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December 2008 Issue | Volume 34 Number 8| Page 14
FRONTLINES

News From the Law Practice

Each year at this time, the ABA and the LPM Section celebrate our successes, just as our member lawyers celebrate with their clients and reflect on how they can provide even better service in the coming year. In 2008, LPM continued its leading-edge publishing and programming and also addressed current hot topics, including the impact of the economic downturn and the still-evolving world of electronic evidence and discovery. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your needs as a Section member this past year. In the coming year, get involved or let us know how we can help you succeed, and we will continue to address those areas of highest interest to our membership.

Highlights from Tucson.
Almost 300 legal professionals attended theLPM Fall Meeting and the sold-out ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, held in October in Tucson, Arizona. Among the highlights were a presentation from Professor Myles Lynk on race, politics and the practice of law, and networking and business development programs for a diverse assembly of women lawyers. Selected materials from both the meetings and the workshop are now available on the Section Web site.

Third Thursday teleconferences: Ethics and Documenting the Client Relationship.
At this time of year, most firms take steps to recognize and appreciate their existing and prospective client relationships. But recognizing and integrating client and firm expectations is a year-round professional responsibility. So LPM continues its popular CLE audio teleconference series in December with Ethics and Documenting the Client Relationship, on Thursday, December 18. Secure your ethics CLE credits before year-end with this timely seminar.

Then in January, LPM will present a preview of the hot legal technology topics to be addressed at ABA TECHSHOW® 2009. From the new E-Discovery Boot Camp to the popular Solo/Small Firm Day, ABA TECHSHOW delivers a full array of CLE and other educational programming.

ABA and LPM members receive substantial discounts on Third Thursday teleconference programs. For complete details and to register, click here.

ABA TECHSHOW conference and hotel registration now open. ABA TECHSHOW, to be held at the Hilton Chicago, April 2-4, 2009, is the leading legal technology conference in the United States, designed primarily by lawyers for lawyers and other legal professionals. The 2009 conference will feature a keynote presentation by renowned legal technology author Richard Susskind. Whether you are a partner, associate, paralegal, litigation support specialist, librarian or IT professional, ABA TECHSHOW offers plenty: multiple tracks of educational programming, networking events and a trade show featuring well over 100 exhibiting companies.

ABA and LPM members receive substantial discounts on registration. For complete information and to register, visit ABA TECHSHOW Web site.

Midyear Meeting in Boston. The ABA LPM Midyear Meeting is scheduled for February 11-14, 2009, in Boston. Registration is free, so plan to join your Section colleagues for programs, business meetings and networking. For complete information, visit the LPM Section site at and the ABA Midyear site.

Core Group Committees Open. Don't forget that the LPM Core Groups, addressing the four principal areas of law practice management- marketing, management, technology and finance -are still open for LPM members to join. Core Group members have access to online discussion groups and have the opportunity to participate in planning future programming. There is no cost to join the groups. Simply log on to the ABA Web site with your ABA member ID, and at the MyABA screen, click on "Law Practice Management Section-Join a Committee."

LPM Book Spotligh
The Lawyer's Guide to Governing Your Firm by Arthur G. Greene.

Written especially for senior partners, managing partners and administrators of small and midsize firms, this new title is designed as a practical guidebook with step-by-step action plans for improving firm management. Topics include how financial challenges have affected law firm culture; the importance of a law firm vision; partnership ownership options, agreements and challenges; associate training; how to develop and manage effective practice groups; strategic planning; and financial management. In addition, the book details the basics of running the office, including everyday issues in human resources, space planning and technology. Order at the ABA Books Web site.

Law Practice Management Section Events

  • February 11-14, 2009
    ABA & LPM Midyear Meeting
    Marriott Copley Place
    Boston, MA
  • April 2-4, 2009
    ABA TECHSHOW ® 2009
    Hilton Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    www.techshow.com
  • May 13-16, 2009
    LPM Spring Meeting
    Hotel Monteleone
    New Orleans, LA
  • July 29-August 1, 2009
    ABA & LPM Annual Meeting
    The Westin Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL
  • October 14-17, 2009
    LPM Fall Meeting
    The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa
    St. Maarten
  • November 12-13, 2009
    Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference
    Four Seasons
    Philadelphia, PA
  • JOIN US IN NEW ORLEANS
    Make your plans now to join the LPM Section at the luxurious Hotel Monteleone for the Spring Meeting,
    May 13-16.
    www.lawpractice.org
  • LPM CLE Teleconferences
    LPM offers monthly CLE teleconferences on hot topics in marketing, management, technology and finance. Visit LPM's Web site to register and to receive substantial member discounts. .


About the Author

Larry C. Smith is Director of the ABA Law Practice Management Section.Visit LPM's Web site for the latest LPM Section news.

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