In This Issue…

Highlights:   ABA TECHSHOW 2009, ABA/LPM Midyear Meeting, Ethics & Practice Management National Institute, CLE Teleconference  


Books: The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition; Think Again! Innovative Approaches to the Business of Law; How to Build & Manage a Personal Injury Practice, Second Edition

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How to Build & Manage a Personal Injury Practice, Second Edition
by K. William Gibson

How to Build & Manage a Personal Injury Practice, Second Edition

Written by a personal injury lawyer who has been practicing for over 20 years, the book has been written for lawyers interested in starting a personal injury law practice, as well as for lawyers currently practicing P.I. who are interested in strengthening their practices. This book discusses the basic differences between personal injury law and other types of law practice and provides guidance for avoiding common pitfalls.

Author K. William Gibson, offers step-by-step guidance on how to:

  • Write a sound business plan
  • Develop an accurate financial forecast
  • Choose the right office space and equipment
  • Use technology to improve efficiency
  • Market your practice and generate leads
  • Maximize your staff and minimize your cost
This invaluable resource also includes numerous worksheets, flowcharts, checklists, and "fill-in-the-blank" forms, all on an included CD-ROM to help you develop and implement your own business procedures. By the end of the book, you'll have all the necessary tools to manage your practice.

Of particular value is the author's extensive experience and his discussion on the importance of using technology to build, market, and manage a personal injury law practice.
Product Code:5110575
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$64.95 (Regular)
$54.95 ( LPM)
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ABA Techshow 2009

ABA TECHSHOW 2009 - Register Now!

ABA TECHSHOW, now in its 23rd year, continues to be the world’s premier legal technology CLE conference and expo. The conference offers three days of educational sessions in legal technology to lawyers, paralegals, firm administrators, and IT managers, and professionals of all knowledge levels will gain beneficial information to take home and put to use immediately. More than 100 technology vendors display goods and discuss services during the two-day exposition. Come to network with more than 1,500 conference attendees during ABA TECHSHOW at the Hilton Chicago.
Download the ABA TECHSHOW 2009 Program Brochure to view the Schedule-at-a-Glance!
Choose from 15 educational tracks on the latest technology trends!   
  • A Day in the (Techno) Life - NEW!
  • E-Discovery Boot Camp – NEW!
  • E-Discovery Update
  • E-Records Management – NEW!
  • Enterprise IT
  • I’m a Mac
  • Internet
  • Large Firm/Corporate Counsel
  • Paperless Practice
  • Solo/Small Firm I
  • Solo/Small Firm II
  • Tech for Client Development – NEW!
  • Tech for Financial Management – NEW!
  • Trial Skills
  • Virtual Practice – NEW!
Keynote Address
The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services
Richard Susskind
Join us Thursday, April 2, for renowned legal thinker and writer Richard Susskind's presentation exploring the future of legal services and law as a business. His presentation will illustrate the five stages through which legal service is evolving and explain the likely impact of commoditization and information technology (especially “disruptive legal technologies”) on the legal profession. Come learn about the main challenges facing all practicing lawyers in the 21st century. You can’t afford to miss this presentation.
On the first night of ABA TECHSHOW, full conference attendees are invited to attend ABA TECHSHOW After Dark for entertainment, food and drinks, and exciting door prizes! The Taste of ABA TECHSHOW dinners provide attendees the opportunity to meet the ABA TECHSHOW speakers and experience some of the best restaurants Chicago has to offer. To assist attendees throughout ABA TECHSHOW, the Conference Concierge and Tech Help Desk will be available!
For complete information and to register for ABA TECHSHOW 2009, please visit!

ABA/LPM Midyear Winter Meeting  

Join LPM and other ABA entities from February 12-14, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts for the ABA/LPM Midyear Winter Meeting!  LPM members meet to conduct business and attend exciting networking receptions. First time attendees are welcome to join committee meetings and meet fellow LPM members. 
Registration is free!  The deadline for advance registration is Wednesday, January 9, 2009, 5:00 p.m., ET .  Please remember to register for both the ABA Midyear Meeting and the LPM Midyear Winter Meeting. We require both registrations in order to obtain a proper head count for meals.
To view a preliminary schedule of all the LPM meetings and events, please Click Here
Members interested in attending for the first time can contact Mary Beth Thede at 312.988.5634 about new member involvement. Questions regarding registration and housing can be directed to Svetlana Kramarova at 312.988.5644.

