In This Issue...

  • Highlights: LPM Spring Meeting, Young Lawyers Mentoring Program 
  • Meetings & CLE:  Teleconferences
  • New Books:  Adobe Acrobat, Collaboration Tools, Marketing on the Internet
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March 2008 

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The Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat, Third Edition
by David L. Masters

Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat

Product Code:5110588
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$79.95 (Regular)
$49.95 ( LPM)

Every law office has vast quantities of paper-based information systems. But what if all of this information could be converted to digital format?  How much more efficiently could the office run? Adobe PDF lets legal professionals capture and view information – from any application, on any computer system – and share it with anyone around the world. Whether transactional or litigation oriented, this book will help any practice run smarter by showing how lawyers can use the latest version of Acrobat to work with digital documents.

Topics include:

  • How to use PDFs to streamline document management, increase productivity, and reduce reliance on paper
  • Key features and tools within Acrobat designed just for the legal community
  • How to create and work with PDFs
  • Why lawyers should use Acrobat for E-Briefs
  • Environmental considerations
Start moving toward a paper-free law office and use Acrobat to get you there faster.
Upcoming LPM Meetings
  • May 15-17, 2008 - LPM Spring Meeting
    Hotel Santa Fe & The Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM
  • August 7-9, 2008 - ABA/LPM Annual Meeting - Sheraton Towers - New York, NY
  • October 16-18, 2008 - LPM Fall Meeting - Westin La Paloma ~ Tuscon, AZ
  • October 17-19, 2008 - Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop - Westin La Paloma ~ Tuscon, AZ
  • February 11-15, 2009 - LPM Midyear Meeting - Boston, MA
  • April 2-4, 2009 - ABA TECHSHOW
    Hilton Chicago - Chicago, IL
What Others are Reading
  1. My ABAAdvice for the Restless Lawyer: Discovering Your Possibilities
  2. My ABACreating an Excellent Client Service Environment
  3. My ABAHow to Back Up Your PCs and Macs: An Obsessive's Guide for the Small Law Firm

Law Practice Today:

  1. Awaken the Marketer in You
  2. Coaches Teach What Law Schools Don't
  3. Deciding to Hire: When and How to Expand your Practice

Law Technology Today:

  1. A Call for Collaborative Action
  2. Better than Batman's Belt: Our Favorite Utilities
 
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 Highlights

LPM Spring Meeting in Santa Fe, NM -- Registration Now Open!

Spring Meeting 2008

Following the successful debut of ABA TECHSHOW at the Hilton Chicago, the LPM Section heads back to the Southwest for the LPM Spring Meeting in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Join LPM for a special program on "Living a Life in the Law," committee meetings, and networking events at the newly-renovated, all-suite Hotel Santa Fe and its luxurious wing, the Hacienda.  Among the events held in and around the city, LPM will host a Gathering Reception at the downtown Santa Fe Museum of Art, and a closing sunset dinner amid the spectacular mountain views of Museum Hill.

The oldest capital in the U.S., Santa Fe is in the midst of celebrating its 400th anniversary, with its rich history blending the cultures of the Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and American West. The bestselling 1,000 Places to See Before You Die book includes Santa Fe, praising the city's art and artisan markets, cuisine, opera, spas and the Georgia O'Keeffe Trail.  

Plan now to attend the LPM Spring Meeting and spend extra days enjoying one of America's most historically interesting cities. All LPM Members are encouraged to meet and share ideas to facilitate the goals of the four practice core group meetings, and several committee meetings. These meetings are open to everyone.
Register for the LPM Spring Meeting in Santa Fe now!

Rooms are available at a rate of $149/night for junior suites in the main building, and at a rate of $215/night for suites in the Hacienda wing. Reservations may be made by calling (800) 825-9876 or (505) 982-1200.  Mention the LPM Section Spring Meeting to receive this special rate.  To book your hotel room at the Hotel Santa Fe, visit www.hotelsantafe.com.

ABA TECHSHOW 2008 - A SUCCESS!

ABA TECHSHOW 2008 made its debut at the Hilton Chicago with rave reviews!  This year's legal technology conference and expo was well-received by attendees, exhibitor and expo hall guests.  The event featured informative educational sessions, a sold-out expo hall with more than 130 vendor booths, the fun-filled ABA TECHSHOW After Dark Reception with The Empty Can Band and glow in the dark trinkets, the Taste of ABA TECHSHOW dinners, and more. Keynote Speaker Marc Rotenberg gave an  enlightening address about privacy on the Internet and the James I. Keane Award was presented to Cowell Taradash, P.C. for its website IllinoisDivorce.com.
 
