With the departure of Jay Shepherd, I am now (at least temporarily) filling the role of small firm chica (Val) and small firm expert (Jay). Let me tell you, it is exhausting.

So, I am going to do what any smart, small-firm partner would do in this situation, and I am going to delegate. And, by delegate, I mean push the work off on you.

I have a few new features that I would like to unveil (and I swear, it will be better than the new Facebook)…

First, I am asking all small-firm subject matter experts to contact me to take part in Ask An Expert. This will be a 500-word CLE for us laymen.

Second, I would like to feature pro bono opportunities that require small-firm assistance and spotlight pro bono initiatives at small firms.

Third, I would like to hear stories about small-firm dish — office romances, boozy office parties, et cetera (off the record of course).

Fourth, I want to hear your Adventures in Small Firm Marketing. Surely someone has done something innovative or disastrous, and I would love to hear about it.

Lastly, I do not share Jay’s fondness for punctuation, so I invite all small-firm grammar geeks and style experts to provide tips. I fear that if I am forced to write about periods, the column will read more like a Judy Blume book than a helpful style guide.

So, in the spirit of the new television season, I present the new Size Matters season. I’m looking forward to our collaborations. And, depending on the response, maybe we can work together to do something really meaningful. Can you say Small Firm Hotties Calendar?!


When not writing about small law firms for Above the Law, Valerie Katz (not her real name) works at a small firm in Chicago. You can reach her by email at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ValerieLKatz.


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