November 2004  

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 Carpe Librum:
New Books from LPM Publishing
The Lawyer's Guide to Strategic Planning

The Lawyer's Guide to Strategic Planning: Defining, Setting, and Achieving Your Firm's Goals
by Thomas C. Grella and Michael L. Hudkins

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Authors Thomas C. Grella and Michael L. Hudkins bring you this practice-building resource as a guide to planning dynamic strategic plans and implementing them at your firm. In this book you’ll learn about the actual planning process and how to establish goals in key planning areas such as law firm governance, competition, opening a new office, financial management, technology, marketing and competitive intelligence, client development and retention, and more. The accompanying CD-ROM contains a wealth of policies, statements, and other sample documents!  
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     LPM Fall Meeting Kicks New Bar Year Off Right

Past Chair Bill Gibson with Chair Elect Marc RobertsThe ABA Law Practice Management Section just returned from its Fall Meeting at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs energized and ready to bring LPM members the best CLE programs, publications, and legal information available this bar year. Our highest attended meeting in years brought new attendees ready to get involved in LPM and its working groups. The blockbuster CLE, Law Office Profitability Workshop, was a huge success! Programming ranged from Five Key Steps to Profitability - Growing the Bottom Line from the Ground Up to Massive Marketing/Minimum Expense – Stretching Your Business Development Time and Money. Program materials will be available soon at Ending the day of CLE was a very popular networking reception sponsored by the ABA Women Rainmakers.

Working groups spent two days mapping out CLE events and article submissions for LPM’s publications. Attendees enjoyed three networking receptions with friends and colleagues in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

If you missed the LPM Fall Meeting, mark your calendar to join us in Salt Lake City for the ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2005 and in Orlando for our Spring Meeting in May 2005. The full LPM events calendar can be found at

Upcoming Meetings:
Mark your calendar for the following LPM Meetings:

  • ABA Midyear Meeting, February 9-15, 2005, Salt Lake City, UT
  • ABA TECHSHOW 2005, March 31-April 2, 2005, Chicago, IL
  • LPM Spring Meeting, May 12-14, 2005, Orlando, FL
  • ABA Annual Meeting, August 4-10, 2005, Chicago, IL
  • LPM Fall Meeting, October 20-23, 2005, Philadelphia, PA

For a complete listing of all LPM Meetings and CLE, visit our events calendar at

** Photo: Past Chair Bill Gibson with Chair Elect Marc Roberts.

eCourts Conference 2004, Las Vegas, NV
 Meetings & CLE:
     Monthly CLE Teleconference Series Announced

The ABA Law Practice Management Section is pleased to announce a new Monthly CLE Teleconference Series. The LPM Education Board is working with each of the Practice Core Groups to produce monthly CLE teleconferences for Section members. Slated to be the second Tuesday of every month, each teleconference will have a focus in either legal marketing, management, technology, or finance, the four core areas of the business of practicing law.

Kicking off our Teleconference Series is How Not to Commit Malpractice with Your Computer on December 9, 2004 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern. David Bilinsky, Courtney Kennaday, and Ross Kodner will present this one-and-a-half hour teleconference.

Description: The right technology, properly implemented, can do wonders for any law practice. But the converse is equally true - technology misused or misunderstood can cause you to commit malpractice or ethical violations literally at the speed of light. This seminar will outline the key malpractice and ethics risks areas for "techno malpractice" including e-mail issues, the frightening threats posed by metadata, protection for you and your clients from viruses and spyware, collaborative confidentiality, Web site issues, disposal of old computer technology, wireless and remote access, and more. Explore the head-on collision between substantive law and technology use, including the malpractice traps and ethical bombs posed by HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and e-Discovery. If you want to keep your law license, this session is a must!

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