service of the MSBA and the Law Practice Management Committee
for members in solo practices and small firms
Your first resort may be
to call one of your friends in the profession. But what if all you get
is an answering machine? Or what if the question is a bit obscure, something
that only a few colleagues might have experience with?
About to make a big
You know how to research just about anything. But maybe you would
like a second opinion. How about checking with others who have faced
Just want to share
ideas with other lawyers in practices like yours?
Sometimes it's not so much that you need an answer to a question,
as that you want to bounce ideas off other people who work in settings
similar to yours, and who know where you're coming from.
SoloSmall offers a forum for all of these.
Get fast answers to your
Exchange referrals with
other solos and small firms.
Connect with other lawyers
from across Minnesota.
Brainstorm ideas and solutions
with other Minnesota lawyers.
Learn time-saving and
Free and for members only.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is SoloSmall?
SoloSmall is an e-mail discussion
group. You can call it a "list" for short. This forum serves
MSBA members in solo practices or small firms (up to 10 attorneys).
Here you can ask questions about the wide range of subjects related
to the practice of law in that setting.
SoloSmall works by automating the distribution of e-mail messages. When
any member sends an e-mail to the SoloSmall e-mail address, i.e., to firstname.lastname@example.org,
the e-mail goes to all members subscribed to SoloSmall.
How Do I Sign Up for SoloSmall?
You can join simply by sending
an e-mail message. It must be a plain text message, not formatted*.
1. Address the e-mail
2. Put two words, nothing else, in the body: subscribe solosmall
Alternatively, you can send a blank message to email@example.com with the same effect.
How Do I Get SoloSmall Messages?
All you need is the ability
to receive e-mail. Once you sign up for SoloSmall and are added as a
member, you will begin to receive all SoloSmall e-mail messages.
How Do I Send Messages to SoloSmall's Other Members?
Just type up an e-mail message
and address it to:
Your messages will promptly go to all members of the SoloSmall E-mail
How Do I Unsubscribe from
You may want to stop receiving SoloSmall messages for a number of reasons.
You may be going on vacation, tied up in a big project, leaving the
state, or just have decided that you don't want more e-mail.
Whatever your reason, it is not hard to unsubscribe. Remember that you
can easily re-subscribe later to rejoin the group.
To unsubscribe, send a special e-mail message. Like any message sent
to join or leave any e-mail list, it must be a plain text message, not
1. Address the e-mail
2. Type this in the body:
For unsubscribing, the e-mail address is different from the SoloSmall
e-mail address. It is firstname.lastname@example.org, not email@example.com. One goes to
a daemon, the other to people. Please be careful in addressing your
unsubscribe message. If you have any trouble unsubscribing, contact
one of the people listed below.
Alternatively, you can send a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the same effect.
* "Plain text" does not mean "black, Courier, 10 point."
It means that no font is specified at all. In plain text, what counts
about an "a" is that it is the first letter of the alphabet;
not what it looks like. In plain text, an "a" is an "a"
is an "a," with no font specified. Any e-mail program that lets
you italicize, underline, or bold letters in outgoing messages is sending
formatted, not plain, text.