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Bar News - May 9, 2008

Notes from a Messy Desk

Justice Souter in the News

Inspired by Gettysburg…
US Supreme Court Justice David Souter, in a rare public address last month, said that a visit to Gettysburg changed his outlook on hearing difficult Supreme Court cases.

Quotes Poetry in Dissent…
In an April 28, 2008 dissent in Crawford v. Marion Board of Education decision, Justice Souter makes a poetic reference to "the man who wasn’t there…" (Thanks to blogger/political reporter Dan Tuohy for pointing it out.)

Economy Down;
Law Firm Hiring Stable?

A survey sponsored by Robert Half Legal says nearly 45 percent of law firms and corporate legal departments expect to hire additional lawyers in the next year despite the dour economy.

Fifty percent of those surveyed said they expected hiring to stay about the same, and only 3 percent forecast a shrinkage at their firm or office. The respondents were 300 attorneys, all with at least three years legal experience, from large law firms and corporations in the US and Canada.

Asked which areas of law were still growing, respondents named:

- bankruptcy law (25 percent)
- general litigation (23 percent);
- ethics and corporate governance (17 percent)

Want to Know About Marketing?

Here are some good sites for advice on law firm marketing for solos and small firms.

- Download a 125-page "how-to" manual titled "31 Proven Law Firm Marketing Strategies" available free at

- Smart, easy-to-read, unpretentious advice from a female solo attorney, Carolyn Elefant at

- Advice from a professional marketer for law firms of all sizes from attorney and marketing consultant Larry Bodine at

- Directory of "blawgs" on law firm marketing compiled by ABA Journal editors at

- Compilation of articles on various aspects of marketing at in the For Members area, go to Law Practice Management Tools and find the section on Marketing and Client Development. (User name and password needed.)

Quote to Remember:

"See how that fish’s mouth is open? That’s how it got caught."

- Joseph "The Shark" Lopez, Chicago criminal defense lawyer, pointing to the mounted swordfish on his office wall, uses it as a lesson to clients. Interview in Lawyers USA, April 7, 2008 issue.

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