What’s Next for MFAN?

The Minnesota Freelance Attorney Network was founded at a St. Paul café in the spring of 2013 by five lawyers. Some of us were new lawyers, some quite seasoned. All of us were women. At the time, we were working as freelance attorneys—some exclusively, some in combination with growing sole practices, some in combination with growing families. We had a need that none of the organized bar groups had yet tried to meet. Getting together was a great way for us to compare notes, exchange information on best practices, support each other, and elevate our professional game. Back then, independent freelance lawyers were a new thing. Most of the bar hadn’t yet noticed the freelance revolution, and so we created MFAN as a means of educating the legal community about the benefits of, and the responsibilities that come with, working with independent freelance lawyers. We researched ethics, wrote articles and blog posts, and spoke to many different lawyer groups. We created this website at a time when much of the Minnesota bar had no idea what independent freelance lawyers did or how to find us when they needed us. Three years later, freelancing has gone from a quirky pastime to a widely accepted part of the legal gig economy. Hundreds of lawyers now proudly freelance. The Minnesota State Bar Association has established a “Find a Colleague” directory that helps lawyers find other lawyers who work on freelance projects. And the bar has learned who we are, what we do, and how we can help. MFAN is proud to have been part of that change. Our members have been invited to teach at Minnesota CLE’s Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms Conference, the MSBA Practice Management & Marketing Section, the HCBA Newer Lawyers and Solo & Small Firms sections, the Dakota County Law Library, and MoreLaw Minneapolis. Along the...

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