Law Practice Management & Technology

Message from the Chair

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Welcome to 2020! Looking 50 years into the future, the year 2070 seems so far away from now. But to put that in perspective, 50 years ago was the year 1970. Time presses forward, and each passing year brings new trends, fads, and technologies. For California lawyers, the pace of change seems to be accelerating: many of the technologies and processes that worked for the legal industry just 10 years ago are becoming obsolete. Not to mention, consumer technology trends have reshaped what clients expect from their service providers. The technology revolution has transformed substantive areas of law, creating entirely new practice areas and legal dilemmas. But perhaps the greatest challenge is the impact on how attorneys practice law. From electronic court filings to e-discovery to cloud-based case management platforms, new technologies are putting increased pressure on lawyers to adapt.

That is where our LPMT section hopes to come to your rescue. I am proud to serve as the 2020 chair of the Law Practice Management & Technology section of the California Lawyers Association. This year, we have an executive committee that is full of energy, with expertise that spans the entire spectrum of the legal profession. Our vision is to consistently produce tools and programs that positively impact how every California lawyer and legal professional serves their clients, regardless of age, practice area, firm size, or location.

This month’s newsletter is a great step forward in pursuit of our strategic vision for 2020. On February 7th, we are thrilled to be partnering with the Alameda County Bar Association and the Bay Area Legal Incubator on a seminar focused on what lawyers need to know about the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). In May, we are producing the Orange County Legal Tech Conference, which has become an annual “can’t miss” event due to the valuable content and expert speakers. In the last quarter of 2019, we re-launched The Bottom Line publication and published previous issues on the CLA website, and we are excited to deliver this valuable content in 2020. And of course, we hope you find our recurring technology tips, practice management articles, MCLEs, webinar, member benefits, and other educational opportunities valuable to your practice.

Our executive committee wants to be the best resource for all LPMT members. We hope to help you realize whatever vision you have for your practice or firm in 2020. So please, don’t hesitate to reach out to me ( if there is a topic you want to hear about, a trend you want explained, or a new technology you want to explore. We are committed to your success, and I am excited about what we will accomplish together in 2020 – and beyond!


Clayton Dodds
2020 Executive Committee Chair, Law Practice Management & Technology (LPMT) section
Director of Marketing, Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP

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