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  • Conflicts and Conflict Waivers
    Thursday, April 19, 2007 
    1:00pm-2:30pm EST.
  • This program will examine the ethical rules relating to conflicts of interest, including how to spot actual and potential conflicts that may arise from current and former representations as well as from other sources. The panel will also address when a client's consent should and should not be sought to continue a representation despite a conflict, and how best to memorialize a consultation with a client regarding a waiveable conflict and a client's consent to a representation despite such a conflict. The use of ethical screens, both with and without consent, and advance requests for waivers of future conflicts will also be examined.
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Register Now!Advance Registration Closes March 9!

ABA TECHSHOW 2007 promises to bring three exciting days of programming and networking from March 22-24, 2007 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Other highlights of ABA TECHSHOW include:

Hotel rooms are going quickly! Be sure to make your reservations now! The Sheraton is sold out. Rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency for $183/night. Visit to www.techshow.com/hoteltravel/ to check availability and reserve a room.

See the entire program schedule for more details .

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  LPM Teleconference Series

Register Now!Planning for Retirement: A Guide for Firm Managers, Retiring Partners, and Solos

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | 1:00pm-2:30pm ET

Instead of viewing retirement as an end-point in itself, lawyers should begin thinking of retirement as a series of developmental steps taken over an extended period of time. Retirement should be seen more as a journey or a renewal process rather than a destination. As a journey, an effective retirement program can benefit clients, the firm, and the transitioning attorney.

This program will explore how a large firm, Holland & Hart, a Rocky Mountain regional law firm with headquarters in Denver, Colorado addresses retirement planning. Ed Flitton, former managing partner of Holland & Hart, will describe the firm's current system and considerations for influx of retirement of boomers. Transition coach, Stephen P. Gallagher, and attorney, Frank G. D'Angelo, will share their experiences in transition planning for sole practitioners.

Attend this LPM CLE Series Teleconference and discover what large and small firms are doing to help their senior attorneys learn new skills and competencies as they reduce their practice commitments. Learn how to contribute extended value to clients and the firm in new ways, while minimizing the costs to clients and the firm, and ensuring a smooth transition for clients.  

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  LPM Meetings and Events

LPM Spring Meeting

May 3-5, 2007 | Williamsburg , VA

Join the LPM Section has it steps back in time to the 18th-century in Williamsburg, VA. On Thursday and Friday, May 3-4, all LPM Members are encouraged to meet and share ideas to facilitate the goals of the four practice core group meetings, and several committee meetings. These meetings are open to everyone.

ABA Women Rainmakers will host an educational session on Friday at 2pm with a reception to follow. There will be a special plenary session on Friday from 5pm-6:30pm, and a historic Courthouse re-enactment with costumed character interpreters on Saturday from 6pm-7pm. There is plenty of opportunity to network during the Section Gathering Reception on Thursday evening, a dessert reception on Friday evening, and a Colonial dinner on Saturday evening (You will need to purchase a ticket for the dinner).

While in Williamsburg, be sure to witness the living history museum with more than 500 original and reconstructed public buildings, private homes, shops and taverns and costumed characters roaming the grounds. Attendees may want to visit the Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg Soap & Candle Company, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Hauntings of Williamsburg, or nearby historic Jamestown and Yorktown.

Rooms are available at a rate of $189.00 per night. Mention the American Bar Association to receive this special rate.

Register Now!ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop

October 20-22, 2007 | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

ABA Women RainmakersAn interactive forum developed to give valuable insight and enhance the performance of the mid-career women lawyer. In conjunction with the LPM Section Fall Meeting to be held October 18-20, 2007 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will take place on October 20-22, 2007. 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.

Topics include:

  • Rainmaking / business development
  • Client relationship management
  • Strategic planning / goal setting
  • Personal branding
  • Becoming a master communicator (public speaking skills)
  • Negotiation skills and strategy

The registration fees for LPM members are $445 on or before July 1 and $495 after July 1; and for all others registration fees are $495 on or before July 1 and $595 after July 1.

