Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Courtroom Yoga

Those folks over at the Bitter Lawyer have created one of my favorite new infographics: COURTROOM YOGA.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Recap: Presenting at Wedding Wire World

It's been a whirlwind week already, and it's only Wednesday!

Action shot courtesy of @WeddingWireEdu
I was blessed with the opportunity to present at Wedding Wire World 2015, Wedding Wire's annual national conference.  Held at the Gaylord National Harbor in DC, it was 2 days of networking, amazing presentations, and fantastic resources.  The Wedding Wire staff were FANTASTIC To work with, and the venue was simply gorgeous.  I was lucky enough to stay overnight at the Gaylord, and I can tell you that it's the closest thing to a cruise ship on dry land!  Between the glass-encased atrium, the top-of-the-line service, and fantastic food, I will definitely be back.

I was asked to present on "The Legalities of Small Business."  I shoved as much substantive content as I could into a 30-minute timeslot (while disclaiming that this was NOT LEGAL ADVICE, as any good attorney would....) and was delighted by the packed house!

Friday, March 13, 2015

What I've Learned from 7 Months in Solo Practice

Starting a solo practice, especially as a young attorney, is terrifying.  There is so much to do, every single decision is yours, and on top of practicing law, you're running a business.  It feels like malpractice suits are around every corner, and you've got the Bar Ethics Hotline on speed dial.  

I started my practice in August, and haven't looked back.  Some days are definitely harder than others, and some weeks are less-lucrative than others.  However, I am truly happy doing what I do.

I'm by no means an expert at running a solo practice. However, I've learned a lot and can say that I'm doing alright.  I've compiled a list of some helpful things I've learned in my first 7 months of practice.  I hope these little tidbits can help some other "SmallLaw" practitioners.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Who is Pumps & Gavels, and Where is Socially Caroline?

If you're one of the 45,000 people who has visited my blog over the past 5 years, you might be wondering "who or what is 'Pumps & Gavels?!'"

I'm here to tell you that it will all be ok.

I started Socially Caroline in 2010 as a way to record the "Sights, Sounds, and Sociability of a Law Student."  During that time, I recorded my thoughts and experiences in law school, during internships, and while studying for the Bar Exam.

I kept blogging while I conquered New York City as a young professional.  But something felt... off.  I wanted to run my blog differently, and in a more mature (read: less spastic) way.  I wanted it to reflect my professional life while adding a bit of flavor to my online work image.  But I wasn't sure how.  In the end, I walked away from blogging and from Socially Caroline because I couldn't figure out how to make those two worlds-- professional and social-- mix on the internet without tarnishing my reputation as a strong and trustworthy attorney.

But I missed it.

This was my first header. I still dig the "Read. Brief. Craft. Repeat." tagline!

After taking almost a year of a break and really figuring out my life, career, and the path I want to take, I've decided that I'm ready to get back into the blogging world. But I didn't want to start over-- I had such great followers and had already put such hard work into making Socially Caroline a great blog.

So I've decided that it's time for Socially Caroline to grow up with me.

I've renamed this blog "Pumps & Gavels" to showcase my life as a solo female attorney who embraces femininity.  I want to break that "mahogany-black-suit-old-white-guy" stigma that pervades lawyer imagery.  I want to run a practice that makes me HAPPY!

This blog will follow my journey as I work to build a practice, explore life as a Lady Boss, and balance work with life.  I want to entertain, share, and even make people laugh.

Yet another image from the past...
So for those of you who have been with Socially Caroline since the beginning-- I cannot thank you enough.  Your page visits are what has kept me posting!  Make sure you update your browser links to

And for those of you who are just joining this ride-- check out the archives (but don't hate for the formatting issues.... it's been a long road!).

THANK YOU to everyone who reads, replies, and subscribes-- you all mean more to me than you know!

Welcome to the rebrand.

xoxo CJF

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Preach, Taylor

Taylor Swift recently dropped her newest single, "Shake it Off," and I must say that I'm a fan.  Anytime someone breaks it down in a tutu, I  am transported back to the days where I was "that girl" in dance class.  The song "Shake it Off" speaks to me as well, especially as a solo business owner.  People are always going to hate. Take it from Taylor and shake those people off.

Without further delay, my life as a solo practitioner as told by T-Swift:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Great Video: How does an NDA protect my ideas?

In the past, clients don't always agree with me when I tell them they need a non-disclosure agreement, or an NDA.  This video explains, in 2 short minutes, two big benefits of NDAs for any business.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exciting announcement

After a month hiatus, I can finally announce the exciting updates in my life.

I've moved back from NYC after my wonderful experience at the music corporation.  I've had time to settle my brain, look into my heart, and decide what I really want in life.

I am thrilled to say that as of July 29, 2014, I have officially opened my own law practice.

I specialize in small businesses, media law, and all things digital. It's been a crazy ride so far, but I am ecstatic to be able to share this new journey with all of my readers.

The World's Newest #Girlboss

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Your Carefully Curated Collection of 'I Can't' Shirts

Mondays get a bad rap, but really, Tuesdays are the worst. The shiny "I did X this weekend!" has worn off, you've already seen the cute guy in your office, and you piled up a bunch of crap yesterday that you just couldn't deal with because it was Monday.  And the weekend is SO. FAR. AWAY.

Most Tuesdays, we JUST CAN'T.

In honor of 20-something girls everywhere, I've curated a special selection of the finest "I JUST CAN'T" wear for those days when your shirt needs to do the talking.  Click through to purchase.  At least by wearing these, you can warn your room mates before you start doing the ugly cry.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Be a Kickass Woman at Any Age

This woman is the definition of a BAMF. Not only is she just about the cutest thing EVER, but at 101 years young she is the oldest walker in the 30-kilometer "Weekend to End Women's Cancer" weekend event every year, raising $20,000, but she threw a seriously stylish first pitch to Toronto Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole. 

Her joy and zest for life radiates from her every pore.  Some advice from this sassy little lady?  She says:

"Whatever I decide to do, it can be done with the right (frame) of mind."

Take that and make it your mantra.  I'll be over in my corner dying over her cuteness.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tired. Just tired.