TED Talk on The Value of Taking a Year Off. Not that I needed any persuading – since after two decades in the same law practice and…

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When Faced With Loss. Say Anything

Interacting with a coworker who’s just suffered the death of a loved one is awkward enough in a traditional workplace, according to this June 2015 article from Forbes – which also helpfully offers some best practices on what to do in this situation. But the etiquette of condolence is even trickier for lawyers in solo…

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Let’s face it, as a solo or small law firm you’re pulled in multiple directions. Not only do you practice law, but you also need to run AND grow a small business.