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Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Communication Among Attorneys and Firm Management

 LPM Section News

Teleconference / Webinar - October 3, 2006 - Co-sponsored by LPM and ILTA

Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Communication Among Attorneys and Firm Management

Cosponsored by: The ABA Law Practice Management Section and the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA).

Our panelists include attorneys, a law firm technology director and an administrator who, will candidly discuss the relationship of attorneys and supporting departments and what can be done to bring them closer together to increase the success of their firms. Topics will include:

  • Helping legal professionals gain a better understanding of what practicing attorneys really want and need from supporting departments (IT, Finance, HR, Litigation Support, Records Management, etc.)
  • Establishing effective communication between attorneys and law firm
  • Setting and managing expectations
  • Balancing technological and business issues

The panel will be moderated by John Alber, Technology Partner at Bryan Cave LLP, and panelists include:

  • Carl Roberts, Technology Partner, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
  • Maureen Durack, Director of Management Information Systems - Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz
  • Kelli Kohout, Northwest Regional Administrator - Dorsey & Whitney

Profession Legal Management Week 2006 (PLMW)

The Law Practice Management Section is a proud co-sponsor of this event in its inaugural year. Professional Legal Management Week is October 2-6, 2006, and provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the role they play in the success of the organization, and in its service to its clients and those who work in the organization.

The objectives of Professional Legal Management Week are:

  • To provide awareness, understanding and education about the legal management profession
  • To increase knowledge of the diverse roles within the profession

For more information, please visit www.PLMW.org.

Register for the LPM Fall Meeting by September 29!

If you haven't registered for the LPM Fall Meeting yet, please do so by September 29. Register now! Join your colleagues at the LPM Fall Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 12-14, 2006 at the Westin Bayshore Resort. It is going to be a jam-packed weekend!

The LPM Section is meeting in conjunction with the Pacific Legal Technology Conference (PLTC). There will be no CLE offered by LPM, but CLE may be available at PLTC. Throughout the meeting, LPM members are encouraged to attend any of the core group committee meetings to discuss issues concerning marketing, management, technology and finance; the Gathering Reception, the PLTC-LPM Joint Reception, and the Dessert Reception; and attend the Section Council Meeting and other Section Committee meetings. An off-site dinner at Telus World of Science, with exclusive access to the ever-popular Body Worlds 3 exhibit and to The Mitchell Odyssey Foundation: Eureka! exhibition gallery will be hosted by LPM. Tickets are limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets now. Attendees will be sure to find this unique educational and networking opportunity valuable, informative, and fun!

For schedule, event and hotel information, visit www.lawpractice.org/fallmeeting/.
For more information on PLTC, visit http://www.pacificlegaltech.com/.

ABA TECHSHOW® Registration to Open October 1

Registration for ABA TECHSHOW® opens on October 1. ABA TECHSHOW, the world's premier legal technology conference and exposition, will be held from March 22-24, 2007 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers and promises to bring three exciting days of programming and networking. More than 1500 participants are expected to attend ABA TECHSHOW to take advantage of the more than 60 legal technology programs and training sessions offered in sixteen topical tracks. Lawyers are able to earn up to 3 days of CLE credit! Over 100 technology vendors featured the latest in legal technology products and services.

In addition, on Friday, March 23, 2007, a special Solo and Small Firm Day will highlight two solo and small firm tracks and several educational sessions geared toward the solo and small firm lawyer. A low-priced, one-day pass will be offered to attend ABA TECHSHOW and the Solo and Small Firm Day on Friday. However, one-day passes will also be available for Thursday, March 22, day of programming.

The ABA LPM Section and Vendor tracks will continue to be offered at next year's event. Don't forget about Book Bucks - $20 Coupon, the complimentary thumb drive, and giveaways! Register early and save up to $300!

For more information, visit www.techshow.com.

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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.

E-Learning for Law Firms

A 90-minute Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
Thursday, October 19, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

E-learning is a powerful, efficient, and effective way to enhance attorney training. A successful e-learning program will improve client services and relationships as well as the practice of individual lawyers. Since e-learning allows lawyers to train as needed, attorneys can fulfill training requirements while meeting client expectations and commitments.

Join our faculty of professional development experts for an overview of e-learning, an examination of its benefits and a discussion of the steps required to implement e-learning. Our panel will provide examples of how e-learning can be applied successfully to lawyer training and development as well as variations that can meet the needs of any legal environment.

After attending this program and reading the accompanying course materials, you will be able to:

  • discuss how e-learning can improve your practice and client services
  • identify procedural and staffing issues for e-learning support
  • develop content for e-learning programs
  • start an e-learning program at your firm
  • help staff balance training requirements with billable hours and client needs

Attend this program to discover how the newest frontier in law firm training and development can improve your practice.

Register now and view more details on this program. »

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

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 Carpe Librum

The Lawyer's Guide to Records Management and Retention

©2006, 7 x 10, 260 pages
paper w/ CD-ROM
Product Code: 511-0574
LPM Member Price: $89.95
Nonmember Price: $99.95

The Lawyer's Guide to Records Management and Retention
by George C. Cunningham and John C. Montaña

This book offers information on legal and ethical compliance when it comes to management and retention of both paper and electronic files and on the relationship between conflicts checking and records management. Special sections address issues facing new lawyers, solo practitioners, and small firms. A CD-ROM is included and features checklists, forms, and guidelines useful in document retention, including client review and sign-off sheets, letters to destruct, review announcements, and more.

Learn More

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Navigating the ABA Website

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