We're making it easier than ever to keep up with what's going on at ABA TECHSHOW, with a number of new features we're calling the ABA TECHSHOW Buzz.  You'll be able to read the latest blog posts on the show, as well as see pictures taken by our attendees and faculty!  We're even using Twitter to broadcast regular updates about the conference.  Best of all, you can participate! Just visit www.techshow.com/buzz for more details.
 
If you didn't make it this year, be sure to catch ABA TECHSHOW 2009 from April 2-4, 2009 at the Hilton Chicago.

Young Lawyers Leadership Development Program

As part of its continuing efforts to reach out to young lawyers, the ABA LPM Section offers a Leadership Development Program to attract and mentor future leaders of the Section. Imagine the opportunities to meet and network with some of the country's foremost experts on topics related to the business of practicing law -- marketing, management, technology, and finance -- as well as career and work/life balance issues.

Section leaders choose at least two candidates each year to serve two-year terms. The appointees will have the opportunity to attend Section meetings and serve on important committees which affect the strategic direction of the Section and its service to members. LPM holds quarterly Section meetings, including at the ABA Annual and Midyear meetings, and offers a generous reimbursement policy. The application deadline for the 2008-2009 bar year is June 2008!  For more information and to apply, visit www.lawpractice.org/yl .
 
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 Upcoming Meetings & CLE

LPM Forums - Open Online Discussion for Members

Do you have a question about law practice management? Do you have information you can share with your colleagues? If so, visit LPM Forums – a member-only access web discussion board found on the LPM Section website at www.lawpractice.org in the left-hand navigation bar. 

This new resource tool offers LPM members a chance to post a question or respond to a question via web discussion board. Participants are able to read threads of discussions posted by others concerning an array of topics that fall under one of the four core groups – marketing, management, technology and finance. Post a discussion item today!

Have Knowledge You Want to Share?
Write an Article for Law Practice Today and Law Technology Today

What type of articles are we looking for?

Articles about issues that face every type of lawyer in today's practice arena. Solos, corporate counsel, managing partners, starting associates, or even paralegals. We want stories from the legal trenches. The topics that are burning a hole through your desk. Do you have a success story about a new technology your firm just implemented? What about one that failed? Do you have a successful solution to solo billing matters? What is the newest issues facing all types of lawyers from Capitol Hill? We are looking for articles that will educate readers about issues that they can use today, tomorrow, or even next week. We are looking for big picture articles as well as specific topics. Checklists and how-to articles are great content for Law Practice Today .

We are always looking for new contributors to Law Practice Today . Articles may come in the form of one-time contributions or possibly an opportunity for a regular column on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. We prefer writers who are passionate about their practice area. Writers who want to educate others so they don't have to re-create the wheel or fall down the same path you did.

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 LPM Teleconference Series 

Register Now!Helping  Your Clients Navigate the Privacy Shoals on The Web 2.0 Information Sea

Thursday, March 25, 2008
1:00 P.M - 2:30 P.M. ET

90-Minute Teleseminar and Live Audio Webcast

1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Eastern
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Central
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Mountain
10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
Pacific

Barely a day goes by without a social-networking web site running aground on a privacy issue. The charts for navigating these issues are incomplete, due to the lack of laws and precedent governing privacy on these sites. How would you advise a client setting up or running a Web 2.0 site to handle privacy issues? Who can you give private information to and when, for marketing purposes or requests from law enforcement? What are privacy implications of UGC? What law applies or could apply?

This program will focus on some of the recent hot issues and cases affecting social networking and bring practitioners "up-to-date" with the latest developments and solutions.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Identifying the steps your clients need to take to avoid legal or reputational problems when starting or running a social network site
  • Examining current incidents (Facebook/Beacon, Sears, etc.) and measures to enhance a user's privacy online
  • What internal policies should be in place
  • Privacy concerning User Generated Content (UGC)
  • How to better protect the privacy of teenagers

Join us as we explore the dangers hidden in the 2.0 Information Sea and chart solutions for your clients when addressing privacy issues concerning advertising, protection of underage users, law enforcement and other uses.

