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  August 2005  

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Lowes Hotel Philadelphia
LPM Fall Meeting
October 20-22, 2005
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, PA


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 Highlights: Renew Your ABA and LPM Dues Online!

The ABA recently launched a new member service which allows you to manage your ABA and Section membership more efficiently online. How? Go to www.abanet.org and log on to myABA* where you can:

  • View your 2005/06 membership invoice
  • Add or drop Section Memberships
  • Pay ABA and/or Section dues online via credit card
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 Membership : Making the Most of Your LPM

In this new column, we will help you get in touch with your LPM Section member benefits. August’s issue features the LPM Teleconference Series.

What is it?
The LPM Teleconference Series provides convenient, monthly CLE teleconferences on hot topics in marketing, management, technology and finance.

How do I get it?
Watch your e-mail for announcements — LPM members with valid E-mail addresses will receive special alerts from the LPM staff about upcoming teleconferences.

Check the web site at www.lawpractice.org/cle – the latest schedule is available 24/7 and you can register online. Call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221 for information or to register by phone.

What’s in it for me?
Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair&—today’s practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits. LPM members receive $65 off regular tuition rates of $150.

Need to update your E-mail address with the ABA?
Do it in three easy steps:

1) go to www.abanet.org
2) click on myABA
3) edit your e-mail address by clicking on edit my Member Profile.

 Tips for Making Work Work for You:
     Ten Tips on Strengthening Staff Loyalty, Part II

Did you take a class on how to be a good boss in law school? Probably not, but here are five more tips on creating a friendly work environment where every staff person is motivated to give 110%!

  1. Let staff know you are aware of and appreciate their efforts. Pay attention to the little ways people extend themselves for the good of the group. Often a simple word of thanks is all that is necessary to keep the staff feeling good about themselves.
  2. Don’t let tension among staff members fester. In any work unit, some conflicts are bound to arise. Most resolve themselves, but when you recognize that friction between people is affecting the group, take the lead in bringing them together and clearing the air.
  3. Acknowledge, but don’t dwell on, deficiencies in performance reviews. For a performance review to have value, it must be honest and fair. Point out areas that need improvement, but spend more time on the positive and on crafting plans to help remedy the deficiencies.
  4. Be a counselor in all matters, not just on work matters. When your staff trusts you, they likely will bring matters of concern to you that aren’t strictly work related. Take the time to be their friend. Listen and be constructive in helping them deal with whatever is bothering them.
  5. Know your staff’s outside interests and facilitate them. Everyone has a life outside the office. Let your staff know you value the quality of their lives by being flexible with scheduling to accommodate their other priorities.
  6. Defend your staff; take responsibility for the unit’s actions. As the head of a unit, the buck stops with you. If a staff member errs, address it internally. Outside of the unit, however, step in front and take the responsibility. Your staff will appreciate your being its defender, especially from outside criticism, warranted or unwarranted.

Tips taken from Making Work Work for You by Gary A. Hengstler, a publication presented by the American Bar Association Career Resource Center. Buy the book – get more details. Visit http://www.abaclecatalog.org and search for product code V01MWWA.

 Meetings & CLE: Save the Date! Fall Meeting in
    Philadelphia, PA

Lowes Hotel PhiladelphiaThe Law Practice Management Section’s Fall Meeting will be held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, October 20-22, 2005. In addition to the standard business meetings, LPM will host two full days of CLE programming with a focus on marketing and technology. The Section’s Friday night event will be held in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district at the National Constitution Center. Join your colleagues for this unique opportunity to see the Liberty Bell, get an unparalleled view of Independence Hall through a 40’ wall of glass, and tour the first museum in the world dedicated to the US Constitution. Additional details about the meeting, descriptions of the CLE programming and online registration will be available soon at www.lawpractice.org.


 NEW! Professional Legal Management Week 2005 (PMLW)

The Law Practice Management Section is a proud co-sponsor of this event in its inaugural year. Professional Legal Management Week is October 3-7, 2005, and provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the role they play in the success of the organization, and in its service to its clients and those who work in the organization.

The objectives of Professional Legal Management Week are:

  • To provide awareness, understanding and education about the legal management profession
  • To increase knowledge of the diverse roles within the profession

For more information, please visit www.PLMW.org.


 Carpe Librum: Books from LPM Publishing

The Lawyer's Guide to Creating a Business PlanThe Lawyer's Guide to Creating a Business Plan (CD-ROM)
By Linda Pinson

The Lawyer's Guide to Creating Your Business Plan is a complete, easy-to-use Windows®-based software package that will help any lawyer research and write a winning business plan for their firm. It’s a step-by-step, stand-alone program that assumes you know nothing about writing a business plan. You will move with ease through your entire financial plan while the program sets up and formulates all your financial spreadsheets, and does all your calculations for you. Preorder your copy today and save an additional 15%.


Product code: 511-0528
LPM Member $149.95 / Non-member $179.95

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