Welcome to the Law Practice Management and Technology’s eNews. I am excited to take on my position as the Section Chair this year. I think it is an exciting time to practice law and I just wanted to touch on a few areas of focus for the direction that I want to go in this year for educational resources to members.
The most important focus this year for our section is to help educate members on areas of cyber security. In the last few years, we’ve seen huge data hacks, from the DNC to HBO and Sony. Even several large law firms, such as DLA Piper have been targets of hackers. So, what are smaller law firms supposed to do to protect their confidential client files? How can we protect ourselves if not even HBO can protect itself from hackers? Are we supposed to just not communicate online? No cloud file storage, no email, no storing client trust funds in a bank that uses online banking? No more uploading and filing pleadings online? No more printing to printers that use internal storage that are vulnerable to data theft (that would be most printers that cost over $100), no more wi-fi in the office? The answer is of course we can continue to do these things. In fact, in many ways, using the cloud is safer and more secure than not using the cloud and the State Bar of California, along with half of the other state bars, has explicitly stated that is okay for lawyers to reasonably use the cloud. READ MORE
The shorter and more succinct your emails are, the more likely people will read them.
By Kat Boogaard – The Muse 5 Minute Read
When it comes to emails, I tend to be pretty wordy.
I live with an intense fear of coming off as too direct or cold, and there’s something about all of those extra words, niceties, and (embarrassing) exclamation points that make me sound a little warmer and friendlier.
But, here’s the thing: I’m ultimately wasting my own time–along with the time of the person reading my message.
Nobody wants to spend their precious mental energy wading through fluff in order to get to your point. So, if you have a soft spot in your heart for small talk and flowery language like I do, how can you manage to strip down your own messages to the stuff that really matters?
Here are four actionable tips that have helped me: READ MORE
By Neil Pedersen
In the first part of this series, I discussed the concept that we work in a very stressful environment; so stressful that it is leading many of us to suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and a greater susceptibility to depression than the rest of the working world. This recurring series provides practical tips we must employ to avoid becoming a statistic. In this segment, a simple yet oh so hard thing to do:
Tip No. Two: Never lose focus on how important your health is
A person under stress has to include the "big four" health disciplines in their life: diet, exercise, sleep, and medical checkups. However, the nature of the profession tends to push some or all of these out of the way unless the attorney actively makes them a regular part of their life. Just consider how each of the "big four" health disciplines can affect stress: READ MORE
Written by JD Supra Perspectives
[From Katherine L. Galbreath and Walter D. McCorkle, Marketing Technology Coordinators at law firm Bradley, here's a succinct recap of takeaways from the recent LMA Technology Midwest conference that unfolded in Chicago:]
Takeaways from the presentations: READ MORE
By Mari Frank, Esq., Attorney/Mediator, Author
"We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
"We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
How is it possible to have a peaceful divorce when there is so much hurt, anger, and lack of trust?
If your practice includes divorce litigation, you know how acrimonious these cases can be. The clients are often very hurt, hostile and frustrated. They may express their anger at you! The emotional impact on your clients, you and your practice can be overwhelming. There is hope -- you can encourage your clients to engage in settlement through mediation. READ MORE
The State Bar seeks public comment regarding a proposed rule regarding a fingerprinting requirement for active licensed attorneys under the recent amendments to Business and Professions Code section 6054, effective January 1, 2018. Before implementation, the rule would be submitted to the California Supreme Court for approval.
For an in-depth discussion of the proposed rule and the State Bar’s analysis of its anticipated operational impact, please refer to the Board of Trustees’ November 3, 2017, meeting agenda item and attachments. READ MORE
Watch for the December 2017 issue of The Bottom Line! The following articles are scheduled to be included (two were previously scheduled for the October issue which was not produced):
Join us in San Diego on January 26-27 for an in person educational event. Co-sponsored with the San Diego County Bar, the LPMT Section is planning a 2-day legal technology summit. Topics are going to include e-discovery, practice management tools, cyber security, ethics, and trial technology. We have planned an all-star speaking panel. Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft (and social media rockstar) is coming down from Washington to demystify cloud use for lawyers – can we use the cloud? Should we use the cloud? How do we do it efficiently and safely? We also got Associate General Counsel Dan Puterbaugh from Adobe to speak on efficient workflows for lawyers, including tips on converting to a paperless office. We also got Bob Ambrogi who operates one of the top legal technology blogs in the country to speak on how lawyers can benefit from certain legal technology tools. READ MORE
Attend the 2018 Legal Marketing Technology Conference/West in San Francisco on January 31st – February 1st, 2018 to learn about the emerging technology trends that will impact how law firms operate – now and in the future! READ MORE
ABA TechShow 2018 Conference & Expo is back at a new location, The Hyatt Regency Chicago. Learn more http://www.techshow.com/
View the schedule of workshops and classes being offered http://www.techshow.com/schedule-ts2018/
The Education Committee is continuing to develop 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 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. READ MORE
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.
Please provide your thoughts and suggestions for future webinars and educational programs to Jeff Bennion at firstname.lastname@example.org or LPMT@calbar.ca.gov. Let Jeff 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 volunteer positions carry a three-year term. Interested in joining this group of very dedicated members working hard to bring information, educational opportunities, newsletters, etc., to the LPMT Section members? Contract Kristina Robledo at email@example.com.
For questions regarding Section requirements or how to become more involved in Section activities, please contact the Section's staff administrator or chair.
Chair: Jeff Bennion, San Diego
Staff contact: Kristina Robledo 415-538-2467
Executive Committee member, Neil Pedersen, is the author of the series, Reducing Stress in the Practice of Law: Some Practical Tips, which is being included in the LPMT eNews. He has also been very active in presenting numerous education courses in the past few months: READ MORE
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.
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