By Larry C. Smith
As most Law Practice Management Section members have learned, "law practice management" is not limited to those with specifically defined roles in a firm, such as "managing partner" or "firm administrator."
Every legal professional, lawyer and nonlawyer alike, plays a part in the management—and ultimate success— of a law practice. With several new publications and program initiatives in the works, LPM continues to lead the way in providing practical assistance for your firm's or organization's everyday efforts in marketing, management, technology, finance and other aspects of improving the effectiveness of your practice and its service to clients.
Successful Midyear Meeting. In February, the LPM Section hosted educational programs, networking events and planning meetings at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami. Law Marketing Day at ABA Midyear featured three educational sessions on business development, and the ABA Women Rainmakers held its popular networking reception, open to all ABA Midyear attendees.
New LPM technology Webzine. The Section recently launched Law Technology Today , its new Webzine focusing on law practice technology issues. Many subscribers of the popular Law Practice Today Webzine have taken the opportunity to receive a free subscription to this new monthly publication. Both LPM members and nonmembers can subscribe to Law Technology Today by clicking here.
The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook: Forms, Checklists, and Guidelines by Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Bruce A. Olson. Written with the new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in mind, this unique resource provides lawyers with the templates they need to frame their discovery requests, and it provides helpful advice on what they can subpoena. The accompanying CD-ROM contains over 70 forms, checklists and guidelines for gathering information and an electronic evidence case digest with over 300 cases detailed.
The Lawyer's Guide to Records Management and Retention by George C. Cunningham and John C. Montaña. Learn how to create and maintain an effective and well-organized records management program, including administration and storage of client files and administrative records in all types of media.
The Lawyer's Guide to Adobe® Acrobat®, 2nd Edition by David L. Masters. This book takes lawyers through the processes of working with PDF documents, including how to create, control and more securely deliver intelligent, content-rich documents.
Spring Meeting in Colonial Williamsburg. Make plans now to join LPM leaders and active members at the LPM Spring Meeting in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, May 3-5. Special events will include a visit to the Center for Legal and Court Technology and the Courtroom 21 Project, a joint project of the William and Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts; a reenactment of an 18th-century trial at the colonial courthouse; and presentation of the Section's Sam Smith Award and Jim Keane Award. May 2007 also marks "America's 400th Anniversary" in nearby Jamestown, with a number of special events planned there. Be sure to visit www.lawpractice.org for more details.
More convenient CLE opportunities. Throughout the year, LPM continues its popular monthly CLE teleconference series, with substantial discounts on registration fees for Section members. On the third Thursday of each month, LPM presents a CLE teleconference, where you can participate from the comfort of your own office. Be sure to register now at www.lawpractice.org/cle for this month's program, Structuring a Retirement Program for Senior Lawyers. The program takes place Thursday, March 15, from 1–2:30 p.m. ET. Speakers will explore how law firms can help their senior lawyers learn new skills and competencies as they reduce their practice commitments, enabling them to contribute extended value to clients and the firm in new ways, while minimizing the costs to clients and the firm and ensuring a smooth transition for the clients.