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While everyone wants to make more money for the work that they do, there are times when you might need to make extra money, which is a little bit different.

Unlike small firm attorneys who can only really make more money by generating business, raising their hourly rates, working more hours, or setting up ethical referral fee arrangements, solo attorneys are uniquely positioned to make extra money outside of the legal field.

Here are five tips on how to earn those extra dollars.

Legal Hurdles to Las Vegas Mass Shooting Lawsuits

With 58 dead and nearly 500 wounded, it's possible that just as many lawsuits could be filed in the Las Vegas massacre of Oct. 1.

But so far only two lawsuits have been filed, and legal experts say their chances for recovery are not very good. After all, the killer is dead and gunmakers have never been held liable for such shootings.

It's not exactly a crap shoot, but it will take some luck and good lawyering. Attorneys are going for the casino.

So you've decided to take your appellate practice to the next level. Assuming you got the practice off the ground in the first place, and you've mastered the skills it takes to win a federal appeal, you might be thinking it's time to take the big SCOTUS plunge.

But, even getting a case picked up by SCOTUS is a real trick, particularly for private attorneys. The U.S. Supreme Court bar has no shortage of members, but only a select few of the most active members of that bar handle a majority of the cases.

Here are a few practical tips to help you expand your appellate practice.

How to Gain Credibility as an Inexperienced Lawyer

As a young lawyer, I found myself answering questions from a group of 100 or so judges and attorneys.

The big question -- other than the one I asked myself about how I got there -- came from a veteran jurist. "How do journalists decide what is newsworthy?" he asked.

I hadn't yet tried a case, much less a high-profile one, but I realized then the value of knowing one thing that others don't. That's a big secret to gaining credibility when you are inexperienced attorney.

Can you speak a language other than English? Can you do so well enough to attract speakers of that language as potential clients?

If so, it may just be a matter of expanding your marketing to reach that demographic. If not, you may want to consider setting up an account with a remote translation service and virtual receptionist, then marketing to certain demographics in your area. (Just always make sure your ads are ethical).

Just about every lawyer, at some point in their career, will be faced with a client that either doesn't want to pay a bill, or won't approve a budget or "not-to-exceed" estimate.

When it's a regular client, pursuing the regular dispute resolution procedures, or maybe letting the client slide on small portion of the bill, might be financially tenable. But, when it's your biggest client, or a client that accounts for a significant portion of your firm's book of business, the regular course of action might not be the best course of action.

In your entire legal career, you've probably never started a client meeting by saying: "I have an idea so crazy it just might work." Perhaps if you have a flare for the dramatic, you've probably used that line with a drinking buddy, or even pulled it out during a meeting with a colleague or partner, but never in front of a client.

So ... what do you say when you need to get a client to go along with a novel litigation strategy? Generally, to get a client to loosen the purse-strings for any reason, you need to explain the risks of failing to do so, along with the potential benefits. Below, you'll find three tips to help convince your client that your novel strategy is worth pursuing, and no, none of them involve crowdfunding.

Sometimes justice is elusive. Statutes, regulations, and precedent, will not always line up exactly with an injury, harm, dispute, or with what just feels right. However, thanks to the way the justice system works, certain catchall-type causes of action can be applied in new ways. Unfortunately, most defense attorneys aren't just going to roll over.

Among the most commonly used catchall cause of action for novel claims is a wrongful termination in violation of public policy. This common law cause of action requires that a plaintiff have a public policy upon which their wrongful termination claim is based. However, the public policy is open to interpretation and can be based off statutes, regulations, contracts, policies, or even general societal norms. Similarly, statutes like 42 U.S.C. 1983 can be used to bring new claims alleging violations of a person's constitutional rights (although Bivens claims were recently limited).

Getting the opportunity to serve as outside counsel for a government entity is highly sought after. For the firms that get the opportunity, it can equate to a big payday. As a recent AP article showed, states like Florida are just hemorrhaging money on legal battles, and losing, and paying even more.

Whether your firm focuses on representing entities or individuals, there are government outside counsel opportunities that you can pursue. For attorneys at all levels of experience, there are conflicts panels that can, in some areas, produce a relatively steady stream of individual clients that the government cannot represent. However, getting an assignment from a conflict panel pales in comparison to being selected as private outside counsel for an entity.

According to a new study published in the Wall Street Journal examining recent statistics found that individual tort lawsuits are down. By a lot. Maybe even "Winter Is Coming" -style numbers.

The hard numbers show that in 2015 less than two people per 1,000 filed tort lawsuits, whereas in 1993, that number was closer to 10 people per 1,000. The types of cases that have seen a significant decline range from medical malpractice to motor vehicle and product liability and other tort claims. In 1993, these filings made up over 15 percent of all filings, whereas in 2015, these only accounted for four percent.