Question: I recently finished a new website for my firm after working on it for months with my web developer. After getting pre-approval for the format and then resubmitting the “final” live site, I was disheartened to hear back from my state bar ad committee indicating that portions of the site violated ethical rules and [...]
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Question: Susan, I can think of no better person to settle this debate than you. Recently, I was in a law practice course and it was suggested that solos put their pictures on their business cards –like real estate agents commonly do, and make them “glossy.” Some say this is sort of unprofessional –again, like [...]
Dec 12, 2011 in You Ask...I Answer
Question: Thank you so much for your website. I hung out a shingle, scared to DEATH, and then I found you. You have helped me draw many deep breaths since I went solo as a brand new attorney, and I am so grateful for your help. If you have any time to share some thoughts [...]
Oct 17, 2011 in You Ask...I Answer
(A friend forwarded this question from a listserv he frequents because he wanted to know what I thought. Woulld love your contributions, too.) I live in a major market and go to a T2. I am about top 35% so while biglaw is not an option [nor did I want it to be], I could [...]
Question: One of the things I am working on is asking “my people” for help. I realize that I have an amazing network! This “asking for help” and learning to “tap my network” is something that I must master. All of these amazing resources! I have to learn how to do this gracefully… any tips [...]
Apr 24, 2011 in You Ask...I Answer
Given I just came back from the Future of Legal Ed Conference in NYC, it seems ironic I received this e-mail just before I went. While I answered the author in a shorter version prior to the conference, I’ve opted to post a more complete answer here because there are many with the same question. [...]
Feb 15, 2010 in You Ask...I Answer
Do not go into solo practice if you see starting your own practice as biding time until ‘THE JOB’ comes along. This will actually harm you professionally as both potential clients and peers will be able to read your attitude immediately. You will be unattractive to clients and those who might have considered you for employment, partnership, referrals or other opportunities.
Apr 27, 2009 in You Ask...I Answer
If you know you are going to become a solo practitioner upon passing the bar then everything you do, from your course selection to your extracurricular activities to your summer internships should be geared towards two things, networking/building professional relationships and gaining ‘practical’ experience that mirrors the life of a solo practitioner.
Jan 30, 2009 in You Ask...I Answer
Right now every lawyer who is looking for a job and terrified of their student loans and this economy is screaming, “NO! What I wouldn’t do for a job like this! You’re crazy!”