September 2003
ABA Law Practice Management Section Monthly e-Update
In This Issue:
Highlighted Feature: Educational Opportunities For Women Lawyers
Section Briefs: Get Involved
Carpe Libra: The Essential Solo and Small Firm Package
In the Spotlight: Section Members Highlighted in ABA Journal
Tip of the Month: Tips for Attorneys Changing Firms
Women Attorneys Save the Date!
Educational Opportunities For Women Lawyers

LPM is partnering with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession this year to bring networking and educational opportunities to women lawyers through teleconferencing and special events, including the Women in Law Leadership Academy, to be held November 6-7, 2004, at the Wyndham Hotel in Chicago, IL. The purpose of the Academy is to assist women who have been practicing law for ten years or less to develop leadership skills and improve their client presentations, ask for raises, get tips on how to find the right mentors, and take advantage of their contacts to transform their job opportunities and work lives. LPM will partner with the Commission to sponsor similar events over the next few years.

Please plan to join us for the Women in Law Leadership Academy. For complete information and to register, please click here:

Section Briefs
Get Involved
The Fall Meeting is just a few weeks away - October 16-19, 2003, in Tucson, Arizona. Soak up the Arizona sun while getting down to business! Visit our Fall Meeting Web site for descriptions of individual sessions and complete information with dates, times, a listing of speakers, and additional meeting opportunities. CLE Sessions include:

Would you like to become more involved in the ABA and the Law Practice Management Section? Attending one of the quarterly Section meetings is a good place to start. You can participate in one of the four Core Group (Marketing, Management, Technology, Finance) committee meetings and visit other board meetings to determine how your talents may best be put to use.

New Challenges
Are you ready for a new challenge? Is there an area of law practice management in which you are particularly knowledgeable or experienced? How about capitalizing on your writing skills and becoming an ABA author? The Law Practice Management Section Publishing Board welcomes your proposal. Author guidelines are available on the Web site. Perhaps a book project is too ambitious given your current schedule. Consider writing an article for Law Practice Management magazine. Creative thinkers are welcome! Contact Editor-in-Chief Merrilyn Tarlton at

2002 Legal Technology SurveyTechnology Survey Results
The ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center has issued its findings on the legal technology survey it conducted last November. Read the Executive Summary for a snapshot of the interesting results. The full survey is also available.
In The Spotlight

Congratulations to the following LPM members featured in the September 2003 ABA Journal. Read what your fellow members have to say!

  • Gary Phelan, page 15
  • Michael Ford, page 36
  • Ed Poll (Council member), page 37
  • Alan S. Goldberg, page 50
  • Beckman & Hirsch, regular column

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

The Essential Solo and
Small Firm Package
The Essential Solo and Small Firm Package

Tip of the Month:
Changing firms or moving to your own practice can be stressful and full of pitfalls, especially if you are taking clients with you. Be sure to take several steps to protect yourself.

First, have each client sign a release granting you authority to take the file (including all discovery and other property) with you to your new practice. This protects everyone involved.

Second, if you transfer any client retainer balances to your new firm, have your former firm prepare a final statement of account and provide written releases (to be signed by the client) for each retainer balance. Have the firm write a joint check to you and the client for each retainer balance. This will preclude almost all later arguments about who owes whom what, and creates a smoother transition for you and your clients.

Finally, make sure your former firm continues to carry malpractice coverage for work you did while at that firm; your new malpractice coverage probably does not cover you for those prior acts, so be sure to read your policy!

Reid Trautz, District of Columbia Bar

Carpe Libra

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ABA solo and small firm practitioners save $50 on a package of best-selling solo and small firm resources from LPM. Whether you're starting your own solo or small firm practice or working to grow your existing firm, your practice will benefit from the invaluable resources in this special package. It includes four of LPM's most popular books at $50 off the already discounted member price. This package includes:

  • How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Fourth Edition
  • Law Office Procedures Manual for Solos and Small Firms, Second Edition
  • Effective Yellow Pages Advertising for Lawyers
  • Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo Lawyer, Third Edition

Thousands of legal professionals have already purchased these books at full price to help them start or grow a solo or small firm practice and achieve their goals. Don't miss this opportunity!

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