My Shingle profiles the necessary components to start and maintain a successful, unconventional small firm. This blog is authored by solo practitioner and published author, Carolyn Elefant.
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Over at his sparsely populated and impossible to navigate blog Ethics Alarm, American University Washington College of Law adjunct ethics professor Jack Marshall accuses wildly popular New York Personal Injury Law Attorney Law blogger Eric Turkewitz of violating Ethics Rule...
Biglaw has its annual and closely watched profits per partnership or PPP extravaganza, while Above the Law devotes an entire category to biglaw associate salaries and cuts. But where can lawyers considering solo or small firm practice get a sense for what solo and small firm lawyers...
Back in July, I denounced three Cincinnati, Ohio lawyers who shamelessly served as a front for a foreclosure solutions scam. The lawyers never met with clients (who were going to lose their homes!) or did any work on their behalf; they merely signed their name to canned pleadings...
Searching for fodder for blog posts, I came across this advertisement posted by a soon to be 70 year old retiring lawyer who is seeking buyers for his law practice located in Syracuse, in Hamilton County, Kansas. According to the ad there are only two other lawyers in the County, thus...
Across the pond in the UK, there's growing anticipation over the possibility of legal services coming to a supermarket near you as the 2011 effective date of the Legal Services Act draws near. Passed by the UK Parliament in 2007, the Legal Services Act permits non-lawyer entities, like...
In honor of Mother's Day, I unearthed this photo from my mom's college graduation in 1977. My youngest sister, six years my junior is in front of me with the graduation cap on her head; with my two middle sisters, poking each other on the left. My mom had completed a two year's...
If you've followed me at this site for a while, you'd discover that I'm not particularly a fan of skills training in law school. Sure, I'm familiar with and agree with much in the Carnegie Report, which argues that law school needs to incorporate more skills training....
What sets us lawyers apart from computers or services like LegalZoom is our ability to counsel clients and help them make decisions. Counseling clients is the very essence of what we do as lawyers -- so much so that failure to advise clients on obvious consequences of a decision to plead...
A while back, a colleague of mine had to deal with a client who fell squarely into the "with clients like these, who needs enemies" category. This client had shared copies of all of my colleague's emails to him with of the opposing parties in the case. Worse, my...
Readers - MyShingle is finally moving to a new platform tomorrow evening. I'll post an announcement over there before, but I wanted to catch you all here to let you know that you'll need to resubscribe to the RSS feed for the new site. So watch for it! More on the move at...