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Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration ToolsThe Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together

By: Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell

Today, lawyers must work together with colleagues, co-counsel, clients, and even opposing counsel, to get their job done. What tools are available to make it easier? This book showcases how to use the latest technology and software, such as Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat 8 and Google Docs, to take better advantage of collaborative tools and the benefits they bring. Written with limited technical jargon, this guidebook provides practical, concrete action steps and techniques so even the least tech-savvy lawyer can get started.

Topics include:

  • The most current collaboration technologies now available to lawyers
  • How to use collaboration tools to generate new clients and save money
  • How to select the tools and strategies that will serve the firm now and in the future
  • The best ways to collaborate on documents, cases, transactions, and projects
  • Establishing a culture of collaboration in your firm

This book provides the essential information needed to find the tools that best fit your firm and help build your practice.

Kindle some holiday spirit -- and maybe some new business -- in your firm this season by giving our must-have titles. Your peers at the ABA have selected three of their favorite titles in marketing and client development that will make an impact. All three books will motivate and get your co-workers ringing in the new year right. What's better? We offer this set with special holiday pricing for a limited time, so buy now, cross some names off your list and rest assured that you'll be spreading holiday cheer (with time to spare).

How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice, Second Editon

By: Daniel B. Evans

Specifically tailored to the unique needs of the estates and trusts lawyers, this completely updated and revised second edition of How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice focuses on making your firm better. Written as a “book of ideas,” you’ll find guidance on marketing, effective client communications, fee agreements, and ethics, including the updates to the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Sample forms, checklists, and questionnaires are included to help you quickly along the way to continued success.

Topics include:

  • Marketing strategies for estates and trusts practices
  • The best ways to communicate with clients
  • How technology and ethics has changed the practice area
  • Innovative ideas for finding new clients
  • Ethics issues, including taking on the right kind of projects for the right reasons
Fee agreements, including ideas on alternative billing in estate planning, administration, and litigation
Upcoming LPM Meetings
  • February 7-9, 2008 - ABA LPM Midyear Meeting - InterContinental Los Angeles City Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • March 13-15, 2008 - ABA TECHSHOW
    Hilton Chicago - Chicago, IL
  • May 15-17, 2008 - LPM Spring Meeting
    Hotel Santa Fe & The Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM
  • August 7-9, 2008 - ABA/LPM Annual Meeting - Sheraton Towers - New York, NY
  • October 16-18, 2008 - LPM Fall Meeting - Westin La Paloma ~ Tuscon, AZ
  • February 11-15, 2009 - LPM Midyear Meeting - Boston, MA
  • April 2-4, 2009 - ABA TECHSHOW
    Hilton Chicago - Chicago, IL
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  2. My ABACreating an Excellent Client Service Environment
  3. My ABAHow to Back Up Your PCs and Macs: An Obsessive's Guide for the Small Law Firm

Law Practice Today:

  1. Awaken the Marketer in You
  2. Coaches Teach What Law Schools Don't
  3. Deciding to Hire: When and How to Expand your Practice

Law Technology Today:

  1. A Call for Collaborative Action
  2. Better than Batman's Belt: Our Favorite Utilities
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 LPM News

Leadership Mentoring 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. The deadline for applications for the 2008-2009 bar year is June 1, 2008.

For More Information and to Learn How to Apply »

Have Knowledge You Want to Share?
Write an Article for Law Practice Today or Law Technology Today

We are looking for articles about issues that face every type of lawyer in today's practice arena. Solos, corporate counsel, managing partners, starting associates, or even paralegals. We want stories from the legal trenches. The topics that are burning a hole through your desk. Do you have a success story about a new technology your firm just implemented? What about one that failed? Do you have a successful solution to solo billing matters? What are the newest issues facing all types of lawyers from Capitol Hill? We are looking for articles that will educate readers about issues that they can use today, tomorrow, or even next week. We are looking for big picture articles as well as specific topics. Checklists and how-to articles are great content for Law Practice Today and Law Technology Today webzines.

We are always looking for new contributors for both webzines . Articles may come in the form of one-time contributions or possibly an opportunity for a regular column on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. We prefer writers who are passionate about their practice area. Writers who want to educate others so they don't have to re-create the wheel.

Submit an article today!

The ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to present the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge. The Climate Challenge is designed to encourage law offices to take specific steps to conserve energy and resources, as well as reduce emissions of greenhouse gases - which cause global climate change - and other pollutants. The ABA Law Practice Management Section (LPM) is co-sponsoring this initiative.

Learn More!


 LPM Meetings and Events

Register Now!ABA Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles

Join us February 7-9, 2008 in sunny Los Angeles, California for meetings, programs, networking and fun!

The Law Practice Management Section's members are encouraged to register for the Midyear Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza , February 6-12, 2008. Registration is free. All LPM Meetings will take place at the InterContinental Century City Hotel.

