In This Issue…

  • Highlights: LPM Fall Meeting, ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, LPM "Third Thursday" Teleconference Series, ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge 
  • New Books: The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook;  The Lawyer's Guide to Creating a Business Plan; The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet
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The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007
by Ben M. Schorr 

The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007Outlook is the most used application in Microsoft Office, but are you using it to your greatest advantage? The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007 is the only guide written specifically for lawyers to help you be more productive, more efficient and more successful. More than just email, Outlook is also a powerful task, contact, and scheduling manager that will improve your practice. From helping you log and track phone calls, meetings, and correspondence to archiving closed case material in one easy-to-store location, this book unlocks the secrets of "underappreciated" features that you will use every day.

Product Code:5110661
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$69.99 (Regular)
$49.99 ( LPM)

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LPM Fall Meeting LPM Heads Southwest to Tucson
October 16-18, 2008

Registration is free, so be sure to register today!  From October 16-18, 2008, join the LPM Section at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ.  Attending the LPM fall meeting is great for first-time attendees and returning LPM members since it kicks off new business for the fiscal year.  It is time to dig your heels in and get active!  During committee meetings, members will plan upcoming educational programming, article line-up, conference materials, and books to be selected for publishing.  The ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will be held in conjunction with the LPM Fall Meeting and will kick-off during the evening reception on Friday, October 17.

On Saturday, October 18, join LPM and the Women Rainmakers for a one-of-a-kind event.  Enjoy a thrilling Jeep ride through the desert while participating in group competitions, team building and treasure hunting.  The tour ends with dinner among beautiful desert surroundings.  Tickets are $50 and should be purchased at the time of registration.  Reserve your seat now!

Book your room today!  Be sure to mention American Bar Association to receive the discounted room rate of $189/night.  A limited number of rooms are available.  For more detailed hotel information:

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

3800 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Phone: (520) 742-6000
Fax: (520) 577-5878

Register for the LPM Fall Meeting now!

View the program schedule and access more details today!


ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop October 17-19, 2008!  Early Bird Registration Extended Until August 15!  Limited Space Available!

Women RainmakersIn conjunction with the LPM Fall Meeting (October 16-18, 2008), the ABA Women Rainmakers is offering an interactive forum developed to give valuable insight and enhance the performance of the mid-career woman lawyer.  The ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will be held from October 17-19, 2008 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

This interactive and engaging Workshop allows participants to assess their client relationships and personal career growth, acquire the proper tools to maximize rainmaking capabilities and receive valuable insight to enhance one's performance as a mid-career woman lawyer.  Several topical discussions including business development, time management, effective communication and negotiation skills will be led by knowledgeable legal professionals. Two distinct tracks will be offered to accommodate both small firm/solo practitioners and large firm attorneys.  

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.  This year the workshop will offer solo/small firm and large firm tracks.

Topics Include: Tucson, AZ

  • Rainmaking / business development
  • Client relationship management
  • Gender boundary issues
  • Strategic planning / goal setting
  • Negotiation skills and strategy
  • Marketing your firm

To view featured speakers and their bios.

Limited space is available!  Be sure to register today!  On or before August 15, 2008, the standard rate is $695 and for LPM members the rate is $595; after August 15, 2008, the standard rate is $795 and the LPM member rate is $695.  You don't want to miss this event!

This session is open to all legal professionals who are, support and/or work with successful women attorneys.

Be adventurous by participating in the Jeep Rally! This spectacular event takes place on Saturday, October 18 and includes a 2-1/2 hour Jeep tour, games, reception, dinner, drinks (beer, wine, margaritas, and soft drinks), bon fire and motor coach return. At 3:00 p.m., open-air Jeeps will pick up participants from the resort to experience a desert tour while engaging in treasure hunting and team building.  Following the rally and games, all will dine in a private desert location and unwind in the beautiful desert surroundings, under the brilliant star-filled sky. Tickets are limited.  Reserve your place today!

  Register Now

Make your room reservation!  Limited rooms are available in the room block.  Mention American Bar Association to receive the discounted rooms of $189/night.  For more detailed hotel information:

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Phone: (520) 742-6000
Fax: (520) 577-5878 

View the program schedule and access more details today!

See you in Tucson!


