April 2016 Newsletter
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President's Message
Conference Registration is Now Open!
2016 InnovAction Awards
New Fellows: Class of 2016!
2016 Sponsorships
COLPM and Social Media
Time to Share your HR Talents

Message From Your President

Maggie Callicrate

Greetings, Fellows!

In late February, the Board of Trustees for the College met in Nashville for a day and a half, gratefully hosted at the offices of College Fellow Teresa Walker (of Waller Lansden). In addition to the business summarized below, we had a fun evening at the home of Trustee Mark Greene who surprised us with a toe-tapping guitar playing duo, the perfect accompaniment to an evening in Music City.


As for our meeting agenda, the Trustees considered many items, including updates to our admission criteria, work being done by the new Social Media Committee, improvements to the InnovAction Awards program, expanding sponsorships, the structure and content of this year’s Futures Conference, nominations for the Class of 2016, and law schools we would like to partner with for the 2017 Futures Conference. On a number of these items we looked at fashioning a new (or at least a stepped-up) approach, while on others, tradition happily won the day.

On the topic of nomination criteria, we discussed the ten year rule (a requirement that successful nominees have contributed at least ten years to law practice management) in light of the pace of change in the legal industry and in law practice management. We also talked about a desire for more diversity within our ranks such that we represent a wider group of Fellows from around the globe, in public service, education, both smaller and larger law firms, the offices of general counsel, etc. When the call for nominations goes out later this year, we hope you will think as broadly as possible about potential nominees. Based on feedback from Fellows, we will simplify the nomination process as much as possible and will give more lead time for submission of nominations. 


As we considered these and other topics, we agreed that meeting just twice a year has not provided the time needed for Trustees to work together on a number of initiatives that will build our community, support our Fellows and create meaningful collaboration across the College. So we are meeting again in June, in Denver this time, where we hope to connect with at least some of our Denver-based Fellows. 


As for a tradition that won the day: we’ll continue the black tie dress code for our annual induction ceremony and dinner, giving new inductees a celebration befitting the honor we wish to impart as we welcome them to the College. 


On behalf of your dedicated and highly-involved Board of Trustees, we look forward to seeing you in Kansas City for the 2016 Futures Conference!

Maggie Callicrate, President  


Conference Registration is Now Open!

Registration for the 2016 Futures Conference opened Monday, April 25. Register by August 24 to take advantage of Pre-Registration Rates. Higher Standard Rates apply beginning August 25. Refer to the Meetings tab on the College website for additional details about the 2016 conference, rates and policies.

The host hotel, and venue for the Induction Dinner, is the
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza. To secure our special conference rate, enter your arrival and departure dates and click “check availability.” Then, on the left hand side, scroll down, click on group code. Enter CLP and then click “apply.” Group rates are offered on a space available basis through August 24. Our room block sold out last year, so book early!

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2016 InnovAction Awards

COLPM's 2016 InnovAction Awards competition opened in early April! Submit an entry for your own organization's extraordinarily innovative efforts or encourage one of your clients to participate. The deadline for entries is May 31; the winner(s) will be notified August 1.

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New Fellows: Class of 2016!

At the Board of Trustees meeting in late February, nominations for the Class of 2016 were considered. Please congratulate and welcome the following individuals who will be inducted in Kansas City this September

  • Tom Baldwin - Fireman & Company
  • David Bruns - Farella Braun + Martel LLP
  • Karl Chapman - Riverview Law
  • William T. Garcia - Thompson Hine LLP
  • Ari Kaplan - Ari Kaplan Advisors LLC
  • Rick A. Kathuria - Gowling WLG
  • Amy L. Knapp - Knapp Marketing LLC
  • Peter Krakaur - SolarCity
  • Marie Lefton - Marie Lefton Consulting
  • Mark Ross - Integreon
  • Kris Satkunas - LexisNexis
  • John W. Simek - Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
  • Adam L. Stock - Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
  • Mary E. Vandenack - Vandenack Williams LLC
  • Jill Weber - Stinson Leonard Street
Watch the College website this summer for more information on our Class of 2016 Fellows-elect!

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2016 Sponsorships

Thanks to all COLPM Fellows for sending Steve Nelson and Sharon Nelson the names and contact information for organizations you felt they should approach to sponsor this year's Futures Conference. They received a number of responses and were grateful for your recommendations. As you can see in the right margin, Steve and Sharon have been and remain "on it." Please extend thanks to these important sponsors for their support!

You can review our flyer for details about the sponsorship packages and benefits. It's not too late to extend invitations, so if you have additional recommendations, please email Sharon Nelson and Steve Nelson with your suggestions.

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COLPM and Social Media

COLPM has formed a Social Media Committee tasked with adding value by providing additional networking, writing and recognition opportunities. In the coming months, you will experience a significantly greater presence for the College on social media sites. In the meantime, we’re interested in hearing from you if you are a blogger or write regularly about topics relevant to the legal industry. Our goal is to promote our Fellows' thought leadership.  Please send an email to our Administrator if you regularly blog or write articles. (Note: The COLPM Social Media Committee reserves the right to determine what is or is not appropriate content for our sponsored social media sites). Members of the Social Media Committee are: Kevin Colangelo, Joan Feldman, Jordan Furlong, Terri Gavulic (Chair), Tea Hoffman, Linda LaBrie and Kendal Tyre. Stay tuned for more information about how COLPM’s social media program can benefit you.

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Time to Share Your HR Talents

Sign up now to participate in COLPM's Legal Services Corporation program. LSC needs a COLPM Fellow to facilitate a 90-minute training session in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 7. LSC plans to provide its staff with a basic overview and update on industry standards and practices related to human resources subjects such as hiring, supervision, promotion, performance management, personnel policy development, and harassment prevention. For more information, see the call for volunteers message sent to you earlier this week or contact:

Althea J. Hayward, Deputy Director
Office of Program Performance

The Legal Services Corporation
(202) 295-1556 - Office
(202) 359-4416 - Cellular Phone

Thanks in advance for supporting this important 
COLPM Program. Your assistance is greatly appreciated by LSC and the College. 

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Maggie Callicrate
2014-2016 President






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