ChicagoFutures15-Final Slider

Save the Date! 2015 Futures Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 Futures Conference, October 8-9, at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. Click here to register today and plan to join us in Chicago! Read More

InnovAction Awards

InnovAction Awards: Enter Now!

Presented each year at the Annual Futures Conference, 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 2015 are now available. Click here to download the application and tell your story. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2015. Read More


View the 2014 Futures Conference Videos

Videos from the 2014 Futures Conference, including Tom Sager’s keynote, “shark-tank” pitches, an inspiring update on the future of legal education from Suffolk Law School, and six TED-style talks — are now available for viewing. The annual conference, along with presentation of the InnovAction Awards and induction of the 2014 Fellows, was held October 16-17, 2014, at Suffolk University School of Law in Boston (#COLPM2014).


Announcing the InnovAction 2014 Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Innnovaction Award winners, OnRamp Legal Fellowship Legal Talent Lab and Higgs & Sons Solicitors. Winners were presented with the award at the College’s 2014 Futures Conference in October. Videos of acceptance speeches, which explain more about the winning innovations are available for viewing as well, at “View the 2014 Futures Conference Videos.”

Fellows Class of 2014

Introducing the 2014 Fellows

On October 17, 2014, the College of Law Practice Management welcomed 31 new Fellows to its ranks. The Induction Ceremony was held at the Omni Parker House hotel in Boston during the College’s Futures Conference. The College was formed in 1994 to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals, to set standards of achievement for others in the profession, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of law practice management.

College News and Notes

Q&A: Meet Doug Simpson, Class of 2014

Doug Simpson has been a leading force for innovation in law practice and legal service delivery since the 1980s.  He was an early pioneer in document assembly and case management systems, and has been a serial entrepreneur in ventures aimed at the legal market.  He embodies a blend of traditional lawyering values and an engineering mindset that constantly sees opportunities to do better.  And as with so many Fellows, he’s one for sharing his expertise – he has taught programs for the Law Society of […]

Tagged , ,

Q&A: Meet Scott D. Rechtschaffen, Class of 2014

For more than 20 years Scott Rechtshaffen has led a life of legal innovation. Turning necessity – working in a price sensitive legal market – into opportunity, Scott was an early, and often first, mover in multiple ways. He helped guide his firm in creating one of the first online compliance training programs, which the firm eventually profitably spun off.  While others talked about knowledge management, Scott built a team of 10+ KM lawyers and specialists and rolled out several third-party and home-grown systems to […]

Tagged ,

Q&A: Meet Courtney Kennaday, Class of 2014

Courtney Kennaday has labored diligently in the field of law practice management for over 20 years.  She was admitted to practice in 1990, just as law firms were discovering that personal computers could enhance both the practice of law and individual lawyers’ productivity.  Her fascination with legal technology and its benefits in the delivery of legal services has led her from her own legal technology consulting firm, through employment as IT director of a large law firm, and, finally, to her current position as a […]

Tagged , ,

Q&A: Meet Char Coulbert, Class of 2014

Char Coulbert’s entire 26-year career as a law firm Executive Director has been characterized by in-firm innovation – leading, among other things, to her firm’s award-winning status as a great place to work – and by a volunteer and education-focused spirit which can only be characterized as a “positive obsession.” She has generously, frequently, and continuously shared her knowledge and experience with legal administrators and lawyers across the country and internationally. Among many singular achievements, she led her Association of Legal Administrators Chapter in Seattle […]

Tagged , ,

Q&A: Meet Liam Brown, Class of 2014

Liam Brown has long been a leader in the global legal market, introducing new technology and improved processes that help lawyers and law firms practice law more effectively. Sixteen years ago he was a pioneer in introducing a new generation of virtual deal room technology. More recently, Liam actively led Integreon’s sponsorship of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards — helping bring recognition to many achievements in law firm leadership, including law practice management. In 2013 he introduced legal project management to a large Canadian law firm, an […]

Tagged , ,