April 2017 Newsletter
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As I write this at the start of Spring, 2017, I’m hoping that snow and cold has finally ended in most of the country. The Trustees had a brief respite in Phoenix a few weeks ago as we held our winter Trustee meeting; however, many attendees reported warmer weather at home than in Phoenix. Go figure!

Year End Results

I’m pleased to report that through the stewardship of the Trustees and hard work of Debbie O’Connell, we managed to come out ahead in 2016, adding about $16K to our reserves. The balance of our reserve account is now just over $100K. Despite the lower attendance at the Futures Conference, we exceeded our revenue goal by about $4K, due in part to higher sponsorships, sustaining contributions and dues payments. Thank you for your prompt payment of dues and for your sustaining contributions as well.

Our expenses were $8K under budget, so we ended the year at almost $13K over our targeted net of $3,500. The lower expenses came from lower attendance at the conference coupled with savings in a number of other areas. We did have to spend a larger amount in legal fees as we needed to register in Illinois while maintaining our Michigan registration and also discovered our logo had never been registered. That’s completed now, thanks to Debbie’s efforts with our legal advisors.
For 2017, we are able to maintain our current dues structure, but took a hard look at the Futures Conference and the pricing points of other comparable conferences. As a result, the Trustees approved an increase in the 2017 Conference registration fee to $645 early bird, $745 standard after deadline, $495 for new inductees received at the Conference, and $250 for a guest. As we look at the increase in costs for the conference, the Trustees want to make sure that we are covering our variable costs that change depending on the number of conference attendees.

2017 Futures Conference 

Registration is now open for this year’s Futures Conference to be held in October at Georgia State University School of Law in downtown Atlanta. The program has been finalized and speakers are signed up. The topic is timely (Running with Machines: AI and Expert Systems in Law Practice) and our co-chairs, Sharon Nelson and Mark Tamminga, have assembled a top-flight program with a strong group of experts. This promises to be THE conference this year on the subject, so mark your calendars for October 26 and 27. Visit the COLPM website for details regarding the program, speakers, registration, host hotel and local transportation. Register now to take advantage of early-bird registration rates! 

Use #COLPM to follow the conference. 

InnovAction Awards: Call for Entries

Engaged in extraordinary and innovative legal services? The College recently opened its 2017 worldwide search for law firms, lawyers and others who provide legal services to submit entries in pursuit of the College's coveted InnovAction Awards. See the College website for the current application, eligibility and judging details. The deadline for entries (with no extensions this year!), is June 16. 

Help us get the word out: Share the call for entries information with your colleagues, especially via your favorite social media platform. To make this easy, InnovAction Chair Patrick Lamb recently provided you with suggested copy for tweets and posts. Encourage those unsung heroes and rising stars from among our profession who dare to think differently (and succeed by doing so!) to participate. 

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Last year, the College took a look at the demographics of the Fellows and determined that we need to place more emphasis on making sure the College continues to make efforts to improve our diversity. The bylaws were changed to include a diversity statement, and during the nomination process, we asked our Fellows to take diversity into consideration as they made their nominations. We also appointed a task force of Fellows to address this important issue. Members include: Chris Boyd, Maggie Callicrate, Sylvia Coulter, Virginia Essandoh, Kendal Tyre and me. We have had one introductory phone conference and determined that we needed additional demographic information. As a result, we will be asking all Fellows to voluntarily provide us with information that will help us understand our membership. Once the demographic information is available, we will be able to have a discussion about setting goals and establishing how best to address this industry-wide issue.

Class of 2017 Fellows Elected

One of the major tasks at the winter meeting was the review and election of new Fellows to the College. We accepted a total of 39 nominations, including many diverse candidates, plus three elected in the prior year who postponed their induction to 2017. The list of new Fellows will be released later this month. Thanks to those who took the time to prepare very thoughtful and comprehensive nominations, and congratulations to those now elected to join the College.

Trustee Nominations

Past President Maggie Callicrate has agreed to lead the Trustee nomination process for this year. If you have suggestions on who we should consider for a leadership role in the College, please contact her.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC)

We re-signed our service agreement with LSC for 2017. As you may have read, the new administration has not included funding for LSC in its preliminary budget. The ABA has taken a very strong stand backing LSC, as any reduction is devastating to the delivery of legal services to the poor and needy in our society.  

Learn how COLPM and the ABA suggest you help in 2016-2017. Also, read COLPM Fellow and current ABA President, Linda Klein's, article on legal services funding and making a difference in the March 2017 issue of the ABA Journal. Linda will speak on this important topic at the 2017 Futures Conference. 

Patti Lane is also working with me to identify other service-related opportunities, so if you are interested in giving back to our communities, please let Patti, Debbie O’Connell or me know.


Bill Migneron, President

2016-2017 BOARD

William C. Migneron, Jr.
Mark T. Greene
Cherie Olland
Steve Nelson

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


Debbie Curtis-O'Connell


Sharon Nelson
Mark Tamminga
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