Law Practice Management & Technology

Message from the Chair

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Hello everyone,

I’d like for you all to take a moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly. Repeat that once, or maybe a few times. You deserve it.

The world is going through a perilous time, where every element of “normal” life is being challenged or changed. I have grown so tired of typing the word ‘coronavirus’ or COVID-19, but those words have become so incredibly ubiquitous that my Apple iPhone autocorrects almost every word I type beginning with a ‘C’. For many of us in the legal profession, so much has changed in a short period of time, triggering emotions that furiously cycle between anxiety, panic, sadness, and remorse. And yet, you persevere. WE persevere. As we all face the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important to take time to breathe, process, and reflect: right now is a great time to reflect on how you and your business has adapted, celebrate the challenges that you and your family have overcome, express gratitude for those who are fighting on the frontlines and who are providing essential services, remember those friends and family members that you have lost, connect and reconnect with your friends, colleagues, and coworkers, and begin to make strategic plans for a future full of uncertainty.

The Law Practice Management & Technology (LPMT) section is here with you. We are committed to providing resources, tools, content, and forums to help you not only persevere during the coronavirus pandemic, but succeed in spite of it. Our executive committee has been hard at work on several new initiatives to help you thrive in the era of COVID-19. This special edition of our e-News is a sterling example of that commitment. In the coming month, we are excited to produce a webinar about techniques for mindfulness during stressful times. Our section will be hosting a free virtual coffee break, as a roundtable discussion about what your needs are for the weeks and months ahead. Below you will find a list of resources and articles to help guide you and your practice through a range of topics and issues. And on June 6th, our section will be producing part 2 of our 3rd Annual Orange County Legal Tech Conference, which we have successfully migrated to a fully-virtual experience.

I am so thankful for the hard work and dedication that so many of our LPMT executive committee members and CLA staff have provided in order to produce this edition. And I am extremely humbled and encouraged to lead a group of such compassionate and talented professionals.

We are in this with you, and we wish you, your family, and your practice all the best.

Clayton Dodds
2020 Chair, Law Practice Management & Technology Section Executive Committee

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