Looking Forward to Spring

Volume 40 Number 1

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About the Author

K. William Gibson is a personal injury lawyer and arbitrator in Clackamas, OR. He is the author of How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice and the editor of Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer.

Law Practice Magazine | January/February 2014 | The Management IssueSTART THINKING ABA TECHSHOW. Spring is always a busy time at the ABA Law Practice Division (LP). ABA TECHSHOW 2014 is just around the corner, and this year, LP’s Legal Technology Resource Center’s (LTRC) technology experts will be offering a free resource center for attendees. In addition, ABA TECHSHOW will feature educational seminars on the latest technology and how to put that technology to work in the law office. As always, the vendor floor will be filled with the latest technology products and services for lawyers and law firms.

If you are uncertain whether it’s worth the investment to take a few days away from the office, I would encourage you to give TECHSHOW 2014 a try. I went in 2011 with another lawyer from Oregon, Martin Alvey. Marty is a workers’ compensation lawyer and it was his first TECHSHOW. He came away so enthused that he returned the next year. What’s more, his favorite part of the experience was going to dinner with the speakers and having a few hours to “pick their brains” about the subjects on which they had spoken earlier in the day. Those Dutch-treat dinners are a regular part of ABA TECHSHOW, and anyone can sign up.

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In addition to participating in ABA TECHSHOW 2014, LTRC is also hard at work on the first-ever TECHREPORT, which will analyze trends in legal technology as reported in the annual technology survey of lawyers and law firms. If you’re a writer, or just someone with a genuine knowledge and curiosity about technology that you want to share with others, LTRC is also looking for contributors to the Law Technology Today blog.

Law Practice magazine continues to serve up in-depth articles and columns on all aspects of law practice for practitioners in every setting. Recent issues have offered insights that range from transforming invoicing into opportunities to enhance client relationships to the ongoing redefinition of value in the eyes of in-house counsel. This issue has some especially worthwhile articles on different aspects of law practice management. Solos might want to take a look at my article on solo and small firm management, adapted from my upcoming book Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer (Fifth Ed). Also, don’t miss the roundtable discussion by a group of practice management advisors on “What Makes Law Firms Succeed or Fail?” And remember that you can read every article and column on your tablet or mobile device by downloading the app from the iTunes Store.

LP also publishes an online magazine, Law Practice Today (LPT). LPT regularly collaborates with organizations, both inside and outside of the ABA, to provide a wide variety of viewpoints and concerns, and to get the law practice message out beyond the borders of the LP and the ABA. LPT is now working with the International Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, ABA Gender Equity Task Force and ABA Commission on Disability Rights, just to name a few. LPT welcomes contributions from all ABA sections and divisions. It is also planning the second annual professional development issue, in association with the Professional Development Consortium.

Book publishing has always formed the backbone of LP, and its Publishing Board continues to produce high-quality law practice management content in the areas of technology, marketing, management and finance. Some of the upcoming titles include

If you have an idea for a book, magazine article or online article for LPT, or a seminar topic you would like to see presented, please send me an email at kwg@gibsonmediation.com and I will send it along to the right person.

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