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Message from Your President


Bill Migneron  


Greetings, Fellows from Kansas City!

As I write my first message as your president, I am in total awe once again of this organization and its Fellows. We just concluded a very successful 8th Futures Conference here in Kansas City. Our gracious host this year was the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. Dean Ellen Suni welcomed us and made our sojourn at the law school completely successful. We had use of their state-of-the-art courtroom for our general sessions that included a viewing area on the second floor where students and faculty could follow our discussions and presentations. Our thanks to Jean Klosterman and the other staff members of the law school for their behind-the-scenes work as well.
 
Fellows Patti Lane and Dan Pinnington planned and executed a terrific conference. They led us into the Future of the Law in 2026 – just a short ten years from now. Brief presentations in various topic areas by Fellows and other experts were followed by reactions from each panel and from the audience. We enjoyed numerous opportunities to get to know each other and continue the conversations. A big thank you to Patti and Dan! And thanks also to our administrator, Debbie Curtis-O’Connell for a flawless conference. If you joined us in person, watch for a survey on the conference – we’d appreciate your input as we begin planning our next Futures Conference in Atlanta. 
 
Click here to access articles written for Attorney at Work by five of the COLPM 2016 Futures Conference speakers re "What Law Will Look Like in 2026."
At the annual induction dinner in the rooftop dining room of the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza – we welcomed 13 new Fellows into the College. You can find them listed in the Fellows Directory on the College website and in this newsletter. Please take a moment to drop them a line and welcome them into the fellowship we enjoy. 
 
Click here to view or download induction dinner photos! Additional dinner and conference photos are located on the College's Facebook page. 
We honored our two winners this year of the InnovAction Awards at our Friday luncheon meeting – Ogletree Deakins and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. Details of their innovations are also on the website. Our InnovAction Awards Chair for the past few years has been Tim Corcoran. During the luncheon, Tim passed the torch to Patrick Lamb. I want to thank Tim for his valuable service and also recognize the judges who served this year: they are Tom Clay, Chair; Ida Abbott, Patrick Lamb, Merrilyn Astin Tarlton and Tony Williams. Anyone who has served in this role knows the work that is done, so please join me in extending a big thank you to them for their commitment of time and talent. 
 
Before the Futures Conference, the Board of Directors held a very successful Board meeting. We welcomed our two newest members, Tom Grella and Patrick Lamb. They are great additions and will add their voices and experience to the Board. The full list of Directors is included in this newsletter as well. We also discussed ways to expand our pro bono activities beyond our long-standing program with the Legal Services Corporation, and I am pleased that Patti Lane has agreed to lead our efforts to give something back.
 
Finally, I want to recognize Maggie Callicrate for her tireless service as the President of the College for the last two years. We have accomplished a great deal under her leadership, and fortunately she remains on the Board of Trustees. Thank you, Maggie!
 
We are set for our next Futures Conference in Atlanta at Georgia State University School of Law October 26-27. Sharon Nelson and Mark Tamminga will lead us into the world of Machines as we delve deep into the world of AI and Expert Systems in Law Practice. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.
 
Thank you for your continuing support of the College. We all know it is the fellowship and willingness to share ideas that makes this organization so valuable to the legal industry.

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We Have Lost a Giant in the Profession


Ward Bower, 1947-2016

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ward Bower, a former Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and a principal at Altman Weil. Many of us have worked with Ward over the years, and always came away with new ideas, concepts and suggestions. He gave unselfishly to all of us whose work and personal lives he touched. An icon in the legal profession, his very significant voice has been silenced. We join his family, his colleagues at Altman Weil, and all of those who Ward has touched in sending our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. We have lost a giant in the profession.

Fellows who wish to add a memorial tribute to the “In Memoriam” page of the College of Law Practice Management web site should send their messages to our Administrator, Debbie Curtis-O’Connell.

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2026 Predictions Revealed


Dan Pinnington


The secret sauce of the College of Law Practice Management is the simple fact that College Fellows come from all five of the law practice disciplines: management, marketing, finance, technology and education. The COLPM Futures Conference is the only event that the leading minds from all these disciplines come together to network and learn from each other.

“What will law look like in 2026?” was the theme of this year’s Futures Conference. We asked 20 leading experts to make their best predictions on 20 of the hottest and evolving issues impacting on the practice of law today. Some of the issues we tackled included: What types of entities will provide legal services in 2026? Will the billable hour be dead? Will there be better access to justice? Will computers replace lawyers?

2026 is just around the corner, but far enough away to make it interesting and challenging to make predictions about what the practice of law will be like 10 years out. Each of our 20 experts gave a five minute overview of their predictions, which were then debated and discussed with their fellow panel members. The floor was then opened for questions and comments from the audience.

