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Increase Your Solo or Small Firm’s Impact on Access to Justice

By Forrest Carlson

We who practice law in solo or small firms face common barriers to having a meaningful impact on justice outside of the day-to-day work we do for our individual clients. Running our own practices means running our own businesses. Our time is scarce, split between practicing law and everything else that’s required to keep the doors open. We discover early that operating a law firm is more than a full-time job, just as we learn early to guard our limited free time. Money is scarce, too. Even after a big win or during a boom period, we closely watch the cash flow to make sure we’ll have enough for when things slow down again. We spend our hard-earned extra revenue to grow our firms or pay down our student loans. Because we’re alone or in small teams, we struggle more than larger firms to absorb the workload when things are busy and to keep the operation going during downtimes.

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