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November/December 2010 Issue | Volume 36 Number 6 | Page 14

The Director's Desk

The LPM Section began the new ABA year with two very successful conferences. The LPM Fall Meeting and ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop took place in Washington, D.C., and provided excellent opportunities for CLE, networking and some fun in the nation’s capital.

Fall Meeting Kicks Off Another Exciting Year

The LPM Section geared up for the 2010-2011 ABA year at its Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. Energy was high as members met to plan upcoming books, magazine and webzine content, CLE events and more. In addition to welcoming back longtime contributors, both our leadership and I were thrilled to meet new active members, who are sure to bring fresh and exciting ideas to our group.

Of course, there was also time for networking and fun. In a rare treat, the LPM Section joined with the College of Law Practice Management for a joint welcome reception at the International Spy Museum. The College hosted its annual 2010 Futures Conference and Symposium in conjunction with the LPM Fall Meeting, offering our members yet another opportunity to meet and learn alongside other legal professionals interested in practice management.

A Diamond Anniversary for ABA Women Rainmakers

The ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop was especially meaningful because it celebrated 20 years of the ABA Women Rainmakers. During three days of programming, attendees heard from a strong panel of successful rainmakers, including keynote speaker Charisse E. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation, and ABA Immediate Past President Carolyn B. Lamm. But, of course, the best part of a rainmakers event is the opportunity to network, and it was a huge success on that score as well.

The ABA Women Rainmakers’ mission is to educate professional women about marketing and business development; to provide mentoring opportunities for members; and to provide networking opportunities to build personal and professional relationships. With the participation of members like you, the group will continue to serve the legal profession for at least another 20 years!

Get Involved and Win with the LPM Section

All of us at LPM are here to help you become a better legal professional. One of the best ways to help yourself is to become an active member of the LPM Section, and to attend one of our excellent programs or conferences. It doesn’t take much in the way of resources, but the benefits are plentiful and will provide a career-long network for learning, sharing and friendships. To learn more, please contact any of the LPM staff, including myself, at www.lawpractice.org/contact. We are eager to partner with you for another promising LPM year!

Staff Spotlight

The LPM Section is pleased to welcome back Cindy Galvan as our Senior Meeting Planner. A veteran of the LPM Section staff, Cindy provided first-class service to LPM members for seven years. Having worked with the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for the past four years, she brings to the LPM Section great knowledge and insight as to the needs of young lawyers. Cindy may be reached at Cindy.Galvan@americanbar.org.

Pam McDevitt is Director of the ABA Law Practice Management Section in Chicago.