In the coming months we will be posting the five minute “predictions” presentations each of our experts gave on the COLPM blog. These presentations were excellent, and they generated considerable discussion among the panelists and members of the audience. It is impossible to summarize all the predictions and audience comments in a short newsletter article. But here are a few takeaway predictions:
  • The billable hour won’t be dead, but it won’t be the predominant way legal services are billed to clients in 2026.
  • Computers will ultimately replace some lawyers and law office staff, but most of us will have at least some job security for a decade or two.
  • It will become more common for expert systems and non-lawyers to provide legal help and related non-legal services to some.
  • Clients are driving change and will drive more change, especially in the in-house and corporate worlds.
  • Artificial intelligence and data analytics will also bring big changes in how law-related tasks are done and legal services are provided.
  • Diversity and inclusion is something the profession needs to proactively address.
  • Access to justice is a huge and growing problem that others are stepping up to the plate to solve. Lawyers don’t seem to see or understand this, and we need to adapt and change or we will become a smaller part of the legal services landscape.
When we weren’t busy moderating the panel presentations, co-chair Patti Lane and yours truly were busy overseeing the other networking and social activities that are part of the Conference. Back again this year was “speed-networking,” lively breakout sessions where attendees spend four minutes exchanging their ideas and experiences with other conference attendees. After the speed-networking, Thursday afternoon closed with a reception where everyone had a well-deserved drink. And back again after a successful introduction last year, on Thursday evening attendees continued the discussions and networking at “dine-around dinners,” Dutch-treat dinners in several different fantastic Kansas City restaurants. Upon returning from the dinners, a small crowd of dedicated Fellows continued the conversation in the Hospitality Suite.

The “Bingo card” was a very popular networking exercise last year so we brought it back again this year. Loads of attendees were enthusiastically running around gathering signatures from the very moment they picked their cards up from the Registration desk. The Bingo card draws were won by Carole Levitt (a portable device charger donated by LAWPRO) and Patti Groff (a hoodie donated by UMKC). Debbie Foster won the social media information draw and received a discounted admission to the COLPM Futures 2017.

Friday started with something new this year, an Open Mic Breakfast. While the 7:30 start time was a bit early for some, once the caffeine kicked in, a lively discussion ensued on a wide variety of topics. At the lunch on Friday, the coveted 2016 InnovAction Award was presented to Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.

The Legal Services Corporation presentation was moved to Thursday lunch this year. Over the years many of the College Fellows have volunteered their valuable time assisting with LSC’s mission and on-site visits for legal services organizations around the country. Amy Fitzpatrick, CEO of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, highlighted many different ways College Fellows can help. See Patti Lane's article in this newsletter for more details on Amy's presentation and ways you can provide local assistance. 

The Conference closed out Friday night with the New Fellows’ Induction Dinner, held this year in the penthouse of the Kansas City Intercontinental. At this black-tie event we welcomed 13 new Fellows, and continued our networking over good food and drink. A good number of dinner attendees returned to the Hospitality Suite to continue the discussion, which for some, went into the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Next year, the 2017 Futures Conference takes a deep dive into technology as our theme will be: Running with the Machines: ‘AI’ and Expert Systems in Law Practice. We hope to see you October 26-27, 2017, at the Georgia State University Law School. The conference hotel will be The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta.
 

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What is Your Personal Pro Bono Contribution to the Legal Profession?  


Patti Lane


In 2009, the College launched an outreach project with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to offer the expertise of our Fellows in advising LSC programs on various management topics and participating in formal program reviews. Since its inception, 16 Fellows have made contributions on various projects by sharing their expertise, either through specific engagement with various LSC programs, or directly with the LSC on Program Review Visits. I have had the pleasure of doing a program review with the Northwest Justice Project in Washington State, and more recently I did a two-hour presentation to the LSC management staff on Human Resources Management.
 
Over the years, we’ve looked for ways to increase our impact on the delivery of pro bono civil legal services and, as we announced at the opening luncheon at the Futures Conference, we’ve decided to expand our outreach to include all legal services organizations, whether or not they are funded by the LSC. At the luncheon, we had two speakers who contributed some very practical ideas on what we can do within the legal industry. Amy Fitzpatrick, the Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and Glenn Rawdon, a Fellow and Program Counsel for Technology at the Legal Services Corporation, offered some ideas for how College fellows can support the tremendous need to provide greater access to justice for the most disadvantaged among us. Click the button below to see how you can help individuals in your community.
 
Click Here to Learn How COLPM Fellows Can Support Greater Access to Justice
As our president, Bill Migneron, has expressed, “My dream would be that each Fellow becomes involved as she/he can with a local LSO as their personal pro bono contribution to the legal profession.”
 

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Do We Have Your Current Contact Information?


Please visit the online Fellows Directory now to confirm all your information is up-to-date and accurate. Submit updates to the College Administrator so you receive your 2017 invitation to renew in January.

 

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 Increase Your Visibility


The College has an arrangement with Mondaq through which we are able to distribute Fellows' articles on law firm management in the same way that attorneys use the platform to distribute their articles on law-related topics. The subject “Law Practice” is available under “More” on the ribbon near the top of the Mondaq page where you see “Employment, Health Care, Commercial, etc.” In addition to increased visibility via the Mondaq site, your articles will also benefit from greater search engine results through this arrangement.
 
To participate, send the College Administrator links to the articles you would like to have included on Mondaq. 

 

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William C. Migneron, Jr.
2016-2017 President

 


COLLEGE OF LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
2016-2017 BOARD
OF TRUSTEES


Officers:
William C. Migneron, Jr.
President
Mark T. Greene
President-Elect
Cherie Olland
Secretary
Steve Nelson
Treasurer

Trustees:
Andrew Adkins, III
Maggie Callicrate, Past President
Joan Feldman
Terri Pepper Gavulic
Mark T. Greene
Tom Grella
Patrick Lamb
Michael Mills
Sharon Nelson
Dan Pinnington
Mark Tamminga
Kendal Tyre
 


ADMINISTRATOR

Debbie Curtis-O'Connell
 


2017 FUTURES CONFERENCE
CO-CHAIRS

Sharon Nelson
Mark Tamminga
 
 
EXTENDS SPECIAL THANKS TO ITS 2016 SPONSORS!
 

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