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St. Louis area law academy graduates first class

Senior Brittany Washington, right, hugs Northwest Academy of Law Principal Valerie Carter-Thomas during a graduation ceremony rehearsal Thursday on the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Northwest Law Academy is an alternative high school with a specific focus on the legal profession.

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Find your niche

Many attorneys find that refocusing their firm on specific niche areas of law can help them weather economic storms, become more proficient and even increase their fees. Could a specialty practice be right for you? If so, what are the advantages? And what steps should you take?

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And now, a word about advertising

When it comes to getting the word out about any business, it's the oldest question in the book. Will advertising bring a corresponding return in clients, or should you just stick to word of mouth? Selecting the right media, using the right format and constructing the proper message can help your law firm get the exposure it needs without busting the budget.

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Attorneys are known for their community-mindedness. From sponsoring softball teams to sitting on school boards, doing good works not only helps others, but also can help you make valuable connections that may even drive business to your firm. Here are ...

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Do you need a public relations pro?

When it's time to write that first press release, decide on an advertising budget or pitch a story to local television, many lawyers may be tempted to find someone to handle the task. The choice to take on a public relations expert must be handled with care. Here are 11 questions to consider:

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Erica L. Nuyen

Erica L. Nuyen, a St. Louis County assistant public defender, didn't choose her job for the paycheck. That became clear to jail transportation officers when they stopped for pizza.

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