Law Practice Management & Technology

Message from the Vice Chair

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My name is Clayton and I am the 2019 vice chair of the LPMT section’s executive committee. I’m so excited to carry forward the section’s mission of providing meaningful and relevant educational opportunities related to the critical functions of running a successful law practice.

Most law schools don’t teach business or management principles to law students; and yet, 75% of attorneys in the United States work at a law firm with 20 or fewer attorneys and 49% of lawyers are solo practitioners (according to the latest data available from the American Bar Foundation). Thus, a majority of attorneys are directly or indirectly involved in managing a law practice but may lack the formal business training required to be successful. Technology is the great equalizer for small businesses; the efficient implementation and use of technology can transform a law firm’s ability to perform legal work and deliver client value. Our LPMT section’s charter is to connect the dots and bridge the technology gaps, which enables our members to build a sustainable, successful law practice.

The LPMT education committee is committed to providing meaningful content in all areas related to starting and scaling a law practice in the 21st century, including leadership & management principles, efficient & ethical practice of law, legal technology & productivity tools, client service, law firm operations, and marketing and business development. You can access the many webinars and self-study articles that our section has published over the years by visiting this link:

In the next few weeks, we will be publishing the recordings from the law and technology summit our section presented earlier this year, in conjunction with the San Diego County Bar Association. And I hope you can join us on May 4th for the Orange County Legal Tech Conference at Santa Ana College – it promises to be a tremendously valuable event, covering important topics such as eDiscovery, electronically stored information (ESI), the California Consumer Privacy Act, e-competency, and much, much more.

As always, if there are topics that you would like to hear about, or if there is a topic that you personally would like to present about, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We would be thrilled to find a channel – be it webinar, article, or live speaking engagement – for delivering you substantive value!


Clayton Dodds

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