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  1. My ABATaking Ownership: Strategies for Making Sense of Making Partner
  2. My ABARainmakers I Have Fallen For: Simply Irresistible Business Development Strategies
  3. My ABALearning to Lead: Practical Steps for High-Performance Team Leadership

Law Practice Today:

  1. Generation X and The Millennials: What You Need to Know About Mentoring the New Generations
  2. Best of ABA TECHSHOW: The Top Ten Causes of Malpractice and How You Can Avoid Them
  3. Wireless Insecurity

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  1. The New Federal Rules on E-Discovery: The First 180 Days
  2. Ab Initio: Practical Technology Advice for the Newly Solo or Small Firm Lawyer
  3. Fixing Text Reflow Issues When You Copy and Paste Text from PDFs
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  LPM News

LPM Welcomes Its Newest Staff Members

Barbara Perez joined the LPM staff in July as the Section and Committees Coordinator.  Barbara has extensive association adminstrative experience, and worked at the ABA previously from 1985 to 2000.  In her new role, Barbara is responsible for coordinating the committee appointments process and other section administration duties.  Please join me in welcoming Barbara to the ABA and LPM team.  Barbara may be reached at or 312-988-5686.

Denise Constantine began work at the ABA in August as the LPM Books Production Manager.  Denise has significant book editorial and production experience, most recently with Rand Corporation in California, where she served as a Production Editor for five years.  Denise will work with Executive Editor Tim Johnson to sustain the high level of quality publications for which ABA and LPM are well-known.  Denise may be reached at or 312-988-6106.


  LPM Meetings and Events

Register Now!LPM Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference:
Thirty Years of Law Firm Marketing (1977-2007)
November 8-9, 2007 | Washington, D.C.

A 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 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 features 10 different law firm case studies dealing with 10 different marketing initiatives.

Day Two features a technology version. Twenty partners from 20 law firms throughout the country will present.

Conference Highlights:

Registration is now open!

General Registration$795.00
ABA Member$595.00
ABA Law Practice Management Section Member$545.00
ABA Young Lawyers Division Member$545.00
Law Student$545.00

A room block has been secured until October 15, 2007 at a special ABA LPM conference rate of $239/night at the Omni Shoreham Hotel , located on the Metro Red Line and easily accessible to Amtrak Union Station, National Reagan, Dulles and BWI Airports.

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  Registration is Now Open!

Join the ABA Law Practice Management Section as it presents ABA TECHSHOW 2008 from March 13-15, 2008 at its newest location, the Hilton Chicago hotel, in the magnificent Windy City! Save up to $300 in registration fees for the world's premier legal technology conference and expo when you register today.

Now in its 22nd year, ABA TECHSHOW offers registrants more than 60 legal technology educational sessions in sixteen exciting tracks, including Litigation, Mac Track, E-Discovery, Client Relationships, Solo/Small Firm and Large Firm tracks, and Advanced IT to name a few. During the two-day expo, over 120 technology vendors feature the latest in legal technology products and services. Network with over 1500 attendees during the Networking Bash with heavy appetizers and live band.

The ABA LPM Section will also host an educational track providing practical, down-to-earth practice management advice for both the tech-savvy and the techno-novice.  A vendor track will provide demonstrations of new software and technological tools and product information.

One-day passes are available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday but cannot be used in lieu of a full-conference pass. Group passes are also available for up to 10 people from the same office.

Register now, visit the ABA TECHSHOW website at  

Other ABA TECHSHOW highlights include:

  • Three Days of CLE
  • Two Days of Expo
  • Free USB Drive
  • NEW! Complimentary Friday Luncheon
  • Taste of ABA TECHSHOW dine-around event
  • Conference Concierge
  • NEW! Networking Bash with Live Band
  • Book Bucks and 15-20% Event Discounts on ABA LPM Books
  • CD with Presentation Materials
  • Passport to Prizes

Register Now!LPM Fall Meeting 2007
Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa - A Wyndham Grand Resort
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
October 18-20, 2007

It's Not Too Late to Join us in Puerto Rico!

It's not too late to register for the LPM Section Fall Meeting in sunny  Rio Grande, Puerto Rico to be held from October 18-20, 2007 at the Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa - A Wyndham Grand Resort.

New LPM Section Chair Vedia Jones-Richardson heads up this year's fall meeting with a focus on diversity issues. This year's meeting his being held in conjunction with the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop. The schedule does have some new changes that are sure to make it an interesting and energetic meeting.

