Educating, Connecting & Collaborating

Volume 39 Number 4


About the Author

Pamela McDevitt is the director of the Law Practice Management Section in Chicago.

Law Practice Magazine | July/August 2013 | The Big Ideas IssueLooking back at the work of the Law Practice Management Section (LPM) and the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) this past bar year, I am struck by the amount of work and time volunteer members commit to the Section and the Center in their efforts to help lawyers practice better and more efficiently. LPM is known for bringing together leaders and theorists in technology, management, finance, and marketing. These members produce content in many different formats and keep the Section on the cutting edge of information.

I am fortunate to be able to develop relationships and personally benefit from our members’ knowledge and leadership skills in my professional life, and I have developed friendships with many of these colleagues. I want to send a special thank you to Cheryl Niro, LPM’s ABA Board of Governors liaison. Cheryl has been our liaison to the board for the past three years, and now that her term is ended, we are going to miss her. It has been an honor for me to get to know Cheryl. Cheryl traveled great distances to attend our meetings, participated in our Executive Committee and Council meetings, made suggestions, advocated for LPM and provided invaluable guidance for me as a new director. Thank you, Cheryl. We look forward to you remaining an active member of the Section!

ABA TECHSHOW 2013, held this past April in Chicago, was a big success thanks to the ABA TECHSHOW 2013 Board. They put together an extraordinary conference, with the best technology programs in the nation, covering topics such as iPads, iPhones, data protection, cloud computing and more. David Pogue, the New York Times technology columnist, entertained people with his keynote address and his piano skills. The exhibit hall was sold out, and the show will be growing in the future, so stay tuned!

Law Practice Today has over 75,000 subscribers—and is growing. If you would like to get the monthly webzine, subscribe at LPM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the ABA Commission on Disability Rights worked with the webzine board to produce July’s issue, focusing on diversity and inclusion issues in law firm management. I thank the webzine’s editorial board for its collaborative efforts and for addressing this important topic. You can find the issue in the webzine’s archives.

For a little over a year, LPM has been partnering with LTRC. This has been a big success. In addition to producing the annual Legal Technology Survey Report (, LTRC is producing free monthly webcasts, podcasts and a blog. Find LTRC on LPM’s home page (

On Twitter, @LawPracticeTips now has more than 14,000 followers, and our LinkedIn Group, ABA Law Practice Management Section, has more than 1,600 members. Our ABA TECHSHOW YouTube videos have received thousands of views. LTRC’s blog ( has 20 technology experts creating such posts as “Taking Control of Your Mobile Apps” and “Working with Documents on Your iPads.”

LPM wants to connect with everyone, so watch, follow, connect and “friend” the Section through social media!




August 8-10, 2013
ABA/LPM Annual Meeting 2013
Westin Market Street
San Francisco, CA




Each month LPM brings to members CLE teleconferences on a variety of topics. These teleconferences are a great way to stay up to date on the latest practice management issues and collect CLE credit—all from your own computer! Members always receive the best price when they use the LPM member discount code. Review the upcoming schedule and save some time on your calendar:

July 2, 2013
Bad Check Fraud: How You Can Avoid Being Duped
Speakers: Natalie Kelly, Dan Pinnington


July 18, 2013
Ethics of Mobile Computing
Speakers: Dave Reis, John Simek


August 15, 2013
Cool Technology for Hot Lawyers
Speakers: Brett Burney, Dan Siegel


Visit the LPM homepage at to learn more about the upcoming teleconferences.