UST Law Invites MFAN Member Karin Ciano to Talk About Freelancing

Karin at UST

Photo Credit: Monica Gould

January 27, 2014: it’s so cold outside that schools are closed and classes at the University of St. Thomas School of Law are canceled. And yet, a hardy group of law students and recent grads have braved the weather and gathered for “Going Solo 101,” a new day-long workshop sponsored by the UST Law Office of Career and Professional Development.

It was a fun way to beat the cold and learn about starting a sole practice. Consumer lawyer Randall Ryder started a conversation with the group about the decision to go solo. Family lawyer Allison Maxim described the financial operations of a sole practice. Minnesota Lawyers Mutual claims attorney Angie Hoppe discussed ethics, risk management, and malpractice insurance. Career Services director Kendra Brodin introduced Minnesota CLE’s New Lawyer Initiative. And I had the chance to discuss starting a freelance practice, which I believe can be a great opportunity for new lawyers to meet—and benefit from the supervision of—more experienced lawyers.

I’m glad to see there seems to be considerable interest from students and new grads about solo and freelance practice. Many thanks to the University of St. Thomas School of Law for inviting me, and thanks to everyone who attended! If you saw the presentation, I’d love to have your feedback and questions in the comments.

Karin has been a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton; a law clerk to three Minnesota federal judges; a legal writing teacher at NYU Law, William Mitchell College of Law, and the University of Minnesota Law School; and a sole practitioner and freelancer in Minnesota…

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