I have been attending Section meetings for more than 25 years and I have never seen as much enthusiasm on the part of first-time attendees as I saw in 2012. The good news is that 2013 promises to be as exciting, and all Section members should mark their calendars now.
Each year, the Law Practice Management Section holds four meetings where committee work is finalized, where decisions are made concerning books, magazine articles and CLE programs, and where members and guests get together at social events to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and to meet new Section members. A special reception for those attending their first Section meeting provides an opportunity for new attendees to get to know other members, officers and committee leaders. What’s more, attendees have an opportunity to attend seminars on such topics as using social media, designing websites, using smartphones and tablets in the law practice and others. Some of the seminars even include CLE credit.
Two of the meetings are held at the same time and place as the ABA Annual and Midyear Meetings, but the other two meetings are Section events. The two Section-only meetings are held in the spring and fall of each year. Section meetings last two to three days and include business meetings by Section committees, boards, task forces and other groups. The Section Council also meets to consider governance and policy matters. And social events are scheduled so that members can meet informally and get to know each other.
So why the enthusiasm now? Why are Section members clearing their calendars to spend a weekend with the Section? According to Section Secretary and Membership & Marketing Chair Tom Bolt, the number of LPM members attending their first Section meeting was at an all-time high in 2012.
“Some of them come for the CLE programs, while others come to get involved in the work of the Section,” he says. “Some may simply want to have a chance to meet our writers, speakers and book authors.”
Bolt goes on to say, “These are challenging times for practicing lawyers and their staff. Technology seems to change every 15 minutes; marketing and practice development demand that lawyers keep up on website development, social media and public relations. Members are coming to Section meetings in record numbers because they know that they will find what they need to build their practices.”
He adds, “We hope that they will return to future meetings and get involved in helping with the work of the Section.”
ABA/LPM Midyear Meeting 2013
ABA TECHSHOW 2013
|Palm Beach, FL|
LPM Spring Meeting 2013
|San Francisco, CA|
ABA/LPM Annual Meeting 2013
LPM/YLD Fall Meeting 2013
The next Section meeting will begin on February 7, 2013, in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas. The spring meeting will be from May 29 to June 1 in Palm Beach, Florida, and the 2012-13 year will end in style with the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 8 to 11. The 2013-14 year will kick off with a joint meeting of the LPM Section and the ABA Young Lawyers Division in Phoenix on October 9 to 12, 2013.
In addition to the Section meetings, ABA TECHSHOW will be held at the Chicago Hilton, April 4 to 6. The Section recently sponsored the ABA Women Rainmakers’ highly successful Mid-Career Workshop. And in the fall of 2013, the Section will once more put on the ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting!