Last Fall I posted a piece entitled “Where’s the Beef” that discussed the value of peer review as a quality control process within the law firm setting. In this month’s post I would like to carry that discussion a bit further. Unfortunately, seasoned partners, if they are open to running with peer review at all, […]
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Here we go, again, talking about that taboo subject: Being a lawyer and admitting you need help. You don’t have to necessarily be depressed or even anxious. But sometimes you just need an objective set of ears to listen and guide, help you sort through stumbling blocks, identify patterns of behavior or just validate your […]
On March 16th my favorite program, The Good Wife, ran an episode addressing how Alicia Florrick opted back in to the practice of law. Whether you are a man or a woman, opting back in has its own set of obstacles. Alicia’s character in this episode provided great information for the rezoomer. I decided to […]
There is a systemic change in the American legal system that has been evolving for over 40 years. The high cost of overhead for attorneys has forced them to price their services beyond the reach of 80-85% of the people needing legal help. This has caused a crisis in access to justice.
I can’t tell you how often I am asked, ‘How do I set my fees?’ Setting fees for your legal services is a two-fold proposition. It isn’t just learning what the going rate for legal services is and positioning yourself within a reasonable range based upon your experience. It isn’t just about pricing based upon […]
Our sponsor Clio (who has been with us since we opened our doors five years ago) believes in going big or going home. Last week they received an $18 million series C round of funding to keep improving Clio and to fuel their overseas expansion. And they are sharing the wealth with all of you […]
Mistakes piled up one after another as soon as Donna Shelton walked through the door. In 2011, Shelton had signed a promissory note for a $40,000 loan. She stopped making payments after one year and was promptly sued by the lender. She came to attorney Marshall Austin’s office in 2012 with a copy of the […]
Stacey M. Washington is a Michigan attorney focused on DUI and criminal defense. She will be teaching a course called Advanced DUI Defense at Solo Practice University®.View Syllabus Stacey previously completed teaching the course, “DUI Defense” and the new course will cover more advanced topics. Stacey has been practicing law in Michigan state and federal […]
Recently I have been getting a number of emails from folks on how they should go about preparing for the bar exam after taking a break. I feel that this is becoming more and more common as, due to financial concerns, many bar studiers forgo taking the next bar exam and instead seek gainful employment […]
It used to be that smartphones were novelties among lawyers. Not so much anymore. You likely can find a whole lot more smartphones than Mont Blanc pens in legal pockets these days. But can it be said with confidence that lawyers really understand their options and risks when it comes to the handy devices? This […]