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Upcoming LPM Meetings

  • February 8-10, 2007 - ABA LPM Midyear Meeting
    JW Marriott Hotel - Miami, FL

  • March 22-24, 2007 - ABA TECHSHOW
    Sheraton Hotel & Towers - Chicago, IL

  • May 3-5, 2007 - LPM Spring Meeting
    Colonial Williamsburg Lodge - Williamsburg, VA

  • August 9-11, 2007 - ABA LPM Annual Meeting
    Westin St. Francis - San Francisco, CA

  • October 18-20, 2007 - LPM Fall Meeting
    Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa - Rio Grande, PR

  • October 20-22, 2007 - ABA Women Rainmakers Retreat
    Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa - Rio Grande, PR

  • February 6-12, 2008 - ABA LPM Midyear Meeting
    Los Angeles, CA

  • May 15-17, 2008 - LPM Spring Meeting
    Hotel Santa Fe & The Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM

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  1. The Top Ten Causes of Malpractice and How You Can Avoid Them [PDF]
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ABA TECHSHOW 2007

 LPM Section News

ABA LPM Midyear Meeting - February 8-10, 2007 - Miami, FL

The ABA LPM Section will be in the Sunshine State for the ABA LPM Midyear Meeting! Join us February 8-10, 2007 at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami in Miami, FL for programs, meetings, networking and fun!

On Friday, February 9, 2007, ABA LPM Section presents Law Marketing Day at ABA Midyear. Three non-CLE programs on business development will be offered. The following programs will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami:

The ABA Women Rainmakers Networking Reception co-sponsored by Damian & Valori LLP, will immediately follow on the JW Marriott pool deck.

The programs and reception are free of charge and open to all ABA attendees as well as any interested attorneys, marketers and administrators from Florida's law firm and law school community.  

We encourage everyone to attend this meeting as there is no registration fee and committee meetings, practice core group meetings (marketing, management, finance and technology), the Section Council Meeting and programs are open to everyone. See the LPM Meetings Schedule for a complete listing.

Register Online Now!

LPM Welcomes New Staff

Jody Hanson ( hansonj@staff.abanet.org, 312-988-5644) is LPM's new Member Services Project Coordinator, working with Jasamyn Benedict and Kurt Harzke on the section's membership development and retention programs, as well as other communications.  Jody worked with LPM Publishing earlier this year during the busy summer season, and was a key contributor to keeping certain books on schedule.  Jody brings to LPM an extensive background of relevant experience, including work in hotel management, desktop publishing, and the Web.

Bill Stanton ( William.Stanton@americanbar.org, 312-988-5634) is LPM's new Meetings & CLE Coordinator, and will work with the Meetings & CLE Manager on planning and managing all Section meetings and CLE events, including ABA TECHSHOW.  Bill's most recent experience has been with the Dietary Managers Association, where he handled administration for the DMA's annual convention, including a trade show and educational programs.  Bill is a University of Iowa graduate.

Please join us in welcoming Jody and Bill to the LPM team.

Congratulations are also in order for Cindy Galvan, who has been a valuable member of the LPM team since 1999, most recently as Meetings & CLE Manager.  Cindy has accepted a promotion to a position as Meetings Director of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.  We wish Cindy the best in her new position, and I know that LPM members will look forward to crossing paths with Cindy at future ABA meetings.  LPM is currently recruiting for a new Meetings & CLE Manager. 

In Memoriam

Several longtime LPM leaders have recently passed away. Each of these leaders will be remembered for their contributions to the profession.

Jim McRae, Editor Emeritus of Law Practice magazine (formerly Legal Economics and Law Practice Management), passed away in October.  Jim was a highly regarded real estate attorney in Atlanta, and served as Editor of the magazine from 1987 to 1990. 

Bob Yegge, former longtime dean of the University of Denver law school, passed away in December.  Bob was a prominent Denver lawyer, and established law practice management and legal administration curricula that were among the first of their kind. 

John Conner, an early practice management pioneer, passed away in December.  John practiced law for more than thirty years in Washington, D.C., and chaired one of the ABA's first law office economics and management conferences in the 1960s. 

