March 2004
ABA Law Practice Management Section Monthly e-Update
In This Issue:
Highlighted Feature: ABA TECHSHOW ® Early-Bird Registration Tomorrow!
Section Briefs: LPM Turns Thirtysomething!

In the Spotlight: Martin Named "Marketing Partner of the Year"
Carpe Libra: The Lawyer's Guide to Palm Powered™ Handhelds
Tip of the Month: Make Your Bills Clear and Informative

ABA TECHSHOW 2004ONE DAY to beat the early-bird deadline and receive $200 off conference registration!
The clock is ticking—the early-bird deadline to register for ABA TECHSHOW and receive a $100 discount to the world’s leading legal technology conference and Expo is Thursday, February 26, 2004. LPM members qualify for an additional $100 discount. Visit today to register and receive $200 off the $795 registration fee.

With the keynote address by Lou Andreozzi of LexisNexis and Mike Wilens of West, more than 50 CLE sessions in eleven tracks, the TECHSHOW Training Institute (TTI), and a two-day Expo with the latest cutting-edge technology, ABA TECHSHOW 2004 promises to be an unforgettable event! Visit the TECHSHOW Web site to view the Program-at-a-Glance, TTI sessions, and a list of companies and product descriptions for the Expo.

Section Briefs
Reminder—If you recently received a notice from Section Chair Susan Boswell regarding your LPM membership, please note that you must renew your membership by the end of this month or you will be dropped from LPM’s rolls, and will no longer receive Law Practice magazine, Law Practice Today,, and all the other benefits of membership! Call 1.800.285.2221 to renew your membership today.

LPM 30 Anniversary LogoLPM Turns Thirtysomething!
It all started in 1974…LPM will celebrate its 30 Anniversary at a special kick-off event at its Spring Meeting in New Orleans. Plan to join us at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl on Thursday, April 22, from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The big bash will include musical guests The Low Riders (the band formerly known as War), who will play some of their hits such as “Low Rider,” “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” and “Spill the Wine.” Please plan to be part of this very special celebration.

LPM’s Spring Meeting and Law Practice Summit will be held at the The Astor Crowne Plaza, April 22-25. The Core Groups have planned top-notch CLE programs. Another bonus to attending this year’s meeting is that it coincides with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or “Jazz Fest,” so you can participate in one of the world’s greatest music and food festivals! Visit for complete information on the weekend’s activities and to register for the meeting. Check out the Jazz Fest schedule at

In the Spotlight

Member and former Magazine Editorial Board Member Ron Martin was named "Marketing Partner of the Year" at the recent Marketing Partner Forum in Orlando, Florida, for his work at Denver-based Holland & Hart. The award was presented before a group of approximately 500 attendees. In addition to this recognition, Ron also received the "Prince Charming" award – complete with special action figure.

Former Section Chair and current LPM Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates Gary Munneke was featured in the March ABA Journal, in which he was interviewed for an article on rainmaking – “Casting for Clients.”

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


Tip of the Month:
Make Your Bills Clear and Informative
A Tip from LPM's Practice Management Advisors Committee

Make your bills clear and informative, with a format and layout that is easy to read. Ask several clients, your spouse, or other “non-lawyers” to review several samples of your bills—with names and addresses redacted, of course! Is the wording free of jargon? Do they understand what work was performed? Can they understand how the amount of the bill was calculated? If so, you probably have a winning format that your clients will respect—and pay!

Carpe Libra

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:

The Lawyer's Guide to Palm Powered(tm) HandheldsThe Lawyer's Guide to Palm Powered™ Handhelds
by Margaret Spencer Dixon

For an increasing number of lawyers, the Palm Powered™ handheld is now an essential part of everyday life. Used for coordinating client appointments, sending emails, tracking time, or simply checking the latest news on the Internet—Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) have become an invaluable tool for lawyers on the go.

Written for beginners, advanced users, and also those deciding whether a PDA is right for them, this new resource will show lawyers how a Palm Powered handheld can make them more efficient and effective at what they do. The book addresses real-life situations lawyers face each day, and provides a multitude of new tips and tricks for getting the most out of Palm ® applications.

The Lawyer's Guide to Palm Powered™ Handhelds is written especially for lawyers and contains a wealth of important how-to information, including basic knowledge that lawyers need to know, and insider tricks that will assist even more experienced Palm users. Readers will learn to take full advantage of their Palm Powered handhelds to manage addresses, appointments, expenses and time, write memos, take notes, check e-mail, read books and documents, and much more. In addition, the book suggests many Web sites and handy tips from top legal power users contained in the book.

By reading this book, lawyers will:

  • Find out what a PDA can do and how it can improve their life.
  • Learn sixteen reasons why users of paper organizers should consider switching to a Palm Powered PDA.
  • Get a complete tour of a Palm Powered PDA.
  • Learn the twelve factors to consider when buying a PDA so they can make the best choice when it's time to buy new, or upgrade an organizer.
  • Learn what to do when they lose a PDA, and how to protect and restore data.
  • Beam appointments, business cards, and various data to other PDAs.
  • Track client appointments, keep track of time, and take meeting notes.
  • Maximize useful features like the Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad, and To Do List.
  • Swap Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other information between a PC and a handheld.
  • Utilize basic and advanced security programs to insure privacy and ethical considerations.
  • Locate and add programs to a PDA to make it as useful as possible.
  • Troubleshoot a PDA and learn solutions to other possible problems.
  • Read e-books, surf the Net, manage travel itineraries, network, and be more productive.
  • Benefit from the book's listing of the best, most-useful law-related Web sites for lawyers who use Palm Powered PDAs and more.

Although there are other books on PDAs available, this is the first one written especially with a lawyer's hectic life in mind. This is the book designed to get a lawyer up and running on the Palm platform, and become a Palm power user.

To order The Lawyer's Guide to Palm-Powered™ Handhelds click here, or call
1-800-285-2221 and ask for product number 511-0505.
Click here for more information on other books published by LPM.

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