Make Money Mondays: Don’t Transact – Transform

September 21, 2020

On at least one level, most legal services are transactional.  Lawyers enter into representation agreements with clients to perform a service: drafting an estate plan, representation in a DUI case, negotiating separation terms and a settlement for a divorce.  Some engagements are completed in a matter of weeks while others can go on for years. …

Legal Ethics – Answers Wanted

March 22, 2005

Thanks to David Giacalone for alerting readers to another legal ethics weblog, Ben Cowgill’s Legal Ethics Blog.  Cowgill points out that his legal ethics blog  is third on the Internet, joining David’s f/k/a ethical esq?…

Law Lessons From Mom

March 22, 2005

As I’ve always understood, one of the premises underlying the Socratic Method is that much of the knowledge of a subject (like law) lies within us and can be teased out through questioning and dialogue. …

Consumers Can Buy Legal Advice in Supermarkets Across the Pond

March 21, 2005

Here’s a story, Plan for Supermarket Legal Advice (BBC, 3/20/05) about a proposal that will shake up the legal profession in England and Wales by allowing commercial businesses to own and run law firms.   The…

Screening Clients – Rules and Exceptions

March 17, 2005

This article, In Search of the Perfect Client, Joanne Cronrath Bamberger, Small Firm Business (3/14/05) offers up the standard, perfunctory advice on screening clients.  Red flags include refusal to pay a retainer fee (a sign…

Anonymous Associates

March 11, 2005

I’ve always explained that the reason I went solo was because a big firm wasn’t big enough.  Not big enough for my ego or aspirations, not even big enough to fit two tiny words –…

Clout Trumps – So Use It to Market

March 10, 2005

This article, Unusual Ally Came to Jain’s Rescue:  SEC, Seattle Times (3/10/05) – about a former SEC counsel-turned-private lawyer who finagled a deal for a client found guilty of violating insider-trading rules whereby the SEC…

When a Solo Goes to Trial

March 10, 2005

It’s hard enough getting ready for a trial, but as a solo, there’s even more to think about because of staffing constraints, as Kimberly Fanady points out  in this piece, Flying Solo at Trial, Small…