My legal practice was punctuated by a dozen years in academia from 1995 to 2007. As a law professor, I embraced PowerPoint, recorded some podcast lectures and patted myself on the back for keeping up with the times. When I returned to practice in 2007, I thought I knew what I was in for.
I was wrong. The lawyer’s toolbox has changed dramatically over the past twenty-odd years and continues to evolve at a furious pace. My evidence? In 1989, the tools on my desk included a pen, a legal pad and a telephone. When I rejoined private practice in 2007, my desk held a hard drive, monitor, mouse, keyboard, landline telephone, blackberry, remote access security key and a schedule of required e-training sessions.
Today we are all virtual lawyers with instant access to technology designed to enhance client service. But as any student in shop class can tell you, a tool is only as good as the hand that wields it. In careless hands, even the best technology may shatter the security of the data entrusted to our care.
These new and promising technologies are the reason I joined the LPM Section. The Section has been my 21st century shop class--a place to learn about new tools and how best to use them. Join me as a student in the LPM’s shop class for virtual lawyers. We’ll learn the best way to use our new tools--and you won’t even have to wear your safety goggles!
Meetings & CLE
ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference
At the third bi-annual ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference, taking place on November 8-9, 2011, in Philadelphia, PA, at the Four Seasons Hotel, you’ll learn to incorporate the core elements of business development R3 – Reputation, Referrals, and Rankings, to your marketing strategy to strengthen your image, gain more clients, and shape your firm’s marketing for the future.
The ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference Keynote Speakers:
Lie to Me! "Emotion Management" of Your Marketing Will Invite Trust, Not Contempt.
Dan Hill is a best selling author and internationally recognized authority on the art of “facial coding” to identify what works in marketing for his global Fortune 500 clientele. Check out more information on Dan Hill.
“In Search of…Lawyers” How the Internet Has Changed Everything.
Known for “redefining the art of networking”, Peter Shankman shows how marketing, social media, and public relations converge on the Internet to change the way lawyers see themselves…and more importantly, are seen and retained. Check out more information on Peter Shankman.
LPM Members receive the best Conference pricing of $650/person.
Two complimentary components: practicing law and practice management. Both work hand-in-hand to provide steady growth and development, both ensure overall success in your firm. During the LPM Fall Meeting 2011 on October 12-15 in Cape Cod, MA at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, we will host multiple CLE sessions so you can learn why practicing law and practice management work hand-in-hand.
Protecting the Crown Jewels: Securing Your Law Firms’ Data | December 15
2011 Futures Conference
LPM is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the third annual law practice Futures Conference, designed specifically to tackle the status quo and offer radical new ideas meaningful to firms of all sizes, disciplines, and locations. The College of Law Practice Management and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law invite you to exchange ideas with peers and learn from the profession's most innovative minds. Register today at www.colpm.org and join the conversation in Chicago, October 28-29.
ABA Women Rainmakers is delighted to bring our programming to a city near you!
Who Do You Think You Are?
Understanding and Articulating Your Personal Brand
Our first workshop will address the role personal branding plays in a lawyer's professional success. In an interactive, moderated program we will explore the creation, development, and evolution of personal branding throughout your career.
Workshops begin the week of October 17th in:
Atlanta, GA Bloomfield Hills, MI Cambridge, MA Chicago, IL Houston, TX Los Angeles, CA New York, NY
Orange County, CA Philadelphia, PA Phoenix, AZ Salt Lake City, UT San Francisco, CA St. Louis, MO Washington, DC
The program is free to all attendees. View the complete schedule to see when ABA Women Rainmakers will be in a city near you!