This is the first in a new series of weekly round-ups: each week, we”ll share noteworthy legal news, law practice management tips, hot stories, upcoming events and more–whatever we think will be useful to solo and small firm attorneys
: Should attorneys be able to participate in “daily deal” advertising outlets like Groupon? Recently, South Carolina said “yes” in Formal Ethics Opinion 11-05. With some cautions and qualifications, the South Carolina Bar determined that such advertising efforts did not in and of themselves constitute fee splitting. Now, North Carolina has proposed a similar opinion granting cautious approval to the use of such services. Stephanie Kimbro takes a look at the proposed rule and the key points in both opinions in this
InsideLegal“s Jobst Elder shares five things he learned at the International Legal Technology Association”s annual conference on Daily Dispatch. In addition to news shared at the conference and some should-be-common-sense advice from panelists, the post includes a link to download materials from the conference.
Don”t miss Helen W. Gunnarsson”s “The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers Make” in the Illinois State Bar Association Journal. The crux of Gunnarsson”s discussion (which will come as no surprise to most of us) is that many lawyers sell themselves short, undervalue their services and make too many accommodations in order to attract clients without recognizing that there”s no real payoff and a lot of lost time and reduced revenue. The “five mistakes” referenced in the title are based on a breakdown by Timothy J. Storm, who will speak on the issue at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference in Springfield, IL.
Most of us probably don”t give a lot of thought to our headshots, but as this piece in Lawyers Weekly points out, that photo is often the basis for a prospective client”s first impression. Donalee Moulton walks through far more considerations than most of us have taken into account when choosing our website photos, some of which may be a bit controversial–I”m looking forward to comments on this one. Note: If you”re revamping your online image with a new headshot, you”ll also want to keep an eye out for our upcoming guest post from Russ Korins on creating a winning attorney bio.