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For many small firm and solo practitioners, if a good case walks through the door, oftentimes, the motivation to bring dollars through the door results in taking that case regardless of whether the practice has an attorney well versed in that area of law.

And though this might be a necessary evil of small firm practice, it might also be what's holding back your firm. While there are too few "general practitioners" in this world, there's a pretty good reason why: Specializing enables law firms and lawyers to make more money. It can also help job-seeking lawyers get hired.

You know the saying: a penny saved is a penny earned? Well, when it comes to your law firm's operations, a penny saved lowers overhead and increases profit. It can also help with marketing.

Luckily for solo practitioners and other firm owners, there's an easy way to be greedy: Turn off the lights and other electronic devices when you leave for the night/weekend. Basically, you can be greedy and green at the same time. 

Below, you can find a short list of most important electronic devices to turn off.

Do any former clients owe you money? What have you done to collect lately?

If you're like most lawyers, that answer is, sadly: nothing. For some reason, while we lawyers can talk a big game, when it comes to collecting money from our own clients, we put on the kid gloves and hold back our punches. Sure, there's good reason for doing so, but there's also good reason to at least try to collect past-due bills.

Below are several tips on collecting on past due client bills.

While most lawyers out there don't need to hear this ever, let alone more than once, getting a little reminder every now and again isn't bad for any lawyer, so here goes:

Don't conspire, perspire.

Seriously lawyers, especially you prosecutors out there, we don't live in the world of Bobby Axelrod and you are not Chuck Rhodes. Rather than trying to scheme, backstab, and cheat your way to the top, or using your position in ways to belie the public's trust, going the old fashion route of putting in sweat-equity is just a way better move, unless you're hoping to go out in a blaze of glory and lose your license, or worse.

One of the not-so-new hallmarks of a legal education is the prohibitive cost. And while there are student loans available to most law students, the risk of taking on massive student loan debt when the legal job market isn't that strong is not insignificant.

It is generally accepted that student loan debt cannot be discharged through bankruptcy, or at least that it is next to impossible. And that still may be the case, but some bankruptcy court judges are, as the ABA Journal explains, getting creative and finding some "wiggle room" to get student borrowers some relief. For future student loan debtors that get some relief, you may have the judge's heavily indebted law clerk(s), or even the judge's debt-saddled child, to thank.

When it comes to the law business, pop culture still really hasn't caught up with reality. Most movies and television programs still depict all lawyers as well-to-do and/or well-off, financially. However, in the real world, lawyers span the gamut, financially, and many work two jobs.

For those attorneys that need, or just want, a little extra money on the side, finding a smart side hustle might just lead to more money in your legal practice too. While working as a food server or gas station attendant might not be the most ringing endorsement for your law practice, there are plenty of other options, and it's all about attitude and how good you are at selling yourself and what you do.

Are you a hungry law clerk or associate? Do you consistently perform beyond expectations? Do you know that you are a highly valued member of the team?

Then what are you waiting for? If you want more money, all you have to do is ask, right? Below you can find three tips to help you ask for that raise.

The administration of justice is not just critically important, it's also costly. While it makes sense to allow courts to charge fees to the criminally guilty for the administration of justice, it's undeniable that doing so creates a potential conflict, or minimally, the appearance of a conflict.

If the fines assessed against the guilty and those offered diversion are used to support the court's operations, the public will logically see that there is a financial benefit to the court finding guilt or offering diversion. Making this even more complex of an issue, when court generated fines and penalties are used to fund other government programs, like traffic enforcement, the appearance of a conflict looks more like a conspiracy between two branches of the government.

In what may come as a shocking revelation to all those who believe that everyone in Congress is filthy rich (with an emphasis on the filthy), over 10 percent still carry student loan debt.

Notably though, it's not all their debt. For many members, the loans belong to a child, and show up for them due to co-signing. However, there are definitely a few who actually still owe debt from their own educations. After all, lawmakers often attend law school, which is among the most expensive educations one can buy. Also, the numbers have changed much since 2015, when it was revealed that multimillionaire Representative Joe Kennedy III (of Kennedy family notoriety) still owed over $40K in student loan debt.

For young lawyers and law students, hearing the news about big law bonuses going over the top can just feel cruel. After all, the vast majority of lawyers don't work at big law firms, and most law students have no realistic chance of landing one of those coveted big law jobs after graduation.

Nonetheless, when bonus news breaks, the legal blogs will cover it, good, bad, or whatever. The most recent bonus news to break will be leaving small group of lawyers with big smiles on their faces, while the rest of just ooh and ah and dream, then humbly remember what Biggie taught us.