June 2004
ABA Law Practice Management Section Monthly e-Update

In This Issue:
Highlighted Feature: Attention—ABA Annual Early-Bird Deadline Approaches!
Section Briefs: Section Presents Prestigious Sam Smith Award at Atlanta Conference
In the Spotlight: Law Practice magazine finalist in 2004 Technolawyer Awards
Carpe Librum: Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success
LPM Nominating Committee Report 2004
Tip of the Month

Hot Links

Attention—ABA Annual Early-Bird Deadline Approaches!

 Join LPM in Atlanta, Georgia at the ABA Annual Meeting August 6-8, 2004, for two days of CLE and networking! Take advantage of the Early-Bird Annual Meeting Registration rate of $150 if completed by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on May 28, 2004.

LPM is offering seven CLE programs with a unique three-session Technology Track sponsored by Nextel on Friday, August 6, 2004. On Saturday, August 7, there will be a special program by Jay Foonberg, How To Successfully and Profitably Practice Law—From Womb To Tomb, in addition to educational sessions on ethics and marketing. View the LPM's Annual Meeting Web site for a complete list of Section activities and CLE.

Please note—LPM has a reciprocal passport agreement with the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section* and the ABA Section of Litigation, which means our education “passport” will allow you access to any CLE program sponsored by LPM or these two sections—all for only $150! As always, Law Students may attend these programs for free.

* Excluding GP Solo and Small Firm Day Activities

Section Briefs

Section Presents Prestigious Sam Smith Award at Atlanta Conference

The LPM Honorary Council (former Section Chairs) will bestow the Section's prestigious Sam Smith Award upon a most deserving individual at the LPM Gathering Reception at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta this August. The Sam Smith Award is LPM's highest honor, reserved for those who have made an extraordinary impact on the Section and its members, and for those who have made significant contributions to the field of Law Practice Management in general. A press release will be issued soon announcing the name of this year’s honoree.

Sam Smith was one of the founders of the Law Practice Management Section, and served as its Chair in 1979-80. He organized and formed a "caravan" to present workshops at state and local bar meetings around the country, teaching lawyers the principles of successful law firm management. Smith had a genuine way of relating to people—he was known as a storyteller—often weaving entertaining but useful anecdotes into his presentations. A devotee of the ABA, Smith served as its Secretary and on its Board of Governors. LPM named its most prestigious award Sam Smith because of his selfless commitment to helping other lawyers achieve success in their practice.

 ABA WOMEN RAINMAKERS CHAIR HEATHER JEFFERSON was recently interviewed by Peter Marx of Legal Insight regarding Women Rainmakers and its program The Philosophy of Rainmaking, which will be presented at the upcoming LSSO Raindance Conference, June 23-24, in Boston, MA (find session description and a conference link below). Click here to hear leading attorney Heather Jefferson discuss the philosophy of rainmaking and the ABA Women Rainmakers. (Windows Media 3:47)

LPM Women Rainmakers is a national forum enabling women to network and develop business opportunities. Visit www.womenrainmakers.org for complete information on this dynamic group. To join the LPM Women Rainmakers, click here.

Raindance Conference 2004
The Philosophy of Rainmaking: Presented by the ABA Women Rainmakers

June 23-24, 2004
Harborside Hyatt Regency, Boston, MA

Developing business and building a referral network are skills that lawyers need throughout their entire careers. During this program, panelists from various law firm perspectives will respond to provocative questions regarding rainmaking techniques that work, those techniques that are ineffective and the issues surrounding the law firm culture necessary to support rainmaking activities. Bring you own questions about the philosophy of rainmaking. Whether you just started practicing law or are a seasoned professional looking to develop your own book of business, this program will get you onto the path of success!

LSSO Raindance Conference Web site

In the Spotlight

Congratulations to the magazine staff and board on Law Practice magazine being named as a finalist for the 2004 Technolawyer Awards for "Favorite Print Legal Technology Publication." This is a real honor for a broader-interest magazine when up against a publication like Law Office Computing! Special recognition goes to Editor-in-Chief Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, Managing Editor Joan Hamby Feldman, Editor Joy M. White, and Art Director Mark Feldman for making Law Practice an award-worthy publication.

LPM member Kyle Midkiff was interviewed about "pink collar crime" on NPR's Marketplace program this week! Click here
and scroll down to Pink Collar Crime to hear this interesting feature on the rise in corporate crime committed by women. The interview is posted to the site (no passwords or fees). (Real Player 3:48)

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

Hot Links
Legal Insight
 
Legal Insight – www.legal insight.net. Legal Insight provides perspectives from leading attorneys on current business issues for business executives and in-house counsel.
Tip of the Month:
A nice touch after the client has retained you is to give them an empty file folder in which the client is instructed to keep all correspondence pertaining to this matter. The file should be a distinctive color with the law firm's name, address, e-mail, and phone number on the outside. On the inside flap may be printed a complete list of services that the firm offers, and contain the law firm's current brochure as well as the lawyer's business card. Thus, the client leaves the initial meeting with more information on the lawyer, law firm, and its services.

From Through the Client's Eyes, Second Edition , by Henry W. Ewalt (ABA Law Practice Management Section, 2002)
LPM Nominating Committee Report 2004
The LPM Nominating Committee presented its report at the Spring Meeting in New Orleans. The report includes nominations for Section officers, eight new Council members, and the Section's representative to the ABA Nominating Committee. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting. Click here to view the full report.
Carpe Librum

Seize a book! LPM's publishing division is the oldest in the ABA, and with more than 75 titles, it is also one of the largest. This month's selection:

Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to SuccessWomen-at-Law:
Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success
By Phyllis Horn Epstein

How do women lawyers define success in today’s world? Is it becoming a powerful partner in a large high-profile global firm? Running a thriving solo practice in a picturesque small town? Earning a challenging public appointment or making tenure as a law school professor? Or is success simply being able to simultaneously practice law and have a satisfying personal life? What exactly is “having it all,” anyway?

Author Phyllis Horn Epstein interviewed over 100 women lawyers of all ages in a wide variety of practice settings nationwide to discover how women today are meeting the challenges of competing in an often all-consuming profession without sacrificing their desire for a multidimensional life. What she learned is that there are many pathways to fulfillment; the key is to first identify which path will lead to your own individual goals, and then be ready to accept that it’s far more likely to take some twists and turns than it is to be a straight shot forward.

More and more women are choosing to enter this once male-dominated profession, not fully anticipating the many challenges they will face. Women-at-Law not only shares a wealth of practical guidance and direction for the law student or young lawyer, its lessons will also resonate with the seasoned lawyer who has wondered how her peers are managing their practices and their lives. This is the kind of resource that women lawyers have been looking for to help them meet the challenges of legal practice specific to women, and learn how their peers are managing their practices and their lives.

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