Allowing Who You Are to Define How You Practice

If you try to make something just to fit your uninformed view of some hypothetical market, you will fail. If you make something special and powerful and honest and true, you will succeed. — Hugh Macleod

So starts Rural Lawyer Bruce Cameron’s review of The Freelance Lawyering Manual. I love the quote, almost as much as the one that starts my book:

Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life’s bittersweet route. – Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume (1984)

Bruce wrote me a lovely review. My favorite part? 

The Freelance Lawyering Manual also covers what hiring attorneys need to know about freelancers and the ethics of freelance lawyering. Bottom line is that it is ethical and profitable to hire freelance lawyers – you just have to do it the right way. While the section for hiring attorneys is, for the most part, common sense hiring practices, the section on ethics is a brilliant, utterly readable distillation of some of the more mind-numbingly dull ethical opinions ever produced. Kimberly does a great job in laying out what you need to know when it comes to ethical concerns regarding supervision, confidentiality, malpractice, conflict screening, and billing.

That may be one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten!

Check out Bruce’s review of The Freelance Lawyering Manual and go on to peruse the Rural Lawyer. Bruce is a man after my own heart; he’s someone who has allowed who he is dictate how he practices law, and not the other way around. Of his blog, he explains:

Rural Lawyer is a blog about practicing law in rural America – out beyond the availability of broadband Internet and past the surburban sprawl where good neighbors are a mile down the road, the next lawyer is two towns over and the nearest Starbucks is a good hour away. It is having  your niche defined by your location and not by how you market your practice area.


Solo and small firm attorneys should contact me by email or phone at 608-620-3529 to schedule a free consultation.

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