November / December 2003  Volume 29, Issue 8
ABA Law Pracice Management Magazine, November/December 2003 Issue
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YOUR FUTURE: News, Ideas, and Opportunities from the Law Practice Management Section
Focus on the Future


New Leadership Task Force. Law Practice Management Section Chair Susan Boswell has appointed a Leadership Development Task Force to focus on the future of the Section—and the people who will lead the way. The Section is targeting its outreach to two key groups: women lawyers and young lawyers. LPM will expand its resources for women through its Women Rainmakers group in 2004 and will offer additional resources through LPM Publishing and the magazine.

Events for Women Lawyers. In addition, the LPM Section is partnering with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to bring networking and educational opportunities to women through teleconferencing and special events, such as the upcoming Women in Law Leadership Academy. The Section will partner with the Commission to sponsor similar events over the next few years.

Programs for Young Lawyers. The Section is also working with the ABA Young Lawyers Division to develop programs specifically for young lawyers and those with only a few years of practice experience. LPM has much to offer young lawyers as they develop their careers and strive to balance career and life issues. Networking opportunities and mentoring programs are in the works.

Join the Section in San Antonio for the Midyear Meeting February 5-10, 2004

For information on CLE programs and social events, visit

The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet, Second Edition, by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch. ABA, 2003.

This expanded and revised second edition is a complete, hands-on guidebook that shares all the secrets and shortcuts of conducting efficient research on the Net. This 608-page book shows how to tap into Internet sites useful for investigations, depositions, trial presentations and more. It’s an easy-to-use reference book that contains:

  • An icon system to identify free sites, free-with-registration sites and pay sites
  • Practical tips on using specific sites, alerting readers to quirks or hard-to-find information
  • An easy-to-use topical structure
  • An accompanying CD-ROM that includes all the links to sites in the book

The Lawyer's Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet, Second Edition, will point you in the right direction as you navigate the vast world of electronic research. $69.95 for LPM Section members; $79.95 for nonmembers.

Soaking Up the Sun in Tucson
At the 2003 LPM Fall Meeting in Tucson, October 16-18, members enjoyed the Arizona sunshine while they rolled up their sleeves and got down to Section business.

Get published! The Webzine and Publishing Boards each met to discuss article and book proposals and publishing plans for the coming year. The Section welcomes article and book proposals and submissions to all of its publications boards, and all have issued a call for new proposals from authors. Author guidelines are available at the LPM Web site, Please contact the following people regarding your interest:

  • Law Practice Management magazine: Merrilyn Astin Tarlton,
  • LawPractice Today Webzine: John Tredennick,
  • LPM Publishing (books): Beverly Loder,

ABA TECHSHOW®. The TECHSHOW Board met to discuss ABA TECHSHOW 2004, to be held March 25-27, 2004, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The Board reported that the program is set, with vendors and sponsors signing on to provide added value for attendees. This year’s event will present more than 50 education sessions and will offer a new track—Real Property, Probate and Trust. Also new this year, the TECHSHOW Training Institute will provide attendees with an opportunity for in-depth training in the latest technology offerings. Read all about it at

Educational events and more. In addition to all the committee meetings, LPM members and a local group of attendees took advantage of CLE offerings at the Tucson meeting. From Pumping Up Your Quality of Life to The Fine Art of Getting Paid to Is Bates a License to Wa$te? Effective Approaches to Lawyer Marketing, the sessions proved highly informative and useful.
It wasn’t all work and no play in Tucson, however. The Gathering Reception and the Mexican food dinner outing provided opportunities for networking and relaxation, as did the Women Rainmakers Reception. Building on the momentum they started in San Francisco, Women Rainmakers hosted a fund-raiser to support the Parent Aid Child Abuse Prevention Center, a nonprofit agency in Tucson.

Join us in San Antonio. The Section will meet at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, February 5-10, 2004. If you are looking for a way to get involved in the ABA and the Section, this is it! Come to a meeting and attend one of the four Core Group (marketing, management, technology and finance) committee meetings. We welcome your participation.