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   May 2006  

 LPM Section News: ABA TECHSHOW Summary, New Orleans Community Revival with Technology, and the New LPM Website

ABA TECHSHOW 2006: A Success!
The LPM Section had a great turnout at ABA TECHSHOW this April with more than 2100 attendees, many as first-time attendees. Each attendee received a complimentary thumb drive and a $20 discount coupon on LPM publications. Over 125 exhibitors participated in the 2006 expo with a good portion renewing booths for ABA TECHSHOW 2007. The conference offered three days of CLE sessions packed with knowledge about legal technology tools. Topics varied from digital discovery to electronic evidence to e-lawyering to advanced IT discussions. Various LPM publications were given away at the end of sessions. Several of the exhibit hall attendees participated in the Passport to Prizes giveaway and received such gifts as a digital camera, an iPod, a BlackBerry, LPM publications, and other great prizes. The receptions were well attended and gave attendees an opportunity to network and socialize. Join the LPM Section for ABA TECHSHOW 2007 from March 22-24, 2007 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. For more information, visit www.techshow.com.

New Orleans New Law:  Community Revival with Technology 
The LPM Section is honored to co-sponsor a free program in New Orleans May 22-23, for Gulf Coast attorneys and firms who are recovering from the effects of the 2005 hurricane season.  LPM leader Tom O'Connor is coordinating the Section's efforts with the Louisiana State Bar Association, to present a two-day CLE program emphasizing the ways in which law office technology tools can help attorneys rebuild their practices.  LPM and LSBA are grateful for the legal technology vendors who contributed to this effort.

The LPM Section Begins Web Site Redesign
Throughout the ABA, members are discovering LPM's newly-revised Web site, now with better organization, easier navigation, and a wealth of information only a click or two away.  The site, at www.lawpractice.org, is frequently updated with the latest in Section news, membership benefits, information about upcoming CLE and events, and links to publications, including archived issues of Law Practice magazine.  There are even more enhancements are scheduled for the upcoming year. Visit the site today to learn more!


 Law Practice Magazine: Technology Costs Spinning Out of Control?

Law Practice MagazineLearn to keep legal technology costs down, focus your management time. and perk up your legal prose. You'll find new authors, new subjects, new columns and then some in this issue of Law Practice.

The April/May issue of Law Practice Magazine is now online! .


 LPM Section Events: Upcoming Meetings

Annual Meeting – August 3-6, 2006 in Honolulu, HI at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

LPM is offering several CLE programs during the ABA Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. To find out more information on the ABA Annual Meeting and to register, visit www.lawpractice.org/annual/.

  • Friday, August 4, 2006 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Technology for the Rest of Us
    A non-techie, up-to-the-minute review of technology for lawyers. Everything you need to know about laptops, desktops, software, scanners and more will be covered.

  • Friday, August 4, 2006 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Negotiating Difference: Appreciating Gender and Culture in Negotiation
    ABA Women Rainmakers presents a highly interactive program on how communication styles, cultural mores and social perceptions affect negotiation success, particularly in a multicultural environment, and how women can use these factors to their advantage.

  • Saturday, August 5, 2006 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Marketing by Associates Can Increase the Bottom Line While Training Your Future Leaders
    Experts will explain what skills associates should have at each stage of their careers and how firm management can ensure they acquire them.

  • Saturday, August 5, 2006 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Practical Integration of Legal Technology Today
    Find out how to choose the right technology for your firms needs.

  • Sunday, August 6, 2006 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Best (and Most Ethical) Practices for Electronic Evidence
    (Document Retention, E-Discovery, Litigation Holds, Spoilation and Sanctions)

    A panel of experts will address the latest, best and most ethical advice regarding document retention, electronic discovery generally, litigation holds in particular, and the avoidance of spoliation and consequent sanctions.

Fall Meeting – October 12-14, 2006 in Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Westin Bayshore Resort

ABA Midyear Meeting 2007 – February 8-10, 2007 in Miami, FL


 LPM Teleconference Series: Upcoming CLE

 These CLE programs are available via teleconference and live audio web cast. Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair--today's practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits. LPM members receive $65 off regular tuition rates of $150.

