May 2004
ABA Law Practice Management Section Monthly e-Update
In This Issue:
Highlighted Feature: LPM in the Big Easy
Section Briefs: Practice Core Groups Extend a Welcome and Women Rainmakers Take Charge
In the Spotlight: Martinez Honored by Women Rainmakers
Carpe Librum: How To Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth Edition
Tip of the Month: Know Your Tax Deductions To Help Your Clients
LPM in the Big Easy

LPM 30 Anniversary LogoIt wasn’t all music, great food, and more music and great food…but there was a lot of that! LPM’s Spring Meeting in New Orleans last week brought together several new Section members, six former Section chairs, and many music-lovin’ LPM committee members. Thursday kicked off the Spring Meeting with five CLE programs presented by the Core Groups, business meetings, and LPM’s 30th Anniversary celebration, which was held at the world-famous Rock ‘N’ Bowl. After opening remarks from Chair Susan Boswell, each of the former Chairs present—Fran Musselman (’79), Leon Gary (’93), Phil Shuey (’94), Gary Munneke (’99), Arthur Greene (’00), and Bill Gibson (’02)—all shared a few thoughts, reflections, and history of LPM. (Former Chair John Tredennick ('03) also attended the Spring Meeting.) The cake was cut just as the music began. Thanks to the efforts of Education Board Chair Bill Henslee, party attendees enjoyed the fantastic musical entertainment of The Original Low Riders (the band formerly known as War). Many present worked off the Southern cooking they had enjoyed by hitting the dance floor shortly after the first notes sounded. In addition to the great music at the 30th Anniversary Party, members worked around meeting schedules to attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (“Jazz Fest”), as well as listen to some tremendous musicians in the French Quarter. Click here for pictures from the entire weekend—from CLE to Lenny Kravitz!


Section Briefs

Core Groups Extend a Welcome!

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the ABA Law Practice Management Section, but unsure of where to start? The LPM Practice Core Groups welcome your input and participation on their committees—and you can sign up online! The Core Groups develop CLE for LPM programs, identify emerging issues, and coordinate potential articles for the Section’s publications in their respective areas. Visit the LPM Web site to find out more and to sign up for one of the LPM Practice Core Groups.

LPM Women RainmakersWomen Rainmakers Provide Rich Dialogue, Honor Former Board of Governors Delegate

Women Rainmakers presented the program Multi-Focus Marketing: Understanding Your Audiences at the Spring Meeting in New Orleans. Attendees included people from various firms and companies from across the United States as well as representatives from England and Costa Rica, bringing a rich diversity and broad perspective to the roundtable discussions that followed the presentation. Breakout sessions included Budgeting For Marketing, Creating Your Practice Development Plan, Everyday Marketing, and Niche Marketing. Presenters were native New Orleans Rainmaker and LPM Council Member Donna Fraiche and former LPM Delegate to the ABA Board of Governors Judy Perry Martinez, who was honored at Fraiche’s home at the Women Rainmaker’s reception on Friday evening.

LPM Women Rainmaker Presents at the Women in Law Leadership Academy

LPM Rainmaker Shelley Canter was a presenter at the Women in Law Leadership Academy, April 16-17, 2004, at Chicago Wyndham Hotel. Shelley’s program Evaluating Your Career: Expectations and Reality was well received. The Academy, the purpose of which was to empower recently licensed women lawyers by providing a skill set that enables them to direct and manage their own careers more effectively by gaining knowledge, finding mentors and honing their networking capabilities, was a great success with more than 200 women throughout the Nation attending.

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.

In the Spotlight

Judy Perry Martinez was honored by the ABA/LPM Women Rainmakers for her significant contributions to women in the profession, the Law Practice Management Section, and the legal profession as a whole. Martinez is Senior Litigation Counsel for the Northrop Gruman Corporation in Avondale, LA.

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
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
 
Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute has a great resource that tracks all the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Each decision has the Syllabus, Opinion, and Dissent, if available, in either HTML or PDF format. An RSS feed is also available.
 

Tip of the Month:
Know Your Tax Deductions To Help Your Clients
A Tip from LPM's Practice Management Advisors Committee

Know how your fees and/or costs can be tax deductible to your clients. If tax deductions are possible, share this information with your clients. Encourage them to have their accountant or tax preparer call you to get information that might maximize their deduction(s). Your clients will appreciate this extra effort—especially if you explain it to them at no charge!

Upcoming Section-sponsored events for Women:

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

 ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta!
Please plan to attend the ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, August 5–8, 2004. Below are the “Top 5” reasons to attend. Click here for LPM CLE information and program descriptions.

  • The ABA Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of legal professionals in the United States.
  • Earn an entire year’s worth of CLE requirements.
  • Network with other LPM members and leading professionals who share your interests and concerns.
  • Stay abreast of recent developments in the law and as well as the latest in legal marketing, management, technology, and finance.
  • Visit the ABA EXPO, with more than 150 exhibitors providing a diverse assortment of legal products and services, and get a show discount on books in addition to your LPM discount!
  • The Annual Meeting’s flexible format allows you to customize the meeting to attend LPM CLE and networking events and choose from other à la carte registration options.

We’ll see in you in the Peach state!

 
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:

How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth EditionHow to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth Edition

by Jay G Foonberg

Replenish your library with this newly updated Fifth Edition of the best-selling ABA book of all time—the definitive guide to starting, growing, and maintaining a solo law practice. It’s full of practical advice and guidance on setting up a practice, identifying the right location, equipping the office, finding clients, setting fees, maintaining ethics and professional responsibility, fostering good client relationships, marketing your practice and much more, all written in Jay’s inimitable straightforward style. Topics new to this edition include use of e-mail and the Internet; the globalization of legal practice, the increasing size of student loans, the aggressive marketing being done by firms of all sizes, the aging population creating greater opportunities for serving senior clients and prompting the growth of elder law as a practice area of law, the increased use of alternate dispute resolution, when and how to safely and ethically close or destroy files, how to overcome the fears caused by lack of experience, and more! In this new edition, Jay answers the questions and addresses the concerns lawyers bring to him at seminars and presentations throughout the world.

Order How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fifth Edition online, or call 1-800-285-2221 and ask for product number 511-0508.

For more information on other books published by LPM visit our Online Catalog.

Learn More | Buy Now
 

You are receiving this message as a member of the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section. Your e-mail address will only be used within the ABA and its entities. We do not sell or rent e-mail addresses to anyone outside the ABA.

Change Your E-mail Address
To change your e-mail address or remove your name from any future general distribution e-mails, complete the form at https://www.abanet.org/members/join/coa2.html. If you prefer, call us at 800-285-2221 or write to:

American Bar Association
Service Center
541 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

Copyright © 2004 American Bar Association | ABA Copyright Statement | ABA Privacy Statement