Learn More »

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 Featured Books 

The 2008 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology guide: Critical Decisions Made Simple 
by Sharon Nelson, John Simek and Michael Maschke

The 2008 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

Product Code:5110657P
Pub Date:March 2008
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$79.95 (Regular)
$49.95 ( LPM)

This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best legal technology for their dollar. You’ll find information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, and anything else a law office might need. You can use it in conjunction with your IT consultant, but it’s written in plain language to make implementation easier if you choose to do it yourself. This is the definitive resource that makes technology work for you.

 
Topics include:
  • A complete, unbiased overview of current legal technology products
  • Concrete steps to making sound technology decisions
  • How to choose the right operating system and software for your office, including case management applications, billing systems, and document management solutions
  • What you need to go wireless
  • How to protect your firm from security threats, including viruses, spyware, and spam
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The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together 
by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell

Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools

Product Code:5110589
Pub Date:March 2008
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$89.95 (Regular)
$54.95 ( LPM)

 

Today, lawyers must work together with colleagues, co-counsel, clients, and even opposing counsel, to get their job done. What tools are available to make it easier? This book showcases how to use the latest technology and software, such as Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat 8 and Google Docs, to take better advantage of collaborative tools and the benefits they bring. Written with limited technical jargon, this guidebook provides practical, concrete action steps and techniques so even the least tech-savvy lawyer can get started.
 
Topics include:
  • The most current collaboration technologies now available to lawyers
  • How to use collaboration tools to generate new clients and save money
  • How to select the tools and strategies that will serve the firm now and in the future
  • The best ways to collaborate on documents, cases, transactions, and projects
  • Establishing a culture of collaboration in your firm
This book provides the essential information needed to find the tools that best fit your firm and help build your practice.

 

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Through the Client's Eyes: New Approaches to Get Clients to Hire You Again and Again, Third Edition
by Henry W. Ewalt and Andrew W. Ewalt

Product Code:5110592
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$89.95 (Regular)
$54.95 ( LPM)

This updated edition of the two-time bestseller Through the Client’s Eyes is for every attorney who has struggled with the love-hate traits inherent in the practice of law. Used as a comprehensive guidebook, you’ll learn how to better cultivate your existing client relationships without compromising your own interests — and increase your bottom line.

Substantively expanded to address distinct issues for law firms, solos, government attorneys, and corporate counsel, the detailed table-of-contents directs you to the topics most pertinent to your practice: from billing to forming alliances to enhancing your web site. Through the Client’s Eyes was written to help you build on the foundation you’ve already established in your profession—whether you’re a new attorney or further advanced in your career. Surpassing the sales clich? to “put the client first,” it teaches you how to anticipate your client’s human needs—and how to redeem yourself and your practice in the process.
 
Praise for Through the Client’s Eyes from the Nation’s Top Attorneys:
 
“Incisive and cogent. The reader will conclude that this advice is something they should have known or wish they had known in developing that critical relationship between the lawyer and the client.” – Louis J. Briskman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CBS Corporation
 
“A wonderful guide to the things that they don’t teach you in law school.” – Andrew M. Kramer, Partner, Jones Day
 
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 Make Sure to Continue Your Section Membership

LPM wants to make sure that you continue to receive all the benefits of a section member. You can manage your ABA and Section membership more efficiently online. Go to www.abanet.org and log on to myABA* where you can:
  • Pay ABA and/or Section dues online via credit card
  • View your membership invoice
  • Add or drop Section memberships
  • Print payment confirmation and receipt
 
LPM Section benefits include:
- Complimentary Law Practice magazine subscription
- Complimentary e-issues of Law Practice Today
- Complimentary e-issues of LawPractice.news
- Discount for ABA TECHSHOW
- Networking opportunities
- and More!
 
*Please note that Members and Associates will need to have their ABA ID# and password to access their online invoice.   
 

More Practical Information by E-Mail.  Did you know that LPM provides even more useful content by e-mail each month, and it is all included with your membership?  Law Practice Today, the Section's popular webzine, delivers a new edition at the beginning of each month, with topical articles on all aspects of the business of practicing law.  LawPractice.news, the Section's monthly e-newsletter, provides up-to-date information on all LPM programs, publications, and events.   In addition, as new programs and publications become available, LPM members are provided with full details.  To update your e-mail address and preferences with ABA, visit www.abanet.org and select "Member Login," or phone 1-800-285-2221. 

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