2012 Meeting Materials
2012 Futures Conference
Georgetown Law, Washington, DC
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Friday, October 26, 2012
New Model Law Firms
Moderator: Ron Friedmann, Fireman & Co. Consulting
Mark Cohen, Clearspire; Ben Lieber, Potomac Law Group PLLC; Andy Daws, Riverview Law; and Patrick Lamb, Valorem Law Group.
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.
- Clearspire: Reconceiving Lawyer Software for the New Normal
- A New Model Law Firm — A Closer Look at Clearspire
- The New Normal, Valorem Law, Patrick Lamb
- Overview of Potomac Law Group
The Challenges of Diversity in a New Staffing Environment
Speaker: Verna Myers, Verna Myers Consulting Group LLC
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.
Legal Academy Research Project
Moderator: Mitt Regan, Georgetown Law
Juliet Aiken, Georgetown Law; Heather Bock, Georgetown Law and Lisa Rohrer, Georgetown Law
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?
- Developing Attorneys for the Future: What Can We Learn From the Fast Trackers?
- Integration and Fragmentation in the Modern Law Firm
Exploring the Nuances of Value
Moderator: Aric Press, American Lawyer Media
Toby Brown, Akin Gump; Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems
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.
- Reconnecting Law Firm Pricing to Cost, Profit and Value by Susan Hackett
- Procurement’s Role in Purchasing Legal Services by Toby Brown
- The Law Firm Side of AFAs by Toby Brown
The Consumer Law Revolution
Moderator: Tanina Rostain, Georgetown Law
Stephanie Kimbro, Burton Law LLC; Michael Mills, Neota Logic, Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Practice Systems
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 revolution or a real evolution?
- Online Marketing Tools by Stephanie Kimbro
- Dancing in the Cloud by Marc Lauritsen
- Strengthening the Core by Marc Lauritsen
- Using Technology to Unbundle Legal Services by Stephanie Kimbro
- Excerpt: The Lawyer’s Guide to Online Marketing Tools by Stephanie Kimbro (ABA LPM Publishing, Spring 2013)
- Legal Zoom UPL Missouri Decision
- Suggested Reading List by Michael Mills
Saturday October 27, 2012
Future of Managing Partners
Moderator: John Michalik, JJeyEm Consulting and author of The Extraordinary Managing Partner: Reaching the Pinnacle of Law Firm Management
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 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.
The New Normal from the General Counsel Perspective
Moderator: Amar Sarwal, ACC
Michael Finn, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems; Susan Hackett, Legal Executive Leadership and Eric Margolin, CarMax, Inc.
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.
- GC Value Insights: What Multinational General Counsel Value Most
- Meet the 2012 ACC Value Champions
- Guide to Value-Based Billing
- ACC Value-Based Fee Primer
Legal Services Update
Speaker: Jim Sandman, Legal Services Corporation
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.
CLASS OF 2012 INDUCTEES
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Toby Brown • F. Leigh Dance • Robert Cohen • Carolyn Elefant
Beth Cuzzone • Lisa Colpoys • Susan Hackett • Jeff Carr • Luz Herrera
Matthew Homann • Bonnie Hough • Merry Neitlich • Beverly Loder
Richard Nigon • John Mayer • Lucian Pera
Patricia Lane • Jim Sandman
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