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News From the Law Practice Management Section

By Larry C. Smith

As 2006 draws to a close, many lawyers are busy reviewing their successes and showing appreciation for clients. Others are searching for relevant educational opportunities to satisfy mandatory CLE requirements.

Some are already developing their resolutions for 2007. In all these endeavors, the LPM Section is here to help. LPM's publications catalog and CLE offerings continue to grow, and in every issue of this magazine and the Law Practice Today Webzine, you will find innovative new ideas for ensuring your success.

Fall Meeting highlights; Section honors outgoing editor. The LPM Section kicked off its 32nd year with its Fall Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, held in connection with the Pacific Legal Technology Conference (PLTC), sponsored by the Law Society of BC and the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. Highlights included remarks by noted leadership expert John Izzo and by George Kaufman, noted lawyer and consultant on work-life balance issues.

At the meeting, Section leaders honored Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, outgoing Editor-in-Chief of this magazine, for her tremendous contributions to the Section during the past decade. Merrilyn was at the helm of Law Practice and oversaw its growth for more than seven years. We wish Merrilyn much success in future endeavors, and we look forward to her continuing affiliation with the ABA.

Legal technology and disaster recovery for Mississippi lawyers. Following the success of the Spring 2006 program for Louisiana lawyers, LPM co-sponsored, along with the Legal Electronic Document Institute and the Mississippi Bar, a full day of legal technology programming for Mississippi lawyers and firms, many of whom are still recovering from the effects of the 2005 hurricanes. More than 200 lawyers attended the November 2 seminar in Jackson, Mississippi, where they learned about the use of law office technology to prepare for and recover from such disasters. In addition to seminars on hot topics in legal technology, participants heard from Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Smith on the court's electronic filing and case management initiative.

Winter in Miami. The ABA LPM Midyear Meeting is scheduled for February 8-10, 2007, in Miami. The Marketing Core Group will sponsor educational programs and the ABA Women Rainmakers will host a program and reception. LPM will host its popular gathering reception for members, and the Section Council and other boards will meet to discuss Section business. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with LPM members, and enjoy the warm Miami weather. Plus, registration is free! For more information and to register, visit

Register now for ABA TECHSHOW®. Planning is well underway for ABA TECHSHOW 2007, the legal profession's leading legal technology conference and expo, to be held March 22-24, 2007, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. LPM members save $300 on ABA TECHSHOW by registering before the early-bird registration deadline of February 9. The three-day CLE conference is attended by more than 1,400 people each year and produces more than 60 legal technology programs and training sessions in 16 topical tracks, in addition to a two-day expo featuring more than 100 companies.

New this year, on Friday, March 23, ABA TECHSHOW will concentrate solo and small firm programs into a Solo/Small Firm Day, making it more convenient for small firm lawyers to attend the conference. Two parallel tracks will be offered, specifically designed for solo practitioners and small firm lawyers, along with a full complement of other programming. To learn more about ABA TECHSHOW and to register online, visit

Multijurisdictional practice and more CLE. LPM continues to produce its popular monthly CLE teleconference series (60- to 90-minute audio seminars). Expand your knowledge from the comfort of your office chair—today's practical and affordable way to earn CLE credits.

On December 21, LPM presents a program analyzing important considerations in multijurisdictional practice. Scheduled presenters are Bill Barker of Sonnenschein in Chicago, Andrew Demetriou of Fulbright & Jaworski in Los Angeles, and Carol Needham of St. Louis University Law School. LPM members receive substantial discounts on registration fees. Visit for complete details and to register online.

Making the most of your membership: Participate in a core group and let your voice be heard. All LPM members are encouraged to participate at Section meetings each quarter. At these meetings, members interested in one or more of the four practice core groups—Marketing, Management, Technology and Finance —meet to discuss issues concerning these areas, plan programs and events, brainstorm how to help others, and interact with other lawyers knowledgeable in the practice core areas. Take advantage of your LPM membership by letting your voice be heard. For more information, visit

New and notable LPM books. Check out new arrivals at

Think Again! Innovative Approaches to the Business of Law by Jeffrey L. Nischwitz. Today's reality is that success in the practice of law requires business solutions. This comprehensive guidebook provides the ideas, strategies and tactics to help you take your firm to new heights of business success. Learn to create a client-centric firm and deliver exceptional client service, differentiate your firm from others, and develop the specific skills and strategies needed for effective and productive relationship building and business development results.

The Successful Lawyer: Powerful Strategies for Transforming Your Practice by Gerald A. Riskin. Available as a book, audio-CD set or a package. This inspirational and indispensable manual conveys practical solutions to make your practice not only more profitable, but far more satisfying and relevant to the changing needs of the marketplace. Riskin, a noted lawyer and global consultant, provides road-tested advice that is immediately helpful and rewarding.

Networking and business development for women lawyers. The LPM Section is home to the ABA Women Rainmakers (www.women, a forum that enables women lawyers to network and develop business opportunities. The group is open to lawyers and non-lawyers, and membership in ABA Women Rainmakers is free for LPM members. ABA Women Rainmakers educates professional women about marketing and business development, provides mentoring opportunities at the local and national levels, and provides networking opportunities to build personal and professional relationships.

More member benefits. The LPM Section offers many benefits to members, including Law Practice magazine, Law Practice Today Webzine, and; discounts on all LPM books and related publications; discounts on ABA TECHSHOW, teleconferences and other CLE programs; plus countless networking, leadership and mentoring opportunities. Take advantage of all your membership benefits!