May 2003
ABA Law Practice Management Section e-Update
In This Issue:
Highlighted Program: ABA Annual Meeting 2003 CLE in San Francisco. Early Registration Deadline Only 2 Days Away!
Section Briefs: 2003 Spring Meeting and Law Practice Summit A Success!
Carpe Libra: Books to Help You Launch or Grow a Successful Solo Practice
In the Spotlight: Section Members Highlighted in ABA Journal & Other Member News
Practice Management Advisors' Finance Tip: Keeping Up With Billing
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ABA Annual Meeting 2003 CLE in San Francisco

Hurry, the early registration deadline for the ABA Annual Meeting is May 30, 2003. Only 2 Days Left!

Join LPM in San Francisco for stimulating CLE and networking opportunities, August 8-9, 2003. CLE programs include:

  • Technology For The Rest of Us & 60 Hot Tips in 60 Minutes
  • Sell Yourself! How to (Ethically) Create a Sales Culture and Market in 2003
  • Making It in a Multicultural World
  • How to Get and Keep Good Clients
  • and more!

Plan to attend Women Rainmakers: A Salute to Women Professionals in Support of The Breast Cancer Fund, a special fundraising event, on Friday, August 8, at San Francisco's Olympic Club. A reception for all LPM members will follow.

Get details and download the full brochure for the Annual Meeting at

Section Briefs
2003 Spring Meeting and Law Practice Summit A Success!

The 2003 Law Practice Summit presented by the ABA Law Practice Management Section May 1-3 in Austin, Texas, delivered on its promise to be a "peak" experience. Educational sessions with top-notch presenters from around the United States coupled with the down-home hospitality of locals Shelby and Jennifer Rogers made the Summit and LPM Spring Meeting a weekend to remember. View pictures from the Rogers' Lightheart Ranch. Read the full story.

The LPM-sponsored Women Rainmakers group continues to provide valuable programs geared to educate professional women on marketing and business development issues and offer mentoring and networking opportunities to LPM members. Click here to read about the WR program in Austin and learn about upcoming events.

In The Spotlight

Section Members Highlighted in ABA Journal

Check out page 62 of this month's ABA Journal. Longtime LPM active member and Women Rainmaker Marty Africa is highlighted in the Journal's Career Audit piece where she discusses the importance of thoroughly investigating a prospective employer and a particular job. LPM author Jim Cotterman also weighs in on the subject and provides valuable tips. Martha Fay Africa is a legal placement consultant and the managing director of Major, Hagen & Africa. Jim Cotterman is a principal in the Philadelphia office the legal consulting company Altman Weil Inc.


Member News


Practice Management Advisors' Finance Tip
Keeping Up With Billing

Pick one day each month and schedule it for billing; put those days on your calendar well in advance. Except for court ordered appearances, treat it as a client meeting that should not be canceled or re-scheduled. All of your bills should be reviewed and finalized as efficiently as possible. (Avoid interruptions and distractions!) Keep track of the amount of time that it takes you to complete the task. When you know how much time a task will take, it is easier to begin it.

The LPM Web site will soon have more tips like this an others related to legal marketing, management, technology, and finance. Got a tip you want to share? Contact Fred Faulkner at

Susan Raridon Lambreth (LPM Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates)
and her husband Clifton are proud to announce the arrival of their new son. Matthew Richard Lambreth was born Friday, May 9. Vital stats: 7 lbs., 12 oz., 20 3/4 inches long. Congratulations to Susan and Clifton!

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

Carpe Libra
Flying Solo:

Seize 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.

This Month's Feature :
Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo Lawyer , Third Edition
Jeffrey R. Simmons, Editor

This popular ABA book contains 50 chapters of firsthand, practical information from over 40 contributors who are successful solo practitioners, respected consultants, law school professors, and law practice management advisors. All the contributors share secrets and advice on approaches, methods, systems, or perspectives that have contributed to successful solo practices in the real world. This book contains the proven solutions for problems and issues that, sooner or later, every solo firm will have to face. It's a must for any solo or small firm's reference shelf. [ more]

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