Solos/Small Firms

1247 ABA Journal Solos/Small Firms articles.

What can you learn from a lawyer born the same year that you graduated law school?

In this new episode of Asked and Answered, Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward talks to Karen Kaplowitz about ways the experience pairing works well, having more diverse legal teams, and finding better ways to use social media in marketing.

Texas lawyer takes down her marijuana-leaf sign after visit from city inspector

A Texas lawyer has taken down a sign for her criminal defense practice that pictured a large marijuana leaf and the scales of justice.

Lawyer Harmony Schuerman erected her sign…

10 Questions: This Hudson Valley lawyer serves up a deliciously different practice model

Jason M. Foscolo works exclusively with farmers and food entrepreneurs as founder of the Food Law Firm. An innovative subscription billing service allows Foscolo to keep both his hours and his income steady. He lives and works in Red Hook, a charming town in New York’s Hudson Valley known for its family farms, scenic nature trails and sophisticated restaurants.

San Diego lawyer launches all-female, all-partner virtual firm

The fledgling virtual firm Vanst Law in San Diego has no office, no break room and no conference room of its own—so the partners get creative about finding ways to stay collegial. “Our firm culture is extremely important to us. We can’t meet at the watercooler, but isolation isn’t a problem,” says founder and CEO Cynthia Morgan-Reed.

Would-be clients with white-sounding names got 50% more lawyer responses in California, report says

Lawyers in markets with less competition might be more likely to racially discriminate against clients seeking legal representation, a Yale researcher has concluded.

Yale University lecturer and postdoctoral associate

Coworking office spaces are becoming more popular in the legal industry

Coworking is different from renting an office in a commercial building or from another law firm. Rather than signing a lease, a lawyer pays a monthly membership fee. The lowest membership level provides a “virtual office” where an attorney uses the address on letterhead, gets mail and receives limited time each month for working or meeting clients.

Texas lawyer is the top volunteer for ABA’s free online legal aid clinic

Jack Fan is a volunteer with Texas Legal Answers, part of the ABA’s Free Legal Answers virtual legal aid clinic. The service allows income-eligible clients to post civil legal questions for pro bono attorneys in their state. According to the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, which annually recognizes attorneys who provide extraordinary pro bono services through Free Legal Answers, Fan has answered more questions than any other attorney in the country. In 2018, he responded to nearly 1,100 of them.

Law firms shouldn’t overlook value of soft skills
Soft skills do not get much attention in law firms. That was my experience when I was practicing in small, medium and larger firms, and it still is the case today.
Solos and small firms need to prepare for death and disaster
During a Thursday morning ABA Techshow panel, “Planning for Tomorrow, Today,” Peter Roberts, a private practice management consultant from Washington state, said that succession planning starts with hiring practices.
Misleading GoFundMe appeal with offer for free legal advice leads to lawyer’s suspension

A Charleston, West Virginia, lawyer who set up a misleading GoFundMe page to fund his transition to solo practice has been suspended from law practice.

The West Virginia Supreme Court…

More than half of law firms provide flexible work arrangements, says new report

The legal sector is increasingly providing nontraditional benefits, such as flexible work arrangements, paid volunteer time and pet-friendly offices, according to a new report.

The 2019 Salary Guide for…

4 strategies for building the habit of lasting resilience in the legal profession
The legal profession has historically avoided talking about the problems of mental health and substance abuse among attorneys—until now.
From courtroom to concert stage, this criminal defense lawyer uses her voice to push for reform

Rochester, New York-based solo practitioner Danielle Ponder treats audiences to her signature soulful beat layered with lyrics inspired by the five years she spent as a public defender representing some of her city’s poorest citizens.

10 Questions: This comedian and Oregon lawyer stands up against sexual harassment

ABA Journal: In 2002, you decided to move from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. Did you have to change your practice to adapt to a smaller legal community?

Mitra Shahri: No, perverts are perverts everywhere you go.

Billie Tarascio: Her law firm is her lab
Billie Tarascio is experimenting on her law firm for the profession’s greater good.

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