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FRONTLINES

NEWS FROM THE LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SECTION

This fall has been a busy season of education and publishing for the Law Practice Management Section. With a full complement of teleconferences, live conferences, business meetings, books, periodicals and Web site resources, LPM continues to provide information in ways that reflect the variety of members’ and subscribers’ needs. Be sure to let us know how we can further match the needs of your practice!

Fall Meeting a success. Section members gathered for education, networking and some fun in the sun at the LPM Fall Meeting in St. Maarten in October. In addition to business and program planning meetings, LPM welcomed a special guest speaker, Gerald Riskin, author of the ABA book and CD series The Successful Lawyer. Section leaders were especially pleased to welcome a significant number of newly active members from the ABA Young Lawyers Division, and LPM looks forward to their continued participation.

Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference: Differentiate! Buzz continues in the legal marketing and business development community regarding the ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference, November 12-13 in Philadelphia. Two prominent -keynoters and programs on the most current topics in firm marketing-—ethical issues surrounding law firm marketing, media strategies, the effective use of online marketing and more—made the conference much anticipated throughout the year. Look for full coverage of conference activities in upcoming issues of Section publications and on the Web at www.lawpractice.org.

Don’t miss e-mail updates. Does ABA have your current e-mail address? From the Law Practice Today webzine to the monthly member newsletter and regular announcements of upcoming programs and resources, LPM provides members with a treasure trove of information electronically each month. If you have changed e-mail addresses or simply are not sure whether your ABA record is updated, contact us!

New books for your law practice. Here’s a sampling of the books LPM Publishing has released in recent months, all available for purchase at www.ababooks.org:

Selling in Your Comfort Zone: Safe and Effective Strategies for Developing New Business by Lawrence M. Kohn and Robert N. Kohn. Selling is a way to communicate professional expertise to potential clients. But if you’re uncomfortable with selling, you may be skeptical about your ability to enjoy these benefits and increase your business. This book is the key to changing the way you feel about this challenging skill.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word 2007 by Ben M. Schorr. Written specifically for lawyers, this guide will introduce you to Microsoft Word 2007 and explain the key components that will help you in your daily practice.

Introduction to Law Firm -Practice by Michael Downey. Navigating your way through a law firm practice can be overwhelming, especially in the larger firms. This new guide is a systematic study of how lawyers practice law at private firms.

The Lawyer’s Guide to CT Summation, 2nd Edition, by Tom O’Connor. This updated edition is designed to quickly get you up and running on Summation software. You will find step-by-step instructions, including explanations of the program’s system of storing and recalling disparate types of evidence, as well as Summation’s entire integrated litigation support product line.

Why the sticker on the cover? If you see a sticker on the cover of this issue of the magazine, it’s a reminder to renew your LPM membership and continue receiving Section member benefits. LPM Section dues remain very affordable at only $50 per year, for which members receive a wide array of benefits, including subscriptions and substantial discounts on Section programs and resources. To avoid missing any issues of Law Practice magazine, Law Practice Today webzine, or other Section benefits, please take a moment now to complete or update your membership renewal, either by mail or by logging in to the ABA Web site at www.abanet.org.

SPOTLIGHT

The LPM Forms Bank: Convenient Forms Available for Download

LPM continues to build its collection of law practice forms, available for convenient download when you need them from the ABA Web Store. The ready-to-use forms are fully customizable and cover topics such as partnership agreements, billing and fee agreements, engagement letters, and electronic evidence and discovery. New forms are added to the e-products library each month. To order, visit www.lawpractice.org/forms.

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