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The Founding Fathers and the Future of Law

This past week, a rather vigorous Twitter debate over whether ethics regulators should characterize and regulate benign lawyer matching platforms as for-profit referral organizations was ultimately shut down with cries for “collaboration” and let’s all work together kumbaya-style to find a system that works for everyone and promotes access-to-justice besides.  Leaving aside whether it’s realistic…

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Is It Time to Pivot Your Practice?

Many of today’s most recent Internet successes – like Uber or AirBnB started out differently from what they’ve become. Uber’s original intent was to operate an on-demand limousine service for business travelers, but today, has morphed into a ride sharing platform used by consumers. Air BnB began as a way to help budget-conscious travelers find a room…

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday: Give or Serve

According to Wikipedia,Giving Tuesday : refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.  Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black…

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Four Actions to Take Before the End of the Year

This week’s theme is “Annuals: Four Actions That Your Law Firm Should Take before the End of the Year.”  These actions reflect a mix of business and pleasure; profit and pro-bono. No matter which of these you choose to implement and no matter what kind of year you’ve had so far, all of these measures…

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PowerHour No. 4: Be A Statistic

Penning a blog post or article is a common suggestion for using an extra hour of time. It’s not a bad idea either if you have a good idea for a post that will gain some traction or that can be republished at a popular site.  Unfortunately, with so much content created on a daily…

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PowerHour No. 2: Seasonal Business Cards

’Tis the season for seasonal marketing . For the twentieth year running, Starbucks will feature holiday-themed coffee cups which debuted in early November . Other brands similarly gussy up packaging  for the holidays. So why don’t lawyers? I’m not suggesting that lawyers don holiday clothing – like  garish Christmas sweaters  or festive jewelry . That…

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MyShingle Theme Week: The Power of An Extra Hour

This past weekend, as the clocks fell back we gained an extra hour. And since it usually takes a couple of days to acclimate to the time change, most of us ought to be able to take advantage of that extra hour each day this week. So this week, the theme of MyShingle is “The…

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