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March 2007

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  1. My ABAGoing Solo: Rising to the Challenge
  2. My ABALaw Practice Case Study
  3. My ABAHow to Set Up a Law Library: Solutions for Solos and Small Firms

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  1. Wikis for the Legal Profession
  2. The Top Ten Causes of Malpractice and How You Can Avoid Them [PDF]
  3. How Hard is Your Tech Dollar Working? The Real Return on Your Investment [PDF]
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  LPM Spring Meeting 2007

Register Now!LPM Spring Meeting | Colonial Williamsburg, VA | May 3-5, 2007

Bring the entire family and join the LPM Section as it steps back in time to the 18th century in Williamsburg, VA. From May 3-5, all LPM members are encouraged to meet and share ideas to facilitate the goals of the four practice core groups, along with several committee meetings. These meetings are open to everyone. LPM will also present the ABA Sam Smith Award to former Section Chair Bob Wilkins.

At 5pm on Thursday, meeting attendees are invited to experience Courtroom 21 at William and Mary Law School. Courtroom 21 is a state-of-the-art, computer-integrated courtroom that is supported by the Law School and the National Center for State Courts. The Section Gathering Reception will follow the demonstration at 6:30pm.

ABA Women Rainmakers will host a CLE educational session on Friday from 2pm-5pm with the Women Rainmakers Reception to follow. A special plenary session will be held during lunch on Friday from 11:30am-2:00pm. Witness a historic Courthouse re-enactment with costumed character interpreters on Saturday from 6pm-7pm and join fellow LPM members for a Colonial dinner on Saturday evening (You will need to purchase a ticket for the Saturday dinner).

While in Williamsburg, be sure to witness the living history museum with more than 500 original and reconstructed public buildings, private homes, shops and taverns and costumed characters roaming the grounds. Attendees may want to visit the Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg Soap & Candle Company, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Hauntings of Williamsburg, or nearby historic Jamestown and Yorktown.

Register for the LPM Spring Meeting in Williamsburg now!

Standard rooms are available at a rate of $189 per night and deluxe rooms are $209 per night. For hotel reservations at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge, call 1-800-261-9530. Mention the American Bar Association to receive this special rate. Reservation deadline for the hotel room block is April 5 , so be sure to make your reservations by April 5 .



ABA TECHSHOW 2008 (New Location) Hilton Chicago – March 13-15, 2008

ABA TECHSHOW 2007 was a success! Over 2000 people attended the conference and visited the exposition hall featuring over 130 technology companies -- making ABA TECHSHOW 2007 one of the most well-attended shows of the decade.  ABA TECHSHOW 2007 boasted an impressive list of sponsors that also contributed to the success of the world's premier legal conference and expo including LexisNexis, Dell, InterCall, InterLegis, Kroll Ontrack, LexisNexis, Microsoft, and more.  

Please make plans to join us in Chicago again for ABA TECHSHOW 2008, May 13-15, at its newest location, the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue!  ABA TECHSHOW 2008 promises to bring three exciting days of programming and networking.

ABA TECHSHOW highlights include:

  • Three days of CLE programming
  • Two days of Expo!
  • ABA LPM Section track providing law practice management tips and Vendor tracks offering product demonstration and information.
  • Don't forget about Book Bucks - $20 Coupon, the complimentary thumb drive, and giveaways!

Remember, LPM members save $100 off standard registration. Register before the earlybird deadlne and save an additional $200!

Unable to Attend ABA TECHSHOW 2007?

You can soon purchase the ABA TECHSHOW 2007 CD which contains conference materials and a link to additional presentations . Additionally, audio recordings of selected ABA TECHSHOW 2007 sessions will be available for purchase throught the ABA web store in coming weeks.


  LPM Teleconference Series

Register Now!Conflicts and Conflict Waivers

Thursday, April 19, 2007 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

This program will examine the ethical rules relating to conflicts of interest, including how to spot actual and potential conflicts that may arise from current and former representations as well as from other sources.  The panel will also address when a client's consent should and should not be sought to continue a representation despite a conflict, and how best to memorialize a consultation with a client regarding a waiveable conflict and a client's consent to a representation despite such a conflict.  The use of ethical screens, both with and without consent, and advance requests for waivers of future conflicts will also be examined.


  • Deborah Coleman, Partner, Hahn Loeser Parks, L.L.P. in Cleveland, OH
  • Robert Creamer, Law Office of Robert A. Creamer in Evanston, IL
  • Peter Jarvis, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Portland, OR
  • Michael Downey, Partner, Fox Galvin, LLC in St. Louis, MO (Moderator)

Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair – today's practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits. LPM members pay only $85 ($65 off regular tuition rates). Visit www.lawpractice.org/cle -- to view the latest schedule of upcoming CLE.

Call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221 for information or to register by phone.


  LPM Meetings and Events

Register Now!ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop

October 20-22, 2007 | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

ABA Women RainmakersAn interactive forum developed to give valuable insight and enhance the performance of the mid-career women lawyer. In conjunction with the LPM Section Fall Meeting to be held October 18-20, 2007 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will take place on October 20-22, 2007. This workshop will allow participants to network with other successful attorneys, engage in focused topical discussions with knowledgeable legal professionals and learn how to utilize tools to help assess the participant's career, client relationships, and personal lifestyle requirements in order to maximize rainmaking capabilities.

