FREE Webinar: Solo and Small Firms in Uncertain Times – MyCase Blog

 

Register for the MyCase free 60 minute webinar, “Solo and Small Firms in Uncertain Times,” on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11 AM PT and 2 PM ET,  featuring Mitch Kowalski, author of ABA best-seller, “Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century.”

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NYSBA | Mandatory Reporting Campaign

Office of the President

David Schraver

Since 2004, the New York State Bar Association has strongly opposed any requirement that New York lawyers report their voluntary pro bono service or contributions to public authorities.  We firmly believe that requiring such reporting dilutes the voluntary nature of lawyers’ pro bono service.  Lawyers should provide pro bono service because they recognize the critical importance of access to justice and lawyers’ unique ability to assist – not because they feel pressured into doing so.

I encourage you to write to the Chief Judge, the Chief Administrative Judge, and the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions to express opposition to this requirement.  We have set up a webpage with contact information, a sample letter, and a link to send an e-mail message directly to the Chief Judge to express your opposition.  Go to www.nysba.org/probonoreporting.

Sincerely,

David M. Schraver, President

Coffitivity – Increase Your Creativity!

Claiming their coffee shop sounds boost creativity, check out this antidote to working in silence.

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Retiring into a Bright Sadness-Lawyerist

Wow, Lawyerist has a second great column this week on living life as a lawyer.  Lawyerist is starting to stand out as the top blog for lawyers like us.
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by Daniel Farr on on October 23rd, 2013
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“…I was tired after 40 years of practicing law. It was time for a new road map: more music with the band, flannel shirts, bike riding, road trips, grandparenting, storytelling, teepee lodging, and embellishing memories with old pals. I wanted to be present with the people I love. Long ago, law practice began to rob me of living completely in the moment — reading to a grandchild; hiking with a son or daughter; sitting on a beach with my wife and friends — always a part of my mind was practicing law. Did we meet the filing deadline? I should have returned that phone call. Do we have enough money in the pot to meet payday? That elderly couple should have received a discount, but I don’t need one more box of overgrown zucchini….”.
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Ninety-Five-Lawyerist

Lawyerist:

These remarks by Eric Cooperstein were first given at the Hennepin County Bar Association‘s annual meeting in May, then printed in the July 2013 issue of The Hennepin Lawyer, member publication of the HCBA. I am re-publishing them here because we have talked about the problems with bar associations, wondered whether they are still useful, suggestedways for them to stay relevant, and more. This is one bar association president’s answer. — Ed.

This an excellent explanation of why bar associations can and should foster the legal community.

 

Solo & Small Firms -10 Ethics Red Flags You Need To Know (Webinar Recap) | MyCase Blog

“Solo & Small Firms -10 Ethics Red Flags You Need To Know,” featuring Carolyn Elefant and MyCase’s Nicole Black.

 

During this webinar, Carolyn and Nicole discussed:

  • Confidentiality and security considerations when using cloud and mobile solutions
  • Attorney-client relationships, advertising, and other challenges when using social and online platforms
  • Virtual law office ethical issues, such as avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
  • Escrow account issues, alternative billing, outsourcing, and more.
 
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Q: Can I Make a Part-Time Law Practice Work? – Lawyerist.com

Part-time law practice comes with its own set of challenges, but you can absolutely make it work — and it is a heckuva lot smarter thantrying to have a law practice in your spare time. In fact, if you can balance the competing demands of a law practice and whatever you need to do with the rest of your time, a part-time law practice can be pretty great.

 

Your Practice is Doing Better Than You Think-Randall Ryder

One of the toughest parts of running a solo practice is that you are own worst critic.

Chances are, you are your only critic. Living in that bubble can de difficult and downright deceptive when analyzing the financial success of your solo practice. When you find yourself wondering if your solo practice is successful, here are three things from Randall Ryder to remember. (Read further at Lawyerist)

Requirement That Out-of-State Attorneys Maintain Offices in N.Y. Held Unconstitutional

U.S. District Court, Northern District
Legal Profession
Requirement That Out-of-State Attorneys Maintain Offices in N.Y. Held Unconstitutional (See link below for full text of decision).


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The Online Guide to Starting a Law Firm- My Shingle

Carolyn Elefant has posted:: The Online Guide to Starting a Law Firm.
Find the best of her solo-oriented, how-to articles carefully indexed on a helpful grid here.
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