July/August 2003  Volume 29, Issue 5
July/August 2003 Issue
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Your Future:
News, Ideas and Opportunities from the Law Practice Management Section

Scale Your Personal Everest
LPM's Women Rainmakers: A National Network Devoted to Supporting Women Lawyers ' Business Development Efforts
Women Rainmakers is a special component of the Law Practice Management Section focused on creating networking and business development opportunities for women lawyers. Since 1990, the group has been producing outstanding programs and resources-including a best-selling publication, Women Rainmakers' Best Marketing Tips -- and legendary networking receptions. In addition to these resources, LPM members may participate in the Women Rainmakers online discussion group ( www.lawpractice.org/wr) and take advantage of the group's outreach and mentoring activities.

San Francisco fund-raiser. Friday, August 8, Women Rainmakers will host a special fund-raising event, Women Rainmakers: A Salute to Women Professionals in Support of the Breast Cancer Fund. The event will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Spring Meeting Rainmaking in Austin. Women Rainmakers and presenters at the most recent Women Rainmakers' program, Mission Accomplished: Scaling Your Personal Everest, this past May in Austin, Texas. (L-R) Melody M. Wilkinson, Partner, Cantey & Hanger, LLP; Jo Ann Merica, Partner, Merica & Bourland, PC; Heather D. Jefferson, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Martha Fay Africa, Managing Director, Major Hagen & Africa; and Carla J. Cox, Partner, Jackson Walker.

For more information and a list of upcoming activities, visit the Women Rainmakers online at www.lawpractice.org/wr.

NEW: For meeting news, visit the Section's Web site at www.lawpractice.org for updated information.

Section News
What Have You Done for Me Lately?
Lots! These have been busy months for the LPM Section -- with ABA TECHSHOW® in April, the 2003 Law Practice Summit in May and preparations for the Annual Meeting in August under way. Our CLE programs have received top ratings at all meetings this year, with a wide array of sessions focusing on the four core areas of marketing, management, technology and finance. Recent popular CLE opportunities have included:

  • How to Attract and Keep Good Clients with Limited Time, Resources and Staff
  • Using the Web to Manage Your Practice
  • Time Billing and Accounting: The Coolest Ways to Get Paid
  • Acrobatics with Adobe
  • Automating the Knowledge Management Process
  • Making It in a Multicultural World: A Guide to Cross- Cultural Success

If you haven't attended an LPM conference lately, make plans to attend an upcoming meeting! Find your planning information online at www.lawpractice.org.

Tucson: A Desert Oasis Comes to Life!
Giant saguaro cacti and natural rock formations, the best of law practice management, networking and brainstorming, a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course … what do these things have in common? LPM's 2003 Fall Meeting and CLE Program in sunny Tucson on October 16-19! The Santa Catalina Mountains will be the majestic backdrop for meetings and merriment in the Sonora Desert. The Westin La Paloma will be the meeting site, nestled in the foothills of the Catalinas and surrounded by desert gardens. In addition to the lovely surroundings, you can expect superb educational sessions and stimulating discussions. Mark your calendar now and look for more information soon in LPM's monthly LawPractice.news and at www.lawpractice.org.

Essential Reading-The Essential Formbook
New This Summer: The Essential Formbook, Volume III. The LPM Section publishes a wide selection of titles to assist those in the legal community engaged in any aspect of law practice management. This month's featured release is The Essential Formbook, Volume III by Gary A. Munneke and Anthony E. Davis. It's the latest installment in the four-volume loose-leaf series The Essential Formbook: Comprehensive Management Tools for Lawyers, designed to help legal professionals achieve, and benefit from, effective practice management systems. Volume III contains two parts -- Part One: Calendar, Docket and File Management, and Part Two: Law Firm Financial Management. Among the systems critical to good practice management are controlling calendars and dockets; managing time and deadlines; recording and retrieving client information; managing finances, including billing, collections and financial records; and accounting for client funds. Volume III uses a three-part structure to help you implement top-notch, proven management practices in all these areas. Each part provides a discussion of the issues, checklists to evaluate management practices and ready-to-use forms. Forms in Volume III are available on CD-ROM -- easily modified to match your needs.

Section members receive special discount pricing on all LPM books. For complete information, visit www.lawpractice.org/catalog.