LPM CLE Teleconference Series

CLE Teleconferences

Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair - today's practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits. LPM offers a 90-minute teleconference and live audio webcast every third Thursday of the month. LPM members receive $65 off regular tuition rates of $150. Visit -- to view the latest schedule and register online.


Ethical Issues in Documenting the Lawyer-Client Relationship

Thursday, December 18, 2008 ~ 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Important stages in the lawyer-client relationship are often captured in writing.  In this teleconference and live audio webcast, four lawyers who focus their practices on advising other lawyers on ethics and risk management issues will offer practical advice on preparing such documents. 
Sample documents will be discussed and provided.
Learning Objectives:
  • How engagement letters can provide the right information and send the right message
  • What and how to tell clients about fees, expenses, and budgets
  • How to document a conflict-of-interest waiver
  • What to say when telling a client about a mistake
  • What to say when terminating a lawyer-client relationship
  • When to send a declination of representation letter
  • Michael P. Downey (Moderator), Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, St. Louis, MO
  • Donald D. Campbell, Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, PC, Southfield, MI
  • George R. Clark, Solo Practioner, Legal Ethics , Washington, DC
  • Diane L. Karpmann, Karpmann & Associates, Beverly Hills, CA
To view registration options, Click Here .
Ethics & Practice Management National Institute ~ CLE Credit Available!
Thursday, December 11, 2008 ~ 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
This series of presentations is designed to comply with lawyers’ CLE Ethics requirements while simultaneously providing practicing lawyers with the information they need to manage their practices without ethics complaints and without malpractice complaints.
The program is of special value to any LPM member in need of CLE Ethics credits. An LPM member can choose between one or two half-day sessions. Each half-day session will provide three hours of CLE Ethics credit and one more hour of general CLE credit.
For more information on the Institute and details for enrollment, please visit

  Featured Books 

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition
by George W. Kaufman

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition

Product Code:5110566
Format:Book - 5110568
$29.95 ( LPM)
If you are dominated by work from the moment you arise until the moment you turn off the lights at night, you are not alone. Years of narrow focus, hard work, pressure, and endless striving for material reward are the hallmark of many lawyers' lives. This newly updated and revised Second Edition is written specifically to help lawyers achieve professional and personal satisfaction in their careers.

Writing with warmth and seasoned wisdom, George Kaufman examines how the profession has changed over the last five years, then offers philosophical approaches, practical examples, and valuable exercises to help lawyers reconcile their goals and expectations with the realities and demands of the legal profession. You'll find information on empowering yourself to take charge of your environment and how to achieve your plan for personal growth.

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition is about how the law fits inside you, not how you fit inside the law. Making space for creativity and passion within your current workplace and at home can yield enormous emotional rewards. But, you must first make a conscious decision to shift your perceptions. To accept that, while you can't have it all, you can create a life that reflects your creativity and values.

Think Again! Innovative Approaches to the Business of Law
by Jeffrey L. Nischwitz

Think Again! Innovative Approaches to the Business of Law

Product Code:5110577
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$84.95 (Regular)
$74.95 ( LPM)
Today's reality is that success in the practice of law requires business solutions, and this book provides the ideas, strategies, and tactics to help you take your legal career and law firm to new heights of business success. Think Again! is about creating a client-centric law firm and delivering great client service, differentiating your law firm from other firms, and developing the specific skills and strategies needed for effective and productive relationship building and business development results.

The innovative but practical advice on building an exceptional law firm begins with how to empower your people, build successful teams, and add value to your service. You'll also learn the secrets of effective selling through existing relationships, how to take advantage of everyday opportunities, and consistent and reliable ways to bring new clients into your firm. Finally, learn the seven "BEs" of business development -- seven vital ways your firm needs to "be" to affect change and achieve results.

It is no longer good enough to just be a good lawyer . . . lawyers need to be great managers, great client-service providers, great communicators, and great marketers. Rethink the way you do business, reposition your firm to stand out among your competitors, and reap the many benefits loyal and satisfied clients bring.

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