In previous posts, I’ve published my Massachusetts Judicial District Map and Massachusetts Housing Court Map. To complete the set, below is my Massachusetts Superior Court Map. This version includes the Courthouse name, the address of the primary courthouse in each county (for those that have multiple sessions), as well as the main number for the courthouse. Check it out after the jump: [Read more…]
A couple weeks ago I posted a Massachusetts Judicial District Map that I created using Google Fusion Tables. At the request of one of my new Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys brethren I’ve gone ahead and created a similar map showing the areas covered by each of the five housing courts in the Commonwealth. More importantly, it shows those areas not covered at all by a housing court. Check it out after the jump: [Read more…]
Last week I attended a CLE (that’s continuing legal education for the uninitiated) on practice in District Court, at which I was reminded that you can bring suit in any judicial district in which one of the parties lives or has a usual place of business, OR in the judicial district adjacent to that one. Yesterday, I was trying figure out where I could file a case, wondered which district was adjacent, and couldn’t find a map available on the internet. Naturally, I then spent several hours creating my own with Google Fusion Tables. Map after the jump… [Read more…]
Prior to taking the leap and hanging my shingle, I was possessed of the notion that going solo required a tremendous capital investment. This vague notion, which I don’t think is uncommon, kept me from even seriously considering the possibility of striking out on my own for a number of months. Over time, however, the power of this idea was slowly eroded as I became aware of more and more resources that could be leveraged for little or no money.
Eventually, I came to the realization that it doesn’t take a huge investment in equipment, technology, or office space to be a successful solo attorney, and that’s a large part of what gave me confidence in my ability to be successful. So in the interest of breaking down barriers to entry, I’ve compiled this list of the various resources, techniques, and strategies that I use, as well as my comments on each of them. Use them in good health, and please suggest others you know of in the comments. [Read more…]
This past Friday I was fortunate enough to speak on a panel entitled “Pathways to Practice” at MCLE here in Boston. The program was aimed at third year law students and recent graduates with the goal of imparting some wisdom that would make it easier for those individuals to navigate the current economy and legal job market. Basically, it covered all the stuff that I’ve had to go about learning the hard way over the past two years (and some that was new to me), and I highly recommend that anyone looking for a legal job, establishing a solo practice, or thinking of doing either, go back and watch the free archived webcast here (you’ll have to register with MCLE to do so).
Unfortunately, my time ran a little short and I completely disregarded my outline as soon as I started talking, so there were some points that I had wanted to make and some advice that I had wanted to give that I wasn’t able to. So here’s my Pathways to Practice bonus material: [Read more…]