LOOKING BACK on the Law Practice Division’s (LP) bar year, I am amazed at the vast amount of work our boards and committees have done. Each year, LP continues to grow and increase the resources it provides to attorneys everywhere. It constantly tries to seek out experts and thought leaders in the areas of technology, marketing, finance and management. I am very fortunate to be able to develop relationships with many of them—and would never be able to list all the people to whom I owe thanks for their time, energy, intelligence and willingness to share.
Here’s a glimpse of what we accomplished as a Division in 2013-2014:
- Presented over 150 continuing legal educational programs, with more than 2,500 attendees.
- Published six issues of Law Practice magazine.
- Produced 12 issues of Law Practice Today, with more than 75,000 subscribers—and still growing.
- Presented 12 Legal Technology Resource Center-sponsored technology webinars.
- Published 23 LP books.
- Presented ABA TECHSHOW 2014.
- Sponsored the ABA Marketing Strategies Conference 2014 in St. Louis.
- Created the ABA Legal Technology Buyer’s Guide, an online directory of legal technology products and services.
- Published the 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report.
- Published the first annual digital ABA TECHREPORT for members.
- Produced the ABA Legal Technology Blog.
- The ABA Women Rainmakers Committee Board held free local programming in 75 firms across the country, influencing over 1,000 attorneys.
Each year, LP increases its efforts to provide valuable content to lawyers through collaboration with other groups and entities. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee deserves special praise for its efforts. This year, that committee reached out and connected with other groups in many ways. LP co-sponsored national programs and presented them as well. Brett Burney, chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2015, moderated two technology programs at the Minority Corporation Counsel Association while promoting ABA TECHSHOW to attendees. The committee published columns in LP publications and worked with the webzine board to produce an issue devoted to diversity and inclusion issues.
Additionally, LP has more friends, followers and connections than ever before. Social media has been a gift to our Division, permitting us to get the word out more quickly and easily—and to more people. On Twitter, @LawPracticeTips now has more than 21,700 followers, and our LinkedIn Group, ABA Law Practice Division, has more than 2,500 members. Our ABA TECHSHOW YouTube videos were a big hit this year as well, as was the LTRC’s blog (lawtechnologytoday.org).
All of us at LP are here to help you become better professionals. One of the best ways to do that is to become active and get involved in our programs or attend a conference. The benefits are numerous, providing a network for education, resources and connections. To learn more, any of the LP staff, including myself, can be contacted through our website (lawpractice.org). We are eager to partner with you.
The Division has had amazing success and growth. We have collectively created eight additional sources of nondues revenue during the past two years. This success would not have been possible without our partner, Network Media Partners. A very special thanks to Suzie Smith for all her efforts on our behalf; we’re lucky to have her as part of our team and look forward to our continued collective success!