October 23, 2012

On the Horizon for Law Practice Management

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October/November 2007 Issue | Volume 33 Number 7 | Page 6


On the Horizon for Law Practice Management

It’s 3 p.m. in your career—do you know where your practice is?

Often we run through our paces with only a minor thought for where we are heading, putting off contemplation until there is more time. For many of us, the time never seems to come. However, it is a truism that if you don’t know where you are going, you will never know if you are on the right path.

That is why it is so important in practice management to take a few moments each day to work on planning your course. It doesn’t have to be a perfect plan. As various elements come into focus, the overall plan will evolve. Moreover, the planning process itself will be revealing to you, as strategic information emerges about what has worked in the past, what holds promise for the future, and what still requires work. Strategies also will become easier to implement because once you have a plan, even a skeletal one, each supposed opportunity can be evaluated for its true benefits—and accompanying challenges—rather than merely its “apparent” value.

The biggest benefit of all is that being on the right track provides passion as an energy source, and work actually requires less effort. In this issue you will read about lawyers who have used their passion to fuel their professional and personal lives. As you read for inspiration, think about what motivates you and start planning how your practice could evolve into a more fuel-efficient engine for your life’s work.

Life in the Law.

If you have ideas to share on the topic, or just want an opportunity for further discussion, chime into the “Life in the Law” online discussion being conducted by the LPM Practice Management Core Group. Also plan to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting in Santa Fe, where we will provide a full program focused on this important area of practice management.

The Section has formed online discussion groups in each of our Core Group areas—marketing, management, technology and finance—and I encourage you to join in if you haven’t already done so. Click here for links to the LPM Forums online discussion boards. And then be prepared to join in our first-ever mass discussion group luncheon on the last day of the LPM Fall Meeting in sunny Puerto Rico.

Fall Meeting Culture of Inclusion and Mid-Career Programs.

Also not to be missed, the first two days of the Fall Meeting feature an innovative three-part interactive workshop titled “A Culture of Inclusion: The Business Leadership Strategy for the Twenty-First Century.” This dynamic program highlights new approaches for adapting and thriving in a multicultural business environment. In addition, on the final evening of the meeting, we kick off our inaugural ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, in which successful women lawyers from around the country are coming together for an intensive practice development workshop. You will find numerous other opportunities to get involved in LPM activities, meet new and returning friends, and gain new skills for developing your practice throughout the meeting—and indeed throughout the entire year of upcoming Section activities.

So focus on your practice and get involved in the Section’s activities. You might even discover a project underway that fuels your passion.

About the Author

Vedia Jones-Richardson , Chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section, is a principal with Olive & Olive, PA, an intellectual property law firm in Durham, NC.