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Mentorship - the Hidden Gem of the Legal Community

  • October 20, 2021
  • Daniel Fridmar

Mentorship is one of the most important and least discussed components of the legal community, which largely influences the growth of newer generations of lawyers by the help of older ones.

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Flying Solo in the Competitive World of Law

  • October 20, 2021
  • Justin Bozzo

This article is a culmination of the experiences of a young lawyer. More specifically, it’s about the traits that have allowed him to thrive as a solo attorney in the competitive world of law.

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Practicing Solo in Covid

  • October 20, 2021
  • Anton Katz

A sole-practitioner's outlook on practice during the time of Covid.

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Starting a Practice with a Friend

  • April 20, 2021
  • Antonio DiMinno and Daniel Rizzi

In this short essay, Antonio DiMinno and Daniel Rizzi talk about their story from planning on starting their respective practices in law school, to their present operation of a law firm together. They discuss the lessons learned along the way and hope to share some of those lessons with you.

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Making Mistakes

  • April 20, 2021

In this article, an anonymous member of the OBA discusses their experience with making mistakes in their legal practice and the resources available to avoid making mistakes in the future.

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Growing As a Sole Practitioner – When to Hire Employees

  • January 22, 2021
  • Dan Fridmar, principal lawyer

In this article, the author shares the wisdom and experiences he has received from his mentors about five key factors to consider before hiring your first clerk, assistant, or associate.

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Value of Employment Contracts for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers

  • January 22, 2021
  • Stuart Rudner, principal lawyer

Perhaps you are looking to hire your first associate or staff member, or perhaps you already have a team. Either way, contracts and policies are your best opportunity to improve your legal position, and the simple reality is that the vast majority of employment contracts are ineffective. As a fellow OBA member, we will gladly review your current employment agreement template, at no cost, and let you know if it needs to be updated.

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Starting Out Solo

  • January 22, 2021
  • Erin O’Rourke, principal lawyer

The author talks about the challenges she faced in opening her practice straight out of articling and into the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 - What a Year to Start a Practice

  • January 22, 2021
  • Ben Fulton, principal lawyer

This article takes a look at some of the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and changes being made, through the lens of a first year call grappling with issues of access to justice. What changes are being made? How can we make sure that these changes are promoting access to justice? What are the challenges involved in ensuring accommodation of disabilities at this time and in the future? Finally, how do we ensure that the changes we make now are both sustainable and accessible?

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