Greetings from the Chair, or at least from the person sitting in it. I am bothered by the increasing pessimism and negativity that has become pervasive in our society since the presidential election. I have heard many people echo my own thoughts and actions, saying that they avoid turning on the television, reading the news, or even checking in on Facebook. It seems the negativity is everywhere, perhaps justified, but nonetheless unpleasant, tiresome, and probably unhealthy for us and for society. In reaction to this I felt like it might be a good idea to look for a little diversion. Divertente, in Italian (same root) means funny or entertaining. Let’s have some fun and entertainment. Let’s explore some of the best “legal” movies of all time. One can find a number of lists or compilations on the Internet by exploring such search phrases as, “Best Legal Movies”, “Best Law School Movies” or “Best Trial Movies.” While people have different opinions on and reactions to movies, there are a few that seem to end up on everyone’s list(s). Read more.
By Jason Peterson
Attorneys work on the go and often use open wireless internet access points. These free access points are convenient but rarely secure. Any information transmitted between your computer and a website can be obtained by monitoring wireless internet traffic unless the connection is secured with encryption. Read more.
By Martin Dean
In our last exciting adventure (LPMT eNews, January/February 2017 Issue) we talked about establishing a grown-up password system to protect several levels of your data. But those password precautions don’t apply to the other risk that you need to watch for. That’s when the Web provider is in fact hacked, and your login and password are stolen (often along with 30,000,000 others) and sold to the usual roundup of Eastern European suspects. In this case, of course, it doesn’t matter at all how clever your password choice has been. Now what do you do? Read more.
By Amy Williams
So, you might be a newly admitted attorney or a seasoned legal beagle who just got handed a deposition assignment. In New York. But, you live in L.A. You sigh, and think you’re resigned to (over)packing a carry-on and briefcase and hoping for the best. Since opening an office out of state and traveling abroad every year for board meetings, I’ve decided that traveling can be done with comfort without breaking the bank for first-class tickets and the Ritz-Carlton. Here are my favorite travel apps to minimize the stress on me (and my wallet). Read more.
By Mari J. Frank, Esq.
How important is it for you to have a great relationship with your doctor or your accountant? If you are like me, you probably need to trust and even like the professionals who you are paying for services, right? Our clients will assuredly expect us to treat them well and be trustworthy, or we will lose their business- and it will hurt our reputations. Clients come to us in pain to get problems solved. They are often in crises and need more than our legal skills. They need our emotional intelligence to guide them through their conflicts or their other legal needs with kindness, finesse, and professionalism. Read more.
By Larry Meyer
The Law Practice Management and Technology Section (LPMT) along with the California Young Lawyers Association and Solo and Small Firm section has published two books designed to assist California attorneys in opening, growing and managing law offices. The second book, The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office, includes in Chapter 7 a section authored by myself on Legal Resources. Read more.
Editor, Michael Fenger, has announced that the following articles will be in the April issue of The Bottom Line:
The issue will also contain a message from Editors, Michael Fenger and Cari Pines, and from Chair, Peter Brewer.
Articles for publication are welcome. Send them to email@example.com 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 Sections of The State Bar of California will be holding the first ever All Sections Annual Convention in lieu of the previously held State Bar Annual Meeting. The Convention will be held August 18 and 19, in San Diego, California, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The Convention will provide an excellent cost effective method to obtain your MCLE credits and network with your friends and colleagues. Each of the 16 Sections of the State Bar is being offered the opportunity to submit programs for this year’s Convention. There will be 36 programs on a variety of topics. More information will be forthcoming as the programs are selected. Save the dates on your calendar as you plan for your summer travels.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The Law Practice Management and Technology Section (LPMT) Executive Committee is seeking members to step up and serve on the Executive Committee. Applications are now being accepted. The online application, is available on the appointments page of the State Bar's website. The volunteer positions carry a three-year term, and the application deadline has been extended to April 14, 2017. 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.
Meetings per year: 4 (plus conference calls)
Chair: Peter N. Brewer, Palo Alto
Staff contact: Kristina Robledo 415-538-2467
New voting members were welcomed to the Executive Committee meeting at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October 2016. During the year we will introduce you to these new members. You met Jason Peterson in the November issue, and Clayton Dodds in the February issue. In this issue we introduce Cari Pines, and welcome her to the Executive Committee. Read more.
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.
Law Practice Management and Technology Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105