Young Lawyers Mentoring Fellowship Program

As part of its continuing efforts to reach out to young lawyers, the ABA LPM Section offers a Leadership Mentoring 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. Applications are accepted throughout the year. For more information and to apply, visit www.lawpractice.org/yl .

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  ABA TECHSHOW® 2007

Early Bird Deadline is February 9!

Save $200 on ABA TECHSHOW registration just by being a member of LPM. Save $100 more by registering for ABA TECHSHOW 2007 before February 9!

Register Online Now!

ABA TECHSHOW 2007 promises to bring three exciting days of programming and networking from March 22-24, 2007 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Other highlights of ABA TECHSHOW include:

  • The Honorable Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, will give the ABA TECHSHOW 2007 Keynote Presentation on Thursday, March 22. Learn more by visiting www.techshow.com.
  • On Friday, March 23, a special Solo/Small Firm Day will highlight two tracks with eight educational sessions designed with the solo and small firm lawyer. The sessions will cover various topics including client development, e-discovery, information management, going paperless, billing and more! A special one-day rate of $295 is available. Register early and save and additional $50 on this daily rate!
  • Three days of CLE programming with 16 topical tracks!
  • Two days of Expo featuring over 100 legal technology vendors!
  • ABA LPM Section track providing law practice management tips and Vendor tracks offering product demonstration and information.
  • Don't forget about Book Bucks - $20 Coupon, the complimentary thumb drive, and giveaways!

The program schedule and session descriptions are now available! For more information, visit www.techshow.com.

ABA TECHSHOW 2007
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 LPM CLE Teleconference Series

These CLE programs are available via teleconference and live audio web cast. Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair--today's practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits. LPM members receive $65 off regular tuition rates of $150.

Capturing More Time...and Keeping Your Client Happy While Doing It

A 90-minute Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
Thursday, January 18, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

Everyone knows you can dramatically increase your annual earnings by capturing just 15 more minutes per day.  So why aren't we all doing it?  Capturing all your time is just not as easy as it sounds.  And, how do you make sure clients understand the value of your services, and pay for them, too? 

Attend this live audio webcast and teleconference to learn practical tips, tricks and techniques that will allow you to better manage, capture, enter, charge and collect for your valuable and limited time every day.  Our program faculty will show you how you can have happier clients and increase your earnings without working longer or harder!

After attending this program, you will be able to:

  • create strategies to more accurately identify time spent working for specific clients
  • identify systems that can help you track billable time more easily and accurately
  • understand how better tracking of your time can increase client satisfaction and confidence
  • explain and itemize billable time charges to client

Speakers

Debbie Foster, Founder and President, InTouch Legal, Largo, FL
Meg Spencer Dixon, Founder, Spencer Consulting, Washington, DC

Learn More or Register

Call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221 for information or to register by phone.

Upcoming LPM Teleconferences

Thursday, February 15, 2007 ~ 1:00pm-2:30pm ET
Creating an Effective Associate Development Program

Thursday, March 15, 2007 ~ 1:00pm-2:30pm ET
Structuring a Retirement Program for Senior Lawyers

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 Carpe Librum

How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth Edition

©2004
Book
Product Code: 5110508
LPM Member Price: $57.95
Nonmember Price: $ 69.95

How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth Edition
by Jay G Foonberg

If you have a question about starting and growing your own law practice, or improving your existing solo or small firm practice, Jay Foonberg has the answers in this power-packed, updated, and expanded new edition. Learn it all from a practicing lawyer who provides you with real answers, for real practices, gained from real experiences.

This classic ABA bestseller has been used by tens of thousands of lawyers as the comprehensive guide to planning, launching, and growing a successful practice. It's packed with over 600 pages of guidance on identifying the right location, finding clients, setting fees, managing your office, maintaining an ethical and responsible practice, maximizing available resources, upholding your standards, and much more. If you're committed to starting your own practice, this book will give you the expert advice you need to make it succeed.

Learn More

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 Make the Most of Your LPM Membership

Renew Your Member Dues Online*

LPM wants to make sure that you continue to receive all the benefits of a section member. Be sure to renew your membership if you have not already done so, by January 31, 2007. 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 2006/07 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
  • Discount on LPM books and publications
  • 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.  Law Practice.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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