LPM "Third Thursday" Teleconference Series

CLE Teleconferences

Thursday, September 18, 2008 – Communication for Young Lawyers

12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. CST
How can new layers and their firms communicate better? In this program, the co-authors of the forthcoming book "The Law Firm Associate's Guide to Getting Along" draw upon their experience as a nationally-recognized communications consultant and large firm partner turned law school dean to address both questions – how firms can better communicate with their young lawyers, and how new lawyers can strengthen their relationships with their firm and clients with better communication.
Learning Objectives:
  • Use better communication to improve your practice
  • Communicate better with young lawyers
  • Handle stressful conversations with comfort and skill
  • Learn obligations for communicating inside and outside the firm
  • Barbara Miller, Barbara B. Miller Communication
  • Martin Camp, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Mike Downey, Moderator, Hinshaw & Culbertson

Thursday, October 16, 2008 – Embracing the Paper Free Practice

12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. CST
The transition from paper-based to digital information is underway. Lawyers who adopt a "paper free office" to manage the volumes of information they handle can increase productivity, decrease costs, and improve the service they provide to clients. Much of the information lawyers deliver (briefs, pleadings, correspondence, opinion letters, forms, contracts) is already created electronically... only to be printed to the ancient media of paper. Even the information from clients and other outside sources received in hard copy can be converted to a digital format that is easier to store, search and retrieve information from than paper.
·     David L. Masters, Masters Law Firm
·     Nancy Duhon, Duhon Technology Solutions

Registration  is open to anyone.  Law Practice Management Section Members can participate for $85, ABA Members for $125 and Non-Members for $150. Each additional registrant using the same phone line will cost $60. Once registration is completed, participants will receive the dial-in number and code.   

Visit our website for more information on the LPM CLE Teleconferences, CLE products, and Live CLE programs.

Dickinson Law Firm takes on the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge

With growing concerns about the impact of the legal profession on the environment, the ABA Law Practice Management Section is a co-sponsor of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources’ initiative to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to challenge law firms to practice in an environmentally safe way.  In response to the challenge, Dickinson Law Firm has become the first law firm out of Des Moines, Iowa to accept the challenge and create the Green Business & Sustainability Law Group to meet the increasing needs of clients.  Helen Adams and Howard Hagen, LPM members and attorneys at Dickinson Law Firm, were fundamental advocates in the idea that providing ‘greener’ legal advice should not be limited to clients, but should be reflected in the entire firm’s operations.  To assist attorneys and employees to be more environmentally conscious, the firm created internal guidelines called the “The Dickinson Green Guide.”  Through their guide, Dickinson Law Firm hopes to increase awareness on sustainable operations beginning with their own.  For more information visit the  ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge.   


 Featured Books 

The Lawyer's Guide to Creating a Business Plan: A Step-By-Step Software Package, 2008 Version
by Linda Pinson

The Lawyer's Guide to Creating a Business Plan: A Step-By-Step Software Package, 2008 Version

Product Code:5110664CD
Format:CD - 5110664CD
$149.95 ( LPM)
Linda Pinson has produced an intuitive software application that does 75% of the work for lawyers and business managers who need comprehensive and customized business plans to maximize profits.
For new law practices or existing law firms, the 2008 version of The Lawyer's Guide to Creating a Business Plan will guide practitioners step-by-step toward actualized growth utilizing tested and proven organizational, marketing, and financial strategies.

Based on her award-winning book, Anatomy of a Business Plan (Ben Franklin Award for "Best Business Book of the Year") and companion software, Automate Your Business Plan (Version 2008), this stand-alone package has been meticulously customized to address the elements and issues unique to law practice development and management. There is no other business plan software on the market that provides law practices with these customized tools in one comprehensive package.

The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet
by Gregory H. Siskind, Deborah McMurray and Richard P. Klau

The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet

Product Code:5110582
Released:June 2007
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$49.95 (Regular)
$39.95 ( LPM)
In today's competitive environment, it is critical to have a comprehensive online marketing strategy that uses all the tools possible to differentiate your firm and gain new clients. The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet, in a completely updated and revised third edition, showcases practical online strategies and the latest innovations so that you can immediately participate in decisions about your firm's Web marketing effort. With advice that can be implemented by established and young practices alike, this comprehensive guide will be a crucial component to streamlining your marketing efforts.

From blogging and podcasting to e-mail blasts and search engine optimization, you'll discover everything you need to know -- in layperson's terms -- to make an immediate impact to your firm's bottom line. You'll discover how to keep top of mind within your target audience by using your site the best way possible.
But it's not all technical "bells and whistles." Written together by a trio that includes a lawyer, a marketing consultant, and a technologist, this comprehensive resource gives a balanced approach that covers everything a lawyer needs to know about marketing online today in simple, easy-to-understand language. From learning how to choose a Web consultant to advertising to measuring results, The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet touches on all that matters most.

 Make Sure to Continue Your Section Membership

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 and log on to myABA* where you can:
  • Pay ABA and/or Section dues online via credit card
  • View your membership invoice  
  • Print payment confirmation and receipt
LPM Section benefits include:
- Complimentary Law Practice magazine subscription
- Complimentary e-issues of Law Practice Today and Law Technology Today
- Complimentary e-issues of
- Discount for ABA TECHSHOW
- Access to LPM forums - an online discussion tool
- Free membership to ABA Women Rainmakers (must request)
Networking opportunities
- and more!

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