If you are reading this, I suppose you are a member of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section, and that leads to the further supposition that you are interested in the management of a law practice. Step one: Attract some clients!! Step two: Give those clients competent, careful, and caring service, and do everything reasonably within your power to achieve the goals they came to you seeking. Read more.
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You’re probably familiar with using Siri to make calls on your iPhone, as well as toopen apps on your iOS device, get information, and set up appointments. But you may be less familiar with iOS’s other dictation feature, the one that lets you talk to your iOS device while it converts your words into text. Read more.
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We know that we owe our clients a duty of confidentiality, and we also want to ensure the confidentiality of the details of our practices and our finances. But the duty we owe to our clients goes far beyond the principles of the attorney-client privilege. The State Bar Act codifies our duty of confidentiality by telling us we must “maintain inviolate the confidence, and at every peril to himself or herself, [...] preserve the secrets of his or her client.” Cases and opinions teach us that the Act requires diligent protection broader than that of the privilege. Read more.
By Nicole Black
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I just left a presentation at my local bar association focused on the state of the legal market in 2017 and how lawyers can compete. During the seminar, one of the speakers discussed the findings of a recent report released by Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and Georgetown Law on the state of the legal market in 2017. Read more.
By Lindsey Dean
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Production of the August 2017 issue of The Bottom Line is just beginning. The list of articles for the August issue is not available yet. Look for timely and informative articles to assist you in managing your practice and staying abreast of new technology. MCLE credit will be offered for at least one article in the issue.
Need MCLE Credits
Obtain MCLE credits by reading articles which have appeared in past issues of The Bottom Line. Read the article, take the quiz, and you have earned an hour of self-study MCLE credit. This is a quick and easy way to obtain required MCLE credits.
Articles for publication are welcome. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Section Coordinator, Kristina Robledo (Kristina.Robledo@calbar.ca.gov), to be reviewed by the editorial committee. Obtain the Guidelines for submitting articles from the Section Coordinator.
Archived Articles: Archived issues of The Bottom Line can be found in the Members Only section of the LPMT website going back to October 2011. Prior to that date, you will find only a table of contents for past issues. Some past issues may still be available. Contact Section Coordinator, Kristina Robledo (Kristina.Robledo@calbar.ca.gov).
The Education Committee is developing 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 Education 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.
Neil Pedersen – Time Management for the Busy Attorney
Neil Pedersen – The Paperless Law Office: Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Profit
Mari Frank – Successful Negotiation and Mediation in Your Practice
Peter Brewer – Evolving Your Solo Laws Practice: Daring to Become a Firm
Perry Segal – Today’s Technologies and Maintaining Client Confidences 101
The hash tag for the CYLA Mentoring Videos is, #10MinuteMentor, should you wish to retweet any of the videos.
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. Several articles from past issues of The Bottom Line have been placed in the Online CLE catalog and offer MCLE self-study credit.
Please provide your thoughts and suggestions to the Chair of the Education Committee, Kurt Obermeyer or LPMT@calbar.ca.gov. Let Kurt 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 online application is available on the appointments page of the State Bar's website. The volunteer positions carry a three-year term. Submit your application today to join a group of very dedicated members working hard to bring information, educational opportunities, newsletters, etc., to the LPMT Section members.
For questions regarding Section requirements or how to become more involved in Section activities, please contact the Section's staff administrator or chair.
Chair: Peter N. Brewer, Palo Alto
Staff contact: Kristina Robledo 415-538-2467
Members, let us know what you are doing so we can include your activities and accomplishments in our next eNewsletter. Let us hear from you (LPMT@calbar.ca.gov).
Purchase the State Bar’s 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.
The March/April 2016 eNews included detailed information about how members of the LPMT can take advantage of discounts.
For detailed information about vendor benefits, go to the Members Only Section under Special Offers and Discounts.
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering self-study MCLE credit in the areas of Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and in Society. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area. Simply watch the programs and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.
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.
Law Practice Management and Technology Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105