Law Week 2004 - Friday - Solo practitioners and small firms

The Daily Transcript celebrates Law Week 2004 with our annual week-long series honoring the business of law and the legal system.

  • Army captain, hemp food makers get no apology

    You don't have to ponder the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to notice the Bush administration has trouble admitting it erred.

  • Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker takes pride in pro bono program

    Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker has a long tradition of active pro bono participation and consistently grows its program every year. When Paul Hastings undertakes a pro bono matter, the firm's commitment is the same as for any client: To provide dedicated service with the best possible result.

  • Diligent planning is better than 'winging it'

  • Private attorney helps preserve mentally ill patients' rights

    Of interest to both plaintiffs attorneys and to those representing medical practitioners and health care institutions are two recent decisions in which the court of appeals has narrowly limited the scope of immunity of doctors and hospitals under Welfare and Institutions Code section 5278, where a patient is involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility on a 72-hour hold.

  • How to manage and profit from law student assistance in your office

    If you ask any colleagues if it is worth hiring law students to work as law clerks, you are bound to receive a resounding "absolutely" and an affirmation of the practical benefits derived and the professional satisfactions gained. Law students are eager to experience and learn from every facet of law practice operation and management, and can do a lot to help a law practice of any size.

  • Osborne & Nesbitt get businesses the coverage they are entitled to

  • Flying solo liberating for some lawyers

    When the pressures of a heavy caseload caused Virginia Gaburo to collapse on a courtroom floor, she knew it was time to make a change. Shortly after her collapse, she quit her job at a large law firm to start her own practice. That was in 1988. Today, Gaburo has a thriving practice that handles family law, real estate and securities cases. She also has control over her workload and life. And she has the satisfaction of knowing that she can focus on helping her clients instead of worrying about logging enough billing hours for an employer and playing office politics.

  • Quattrone verdict another win for federal prosecutors

    NEW YORK (AP) - When word spread that jurors had reached a verdict in the retrial of former Wall Street banker Frank Quattrone, two people quietly slipped into the back row of the cavernous courtroom.

  • LA immigrant files suit, claiming false jailing, torture in Iraq

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Canadian civilian who claims he was falsely imprisoned, tortured and injured by Army interrogators shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq last year is suing the Army for $350,000.

  • U.S. lawyers don't have to send out privacy notices, judge says

    May 3 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. lawyers can't be required to send out privacy notices to clients telling them that they're entitled to keep their personal information private, a federal judge ruled.

  • Ethical attorney advertising

    In an industry as fiercely competitive as law practice, effective advertising is of paramount importance. Equally important, however, is the requirement that attorneys' advertisements comply with ethical standards. The applicable California Rule of Professional Conduct is Rule 1-400, entitled Advertising and Solicitation.

  • Ethical attorney advertising: general principles

    For many attorneys, especially those in private practice, catchy and effective advertising is paramount to a successful legal career. One look at the attorney section of the Yellow Pages displays the effort expended to persuade potential clients that a particular attorney is a better choice than his or her immense competition. But what ethical rules must you keep in mind when crafting those brilliant ads?

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