In This Issue…

  • Highlights: ABA LPM Annual Meeting, LPM Fall Meeting, ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop
  • New Books: TECHSHOW To Go Package; Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour; The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together; Through the Clients Eyes; The Lawyer’s Guide to Adobe Acrobat
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TECHSHOW To Go Package
by The ABA's Top Litigators and Leading Authorities on Legal Technology

Techshow To Go PackageEnhancing your knowledge of these technology tools will transform your trial practice strategy. These three essential and easy-to-read guidebooks will help you discover the most effective ways to streamline document management, collaborate with co-counsel, accommodate opposing counsel, and improve client relations with the most current hardware, software, and collaboration technologies available. 

 With The Lawyer's Guide to Adobe ®  Acrobat®, Third Edition, you'll become familiar with all the version 8.0 updates and learn how to: 
  • Securely lock down documents and prevent alteration
  • Utilize new legal-specific features such as Bates numbering, redaction, and metadata removal 
  • Create electronic briefs and forms
The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies clearly demonstrates how to:
  • Develop a collaboration strategy with colleagues, clients, counsel, and opposing counsel
  • Effectively collaborate inside and outside the office by determining the best collaboration platforms for your practice
  • Maximize productivity on cases, transactions, and other projects
Recognized by the New York Law Journal   as, "...145 pages of nuts-and-bolts advice and counsel on the current state of legal tech...," The 2008 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide will inform you about:
  • Current legal technology products (from Amicus Attorney to Windows SharePoint)
  • Choosing the right operating system and software for your office (e.g., case management applications, billing systems, and document and case management solutions)
  • How to reduce risks with the right security software and hardware
  • How to make sound technology decisions--Mac or PC-based--with step-by-step instructions 

This cutting-edge package is ideal for any attorney striving to better their trial practice in the 21st century.

Product Code:5110592
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$186.00 (Regular)
$145.00 ( LPM)

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ABA Annual Meeting  LPM Meets in New York City August 7-9, 2008 

ABA Annual Meeting 2008 in New York

Join the LPM Section this summer in the Big Apple!  It doesn't get much more exciting than this! From August 7-9, the LPM Section will meet in Times Square at the Sheraton Towers in New York City.  Come to share ideas, discuss pertinent topics and formulate the goals of the Section.  Attend committee meetings, core group meetings, the LPM Section Council meeting, receptions, and CLE programs, all while networking in bustling New York City! Visit the ABA website to register for the Annual Meeting and make hotel reservations.

During the ABA Annual Meeting, LPM is featuring five CLE programs.  All LPM CLE programs will be held in Conference Room D of the Sheraton Towers Executive Conference Center, with the exception of the Presidential CLE Showcase Program.  Attendees can register for the meeting and purchase an All-Access CLE Badge for a fee of $595.  This badge can be used for admittance to governance meetings, Non-CLE programs and ALL CLE programs at the Annual Meeting, including those in the Presidential CLE Centre and at the satellite hotels.

A limited-access ticket is available for $320 for ABA members.  Discounted program tickets will be available to government lawyers and judges for $35.  Law Student registrants will be admitted to all CLE programs at no additional charge.  

Best of ABA TECHSHOW: Law Practice Management & Technology Tips
Friday, August 8, 2008 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Conference Room D, Executive Conference Center, Sheraton New York
Veteran law practice management advisors, including several former Chairs of ABA TECHSHOW, will share the latest in tips and advice from the core areas of the business of practicing law: marketing, management, technology, and finance.  These programs are often a highlight of the popular annual ABA TECHSHOW.
  • Sharon Nelson , President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., Fairfax, VA
  • Reid F. Trautz , Director, AILA Practice & Professionalism Center, American Immigration Lawyers Association , Washington, DC
  • Dan Pinnington , Director, Practice PRO, Toronto, ON
  • Dave Bilinsky , Management Consultant and Advisor to Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Presidential CLE Showcase Program: Outsourcing Legal Services Abroad
Friday, August 8, 2008 ~ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trianon Ballroom
Outsourcing of legal services by U.S. and U.K. law firms and corporations has continued to increase over the past five years. The outsourcing industry in developing countries, particularly India, has matured and developed during that time. Law firms now outsource document review in litigation, contract drafting and review, e-discovery support, and other high level work. Some firms have even opened their own support offices in India.  This program will explore outsourcing trends, analyze what drives firms to send work abroad, and discuss managing change at home and dealing with other cultures, from the perspective of law firms and the companies that provide the services in India and elsewhere.
  • K. William Gibson, Attorney and Mediator with Gibson Mediation, Portland, OR
Working Together, Wherever You Are: The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools
Friday, August 8, 2008 ~ 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Conference Room D, Executive Conference Center, Sheraton New York
Lawyers and firms are increasingly seeking new ways to collaborate with colleagues, clients, opposing counsel, and others.  This program will focus on the practical ways every lawyer can use existing and new tools to work better and smarter with others.  The panelists, authors of a new ABA book on the subject, will emphasize how to select and use various collaboration tools and technologies. This session is equally useful for both "techies" and "non-techies."
  • Tom Mighell , Senior Counsel and Litigation Tech Support Coordinator for Cowles & Thompson, Dallas, TX
Social Networking Sites: The Newest Tool for Investigative Research
Saturday, August 9, 2008 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Conference Room D, Executive Conference Center, Sheraton New York
Need to find a missing witness, missing heir, or the smoking gun? Need the lowdown on the opposition? Learn how to obtain this information by making a virtual social call to social networking sites -- the route to gathering both professional and personal information. The panelists for this session are the authors of ABA's popular The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet.
  • Carole Levitt, President of Internet for Lawyers, Culver City, CA
  • Mark Rosch, Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers, Culver City, CA
Winning the War for Talent – Mentoring/Coaching as a Strategy
Saturday, August 9, 2008 ~ 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Conference Room D, Executive Conference Center, Sheraton New York
Attracting and retaining the best people requires a firm to invest in developing lawyers' talents.  Panelists on this program will outline the major elements that go into successful mentoring/coaching programs that should help law firms strengthen their own one-on-one training initiatives.
  • Nan E. Joesten, Partner with Farella Braun + Martel LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • David Bateson, Director of the University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program
  • Stephen Gallagher, President of, and executive coach for lawyers and law firms.
LPM Gathering Reception
Thursday, August 7, 2008 ~ 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ~ Atrium Room, Remi Restaurant
ABA Women Rainmakers Reception
Friday, August 8, 2008 ~ 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ~ Astor Salon (3rd Floor), Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Hotel Information:
Book your hotel room today, rooms are going quickly. Standard rooms are $223/night and suites are available at an additional cost.
Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 581-1000
For up-to-date information about the LPM meeting, please visit the LPM website.   Register now  for the ABA Annual Meeting and view the official ABA Annual Meeting brochure

