2012 Meeting Materials

2012 Futures Conference
Georgetown Law, Washington, DC


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American Bar Association – Law Practice Management Section 
Canadian Bar Association • International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
Ricoh Legal • Thomson Reuters


AOS (Alexander Open Systems) • Altman Weil, Inc.
Association of Legal Administrators • Legal Marketing Association

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Note: Links to hand-outs appear by session in agenda below.

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.


 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.

Presentation of the 2012 InnovAction Awards

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?

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.

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?


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.

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.



Click here to meet the new Fellows.

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

Attendee List

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Bonus Materials from Our Sponsors

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One Comment on "2012 Meeting Materials"

  1. William C Cobb October 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm · Reply

    Great confernce! Well planned and great speakers and subjects.

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