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Becoming the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | November 3, 2011

No 746

Carolyn Elefant, the great champion of solo practice, has just released the 2011 – 2012 edition of Solo by Choice.  First published in 2008, the 2011 – 2012 Edition, by this title, implicitly promises that this version improves upon the original.   This is a demonstration of one of the pillars of the Elefant approach to the practice of law, continuous improvement.  It also implies that there will be more and that they will be improvements upon the 2011 – 2012 Edition.

But, it is the subtitle that always strikes a chord in me, every time I see it: “How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be.”

The Law is a calling and those who answer the call customarily had ideas and feelings (yes, feelings) when they commenced this lifetime journey.  From time to time, something happens that brings that remembrance rushing back.  It is often accompanied by a feeling of being trapped. Why did I bring this endless work and stress down on my head? A colleague told me yesterday that 19 things had come to his attention that day that must be addressed immediately. We’ve all had days like that.  But why do we do it?

Its a fair question that demands an honest answer.  How do you stop doing whatever it is you do and become the Lawyer you always wanted to be?  It is a personal question and a personal quest, a search for identity and goals.

In future installments of “Solo by Choice: The Review” in this blog we will get into all of that.  But, please be advised that I do not claim any expertise beyond the experience we all have in practicing our profession.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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