Next Generation Law Practice

As an independent practitioner with limited staff, many colleagues often ask me how I keep up to date with new developments?  Part of my secret is that I don’t sleep much, but the other part is that I’m constantly looking for ways that technology can make me more efficient. So I’m thrilled about this recent [...]

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Big Business, Small Law Firms

by Carolyn Elefant on March 27, 2012

in Next Generation Law Practice

As a small firm lawyer practicing in the energy industry, a field typically dominated by big companies and big law firms, I’ve always been somewhat of a rarity. But perhaps, not any more. According to Corporate Counsel, lawyers are leaving big firms in droves to join smaller firms or try a hand at starting their [...]

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Socializing Rulemaking Procedures

by Carolyn Elefant on January 26, 2012

in Next Generation Law Practice

On January 17, 2012, the Federal Register published this notice of a recommendation adopted by the Administrative Conference of the United States, encouraging federal agencies to consider incorporating social media as part of the rulemaking process. Specifically, the recommendation suggests that:  Agencies should consider, in appropriate rulemakings, using social media tools to raise the visibility [...]

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I’m an unabashed fan of Richard Susskind, legal futurist. Ever since I learned that he predicted the widespread adoption of email amongst lawyers a decade before it happened, I’ve hung on to his every word. A couple of years back, Susskind speculated that automation might bring about The End of Lawyers, as routine tasks are [...]

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ISO: A $200/Hour FERC Lawyer

by Carolyn Elefant on August 24, 2011

in Next Generation Law Practice

Many have summarized, commented upon and opined about FERC’s recent Order No. 1000, including me, over here.  One topic that’s been omitted from any coverage that I’ve seen is FERC’s estimate of the cost of compliance.   For significant rules, FERC is required to evaluate costs to satisfy the Office of Budget Management’s information-reporting and public burden [...]

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Much as I love all that the United States Department of Energy does, I’d hardly call it a bastion of innovation.  So that’s why I was pleasantly surprised by DOE’s announcement earlier this month, of the launch of its overhauled website built with Drupal, an open-source code and hosted on cloud-based servers.  As this press release points out, [...]

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