The Meetings and Travel Department has secured a limited number of rooms and a call-in block has been established at Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills and the Renaissance Hollywood. Callers must mention the 2008 ABA Midyear Meeting to receive the rates listed below:

Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills - 1150 S. Beverly Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Rate: $249 per night (3-night minimum stay, non-cancelable and credit card will be charged at time of reservation)
Code: American Bar Association or A.B.A.
Phone: (310) 553-6561

Renaissance Hollywood - 1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA
Valid thru Friday, January 18, 2008
$209 Deluxe single/double per night
Code: American Bar Association
Phone: 1-866-835-7681

In addition to standard committee meetings, ABA Women Rainmakers will host the following educational program:

Let's Do Lunch! -  An Entertainment Industry Conversation

Friday, February 8, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel, Century City, Grand Salon I & II.

Program Description:

Are you interested in the "dish" on working in the entertainment industry?  Listen in, as industry insiders discuss the ins and outs of working in this exciting field. 

  • How entertainment companies are structured
  • Niches that provide the best "fit" for lawyers (both legal and non-legal)
  • How to succeed in getting and keeping an entertainment industry job
  • What industries are closest in terms of transferable skills and why
  • How much money could you make (or not) in this field


  • Martha Fay Africa, Moderator, Partner, Hodge/Niederer/Cariani/Lindsay
  • Michael Bayer, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Image Entertainment
  • Vicky Goldberg, Partner – Media & Entertainment, Hodge/Niederer/Cariani/Lindsay
  • Dan Goldberg, Associate Director, Compliance, UCLA Athletics
  • Amy Weiss, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Manager, Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Afterwards, mingle with the star-studded cast at our reception sponsored by Mintz Levin.

We encourage everyone to attend the ABA LPM Midyear Meeting as there is no registration fee and committee meetings, practice core group meetings (marketing, management, technology and finance), the Section Council Meeting and educational programs are open to everyone.

For the entire LPM Meeting Schedule or to register online, visit

ABA TECHSHOW 2008– Early Bird Deadline is February 1, 2008!

Join us at the Hilton Chicago – the newest location for ABA TECHSHOW!

Save up to $300 in registration fees for the world's premier legal technology conference and expo when you register today! ABA TECHSHOW ® 2008 will be held March 13-15, 2008. Now in its 22nd year, ABA TECHSHOW offers registrants more than 60 legal technology educational sessions in sixteen exciting tracks, including new tracks such as Mac Track, Client Relationships, Going Green, Large Firm/Corporate Counsel, and several favorites such as Advanced IT, Litigation, Microsoft Office and E-Discovery. During the two-day expo, over 100 technology vendors will feature the latest in legal technology products and services.

Back by Popular Demand is the Solo/Small Firm Day with two tracks on Friday, March 14. A one-day registration fee is available for Friday (and Thursday) at $325 (early bird rate). Eight sessions of special programming designed for solo and small firm practitioners will cover such topics as drafting bills, digital dictation, technology must-haves, and moving beyond Outlook, are included in these two tracks. Also, included is the James I. Keane Award Presentation and Luncheon, 60 Tips in 60 Minutes, the Expo Hall vendor exhibits, Passport to Prizes and networking opportunities.

One-day passes are available for Thursday and Friday, but cannot be used in lieu of a full-conference pass. Super passes are also available for group discounts.

Visit to register and to learn more!

The session descriptions and other details can be found in the online brochure available now!

Other ABA TECHSHOW highlights include:

  • Three Days of CLE
  • Two Days of Expo
  • Free USB Drive
  • NEW! James I. Keane Award Presentation and Luncheon
  • NEW! ABA TECHSHOW After Dark – a networking bash with live band!
  • Taste of ABA TECHSHOW dine-around event
  • Conference Concierge and Tech Help Desk
  • Deep Discounts on LPM Books
  • Free CD with Presentation Materials
  • Passport to Prizes – Visit booths to win valuable prizes!
  • Product Demonstration Sessions

 LPM "Third Thursday" CLE Teleconference Series

Register Now!Seven Technology Must-Haves for Superlative Client Service
Thursday, January 17, 2007
1:00 P.M - 2:30 P.M. ET

Teleconference and Webcast

1:00 PM-2:30 PM
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

More and more, technology has leveled the playing field for solos and small firm lawyers, but are you harnessing and enjoying the benefits technology can provide? When it comes time to spend your precious technology dollars, what choices will contribute the most to improving the delivery of professional client service? Our experts count down the top seven technology must-haves for the small law firm, and how you can maximize their effectiveness.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to locate background information and other publicly available information about people and companies
  • How to find public records-from real property records to criminal records
  • How to keep a step ahead of clients or the opposition by setting up free alerts
  • Tips and tricks for effective searching

Featured Speakers

  • Laura Calloway, Alabama State Bar, Montgomery, AL
  • Debbie Foster, InTouch Legal, Largo, FL
  • Nerino Petro , State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Learn More »

Upcoming Teleconferences - Registration Details to Follow

Thursday, February 14, 2008 ~ 1:00 P.M - 2:30 P.M. ET
Maintaining Professional Liability Insurance:
How to Best Protect Your Practice

Managing partners and executive directors know that professional liability claims can have a crippling effect on their bottom line. Any firm manager who has been through a difficult claim also knows that all insurance policies are not created equal.

