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NEWS FROM THE LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SECTION

Gaining the learning advantage. We’ve seen how events this past year have brought out the survivor instinct in law firms and individuals alike. Today, as always, investing in learning gains you a professional advantage—and the LPM Section is set to provide you with great opportunities to optimize your competitive edge. In the coming months, LPM will present a variety of informative CLE programming, held in conjunction with Section business meetings. LPM webinars are also an affordable, convenient way to get the latest information on hot topics to help you better manage and market your practice.

ABA TECHSHOW® returns to Chicago with more than 60 educational sessions. It is with amazing commitment that the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board presents the best legal technology CLE for 2010. The conference, March 25-27, features cutting-edge sessions on powerful new tools and information for your practice. Plus, the programming schedule is carefully planned to allow time for valuable face-to-face information sharing with legal technology vendors in the EXPO hall, and for networking with speakers and attendees. (Turn to page 30 for the exhibitor directory.) Be sure to stop by the LPM booth, #100, to say hello.

Live from Las Vegas: LPM’s Spring Meeting. Scheduled for April 28-May 1, 2010, at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, this year’s LPM Spring Meeting offers a full slate of CLE programs and networking events, as well as Section business and planning meetings. Among the CLE offerings is the third installment of the ABA Presidential Diversity Program Series, What Law School Didn’t Teach You: Self-Advocacy for Survival and Sustainability, an LPM co-hosted event. The program will be webcast live to ABA outlets throughout the country. Additional LPM Spring Meeting CLE programs include:

  • Creating Powerful Partnerships: Critical Skills for Sustainable Collaboration
  • 2010 in Legal Tech: Part I: Solo/Small Firm Technology From Soup to Nuts
  • 60 Tips for Your Financial Success in the New Era
  • What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About How Social Media Is Changing Communications and Public Relations
  • 2010 in Legal Tech: Part II: The Legal Implications of Social Networking
  • Getting Ready for the Future: The Changing Legal Landscape

LPM Section Welcomes New Director In March, Pamela McDevitt will join the LPM staff as Section Director. For the past four years, Pamela has served the New York State Bar Association as Director of Law Practice Management. In that capacity, she has developed a variety of CLE programs, redesigned the State Bar’s Law Practice Management and Solo Practice Web pages, and coordinated the development of practice-oriented books and publications. Prior to joining the New York State Bar, she practiced law in a small firm for nine years, following a term of service as a Captain in the United States Army JAG Corps with assignments in administrative and labor law, including representing the Department of Defense in EEOC hearings, unfair labor practice lawsuits, merit system protection boards, and sexual harassment claims.

Plan now for the ABA Annual Meeting. The LPM Section will meet August 4-7 in San Francisco during this year’s ABA Annual Meeting. In addition to the LPM Welcome Reception, the ABA Women Rainmakers Networking Reception and business meetings, we will present an array of CLE programs. Be sure to stop by the LPM information exhibit at the ABA Expo to meet the staff, view our publications and get special discounts on all LPM products.

Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop returns. Plans are under way for the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, to be held October 22-24, 2010, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the LPM Fall Meeting. The Workshop will offer a mix of hands-on programs led by an outstanding faculty of successful rainmakers, plus roundtable and small group discussions and dedicated networking sessions. The workshop is designed to help attendees hone existing rainmaking and practice development skills and identify areas to develop. The 2008 workshop was a huge success and sold out early. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this special event. For complete details, visit www.womenrainmakers.org.

Young Lawyers Mentoring Fellowship Program. LPM offers a leadership mentoring fellows program to attract and mentor future Section leaders. The program provides the opportunity to meet and network with some of the country’s foremost experts on topics related to the business of practicing law. Section leaders choose at least two candidates each year to serve two-year terms. Appointees will have the opportunity to attend LPM Section meetings and serve on important committees that affect the strategic direction of the Section and its service to members. For more information and to apply, visit www.lawpractice.org/membership.

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