Topics include:

  • Rainmaking / business development
  • Client relationship management
  • Strategic planning / goal setting
  • Personal branding
  • Becoming a master communicator (public speaking skills)
  • Negotiation skills and strategy

The registration fees for LPM members are $445 on or before July 1 and $495 after July 1; and for all others registration fees are $495 on or before July 1 and $595 after July 1.

A room block is reserved for attendees at a rate of $169/night at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Space is limited, so book your room early. For reservations, visit (www. Link to the hotel URL found on the reg page) or call the hotel toll-free at 1-800-937-8461 and reference the American Bar Association for the special group rate.

Learn More »

Register Now!LPM Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference:
Thirty Years of Law Firm Marketing (1977-2007)

November 8-9, 2007 | Washington, D.C.

A comprehensive two-day program for attorneys, law firm executives and marketing directors taking place November 8-9, 2007 in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The profession's leading resource on law firm marketing—the ABA's Law Practice Management Section—has developed its first full two-day comprehensive program to address the topic and teach practitioners the best ways to move forward with their law firm's marketing plans.

Prepare yourself for the most interesting speed-learning experience of your marketing life. Day One will feature 10 different law firm case studies dealing with 10 different marketing initiatives. Day Two will feature a technology version. Twenty partners from 20 law firms throughout the country will present.

Conference Highlights:
  • Return to Bates v. Arizona – the Ongoing Ethics Debate, featuring Van O'Steen from Bates and a distinguished panel of national marketing ethics experts
  • The Diversity Dilemma – a very special program on legal profession diversity initiatives and its impact on the bottom line and structure of law firms and corporate legal departments
  • From 'No Comment' to 'No Problem' – Developing a Media Strategy For Handling a Crisis and Growing Your Business
  • Wasted Time, Wasted Spending – Law Firms continue to be ineffective in their business development spending. How should I budget, hire and spend?
  • Technology Marketing – From web sites to contact management and every "virtual place" in-between
  • TWO 10x10 Extreme Marketing Programs – 10 speakers. 10 topics. 10 minutes each.

Registration is now open! Super Early Bird Registration fees for everyone are $455 by May 31 and Early Bird is $525 by July 31. After July 31, regular registration fees apply with general registration at $795, ABA members and affiliated professional organization partners at $595, LPM, YLD and law students at $545.

Hotel rooms are available at $239/night at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Contact the hotel directly at (202) 234-0700 or visit www.omnihotels.com. Reference the American Bar Association to receive the special rate.

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  Young Lawyers Mentoring Fellowship Program

As part of its continuing efforts to reach out to young lawyers, the ABA LPM Section offers a Leadership Mentoring Program to attract and mentor future leaders of the Section. Imagine the opportunities to meet and network with some of the country's foremost experts on topics related to the business of practicing law -- marketing, management, technology, and finance -- as well as career and work/life balance issues.

Section leaders choose at least two candidates each year to serve two-year terms. The appointees will have the opportunity to attend Section meetings and serve on important committees which affect the strategic direction of the Section and its service to members. LPM holds quarterly Section meetings, including at the ABA Annual and Midyear meetings, and offers a generous reimbursement policy. Applications are accepted throughout the year. For more information and to apply, visit www.lawpractice.org/yl.


  Carpe Librum

Buy Now!The Lawyer's Guide to Records Management and Retention , Third Edition
by George C. Cunningham and John C. Montaña

The Lawyer's Guide to Records Management and Retention, Third Edition

7x10 Book with CD-ROM
Product Code: 5110574
LPM Member Price: $89.95
Nonmember Price: $99.95

Most lawyers know intuitively how important timely access to the right information is to their work. On the other hand, most lawyers have little or no knowledge or interest in filing systems and methods, indexing, database architecture and other mundane issues that enable records management as a practice tool.

This book is intended to address the issues arising from the need to manage records and information in a law office and use records management as a tool for:

  • improving risk management
  • managing e-mail as part of the client file
  • implementing records retention schedules
  • managing records during investigations, audits, claims, and litigation
  • serving the techno-centric and techno-phobic practitioner
  • and using records management as a pipeline to knowledge management
  • and much more!

Learn More »


 Make the Most of Your LPM Membership

Practice Core Groups

LPM has four practice core groups that discuss the four core areas of law practice management – marketing, management, technology and finance . All LPM members are encouraged to join a practice core group. Topics and information specifically pertaining to each core area is shared and discussed at LPM meetings and via the member-only list serves. Gain perspective, share knowledge, pose questions, and utilize the resource the core groups have to offer. Members are able to join more than one practice core group and membership is free. Select a core group when visiting myABA* and updating your member profile.

Make Sure to Continue Your Section Membership - Renew Your Member Dues Online

LPM wants to make sure that you continue to receive all the benefits of a section member. You can manage your ABA and Section membership more efficiently online. Go to www.abanet.org and log on to myABA* where you can:

  • Pay ABA and/or Section dues online via credit card
  • View your 2006/07 membership invoice
  • Add or drop Section memberships
  • Print payment confirmation and receipt

LPM Section benefits include, but are not limited to:

*Please note that Members and Associates will need to have their ABA ID# and password to access their online invoice.    

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