In this program, nationally recognized insurance professionals and prominent defense counsel will discuss best practices for purchasing lawyers professional liability insurance, and discuss essential loss control strategies. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.7-1.9, 5.1, and 7.1 will also be examined, with a specific focus on how attorneys should blend loss control strategies in conjunction with ethical obligations.

This program will use case studies to discuss strategies to protect your law firm practice. This intense summary of strategies is not to be missed.

  1. Paul Douglas, Chubb Group of Insurance Co., West Simsbury, CT
  2. Edith R. Matthai, Robie & Matthai, APC, Los Angeles, CA
  3. David Paige, DeWitt Stern Group, New York, NY
  4. Marian C. Rice, L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, LLP, Garden City, NY

 Carpe Librum

The Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat, Third Edition
by David L. Masters

Look for this title in early February 2008.

Lawyer's Guide to Adobe Acrobat

Product Code:5110588
Pub Date:February 2006
Page Count:240
Trim Size:7x10
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$79.95 (Regular)
$49.95 ( LPM)

Every law office has vast quantities of paper-based information systems. But what if all of this information could be converted to digital format?  How much more efficiently could the office run? Adobe PDF lets legal professionals capture and view information – from any application, on any computer system – and share it with anyone around the world. Whether transactional or litigation oriented, this book will help any practice run smarter by showing how lawyers can use the latest version of Acrobat to work with digital documents.

Topics include:

  • How to use PDFs to streamline document management, increase productivity, and reduce reliance on paper
  • Key features and tools within Acrobat designed just for the legal community
  • How to create and work with PDFs
  • Why lawyers should use Acrobat for E-Briefs
  • Environmental considerations
Start moving toward a paper-free law office and use Acrobat to get you there faster.

 Make the Most of Your LPM Membership

LPM Forums Online

Do you have a question about law practice management?  Do you have information you can share with your colleagues?  If so, visit LPM Forums – a member-only access web discussion board found on the LPM Section website at in the left-hand navigation bar.

A new resource tool has recently been launched offering LPM members a chance to post a question or respond to a question via web discussion board. Participants are able to read threads of discussions posted by others concerning an array of topics that fall under one of the four core groups – marketing, management, technology and finance. If you have a question that you need answered or you want to share your knowledge on a particular subject, you may do so by accessing the LPM Forums web discussion board. You will need your ABA Member ID and password to access LPM Forums.

Post a discussion item today»

LPM Membership Benefits

LPM wants to make sure that you continue to receive all the benefits of a section member.  Be sure to renew your membership if you have not already done so, by January 31, 2008. You can manage your ABA and Section membership more efficiently online.  Go to and log on to myABA* where you can:

Each associate of your firm or organization that joins ABA and the Law Practice Management Section can save hundreds of dollars each year through member discounts on CLE, publications, travel services, computers, mobile phone service, and more.  LPM's monthly "Third Thursday" CLE teleconferences, available from the comfort of your desk, are offered at a $40-$65 discount each month, and LPM members can save up to $300 on the annual ABA TECHSHOW.  All books and related titles from LPM Book Publishing are offered at a 10-20% discount to members, and of course your subscription to Law Practice magazine is included as part of your annual membership.  In addition, ABA members save through the ABA Member Advantage program, with member discounts from companies like Dell, Xerox, UPS, Sprint, Hertz, Starwood Hotels, and more.  Go to LPM and ABA Member Advantage, for a complete listing of benefits.

  • Pay ABA and/or Section dues online via credit card
  • View your 2007/08 membership invoice
  • Add or drop Section memberships
  • Print payment confirmation and receipt

LPM Section benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Complimentary Law Practice magazine subscription
  • Complimentary e-issues of Law Practice Today
  • Complimentary e-issues of Law Technology Today – our newest webzine!
  • Complimentary e-issues of
  • Up to $300 discount for ABA TECHSHOW 2008
  • Save $65 on LPM CLE Teleconference series
  • 15%-20% discount on LPM books and publications
  • Networking opportunities

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

More Practical Information by E-Mail.  Did you know that LPM provides even more useful content by e-mail each month, and it is all included with your membership?  Law Practice Today, the Section's popular webzine, delivers a new edition at the beginning of each month, with topical articles on all aspects of the business of practicing law., the Section's monthly e-newsletter, provides up-to-date information on all LPM programs, publications, and events.   In addition, as new programs and publications become available, LPM members are provided with full details.  To update your e-mail address and preferences with ABA, visit and select "Member Login," or phone 1-800-285-2221. 

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