Technology Primer for Solos and Small Firms

A 90-minute Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
Thursday, May 18, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

Legal technology is now an essential part of the competent practice of law. Just as importantly for those in solo and small firm settings, technology can help attorneys provide quality service to their clients and successfully compete with their big firm brethren.

This teleconference and live audio webcast will show you how to make better use of legal technologies to improve your practice. Join our expert faculty to learn how you can use technology to be more effective and efficient.

Learn more about this Teleconference and register »

Call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221 for information or to register by phone.


 Carpe Librum: Books from LPM Publishing

Marketing Success Stories: Conversations with Leading Lawyers, Second EditionFlying Solo: A Survival Guide for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers, Fourth Edition
Edited by K. William Gibson

The new fourth edition of this comprehensive guide includes practical information gathered from a wide range of contributors, including successful solo practitioners, law firm consultants, state and local bar practice management advisors, and law school professors. All the contributors share tips and advice that can be easily implemented in your solo or small-firm practice. This classic ABA book first walks you through a step-by-step analysis of the decision to start a solo practice, including choosing a practice focus. It then provides tools to help you with financial issues including banking and billing; operations issues such as staffing and office location and design decisions; technology for the small law office; and marketing and client relations. What's more, the final section on quality-of-life issues puts it all into perspective. Whether you're thinking of going solo, new to the solo life, or a seasoned practitioner, Flying Solo provides time-tested answers to real-life questions.

Learn More

©2005, 7 x 10, 752 pages, paper
Product Code: 511-0527
LPM Member Price: $79.95
Nonmember Price: $99.95


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 Section Membership: Be Sure to Take Advantage of Benefits

Practice Core Groups All members are encouraged to participate at the Section Fall and Spring Meetings each year. At all meetings, members interested in one or more of the four practice core groups – Marketing, Management, Technology and Finance – meet to discuss issues concerning these areas, plan programs and events, brainstorm how to help others, and interact with other lawyers knowledgeable in the practice core areas. Take advantage of your LPM membership by letting your voice be heard. For more information on LPM Section Fall and Spring Meetings, visit www.lawpractice.org.

CLE from Your Desk.   Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair – today’s practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits. LPM continues its popular monthly CLE teleconference series (60- to 90-minute audio seminars) in June and July with programs focusing on finding the right work/life balance and on making the most of law office technology.  LPM members receive substantial discounts on registration fees.  Visit www.lawpractice.org/cle for details and to registration information. 

Partnerships with Your Local Bar.   The Law Practice Management Section works with numerous state and local bar associations and other professional organizations to share our resources with a broader audience.  Among these efforts are participation in local and national conferences, and LPM will be visible at several this month, including the Missouri and Indiana Solo & Small Firm Conferences.  In addition, ABA partners with state and local bars to distribute LPM books, so that their members have easy access to our broad variety of law practice publications.  Of course, one benefit of LPM membership is a discount on all LPM publications.  Visit the ABA Web store today at www.ababooks.org

ABA Women Rainmakers. The LPM Section is home to the ABA Women Rainmakers, a forum that enables women lawyers to network and develop business opportunities. The group is open to lawyers and non-lawyers, and membership to ABA Women Rainmakers is free for LPM members. ABA Women Rainmakers educates professional women about marketing and business development, provides mentoring opportunities for members at both the local and national level, and provides networking opportunities to build personal and professional relationships.

Several programs are offered throughout the year that target women lawyers to provide the resources that may help women achieve balance in their lives, and the practice of law, and to help women lawyers to face the challenges and opportunities they may encounter in the legal profession. For more information or to join, please visit www.womenrainmakers.org.

Section Benefits include:

  • $100 Discount for ABA TECHSHOW®
  • 20% Discount on LPM books and publications
  • Complimentary Law Practice magazine subscription
  • Complimentary e-issues of Law Practice Today
  • Complimentary e-issues of LawPractice.news
  • Networking opportunities
  • Increased knowledge of technological, financial, management and marketing issues pertaining to your firm and law career

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