In This Issue…

  • Highlights: LPM Fall Meeting, ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, CLE Teleconference 
  • New Books: The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Excel 2007; The Lawyer's Guide to Concorandance; The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together
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The Lawyer's Guide to Concordance
by Liz Weiman

The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2007In this age, when trial outcomes depend on the organization of electronic data discovery, The Lawyer's Guide to Concordance reveals how attorneys and staff can make Concordance the most powerful tool in their litigation arsenal. Using this easy-to-read hands-on reference guide, individuals who are new to Concordance can get up-to-speed quickly, by following its step-by-step instructions, exercises, and time-saving shortcuts. For those already working with Concordance, this comprehensive resource provides methods, strategies, and technical information to further their knowledge and success using this robust program. Liz Weiman has created an all purpose instruction guide that addresses the diverse needs of different law firms. Attorneys in offices with large IT staffs that manage their databases still need to become familiar with data entry procedures, screen views, searching, tagging, and printing. Lawyers and staff in smaller firms need to know how to load database records and troubleshoot if problems arise. This book provides answers and guidance for these scenarios and more.

Product Code:5110666
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$69.95 (Regular)
$49.95 ( LPM)
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LPM Fall Meeting – LPM Heads Southwest to Tucson –
October 16-18, 2008

We encourage all LPM members to join us in Tucson, AZ for the LPM Fall Meeting from October 16-18, 2008. Registration for this meeting is free. The LPM Section will meet at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa and will kick-off the new fiscal year with a bang! It is time to dig your heels in and get active! There is enough to do for all to be involved. During committee meetings, members plan upcoming educational programming, article line-up, discuss conference materials, and select book topics for publishing. In conjunction with the LPM Fall Meeting. the ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will take place from October 16-18, as Workshop attendees are greeted by LPM members during the LPM Section Gathering/Workshop Welcome Reception.

Be adventurous by participating in the Jeep Rally! This spectacular event takes place on Saturday, October 18 and includes a 2-1/2 hour Jeep tour, games, reception, dinner, drinks (beer, wine, margaritas, and soft drinks), bon fire and motor coach return. At 3:00 p.m., open-air Jeeps will pick up participants from the resort to experience a desert tour while engaging in treasure hunting and team building.  Following the rally and games, all will dine in a private desert location and unwind in the beautiful desert surroundings, under the brilliant star-filled sky. Tickets are $50. Reserve your seat today!

The room block deadline is September 9 and rooms are filling up quickly. Be sure to mention ABA LPM Section to receive the discounted room rate of $189/night. A limited number of rooms are available. For more detailed hotel information:

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Phone: (520) 742-6000
Fax: (520) 577-5878

Please visit our website for the program schedule, Jeep Rally details, and meeting topics. We look forward to seeing you in Tucson!


ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop - October 17-19, 2008! Limited Space Available!

ABA Women RainmakersIn conjunction with the LPM Fall Meeting (October 16-18, 2008), the ABA Women Rainmakers is offering an interactive forum developed to give valuable insight and enhance the performance of the mid-career woman lawyer. The ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop will be held from October 17-19, 2008 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

This workshop will allow participants to network with other successful attorneys, engage in focused topical discussions with knowledgeable legal professionals and learn how to utilize tools to help assess the participant's career, client relationships, and personal lifestyle requirements in order to maximize rainmaking capabilities. This year the workshop will offer solo/small firm and large firm tracks.

Tucson, AZTopics include:

  • Rainmaking / business development
  • Client relationship management
  • Gender boundary issues
  • Strategic planning / goal setting
  • Negotiation skills and strategy
  • Marketing your firm

To view featured speakers and their bios.

Limited space is available! Be sure to register today! The Early Bird Registration deadline has passed. After August 15, 2008, the standard rate is $795 and for LPM member rate is $695. You don’t want to miss this event!

This session is open to all legal professionals who are, support and/or work with successful women attorneys.

Register today!

View the program schedule and access more details today!

Join LPM members and ABA Women Rainmakers for the Jeep Rally, Saturday, October 18! It’s going to be one heck of a ride! Tickets are $50.


LPM CLE Teleconference Series

CLE Teleconferences

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.


Communication for Young Lawyers
Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET

How can new lawyers and their firms communicate better? In this program, the co-authors of the forthcoming book "The Law Firm Associate's Guide to Getting Along" draw upon their experience as a nationally-recognized communications consultant and large firm partner turned law school dean to address both questions – how firms can better communicate with their young lawyers, and how new lawyers can strengthen their relationships with their firm and clients with better communication.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use better communication to improve your practice
  • Communicate better with young lawyers
  • Handle stressful conversations with comfort and skill
  • Learn obligations for communicating inside and outside the firm


  • Barbara Miller, Barbara B. Miller Communication
  • Martin Camp, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Mike Downey, Moderator, Hinshaw & Culbertson

  Featured Books 

The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Excel 2007
by John Tredennick

The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Excel 2007

Product Code:5110665
Format:CD - 5110664CD
$49.95 ( LPM)

Did you know Excel® can help you analyze and present your cases more effectively or help you better understand and manage complex business transactions? The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft® Excel 2007 will show you how.

John Tredennick is the author of four best-selling books on law and technology issues, a 20-year trial lawyer, and a pioneer in the field of legal technology. Now he has produced a guide book uniquely designed to help lawyers improve their efficiency and increase their productivity with the most common spreadsheet software on the market.

Designed as a hands-on manual for beginners as well as longtime spreadsheet users, you'll learn how to build spreadsheets from scratch, use them to analyze issues, and to create graphics presentation.


The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together
by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell

The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together

Product Code:5110589
Format:Book - 5110568
Pricing:$89.95 (Regular)
$59.95 ( LPM)

This first-of-its-kind guide for the legal profession shows you how to use standard technology you already have and the latest "Web 2.0" resources and other tech tools, like Google Docs, Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and Adobe Acrobat, to work more effectively on projects with colleagues, clients, co-counsel and even opposing counsel. In The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, well-known legal technology authorities Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell provides a wealth of information useful to lawyers who are just beginning to try these tools, as well as tips and techniques for those lawyers with intermediate and advanced collaboration experience.

Collaboration technologies and tools are the most important current developments in legal technology and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Explained with minimal technical jargon, the book focuses on highly practical and usable ideas that you can put to work straight away.

With practical advice on how to use specific tools and concrete action steps to take, lawyers and law firms at all levels will benefit from working together better.


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