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By Larry C. Smith

Happy New Year! 2007 is sure to be a promising year for many lawyers and firms, as they review and assess objectives and implement successful business plans. Just as our members resolve to reassess and improve their service to clients, the LPM Section is committed to continuing to seek ways to better serve members and provide assistance with practice management issues. To kick off the New Year, LPM is launching its latest Webzine, Law Technology Today. LPM has released several new books in the past few months and in every issue of this magazine and the Law Practice Today Webzine, you will find innovative ideas for ensuring your success. 

ABA and LPM invade the Sunshine State. The LPM Midyear Meeting will take place from February 8-10, 2007, in Miami, Florida. On Friday, February 9, Law Marketing Day at ABA Midyear will offer three non-CLE sessions: Define Your Event Strategy: Maximize Your Business Development Opportunities, Marketing on a Shoestring: Tips for Making the Most of Your Business Development Dollar (both sponsored by the LPM Practice Marketing Core Group), and One Plus One Equals Three: Men and Women as Collaborators, with a reception to follow (sponsored by the ABA Women Rainmakers). LPM will host its popular gathering reception for members, and the Section Council and other boards will meet to discuss Section business.
Visit www.law practice.org/meetings /midyear/2007 for meeting details

ABA TECHSHOW 2007: Judge Shira A. Scheindlin to keynote. The Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, who is renowned for a series of landmark decisions in Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, will give the ABA TECHSHOW 2007 Keynote address on Thursday, March 22. For details on the upcoming conference, turn to the article on page 16, and see the full conference schedule on page 32. Visit www.techshow.com for more details and to register.

Book deal of the month. This month, LPM members can save 20 percent off the member price of the classic How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Platinum 5th Edition by Jay G Foonberg. This bestseller is the comprehensive guide to launching a successful practice—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. Use promotional code PEP6MHSB when you order online at www.ababooks.org. Order by February 28, 2007, to receive the discount.

Save the date for these LPM CLE teleconferences. LPM teleconferences offer an easy way to learn and earn CLE credit. Visit www.lawpractice.org to register and for details on upcoming programs.

  • Capturing More Time (And Keeping Your Client Happy While Doing It), January 18. Learn practical tips and techniques that will allow you to better manage, capture, enter, charge and collect for your time every day.
  • Creating an Effective Associate Development Program , February 15. Identify the most successful strategies for the development of a lawyer training and development program to more effectively recruit, train and retain desirable associate lawyers.
  • Structuring a Retirement Program for Senior Lawyers , March 15. Learn how your firm can help senior lawyers learn new competencies as they reduce their practice commitments, enabling them to contribute to clients and the firm in new and productive ways.

LPM leadership development program opportunities.  As part of its continuing efforts to reach out to young lawyers, the LPM Section offers a Leadership Development Program to attract and mentor future LPM leaders. LPM officers select at least two participants each year to participate in the two-year program. For an application and more information, visit www.lawpractice.org/yl.

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