Welcome to the Law Practice Management and Technology’s eNews. I am excited to take on my position as the Section Chair this year. I think it is an exciting time to practice law and I just wanted to touch on a few areas of focus for the direction that I want to go in this year for educational resources to members.
The most important focus this year for our section is to help educate members on areas of cyber security. In the last few years, we’ve seen huge data hacks, from the DNC to HBO and Sony. Even several large law firms, such as DLA Piper have been targets of hackers. So, what are smaller law firms supposed to do to protect their confidential client files? How can we protect ourselves if not even HBO can protect itself from hackers? Are we supposed to just not communicate online? No cloud file storage, no email, no storing client trust funds in a bank that uses online banking? No more uploading and filing pleadings online? No more printing to printers that use internal storage that are vulnerable to data theft (that would be most printers that cost over $100), no more wi-fi in the office? The answer is of course we can continue to do these things. In fact, in many ways, using the cloud is safer and more secure than not using the cloud and the State Bar of California, along with half of the other state bars, has explicitly stated that is okay for lawyers to reasonably use the cloud. READ MORE
By Jeff Bennion
Here are some helpful tips and tricks that you can start using right now to make your life easier.
Outlook is probably the second most important tool for lawyers after Microsoft Word. It’s a one-stop shop for email, calendar, and task lists. Although it’s a great tool, here are some tweaks to make it even better. Read More
By Brewster S. Rawls
A few months ago, I had a matter involving another lawyer who was serving as a neutral evaluator in a Federal Tort Claims Act case. He was an impressive character. His quick thinking and creative approach inspired me, especially in light of the fact that he was a bit older than me (62) and still had an edge to him. After a certain age in this business, you worry about being stale and complacent. Read More
By Rebecca Herold
Ransomware is predicted to be one of the most popular cybercrimes this year. That's because where there's an Internet connection, there's a datanapper. This infographic walks through the ransomware threat posed by the dark web and the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as in homes, workplaces, stores and even doctor's offices. Read More
By Neil Pedersen
With a new calendar year comes new changes in the law that will affect your law office and how it should deal with its employees. The following summarizes some of the more important employment law changes that may affect law office practitioners. Read More
By Stephen Fairley, Founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute
If you are failing at lead conversion, you shouldn’t necessarily blame it immediately on the quality of your leads. It just may be that you are committing one or more of the following common mistakes law firms make when following up with leads. Read More
In the first part of this series, Part one and Part two, I discussed the concept that we work in a very stressful environment, so stressful that it is leading many of us to suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and a greater susceptibility to depression that the rest of the working world. This recurring series provides practical tips we must employ to avoid becoming one of those statistics. In this segment, how to wrestle control back over our day and our practice. Read More
By Lindsey Dean
Working in a law firm has its moments of excitement, but the day to day responsibilities can often be less than dynamic. As the support and foundation of a successful law firm or legal department, your workday likely includes repetitious or non-creative tasks. And while these responsibilities are critical to the smooth operation of a law firm, you may find yourself looking for a way to shake things up. Read More
There are currently two items posted by The State Bar seeking public comment.
(1)The State Bar seeks public comment regarding a proposed California Supreme Court rule implementing a fingerprinting requirement for licensed attorneys pursuant to the recent amendments to Business and Professions Code section 6054, effective January 1, 2018. Read More
Deadline to submit comments is March 3, 2018, at 5 p.m.
(2)The State Bar seeks public comment regarding Proposed Formal Opinion No. 14-0003 regarding settling a client's case before withdrawing from representation. Read More
Deadline to submit comments is May 3, 2018, at 5 p.m. Read More
The December 2017 issue was not distributed due to the transition of the Sections from The State Bar to the California Lawyers Association. We are pleased to announce that the February 2018 issue will contain those articles previously announced and more, as follows:
Wednesday - Saturday, March 7-10, 2018
Back at a new location, The Hyatt Regency Chicago. Learn more
View the schedule of workshops and classes being offered
Save the Date! March 8 and 9, 2018
National Law Foundation- 15th Great Western Tax & Estate Planning Conference
Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 2018
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla Shores
One of our corporate sponsors, National Law Foundation, is holding its 15th Great Western Tax & Estate Planning Conference at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla Shores, California, on March 8th and 9th. The program includes a full-day, in-depth analysis of planning and drafting under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and a half-day analysis of planning and drafting for the baby boomer generation (including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid). The speaker is Steven G. Siegel, JD, LLM.
As part of its continuing support of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section, the National Law Foundation is extending a $50 registration discount for LPMT members.
Please Note that the discount will not be available online so interested parties would need to call National Law Foundation’s Delaware office at (302) 656-4757 to register and receive their special registration price.
For more information on the conference, visit http://www.nlfcle.com/cgi-bin/nlfcle/gw15-h.html.
Friday-Saturday, September 14-15, 2018
Sheraton San Diego Harbor Island
The Sections Convention Reconfigured as the Annual Meeting of the California Lawyers Association
The Education Committee is continuing to develop several webinar series for presentation. If there are any topics that interest you, let us know and we'll work on putting a program together for you. If you would like to contribute to an MCLE self-study article or a webinar, please contact the Chair, Jeff Bennion, at email@example.com.
The California Young Lawyers Association has assembled a series of mentoring videos which are posted HERE. New videos are being added all the time.
Videos by LPMT Executive Committee members/advisors are set forth below. Read More
View the Online CLE catalog to find webinars and programs presented by the LPMT Section or which contain practice management topics. Also find articles from Section publications, including The Bottom Line, to obtain self-study MCLE credit.
Please provide your thoughts and suggestions for future webinars and educational programs to Jeff Bennion at firstname.lastname@example.org or LPMT@calbar.ca.gov. Let Jeff hear from you with suggested topics or a proposal to present a webinar or program
Applications can still be submitted by members to serve on the Executive Committee of the Law Practice Management and Technology Section (LPMT). The Executive Committee is seeking members to step up and serve on the Executive Committee. The volunteer positions carry a three-year term. Interested in joining this group of very dedicated members working hard to bring information, educational opportunities, newsletters, etc., to the LPMT Section members? Contact the Section at LPMT@CAlawyers.org
For questions regarding Section requirements or how to become more involved in Section activities, please contact the Section's staff administrator or chair.
Chair: Jeff Bennion, San Diego
Staff contact: 415-795-7109
Executive Committee member, Neil Pedersen, is the author of the series, Reducing Stress in the Practice of Law: Some Practical Tips, which is being included in the LPMT eNews. He has also been very active in presenting numerous education courses in the past few months: Read More
Purchase two publications, The California Guide to Opening a Law Office and The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office (official hash tag #GrowLaw) to assist you in running and growing your law practice. Your Executive Committee members are contributing authors.
There's detailed information about how members of the LPMT can take advantage of discounts in the members only area.
For detailed information about vendor benefits, go to the Members Only Section under Special Offers and Discounts.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
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