October 23, 2012

Insights from LPM Chair Vedia Jones-Richardson

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March 2008 Issue | Volume 34 Number 2| Page 4


Insights from LPM Chair Vedia Jones-Richardson

On the Horizon for Law Practice Management.

With the arrival of March, thoughts turn to the “madness” of athletic competitions, the wearing of green, and the promising renewal of the coming spring. In the Law Practice Management Section, and for legal technology fans -everywhere, the month of March also has come to mean a visit to ABA TECHSHOW®, an annual celebration of the invaluable alliance of computer technology and the practice of law. This year, fans of ABA TECHSHOW and things green get a two-for-one celebration, with the conference being held during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, in the city of Chicago, a town that celebrates that holiday like no other. In fact, this year’s new conference headquarters—the Hilton Chicago—provides one of the best spots in the city for viewing the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which occurs at the culmination of the conference.

Gadget junkies, geeks, techies and just-plain hardworking legal professionals of all stripes agree
that ABA TECHSHOW is a one-stop immersion experience in the technology that makes modern-day law practice manageable. The conference’s continuing success is due in no small part to a phenomenal team of volunteers who believe in the value of technology in law practice. Indeed, it is this volunteer effort, conducted by core believers, that provides ABA TECHSHOW with its special ability to accomplish the triumph of real information over commercial communication.

This year’s volunteer effort is led, with the support of the LPM Section staff, by the ABA TECHSHOW 2008 Planning Board, chaired by Tom Mighell and also including Laura Calloway, Hon. Herbert Dixon, Debbie Foster, Adriana Linares, Catherine Sanders Reach, David Ries, John Simek and Paul Unger. Thanks and congratulations go to each. This diverse board, which includes practicing lawyers, a sitting judge and technology advisors from several different arenas, has pulled together an engaging and comprehensive program and a collection of knowledgeable speakers and vendors who are delivering an exciting array of information for attendees of all levels of expertise and areas of interest.

New, not-to-be-missed books. Just in time for ABA TECHSHOW, the LPM publications team is introducing two new technology books. The Lawyer’s Guide to -Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and ABA TECHSHOW Chair Tom Mighell, discusses the variety of collaboration tools designed to help lawyers work with each other and other parties to get the job done. The Lawyer’s Guide to Adobe Acrobat, 3rd Edition, by David L. Masters, is an updated guide to producing and working with documents in the increasingly ubiquitous PDF format. Conference attendees can find these publications and many more useful technology and practice management titles at LPM’s ABA TECHSHOW publications booth. Also, nonattendees and attendees alike can purchase directly from www.ababooks.org.

And, of course, another don’t-miss read this month is this issue of Law Practice. In keeping with the spirit of ABA TECHSHOW, the articles inside are replete with golden nuggets of information and invaluable tips on how to make the most of technology in your practice. It’s just one more example of how the Section strives to repay your investment in membership by providing a range of resources to help make your practice a success.

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.