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Tech Experts' Tips for Cutting Back
(and What No Lawyer Should Do Without)

April/May 2006 Issue | Volume 32 Number 3 | Page 14
Frontlines: Intelligence, Insights, & Tactics for Your Practice

LPM Section News

News From the Law Practice Management Section

By Larry C. Smith

Spring is a busy and exciting time for the LPM Section, with several opportunities for Section members to network, plan for the ABA Annual Meeting, and take advantage of more CLE and publication offerings each month. The highlight is the Section Spring Meeting, to be held this year in conjunction with ABA TECHSHOW® in Chicago, April 20-23. The world’s premier legal technology conference is now in its 20th year, and advance registration numbers indicate that the event will attract its highest attendance in years. The conference features more than 60 educational sessions in multiple tracks, along with interest group roundtables and demonstration/training sessions hosted by exhibiting companies. The two-day expo, April 20-21, features more than 100 legal technology companies showcasing the latest in legal technology products and services. The LPM Spring Meeting continues through Sunday, April 23, including a networking reception on Friday, April 21, for all attendees of both ABA TECHSHOW and the LPM Section Meeting.

CLE teleconferences.

The LPM CLE Teleconference Series (with 60- to 90-minute audio seminars you can join from your desk) continues in April and May with programs emphasizing the effective use of technology. The April teleconference will be broadcast live from ABA TECHSHOW, Thursday, April 20, for those who are unable to attend the conference. The May teleconference, “ A Technology Survival Guide for Solos and Small Firms,” to be presented Thursday, May 18, will feature prominent ABA presenters and contributors to ABA’s popular book Flying Solo , 4th Edition. LPM members receive a substantial discount on tuition rates for these affordable programs. Complete details on both programs are available on the LPM Web site at www.lawpractice.org/cle.

Say Aloha.

Thousands of ABA members are making plans to attend the ABA Annual Meeting in Honolulu, August 3-8. LPM Section events will take place August 3-6, and include CLE programs in the four core areas of the business of practicing law—marketing, management, technology and finance—along with business meetings and social networking events. The ABA Women Rainmakers will present a CLE program, followed by a networking reception, on Friday, August 4. Complete details on LPM events are available on the LPM Web site at www.lawpractice.org. The early-bird discount registration deadline is May 31, so act now to secure your registration and hotel reservations. We look forward to seeing LPM members in Honolulu.

Spotlight on Section Staff.

Jasamyn Roberts joined the LPM Section staff in December 2005 as the Director of Marketing and Member Services. Jasamyn manages all LPM communications, member services, and membership recruitment and retention programs, in cooperation with Section committees and boards. See Law Practice masthead for full contact information for Jasamyn and other Section staff.

Make the most of your membership.

In addition to subscriptions to LPM periodicals, LPM Section members can take full advantage of membership through other benefits. Members have full access to the online archives of Law Practice magazine and the Law Practice Today Webzine, simply by logging in to the ABA Web site. Members may join one of LPM’s four practice core groups—marketing, management, technology and finance—and members are entitled to significant discounts on all Section books and CLE. For a full outline of member benefits, visit www.lawpractice.org/benefits.

Stay Connected

Talk to the LPM leaders.

To contact the LPM Section’s officers, click on “About LPM” from the Section home page at www.lawpractice.org. To contact to the Section’s staff visit http://www.abanet.org/lpm/about/sectionstaff.shtml

Attend LPM meetings and events.

Members gather quarterly for business meetings, social networking events, and CLE programs. Go to www.lawpractice.org/calendar for details.

Get CLE credit via LPM teleconferences.

Convenient telephone seminars provide easy access to education on hot topics in practice management. For details, go to www.lawpractice.org and click on “CLE.”

Discover an excellent book, article or resource.

To order ABA books, call (800) 285-2221 or visit www.ababooks.org. Access Section resources, including magazine articles, the Law Practice Today Webzine, e-books and Section news, at www.lawpractice.org.

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