LPM Fall Meeting LPM Heads Southwest to Tucson October 16-18, 2008

Summer may have just started, but preparations for the LPM Fall Meeting are already underway. The LPM Fall Meeting will take place from October 16-18, 2008 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ.  The ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will also take place during this time. See below for more details about the workshop.

Please visit our website as more information becomes available about the LPM Fall Meeting.

Registration is now open for the Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop

Women RainmakersFor its second year, the ABA Women Rainmakers is offering an interactive forum developed to give valuable insight and enhance the performance of the mid-career woman lawyer.  In conjunction with the LPM Section Fall Meeting to be held October 16-18, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona, the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will take place on October 17-19, 2008.  This workshop will allow participants to network with other successful attorneys, engage in focused topical discussions with knowledgeable legal professionals and learn how to utilize tools to help assess the participant's career, client relationships, and personal lifestyle requirements in order to maximize rainmaking capabilities.  This year the workshop will offer Solo/Small Firm and Large Firm Tracks.

Topics Include:

  • Rainmaking / business development
  • Client relationship management
  • Gender boundary issues
  • Strategic planning / goal setting
  • Negotiation skills and strategy
  • Marketing your firm

View featured speakers and their bios here .

On or before August 1, 2008, the standard rate is $ 695 and LPM member rate is $ 595; after August 1, 2008, the standard rate is $ 795 and the LPM member rate is $ 695.

This session is open to all legal professionals who are, support and/or work with successful women attorneys.

Registration is now open for the ABA Women Rainmakers workshop.

Register Now

For more detailed hotel information:

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa  (link to the hotel site)
3800 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Phone: (520) 742-6000
Fax: (520) 577-5878 


 Featured Books 

Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour, Third Edition
by Mark A. Robertson and James A. Calloway

Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour, Third Edition

Product Code:5110660
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$99.95 (Regular)
$74.95 ( LPM)
Your entire practice is based on doing battle for your clients. Unfortunately, the issues that arise when it comes to assessing the value of these, oftentimes, protective and beneficial services are a source of contention for both yourself and your clients.

This newly revised third edition of the highly acclaimed Winning Alternatives to the Billable Hour: Strategies that Work, provides you with tools you can use in your practice to implement and evaluate alternative billing methods, including real case studies of lawyers and firms successfully using alternative billing to deliver value to both the client and the lawyer.

The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together
by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell

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

Product Code:5110589
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$89.95 (Regular)
$54.95 ( LPM)

This first-of-its-kind guide for the legal profession shows you how to use standard technology you already have and the latest "Web 2.0" resources and other tech tools, like Google Docs, Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and Adobe Acrobat, to work more effectively on projects with colleagues, clients, co-counsel and even opposing counsel. In The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, well-known legal technology authorities Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell provides a wealth of information useful to lawyers who are just beginning to try these tools, as well as tips and techniques for those lawyers with intermediate and advanced collaboration experience.

Collaboration technologies and tools are the most important current developments in legal technology and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Explained with minimal technical jargon, the book focuses on highly practical and usable ideas that you can put to work straight away.

With practical advice on how to use specific tools and concrete action steps to take, lawyers and law firms at all levels will benefit from working together better.


Through the Client's Eyes: New Approaches to Get Clients to Hire You Again and Again, Third Edition
by Henry W. Ewalt and Andrew W. Ewalt

Through the Client's Eyes: New Approaches to Get Clients to Hire You Again and Again, Third EditionThis updated edition of the two-time bestseller Through the Client’s Eyes is for every attorney who has struggled with the love-hate traits inherent in the practice of law. Used as a comprehensive guidebook, you’ll learn how to better cultivate your existing client relationships without compromising your own interests — and increase your bottom line.

Substantively expanded to address distinct issues for law firms, solos, government attorneys, and corporate counsel, the detailed table-of-contents directs you to the topics most pertinent to your practice: from billing to forming alliances to enhancing your web site. Through the Client’s Eyes was written to help you build on the foundation you’ve already established in your profession—whether you’re a new attorney or further advanced in your career. Surpassing the sales clich? to “put the client first,” it teaches you how to anticipate your client’s human needs—and how to redeem yourself and your practice in the process.
Product Code:5110592
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$89.95 (Regular)
$59.95 ( LPM)

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