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How to Handle a State Bar Letter Questioning Your Fitness to Practice

By | Aug.08.17 | No Comments

In my last column, I discussed how you can relocate to another state without sitting for another bar exam. One question that naturally stems from that discussion is what to do if you make a …Continue reading »


On Balance | Ethics

Can You Relocate Without Taking a New Bar Exam?

By | Jul.12.17 | 1 Comment

Whether you’re a military spouse, an adventurous spirit, want to be with aging parents or just want to move to another state, relocating once you are a licensed attorney brings special headaches. Unlike other licensed professions, …Continue reading »


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How Tribes Can Power Your Law Practice

By | Jun.05.17 | 1 Comment

The idea of a “tribe” is powerful. Who would not feel connected in a group of people tied together by common values, traditions or goals? Tribes have two distinct yet equally important roles to play …Continue reading »


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Attorney Discipline Matters: A Fool for a Client?

By | May.08.17 | No Comments

We’ve all heard the adage that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. When it comes to attorney discipline matters, there are certainly times when this is true. However, there are …Continue reading »


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Creative Goal Setting for Improving Your Solo Practice

By | Apr.10.17 | 1 Comment

It seems that every solo lawyer I meet has a list of things they would like to be doing better in their practice. Sometimes the motivating factor is business growth, sometimes it’s efficiency. At the heart …Continue reading »


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Spring Cleaning, Solo Style

By | Mar.07.17 | 1 Comment

Every new year, there’s always lots of talk about how to start the year off right. For solo and small firm lawyers, that can mean many things. One of my attorney-clients told me her mentor …Continue reading »


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Crushing the Intimidation Factor in Your To-Do Items

By | Feb.07.17 | 1 Comment

If you find yourself intimidated by something you want to do in your practice, I suggest tackling something that intimidates you that isn’t work related. Prove to yourself that thing isn’t nearly as scary as …Continue reading »


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Differentiating Yourself from Less Ethical Competitors

By | Jan.12.17 | No Comments

More than once recently, I have consulted with a client and heard stories of their contact with other lawyers working in my field. Sometimes their stories confirm that I am giving similar advice, but sometimes …Continue reading »


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Creative Thinking About Your Practice Can Reduce Ethics Risk

By | Nov.08.16 | No Comments

Lately, thinking creatively about the practice of law has been a theme running through my professional life. While we are a relatively stodgy profession, many avenues for legal innovation exist. From applying new technology to …Continue reading »


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Ethics Case for Attorney Retreats

By | Oct.05.16 | No Comments

Our own Merrilyn Astin Tarlton recently wrote here about five ways solos can find time for law firm retreats. And on that score, recently I became involved in a lengthy conversation with a large group of …Continue reading »