* How are law firms winning new clients? Check out the details of a new study. [Business of Law Blog]
* Which law school lays claim to the very best piece of swag? [TaxProf Blog]
* Oh, the lengths people will go to keep the 10 Commandments on public property. Good news for lawyers, lots of litigation ahead. [Wonkette]
* Can you safely handle some side action? Or are you a goodie-goodie ill-equipped for danger? [Law and More]
* Regrets? He has a few. Meet the former congressman that created the law to restrict research into gun violence, but wishes he hadn’t. [Huffington Post]
* Bad news: your right to a sex party is not protected by the Constitution. Stupid founders’ intent. [Jezebel]
Managing partner Bruce Stachenfeld shares a crucial — perhaps depressing, perhaps inspiring — secret to marketing success.
Most everyone knows what an elevator speech is: it’s a short, pithy, memorable description of a company’s services. Lawyers have always built their reputations on their expertise, such that the creation of an elevator pitch should be one of the easiest things for an attorney to do; however, many lawyers still stumble over the basic question: “What do you do?”
Anonymous Partner asks: How can you get other lawyers to send work your way?
If you want to be your firm’s next big rainmaker, why not give some of this advice a try?
Have you had any success generating business through a cold call? Here is what Anonymous Partner thinks of the practice.
* Just in case you haven’t seen enough responses to the Case Western Law dean’s New York Times op-ed, here are some more. (Plus, with this, you’re getting the additional bonus of an incredibly sad letter from a young lawyer.) [Associate’s Mind]
* Oh mon dieu! Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s legal team is now denying that that there was ever a settlement in the hotel maid’s sexual assault suit civil suit, and especially not a $6M settlement — because that’s apparently “flatly false.” [Slate]
* You’ve probably led a sad and lonely existence if you’re laying on your death bed and worrying about who will inherit your iTunes library. Don’t worry, they’re headed to a “legal black hole,” anyway. [Legal Blog Watch]
* And in other news, some teenagers are so obsessed with their tech gadgets, like cellphones, that they’d allegedly be willing to kill their family and pry the damn thing from their cold dead hands. [Legal Juice]
* Please remember to vote for your favorite law blog (coughcough Above the Law coughcough) in the Blawg 100 in the News/Analysis category, and all the rest of the sites you read in other categories, too! [ABA Journal]
* After the jump, Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia speaks with law firm consultant Tim Corcoran of the Corcoran Consulting Group about the future of rainmaking and business development in Biglaw….