2016 COLPM Futures Conference

Futures Conference: Registration Open

Join us at the University of Missouri-Kansas City September 15-16 to discover what law will look like in 2026, witness the presentation of the coveted InnovAction Awards and welcome the Class of 2016 Fellows. Space is limited. Register early!


Time to Share Your HR Talents!

Time to Share Your HR Talents! We are searching for a COLPM Fellow to facilitate a 90-minute training session at the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Ready to volunteer?

Innovaction Awards

2016 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 2016 are now available. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016.

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Futures Conference: What Will Law Look Like in 2026?

How’s your crystal ball? With the participation of some of the best minds in practice management, marketing, finance, technology and education, the 2016 Futures Conference is uniquely positioned to give you a clearer view of the future of law. Join us September 15-17 in Kansas City take home a much better idea of what the law will look like in 2026.

Futures 2016

Futures 2016! Save the Date

The 2016 Futures Conference will take place September 15-16, 2016, in Kansas City, hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law. Our headquarters hotel, and the site of the 2016 Fellows Induction Ceremony and Dinner, is the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza.

College News and Notes

Q&A: Meet Michael Downey, Class of 2015

Michael Downey is founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. Michael has consistently demonstrated a high regard for the ethics that are the foundation of the legal profession. For more than a decade, he has pragmatically explored, taught, and written about the conundrums that can trip up even the most careful lawyer.

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Q&A: Meet William Tanner, Class of 2015

As a directing attorney and the head of many of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County’s innovative programs — ranging from form completion software for self-represented litigants to the first incubator program to partner with law schools and center on legal aid — Bill Tanner leads from the front.

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Q&A: Meet Aleisha Gravit, Class of 2015

Aleisha Gravit, Chief Client Services & Marketing Officer at Akin Gump, brings a rare combination to the legal profession — she is both a visionary and a servant leader. Nothing she accomplishes is born of or driven by ego, yet her confidence and swiftness in evaluating a situation, assessing what needs to be done, understanding and respecting the delicacy of relationships— and ultimately achieving the right goals and solutions — make her the right hire, an adept business partner, a trusted advisor, a sought-after ally, and a gentle comrade.

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Q&A: Meet Glenn Rawdon, Class of 2015

Since the late 1990s, Glenn Rawdon, currently Program Counsel for Technology at the Legal Services Corporation, has played a critical role in promoting the use of technology to increase access to justice for people who cannot afford to pay for counsel. He is an entrepreneur in the very best sense. He is simultaneously creative and pragmatic, and he knows how to move great ideas to implementation.

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Q&A: Meet David Freeman, Class of 2015

David H. Freeman is the CEO of the David Freeman Consulting Group and founder of Law Firm CultureShift. He is a former practicing lawyer who, for over 20 years, has worked with 180 law firms, including 40 percent of the AmLaw 200.

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