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“The firms with good leadership will take advantage of the opportunities created by new client expectations, technological advances and the current economic conditions.” John Robertson, Managing Partner and President, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville

Firm leaders talk about managing change in the upcoming July/August issue of Law Practice magazine .

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Don’t miss the end of the ABA bar year and register by July 17, for the ABA/LPM Annual Meeting.

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Third Thursday Teleconference Series – Ethical Implications of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World: From Facebook to LinkedIn, Websites to Blogs | July 16
This program includes “real life” success stories and missteps involving innovative uses of the Internet by lawyers, and the rules that may or may not get in the way. Also mark your calendars for the next Third Thursday Teleconference on August 20.

ABA/LPM Annual Meeting – Chicago | July 29 – August 2
Venture to the Windy City to join LPM and thousands of ABA members for this can’t miss CLE and networking opportunity. LPM will offer five CLE programs, including the ABA Showcase Program, "The Credit Crisis" – How Compensation Practices Adversely Affect the Advancement of Women and Minorities in the Law, and How We Must Change Them .

LPM Fall Meeting – St. Maarten | October 14 – 17
Start the ABA year right, and let the Caribbean welcome you to four days of sun, sand and LPM.

ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference – Philadelphia | November 12 – 13
With 1.1 million lawyers in the United States, law firms are facing more competition, a shrinking market, and changing rules. Learn to differentiate yourself and your firm.

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Law Firm Associate’s Guide to Personal Marketing and Selling Skills

The Great Lawyer Test

  • Do you respond to clients within one-half day or less?
  • Do your clients know how to reach you in an emergency or after hours?
  • Do you know your clients’ industries?
  • Do you provide value to your clients? How do you know?
  • Do you communicate regularly on and off the clock with clients?
  • Do you balance the cost of your advice with the potential risk to the client? In other words, do you over-lawyer issues?
  • Are you in touch with inactive clients two to three times each year?

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