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On Balance

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 »


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Ethics of Lead Generation Services

By | Aug.10.16 | No Comments

Attorney advertising has morphed from Yellow Pages ads to web platforms — and referral services have evolved as well. Once the province of nonprofit bar associations and entirely permitted under the ABA Model Rules, what …Continue reading »


On Balance

Finding Passion to Find Balance

By | May.23.16 | No Comments

Recently, on a particularly spectacular day at work, two victories came my clients’ way. I couldn’t help reflecting on the emotions coursing through me — it was as if the events of the day belonged to …Continue reading »


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Outsourcing for Ethics Compliance

By | Apr.04.16 | No Comments

Notice the title of this post: It is not “Outsourcing Ethics Compliance.” That you may not do. Rather, it is “Outsourcing for Ethics Compliance,” the idea being to send work out to help ensure you …Continue reading »


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Solo Lawyers: Where Is Your Office?

By | Mar.08.16 | 3 Comments

I work with a lot of solo lawyers, both in my client base (unfortunately, ethics cases arise more frequently in solo practice), and in my network of professional colleagues. My colleagues in the ethics defense bar …Continue reading »


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What Exactly Is “The File”?

By | Jan.12.16 | 1 Comment

It is drilled into us during ethics classes, studying for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and in continuing legal education courses: When a client requests it, you must hand over “the file.” But have you ever stopped …Continue reading »


Connect the Dots!

Solos: Networking Against Your Grain

By | Dec.22.15 | No Comments

Smile and take your best elevator speech for a spin. Our holiday series, “Connect the Dots: A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking,” continues. Solo lawyers are, by the very nature of our practices, largely isolated. Even when …Continue reading »


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Cautionary Tales of Personal Burnout

By | Oct.12.15 | No Comments

In a previous installment of “On Balance,” I wrote about the need for a true work-life balance as a lawyer, and specifically about the challenge of achieving it as a solo practitioner. Here, I’ll share …Continue reading »


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Who Needs to Know I Got Sanctioned?

By | Sep.17.15 | No Comments

Suffering through a disciplinary proceeding is bad enough, but when it’s done and the sanction has been issued, the experience isn’t over. You must report the sanction anywhere else you are admitted to practice. Who Must …Continue reading »