August 2004
ABA Law Practice Management Section Monthly e-Update

In This Issue:
Highlighted Feature: The Core of the Matter
Section Briefs: New Members to LPM Council
In the Spotlight: Donna Fraiche and Roberta Cooper Ramo
Carpe Librum: Marketing Success Stories: Conversations with Leading Lawyers, Second Edition
Tip of the Month:
"Practicing law is like practicing psychiatry..."
Hot Links: FindLaw for Legal Professionals

The Core of the Matter

What are LPM’s Practice Core Groups? A few years ago, the Section defined its purpose and activities to better deliver our message to the greater ABA and the general public. The Section focused on the four core areas of legal marketing, management, technology, and finance. The Web site, magazine, and Webzine provide articles and features in these four areas. CLE is also developed around the core themes of the Section. The Practice Core Groups were formed to contribute ideas to the Publishing, Magazine, Webzine, and Education Boards. LPM members who have interest, experience, and/or expertise in law practice marketing, management, technology, and finance are encouraged to sign up for one or more of the core groups and participate through conference calls and at Section meetings, when possible. Click here to join an LPM Practice Core Group today!

Section Briefs

Opportunity Knocks
Join LPM for its Fall Meeting, November 4-7, at the five-star, five-diamond Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Meet and mingle with other members at the popular gathering reception and attend CLE programs presented by the ABA Women Rainmakers and the Practice Core Groups. The Fall Meeting provides a unique opportunity to get more involved with LPM! You can visit one of several business and committee meetings. The Practice Core Groups and ABA Women Rainmakers will be meeting in addition to the Publishing, Magazine, Webzine, and ABA TECHSHOW boards. Look for a full schedule of events and CLE program descriptions at soon.

Welcome to new Council Members
At the ABA Annual Meeting next week, the LPM Council will welcome eight new members for the 2004-2005 ABA year. Each brings unique skills and insight, and the Section leaders look forward to having these individuals “on board.”

Aman BaggaErnst & Young LLPNew York, NY
Jim CallowayOklahoma Bar AssociationOklahoma City, OK
Richard GranatCenter For Law Practice TechnologyPalm Beach Gardens, FL
Andrea HartleyAkerman Senterfitt & Eidson PAMiami, FL
Walt KarnsteinKolisch Hartwell, P.C.Portland, OR
Dennis KennedyThe Dennis Kennedy Law Firm LLCSt. Louis, MO
Marc LauritsenCapstone Practice SystemsHarvard, MA
Bruce OlsonDavis & Kuelthau, SCGreen Bay, WI
Hot Links
FindLaw for Legal Professionals is a free resource for attorneys that includes online case law, free state codes, federal codes, legal forms, and is designed to help you with your practice-specific legal information needs.
Tip of the Month:

"Practicing law is like practicing psychiatry: both clients and patients pay you for the right to transfer their problems to you. They want help, not hand wringing. Give firm advice; leave the 'on the one hand this, on the other hand that' with law school exams. And connect with clients on a personal level. Create a level of confidence that you can solve their problems."

SOURCE: Constantine Alexander from Marketing Success Stories: Conversations with Leading Lawyers, Second Edition , by Hollis Hatfield Weishar and Joyce Smiley (ABA Law Practice Management Section, 2004).

In The Spotlight

Congratulations to Council member and former ABA Women Rainmakers Chair Donna Fraiche, who received the President’s Award earlier this month from the New Orleans Bar Association at a ceremony in the Big Easy. Donna has always been recognized as a pioneer, and she continues in that tradition by being the first woman to receive this award. Congratulations on your significant achievement, Donna.

Congratulations are also in order for former LPM Chair and the first woman to serve as President of the ABA, Roberta Cooper Ramo. Roberta has been elected First Vice President of the American Law Institute, adding to an already distinguished service record. In addition to her service at the ABA, Ms. Ramo is a former President of the Albuquerque Bar Association, and a two-time recipient of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Outstanding Contribution Award.

In The Spotlight focuses on the accomplishments of LPM Members. To submit your or a colleague's name and achievement for recognition, please contact Fred Faulkner at

Carpe Librum

Seize a book! LPM's publishing division is one of the oldest in the ABA, and with more than 75 titles, it is also one of the largest. This month's selection:

Marketing Success StoriesMarketing Success Stories: Conversations with Leading Lawyers, Second Edition
By Hollis Hatfield Weishar and Joyce K. Smiley

In preparing this book, Weishar and Smiley identified dozens of lawyers (and even a few in-house counsel) who are known and respected for their marketing successes. From their conversations with these lawyers and in-house counsel emerged a wealth of interesting personal stories loaded with practical advice, providing an inside look at how these successful lawyers market themselves, their practice specialties, their firms, and their profession.

The techniques in this unique resource can be used to benefit any lawyer, in any geographic region, at any level of experience, and with any practice specialty. Whether you work in a solo, mid-sized, or mega-firm, these stories of marketing strategies that paid off will inspire you to greater heights. If you’re looking for a book to help boost your marketing efforts with tested and proven ideas, then you owe it to your practice to buy this book today!

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For more information on other books published by LPM visit our Online Catalog.

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