By Larry C. Smith
The ABA Law Practice Management Section has long been a leader in providing education in core law office management issues, through LPM's periodicals, books and CLE programs. And as many members are learning, practice management is about more than office management. Among the LPM programs being offered in 2007 are programs on professional responsibility, law firm leadership principles, client service, diversity in the firm, new business development—and even retirement issues. We hope you will make plans to join us for many of these exciting new programs.
Successful ABA TECHSHOW. LPM's annual ABA TECHSHOW® was held in Chicago March 22-24, 2007, attracting its highest registration in years. The three-day conference featured a keynote address from Judge Shira Sheindlin, and the two-day expo featured more than 100 sponsors and exhibiting companies. For complete details, visit www.techshow.com.
Upcoming CLE teleconferences. LPM continues its popular monthly CLE teleconference series with spring programs on managing potential conflicts of interest and on delegation of legal work. LPM members receive substantial savings on registration fees.
On April 19, the teleconference Conflicts and Conflict Waivers will examine the ethical rules relating to conflicts of interest, including how to spot actual and potential conflicts that may arise from current and former representations. The panel will also address when a client's consent should and should not be sought to continue a representation despite a conflict, and how best to memorialize a consultation with a client regarding a waiveable conflict and a client's consent to a representation despite such a conflict. The use of ethical screens, both with and without consent, and advance requests for waivers of future conflicts will also be examined.
Visit www.lawpractice.org/cle to view the latest schedule and register online, or call (800) 285-2221.
Make plans for San Francisco! The LPM Section has a full slate of activities and programs for the Annual Meeting in San Francisco this August. Among the highlights are a joint reception with the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, as well as LPM CLE opportunities, including Technology for the Rest of Us; What Women (In-House Counsel) Want; Retirement Planning for Senior Lawyers; Financial Management—Sound Strategies and Best Practices; and Fulfilling the Diversity Initiative: Meeting the Expectations of the Law Firm, the Diverse Workforce, and the Client. To learn more about LPM programs, visit www.lawpractice.org. To register, visit www.abanet.org/annual/2007.
New fall conferences on women lawyers, marketing strategies. Plans are in place for two new LPM conferences this fall. In connection with the LPM Section Fall Meeting, the ABA Women Rainmakers will present a Women Lawyers' Mid-Career Workshop , October 20-22, at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Puerto Rico. The workshop will offer an interactive forum developed to provide valuable insight and enhance the performance of the mid-career woman lawyer. Participants will be able to network, engage in focused topical discussions with knowledgeable legal professionals, and learn how to use tools to help assess their careers, client relationships and personal lifestyle requirements to maximize rainmaking opportunities. Visit www.womenrainmakers.org for more information.
In November, LPM will present the Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference , a comprehensive two-day program for lawyers, firm executives and marketing directors. To be held November 8-9, in Washington, D.C., the conference will cover topics such as Return to Bates v. Arizona—The Ongoing Ethics Debate; The Diversity Dilemma; From No Comment to No Problem: Developing a Media Strategy for Handling a Crisis and Growing Your Business; Wasted Time, Wasted Spending (addressing ineffective business development spending) and Technology Marketing (from Web sites to contact management and every virtual place in between). Plus, there will be two "10x10 Extreme Marketing" programs—10 speakers, 10 topics, 10 minutes each. Visit www.lawpractice.org/marketingconference.