Solos/Small Firms

1219 ABA Journal Solos/Small Firms articles.

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 stand-up 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.
Stephen Manning: Replicating immigrant assistance

In the summer of 2014, as unaccompanied minor immigrants arrived at the border en masse, Stephen Manning was focused on a lesser-noticed but equally pressing problem: representing mothers with young children in family detention.

Lawyers and cognitive decline: Diminished capacity may bring ethics problems for sufferers
The most common ethical problem of a lawyer with cognitive impairment is violating the first rule of ethics—the duty of competency. Lawyers in solo or small firms often feel the impact more because there aren’t others in the office to pick up the slack.
Showrunners: Couple’s friendly fundraising competition launches marathon event
Lawyers Crystal and Michael Freed organized marathons and other events to raise money for legal aid and awareness of human trafficking.
10 Questions: This legal team brings wild approach to their practice
Kansas City litigator Tristen J. Woods and his law partner Lauren Sierra Kruskall founded the Jungle Law Group to advocate for animals in civil and criminal court.
Some choices for legal billing software that really pay off
Efficient and accurate legal billing is essential for law firms. After all, if you don’t invoice your clients, you won’t get paid. That’s why, according to the American Bar Association’s 2017 Legal Technology Survey Report, legal billing software is used by the majority of law firms: 81 percent of respondents reported that their firms made time and billing software available, and 70 percent made electronic billing software available for use.
Police identify divorce litigant believed to have killed 2 paralegals and 4 others
Police in Arizona have identified divorce litigant Dwight Lamon Jones as the suspect who killed six people in the Phoenix area before he fatally shot himself Monday morning at an extended-stay hotel in Scottsdale.
How pro bono representations lead to paid work for lawyers
Pro bono matters can lead to paid work for lawyers. Attorneys have a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay.
Building a niche law practice rewards extra work, special training
In a challenging job market for young lawyers, a specialized legal niche provides a marketing edge for solo practitioners and better advice to clients.
‘I am not a racist,’ lawyer says after viral rant about Spanish-speakers

A New York lawyer who ranted about Spanish-speaking employees on a viral video says in a Twitter apology he is “deeply sorry” for his behavior.

Aaron Schlossberg said seeing himself…

Average earnings for solo and small-firm lawyers was nearly $200K last year, report says
Sixty-eight percent of solo and small-firm lawyers believe they are fairly compensated for their work, according to an online survey by the Martindale Legal Marketing Network.
Which lawyers spend the most time on pro bono? ABA surveyed 47,000 for the answer
Eighty-one percent of lawyers surveyed said they provided pro bono services at some point in their careers, while just over half said they provided such services in 2016, according to a survey by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service.
Frame those onerous tasks in order to motivate you to act

I keep two 5-by-8-inch notebooks with me at all times: one white and one yellow. These allow my mind to rest a little more easily. If I were to lose…

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