Futures Conference 2012: What to Expect in the New Normal

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The College of Law Practice Management will present the Futures Conference on October 26-27, 2012, at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC. Anyone interested in the future of law practice and legal business should attend (click here to register). As a Trustee of the College and Futures Conference co-chair with with Steve Nelson of The McCormick Group, I’m excited of the line-up of programs and speakers. Below you will find the program in chronological order.

New Model Law Firms

Big Law has never been the only option for general counsel. Today, many alternatives exist, including “new model law firms.” This panel will examine how these firms do business, practice law, differentiate, serve clients, and offer lawyers a different work experience. We will also hear from the founding visionaries on where they think the law firm market is heading.

Moderator: Ron Friedmann, Fireman & Co. Consulting
Panelists: Mark Cohen, Clearspire, Ben Lieber, Potomac Law Group PLLC, Andy Daws, Riverview Law and Patrick Lamb, Valorem Law Group

The Challenges of Diversity in a New Staffing Environment

Law firms are adjusting the traditional personnel model, reducing the number of equity owners and adding new tiers of service providers. But the challenge of diversity remains. A nationally-recognized expert in diversity issues within law firms and other legal settings, Verna Myers will address what legal employers can do to tackle this critical issue.

Speaker: Verna Myers, Verna Myers Consulting Group LLC, author of Moving Diversity Forward

Presentation of the 2012 InnovAction Awards

The 2012 InnovAction Award Winners present
Moderator: Tim Corcoran

Legal Academy Research Project

Reports on two research projects underway at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown Law: Integration and Fragmentation in the Modern Law Firm; Developing Attorneys for the Future: What Can We Learn from the Fast Trackers?

Moderator: Mitt Regan, Georgetown Law

Panelists: Juliet Aiken, Georgetown Law, Heather Bock, Georgetown Law and Lisa Rohrer, Georgetown Law

The Consumer Law Revolution

The panel will consider such questions as: How is technology changing delivery of legal services to consumers? How is technology changing how lawyers who serve consumers practice? Do we see signs today that consumer law developments are already doing so? Will constraints – for example, client or lawyer conservatism, immature technology, or ethical barriers – limit a more rapid evolution or a real evolution?

Moderator: Tanina Rostain, Georgetown Law

Panelists: Stephanie Kimbro, Burton Law LLC, Michael Mills, Neota Logic and Marc Lauritsen, Capstone

Exploring the Nuances of Value

In 2011, a panel focused on defining value. Now, in this panel discussion, we take the next step, as law firm and inhouse representatives explain how alternative arrangements are developed and tweaked so that both sides can derive value.

Moderator: Aric Press, American Lawyer Media

Panelists: Toby Brown, Akin Gump, and Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems

Future of Managing Partners

The future demands a new focus in law firm management. This panel, featuring extraordinary managing partners, examines the critical roles and responsibilities of MPs in firms of all sizes—and what the panelists see as the future challenges and opportunities in firm management, including managing talent at all levels and “getting things done” in ways that most benefit the firm, its people and its clients.

Moderator: John Michalik, JJeyEm Consulting and author of The Extraordinary Managing Partner, Reaching the Pinnacle of Law Firm Management

Panelists: Thomas Grella, McGuire Wood & Bissette, P.A.; Fredrick Lautz, Quarles & Brady LLP; Charles Vigil, Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A.; Ward Bower, Altman Weil, Inc.

The New Normal from the General Counsel Perspective

General Counsel face continuing pressure to control costs while coping with growing demands for legal advice. In a panel organized by the Association of Corporate Counsel, you will hear how experienced law department leaders respond to this pressure and what it means both for their department operations and the law firms they retain.
Moderator: Amar Sarwal, ACC

Panelists: Scott Chaplin, Jorge Scientific Corporation; Susan Hackett, Legal Executive Leadership and Eric Margolin, CarMax, Inc.

Legal Services Update

2012 has been a year of intense pressure on low-income people facing legal problems and unfortunately, intense pressure on the legal aid organizations that serve them. In these tough times, law practice management expertise and best practices are needed more than ever to improve efficiency, buoy up morale, tune up staffing and employ new technologies. During lunch, Jim Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation and a 2012 College fellow-elect, will update attendees on bleak conditions facing LSC and describe a new mentoring initiative in the planning stages that will expand the pro bono consulting the College can offer to legal aid.

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