2017 Fellows-Elect Announced

The College of Law Practice Management recently announced the 2017 Fellows-Elect. Join us in welcoming the 35 legal professionals representing the incoming Class of 2017.

Registration Open for 2017 Futures Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Futures Conference, “Running With the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law,” presented by the College of Law Practice Management and Georgia State University School of Law. Join us October 26-27 in Atlanta to learn about the razzle dazzle of AI and how it is beginning to impact the practice of law.

Building and Strengthening our COLPM Community

When you problem solve, improve lives and connect with others, you’ll enjoy pride, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. At the recent Futures Conference, President Bill Migneron shared ways you can get volunteer and get involved in COLPM initiatives.

College News and Notes

Fellows Spotlight

Q&A: Meet Tom Baldwin, Class of 2016

here is an art to spotting a trend before others and leading the way into uncharted territory. Tom Baldwin, Partner at Fireman & Company, has mastered that art. He has led the firms he has worked for into many firsts: the value of blogging to lawyers and their practices; developing SharePoint and promoting its use for lawyers; rolling out project management tools for lawyers; recognizing the importance of interfaces in creating software for lawyers. He has a history of combining business and technology savvy and applying it to the practice of law and law firm management. Tom has always shared his insights freely — publishing his own blog, writing articles, and speaking at conferences.

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Q&A: Meet Dave Bruns, Class of 2016

Dave Bruns has an impressive career in legal marketing, spanning five different firms. His contributions have helped shape the profession through in-house innovations, mentoring of younger professionals, and leadership of the Legal Marketing Association. Many of the innovative concepts he championed have become standard marketing techniques, including client surveys, client development training for lawyers, electronic marketing, and business development management. Dave is currently Director of Client Service for Farella Braun + Martel LLP.

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Q&A: Meet Marie Lefton, Class of 2016

From her time as a litigator and her work at major law firms to her consulting practices, Marie Lefton has understood the need for strategic planning. She has directed professional practice, marketing, and business development activities; hired and helped integrate lateral lawyers; helped law firms expand via new offices; and been a senior management leader. Marie’s consulting practice, Lefton Consulting, has helped law firms facing these challenges, as well as the issues related to alternative fee arrangements, client interview programs, partner development, and marketing department reviews.

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Q&A: Meet Rick Kathuria, Class of 2016

Rick Kathuria is an engineer who has turned his experience in the art and science of project management to the service of the legal profession. Rick helped introduce the legal world to the type of project management now generally referred to as legal project management — yes, he wrote the book on LPM.

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Q&A: Meet Mark Ross, Class of 2016

Ross was a pioneer in legal process outsourcing (LPO) beginning in 2004. He developed a workflow to facilitate outsourcing of routine legal work, rather than back-office operations, from an office in the UK to an office in South Africa. His was the first UK firm to publicly acknowledge the practice. As a practicing lawyer in England, Mark focused on making outsourcing work, and he was one of the first to blog regularly about LPO. When he immigrated to the US in 2006, he joined one of the first widely respected LPOs. As the global head of LPO at Integreon, one of the largest LPOs, Mark has developed innovative programs to support corporations, including contracts.

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Q&A: Meet Jill Weber, Class of 2016

Jill Weber is responsible for creating and executing marketing and business development strategies, including “Fast Forward,” a nationally recognized, integrated business development training initiative. With more than 20 years’ experience creating marketing and business development strategies, Jill has developed client service initiatives that resulted in significant new business and overseen strategic communications for the recent merger of her firm. Jill has received numerous awards for her work and is the 2017 President of the Legal Marketing Association.

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2017 Fellows-Elect Announced

The College of Law Practice Management recently announced the 2017 Fellows-Elect. Join us in welcoming the 35 legal professionals representing the incoming Class of 2017.

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Call for Entries: 2017 InnovAction Awards

Presented each year, the InnovAction Awards seek to identify and hold up as models those lawyers or firms doing things that have either never been done before — or never been done in quite this way. Entry forms for 2017 are now available. Deadline for submissions is June 16, 2017.

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