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October/November 2007 Issue | Volume 33 Number 7 | Page 16
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LPM Section News & Events

News from the Law Practice Management Section

The Law Practice Management Section remains busy this fall with a newly revised Fall Meeting format and an increased slate of educational and networking programs for members, including two new conferences. LPM Practice Core Groups continue to work with publishing and program boards to develop content that directly benefits members’ law practices, including additional opportunities for interactive involvement through online discussion boards. And, we’re listening, so let us know what you want from your LPM membership!

Fall conferences.

The LPM Fall Meeting in Puerto Rico features a new format, including a three-part interactive program on creating a culture of inclusion in the law firm, a participatory Council luncheon meeting, and a Core Group luncheon/workshop in downtown San Juan. The meeting concludes with a welcome reception for more than 100 mid-career women lawyers arriving for the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop.

Registration is still open for the Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference , November 8-9, in Washington, D.C. The conference will focus on law firm marketing efforts 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bates v. Arizona decision, and Van O’Steen (one of the principal plaintiffs in that case) will be among the faculty. The conference will also feature the popular 10x10 Extreme Marketing program. Click here for details.

Professional Legal Management Week.

LPM is a primary sponsor of Professional Legal Management Week October 1-5, 2007. PLMW recognizes the vital role that professional managers play in the success of the law firm, and promotes greater understanding of these benefits through programs and publications. In connection with the event, Law Practice subscribers received a copy of the inaugural PLMW magazine in September, and LPM sponsored a free Webinar on law firm mergers and office moves.

Practice Core Groups offer new online discussion forums.

All members are encouraged to make the most of their membership by joining (free) one or more Practice Core Groups in the core areas of the business of practicing law—marketing, management, technology and finance—and by attending and participating in LPM Meetings each quarter.  In addition to opportunities to interact online through ABA’s new LPM Forums discussion boards, Core Group members meet at Section meetings to discuss the core areas, plan programs, and interact with others knowledgeable in these topic areas. Take advantage of your LPM membership by getting involved! For more information on the Core Groups and LPM Forums, click here.

Young Lawyers Leadership Mentoring Program.

Congratulations to these members of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, who have been selected for the LPM Young Lawyer Leadership Mentoring Program: Jennifer McCallum (Colorado), Jessica Nester (West Virginia), Thomas Shumate (Tennessee) and Kate Thompson (Oregon). Each will have opportunities to become actively involved in LPM leadership. These new leaders were selected from an impressive group of applicants. For information about how young lawyers can get more involved, visit www.lawpractice.org/yl.

Recommended reading.

LPM Publishing has released two new books . The Law Firm Associate’s Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling Skills , by Catherine Alman MacDonagh and Beth Marie Cuzzone, is the first volume in the ABA’s groundbreaking new Law Firm Associates Development Series. This volume focuses on personal marketing and sales skills.

Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms , 2nd Edition, by Anthony E. Davis and Peter R. Jarvis, helps your firm establish solid policies, procedures, and systems to minimize risk. This completely revised edition with accompanying CD provides a comprehensive overview of risk management, offers a practical approach to risk management evaluation, and gives steps to take to create a “best practice” plan.

Keep up to date with these and other popular LPM books by visiting the ABA webstore.

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