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June 2008 Issue | Volume 34 Number 4| Page 18
FRONTLINES

LPM Section News and Events

NEWS from the Law Practice Management Section

With summer upon us, many are taking advantage of vacation time with family and friends, and—for some—a decreased workload at the office. Others take time in the summer to refresh their expertise and learn more about how to manage both work and life.

The Law Practice Management Section offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year, from the popular ABA TECHSHOW® to its ongoing teleconference series and other topical conferences. In the coming months, LPM’s programming focus is on CLE programs at the ABA Annual Meeting and the encore year of a conference specifically addressing the needs of women lawyers.

 

Cutting-edge programs at the ABA Annual Meeting. Each year at the ABA Annual Meeting, ABA Sections present a broad array of CLE programming, ranging from developments in substantive areas of law to ongoing law practice management training. Join LPM at the Sheraton New York from August 7-9, 2008, for several programs that will provide you with new approaches to better serve clients while also enhancing your bottom line.

ABA CLE Centre Showcase Program: Outsourcing Legal Services Abroad, Friday, August 8. Bill Gibson will lead a panel addressing the growing trend of law firms and corporations contracting for legal services in India and other countries across the globe. Panelists will include representatives of law firms and outsourcing companies.

Best of ABA TECHSHOW: Law Practice Management & Technology Tips, Friday, August 8. Dave Bilinsky, Sharon Nelson, Dan Pinnington and Reid Trautz—veteran practice management advisors and former chairs of ABA TECHSHOW—will share the latest in tips and advice from the core areas of the business of practicing law: marketing, management, technology and finance.

Working Together, Wherever You Are: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools, Friday, August 8. This program will focus on the practical ways every lawyer can use existing and new tools to work better and smarter with others. Panelists Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, authors of a new ABA book on the topic, will emphasize how to select and use various collaboration tools and technologies. This session is equally useful for both techies and non-techies.

Social Networking Sites: The Newest Tool for Investigative Research, Saturday, August 9. Need to find a missing witness, a missing heir or the smoking gun? Or maybe get the lowdown on the opposition? Learn how to obtain this information by making a virtual social call to social networking sites—the route to gathering both professional and personal information. The session’s panelists are Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, authors of the ABA’s popular The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet.

Winning the War for Talent—Mentoring/Coaching as a Strategy, Saturday, August 9. Attracting and retaining the best people requires a firm to invest in developing lawyers’ talents. In this session, panelists Nan E. Joesten, David Bateson and Stephen Gallagher will outline the major elements that go into successful mentoring and coaching programs.

For the latest information on programs and events at the ABA Annual Meeting, visit www.lawpractice.org.

 

Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop. Plans are underway for the second annual ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, to be held October 17-19, 2008, in connection with the LPM Section Fall Meeting, at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona. Join ABA Women Rainmakers as they address issues of interest and concern to women lawyers in mid-career. Last year’s conference was a huge success and sold out early. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this special event. For complete details, please visit www.lawpractice.org/wr/workshop/2008.

 

Featured LPM books available at www.ababooks.org. LPM has released several new books designed to improve your law practice, including:

Through the Client’s Eyes: New Approaches to Get Clients to Hire You Again and Again, 3rd Edition , by Henry W. Ewalt and Andrew W. Ewalt

The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell

The Lawyer’s Guide to Marketing on the Internet, 3rd Edition , by Gregory H. Siskind, Deborah McMurray and Richard P. Klau

The 2008 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide by Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek and Michael C. Maschke

The Lawyer’s Guide to Adobe Acrobat by David Masters

Visit the ABA bookstore for information on these and other new titles.

About the Author

Larry C. Smith is the Director of the ABA Law Practice Management Section. Visit www.lawpractice.org for the latest LPM Section news.

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