A room block is reserved for attendees at a rate of $169/night at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Space is limited, so book your room early. For reservations, visit www.theoceanvillas.com or call the hotel toll-free at 1-800-937-8461 and reference the American Bar Association for the special group rate.

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Register Now!LPM Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference:
Thirty Years of Law Firm Marketing (1977-2007)

November 8-9, 2007 | Washington, D.C.

LPM Marcketing Core GroupA comprehensive two-day program for attorneys, law firm executives and marketing directors taking place November 8-9, 2007 in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The profession's leading resource on law firm marketing—the ABA's Law Practice Management Section—has developed its first full two-day comprehensive program to address the topic and teach practitioners the best ways to move forward with their law firm's marketing plans.

Prepare yourself for the most interesting speed-learning experience of your marketing life. Day One will feature 10 different law firm case studies dealing with 10 different marketing initiatives. Day Two will feature a technology version. Twenty partners from 20 law firms throughout the country will present.

Conference Highlights:
  • Return to Bates v. Arizona – the Ongoing Ethics Debate, featuring Van O'Steen from Bates and a distinguished panel of national marketing ethics experts
  • The Diversity Dilemma – a very special program on legal profession diversity initiatives and its impact on the bottom line and structure of law firms and corporate legal departments
  • From ‘No Comment' to ‘No Problem' – Developing a Media Strategy For Handling a Crisis and Growing Your Business
  • Wasted Time, Wasted Spending – Law Firms continue to be ineffective in their business development spending. How should I budget, hire and spend?
  • Technology Marketing – From web sites to contact management and every "virtual place" in-between
  • TWO 10x10 Extreme Marketing Programs – 10 speakers. 10 topics. 10 minutes each.

Registration is now open! Super Early Bird Registration fees for everyone are $455 by May 31 and Early Bird is $525 by July 31. After July 31, regular registration fees apply with general registration at $795, ABA members and affiliated professional organization partners at $595, LPM, YLD and law students at $545.

Hotel rooms are available at $239/night at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Contact the hotel directly at (202) 234-0700 and reference the American Bar Association to receive the special rate.

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  Young Lawyers Mentoring Fellowship Program

As part of its continuing efforts to reach out to young lawyers, the ABA LPM Section offers a Leadership Mentoring Program to attract and mentor future leaders of the Section. Imagine the opportunities to meet and network with some of the country's foremost experts on topics related to the business of practicing law -- marketing, management, technology, and finance -- as well as career and work/life balance issues.

Section leaders choose at least two candidates each year to serve two-year terms. The appointees will have the opportunity to attend Section meetings and serve on important committees which affect the strategic direction of the Section and its service to members. LPM holds quarterly Section meetings, including at the ABA Annual and Midyear meetings, and offers a generous reimbursement policy. Applications are accepted throughout the year. For more information and to apply, visit www.lawpractice.org/yl .


  Carpe Librum

Buy Now!The Lawyer's Field Guide to Effective Business Development
by William J. Flannery

Think Again! Innovative Approaches to the Business of Law

Product Code: 5110578
LPM Member Price: $49.95
Nonmember Price: $ 59.95

Having trained more than 10,000 lawyers from around the world in client relationship management, business development and effective communication skills, William J. Flannery, an ex-IBM executive and J.D., focuses on practical ideas and approaches for business growth and relationship improvement. Flannery's approach to winning and retaining long-term, attractive clients is detailed and sensible. He proves that with the right approaches, the appropriate homework and diligence, and a little bit of courage, any lawyer can not only be smart, but effective as a client relationship manager and advocate.

The Field Guide is designed for seasoned lawyers who want to refine and polish their business development skills, as well as younger lawyers who have set their sights on designing successful and profitable careers as trusted advisors.

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 Make the Most of Your LPM Membership

Practice Core Groups

LPM has four practice core groups that discuss the four core areas of law practice management – marketing, management, technology and finance . All LPM members are encouraged to join a practice core group. Topics and information specifically pertaining to each core area is shared and discussed at LPM meetings and via the member-only list serves. Gain perspective, share knowledge, pose questions, and utilize the resource the core groups have to offer. Members are able to join more than one practice core group and membership is free. Select a core group when visiting myABA* and updating your member profile.

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