Need to fire a pro bono client but afraid to do so? Here are some thoughts on why you should and how you should go about firing a pro bono client and feeling okay about it.
The more things change the more they stay the same. So, in keeping with the philosophy of Solo Practice University, to help lawyers create and build their solo practices, I am going to ask you to help me create pointed and directed content for the pressing questions you have!
If you have questions about creating and building a solo practice, send me an email…..
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
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. […]
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.
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.