June 2003
ABA Law Practice Management Section Monthly e-Update

In This Issue:

Highlighted Program: CLE Malpractice Teleconference
Section Briefs:
Annual Meeting Programs & LPM Section Elections
Carpe Libra:
The Essential Formbook Vol. III, The most complete and up-to-date management guidelines available!
In the Spotlight: LPM Members Receive Tech Awards
Marketing Tip: Strength Assessment
Hot Links
 Legal Blogs:

Daily Whirl
How Appealing
Bag & Baggage
Have a Hot Link to share? Send links to lpmweb@abanet.org.
CLE Malpractice Teleconference

LPM is joining with the ABA Center for CLE, the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability, and the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section to bring you a teleconference and live audio Webcast, " How to Apply for Legal Malpractice Insurance (A Practical Guide for a Seller's Market)," on Thursday, July 10, 2003, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST.

The insurance market is quite different today than it was two years ago--insurance is more expensive and harder to get. Lawyers need to know how to sell themselves and their firms--something they have not had to do in the past decade. Learn valuable tips on:

  • The top 10 underwriting criteria
  • How each factor influences the underwriter's decision
  • What underwriters look for in solo/small, medium, and large firms
  • What you can do to control your malpractice insurance cost

Click for details and to register.

Section Briefs
Annual Meeting Programs & LPM Council Elections

LPM will be offering two full days of CLE at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, August 8-9, 2003. Topics include:

Visit the LPM Annual Meeting Site for complete details on CLE sessions and networking opportunities. Buy a Section Passport to attend any one or all of our six fantastic programs for $175, or purchase a Super Passport for unlimited access to all ABA CLE programs for $395! Read more about the CLE Payment Options and how to register for the ABA Annual Meeting.

LPM Council & Delegate Election
An election for positions on the LPM Council and its delegate to the ABA House of Delegates will be held at the ABA Annual Meeting in conjunction with LPM's general membership and council meeting on Saturday, August 9, 2003. The meeting is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., however, polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to accommodate members who are engaged in other ABA activities. All LPM members wishing to vote must be present and registered at the ABA Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee Report was printed in the May issue of Law Practice Management magazine and can also be found online. Stay tuned for additional news about the candidates.

Please don't forget to renew your LPM membership for the 2003-2004 membership year. Renewal notices were sent at the end of May. Keep your Section membership active and continue receiving the best in legal marketing, management, technology, and finance. Visit www.lawpractice.org for a full listing of member benefits.

In The Spotlight
LPM Members Receive Tech Awards

Kudos all around for LPM members Dennis Kennedy, Ross Kodner, and Carol Schlein. These three individuals were recently honored during the 2003 TechnoLawyer
@ Awards.

Not surprisingly, the individual with more
@ Awards than anyone else, won two more this year. Dennis Kennedy, co-chair of LPM's Webzine Board, Marketing Editor of LawPractice Today, and an intellectual property lawyer and legal technology expert in St. Louis, won the @ Award for Syndicated Contributor of the Year for the third consecutive year, and the @ Award for Favorite TechnoLawyer Contributor. Beginning in 2004, TechnoLawyer will name this @ Award after Dennis, a fitting tribute to TechnoLawyer's most widely-syndicated author.

Longtime LPM member and contributor Carol Schlein, the founder of Law Office Systems in New Jersey, won the @ Award for Legal Technology Consultant of the Year, a lifetime achievement award. Longtime active member Ross Kodner was a finalist for Favorite TechnoLawyer Contributor.


Marketing Tip:
Strength Assessment

Assess your strengths and your position in the market. For example, if you decide you want to develop a practice in a specific area, you'll need to answer these questions:

  • Do you have the skills necessary to do the work successfully?
  • Are there other fields that might be more profitable?
  • Do you have the base of practice on which to build?
  • Do you have contacts that might help you build a practice base in that area?
  • Does this practice area offer relatively easy entry, or is it saturated?

Find more tips like this and others in Women Rainmakers' Best Marketing Tips, Second Edition by Theda C. Snyder.

Got a tip you want to share? Contact Fred Faulkner at Fred.Faulkner@americanbar.org.

LPM's own Law Practice Management magazine was a finalist for favorite print legal technology publication. LP.news recognizes editor Merrilyn Tarlton, magazine board chair Bill Gibson and their team for their consistent commitment to excellence.

Congratulations to all!

In The Spotlight focuses on the accomplishments of LPM Members. To submit your or a colleague's name and achievement for recognition, please contact Lea Rucker at ruckerl@staff.abanet.org.

Carpe Libra

The Essential Formbook Vol. IIISeize a book! LPM's publishing division is the oldest in the ABA, and with more than 85 titles, it is also one of the largest! Check out LPM's latest releases in LawPractice.books.

ABA's Latest Release:
The Essential Formbook, Volume III
Calendar, Docket, and File Management
Law Firm Financial Analysis

by Gary A. Munneke and Anthony E. Davis

Useful to law firms of all specialties and sizes, The Essential Formbook provides the comprehensive tools you'll need to quickly and affordably implement rock-solid, time-tested management principles at a tactical level in your firm. Volume III of the series is now available and covers critical areas like:

  • Controlling calendars and dockets
  • Managing time and deadlines
  • Recording and retrieving client information
  • Managing finances

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