LPM Section Council meeting will be held during lunch on Friday, October 19 and there will be three diversity initiative educational sessions that will feature speakers Karen Kahn and John Mitchell who were very well-received at the LPM Midyear Meeting in Miami. The sessions interactive and informative entitled, "A Culture of Inclusion," will discuss awareness of and engaging differences. We will also take a look at inclusive leadership.

There will also be three receptions throughout the meeting – one on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., one on Friday at 6:00 p.m., and a dessert reception on Saturday evening from 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., also welcoming the ABA Women Rainmakers Workshop participants.

The practice core groups – focusing on marketing, management, technology and finance – will meet on Saturday afternoon during lunch in San Juan at El Arsenal de la Puntilla. Bus transportation will be provided to San Juan on Saturday morning. Attendees will be sure to find this unique educational and networking opportunity valuable, informative, and fun!  For schedule, event and hotel information, visit .


  LPM "Third Thursday" CLE Teleconference Series

Register Now!Maintaining Professional Liability Insurance: How to Best Protect Your Practice
Thursday October 18, 2007

1:00 PM-2:30 PM
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Managing partners and executive directors know that professional liability claims can have a crippling effect on their bottom line. Any firm manager who has been through a difficult claim also knows that all insurance policies are not created equal.

In this program, nationally recognized insurance professionals and prominent defense counsel will discuss best practices for purchasing lawyers professional liability insurance, and discuss essential loss control strategies. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.7-1.9, 5.1, and 7.1 will also be examined, with a specific focus on how attorneys should blend loss control strategies in conjunction with ethical obligations.

This program will use case studies to discuss strategies to protect your law firm practice. This intense summary of strategies is not to be missed.

Our Panel

Paul Douglas, Chubb Group of Insurance Co., West Simsbury, CT
Edith R. Matthai, Robie & Matthai, APC, Los Angeles, CA
David Paige, DeWitt Stern Group, New York, NY
Marian C. Rice, CEO, L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavitta & Contini, LLP, Garden City, NY

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November Teleconference Topic: Associate Mentoring

Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair – today's practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits. LPM offers a 90-minute teleconference and live audio webcast every third Thursday of the month. LPM members receive $65 off regular tuition rates of $150. Visit -- to view the latest schedule and register online.


  Carpe Librum

Buy Now!Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms, Second Edition
by Anthony E. Davis and Peter R. Jarvis

Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms, Second Edition

Product Code: 5110653
2007. 7 x 10, 200 pp.
LPM Member Price: $79.95

Center for Professional Responsiblity Member Price: $79.95

Non-member Price: $89.95

Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms helps your firm establish solid policies, procedures, and systems to minimize risk. This completely revised edition and accompanying CD provides a comprehensive overview of risk management, offers a practical approach to risk management evaluation, and steps to take to create a "best practice" plan.

You'll learn the three elements of effective risk management policy: how to establish uniform standards; be ready for compliance with minimum intrusion and expense into other areas of the practice; and how to develop strategies to control risk. Using case studies and Quality/In Control (QUIC) Survey for law firms questionnaires to evaluate your firm's state of risk management, this book provides solutions tailored to your organization.

This edition has been updated to include the many ways the digital age has affected risk for the modern law practice, allowing you to meet today's legal accountability head-on. Using a practical self-audit tool, the book enables lawyers to consider how well their firms are addressing each of the key components of effective risk management.
You'll discover:

  • Why risk management is essential to ensuring the best client service
  • How a good plan maximizes your firm's profitability
  • The role of self-audits and how to conduct one
  • Why risk management matters, no matter how established or young your firm may be
  • What to do when disaster strikes
  • How to avoid hidden costs, like time and billings lost, by focusing on this critical matter

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A Special Thanks to our LPM Members!

Thank you to all LPM members who participated in the LPM Member Satisfaction Survey last month. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we hope to continue to serve you to our best ability. Don't forget the benefits you receive as an LPM member.

  • Pay ABA and/or Section dues online via credit card
  • View your 2007/08 membership invoice
  • Add or drop Section memberships
  • Print payment confirmation and receipt

LPM Section benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Complimentary Law Practice magazine subscription
  • Complimentary e-issues of Law Practice Today
  • Complimentary e-issues of Law Technology Today – our newest webzine!
  • Complimentary e-issues of
  • Up to $300 discount for ABA TECHSHOW 2008
  • Save $65 on LPM CLE Teleconference series
  • 15%-20% discount on LPM books and publications
  • Networking opportunities

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