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November/December 2019

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LP Is Still Leading the Way

Zachary Bambacht

Our history as an ABA division is one that is steeped in transformational leadership. There are numerous examples and moments where the need for change was identified and members inspired and led our volunteers in new directions and to greater achievements.

Leadership In the Beginning...

The leadership of the ABA Law Practice Division (LP) can trace its inception all the way back to 1957 when the ABA Board of Governors created the ABA Special Committee on Economics of Law Practice. This eventually led to, in February 1974, in Houston, the ABA House of Delegates voting to approve the establishment of the Section of Economics of Law Practice. Shortly thereafter, Robert Mucklestone was elected the first chair of the Section and the group had more than 1,000 charter members.

The Section of Economic Law Practice has since evolved into the Law Practice Division. Thanks to our founders—including Robert Mucklestone, Richard Williams and more than 45 years of leadership and councils—our governance has allowed LP to evolve from our initial economic focus to an entity that thrives on our evolved thought leadership in the areas of practice management, finance, marketing, technology and leadership.

...And Leadership Today: TECHSHOW

Another defining and enduring transformational leadership moment in our history was when we established the ABA TECHSHOW in 1986. And here we are today, more than 33 years later, and TECHSHOW has evolved to keep up with, and ahead of, industry trends, remaining relevant, perhaps even more relevant than when it was founded because tech evolution increases exponentially. TECHSHOW continues to offer leading technology users and influencers the best conference for bringing lawyers and technology together. Now, more than ever, technology is fully integrated into the practice of law, and TECHSHOW is an opportunity to stay informed of the latest advancements.

New for 2020, ABA members can opt in, as an included value of your ABA membership, to being members of LP and receiving the LP member pricing for TECHSHOW, a savings of up to $100. If you are a first-time attendee, there has never been a better time to participate. If you’re a returning guest, you can expect new offerings and maybe a surprise or two to maximize your experience. So, come to TECHSHOW!


Conference: Feb. 26–29

EXPO: Feb. 26–28

Hyatt Regency Chicago | 151 E. Wacker Drive | Chicago, IL 60601 | 312-5651234

Our leadership continues to define new boundaries for LP and for making our content and expertise more accessible and relevant for all practicing attorneys within the ABA. As of Sept. 1, 2019, LP has been a member benefit to all ABA members who elect to opt in to it. We have grown from that group of 1,074 members back in 1974 to more than 10,000 members today, and we are still going strong!

Zachary Bambacht

Zachary Bambacht is the director of the ABA Law Practice Division in Chicago. Email him at [email protected]