July 2016 College of Law Practice Management Newsletter
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College of Law Practice Management
Tom Clay, Chair
Merrilyn Astin Tarlton
Ida Abbott
2016 Judges
Patrick Lamb
Tony Williams

InnovAction Awards Program

Meet the InnovAction Judges!

Every summer, several of our College Fellows take time out of their busy lives to review entries from the many hopeful individuals and organizations that have applied for an InnovAction Award. As InnovAction judges, their work includes virtual meetings where together they evaluate the merits of the entries, looking for current efforts at extraordinary innovation. In particular, the judging criteria for the Awards includes elements of originality, disruption, value and effectiveness. 

The College runs the InnovAction Awards program through the efforts of the five brilliant Fellows highlighted in this newsletter. They have served as judges for a number of years, and we owe them a real debt of gratitude. On behalf of the College, our sincere thanks to Tom Clay, Ida Abbott, Pat Lamb, Merrilyn Tarlton and Tony Williams. 

In addition, we owe deep thanks and appreciation to Tim Corcoran. Tim has worked as Chair of the InnovAction Awards for several years running. He has dedicated a good deal of time every year to ensure that word gets out about the Awards, to field questions from all directions about the Awards, and to take on the happy role of introducing award winners at the annual Futures Conference.

Last but not least, thanks to Debbie Curtis-O'Connell for handling all the administrative components of the InnovAction Awards Program. Rest assured, there are many! 
Maggie Callicrate

Tom Clay, Chair
Tom Clay is a principal of legal management consultancy, Altman Weil, Inc. With over 30 years of experience consulting to the legal profession, he is an acknowledged expert on law firm management principles and is a trusted advisor to law firms throughout the U.S. and Canada. Read Tom's Q&A about the InnovAction Awards. 

Ida Abbott
Ida has a great practice. For two decades, she has been helping employers develop, manage and retain legal talent, and helping lawyers achieve successful and fulfilling legal careers. Most of her current work involves mentoring, sponsorship and leadership development in the U.S. and throughout the world. 
Read Ida's Q&A about the InnovAction Awards. 

Patrick Lamb
Patrick Lamb is one of the founders of Valorem Law Group, a litigation firm known for its commitment to client service and value billing. Pat has authored two books on alternative fees, has been a columnist for the ABA Journal's New Normal feature since 2010 and is a frequent speaker on change in the legal industry, alternative fees and client service. Pat's blog, In Search of Perfect Client Service is widely read. Pat tweets at @ValoremLamb.
Read Patrick's Q&A about the InnovAction Awards. 

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton
Merrilyn has been helping lawyers think differently about the business of practicing law for more than 30 years. She is a trusted strategic advisor to legal organizations, lawyers and law firm management groups on their various roles as lawyers, leaders and business people. In 2010, Merrilyn and her partners launched to provide "one really good idea every day" to help lawyers better manage their practices. Her new book, Getting Clients: For Lawyers Starting Out or Starting Over will be available in the Fall of 2016. Read Merrilyn's Q&A about the InnovAction Awards. 

Tony Williams
Tony is a principal of Jomati Consultants, the leading UK based international legal consultancy. He advises law firms across the world on strategy, expansion, partner performance, succession and management issues.  
Read Tony's Q&A about the InnovAction Awards.  

Conference Highlights

2016 Futures Conference: Law Practice 2026

Join us September 15-16 in Kansas City for the 2016 Futures Conference, presented by the College of Law Practice Management and the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law. 

What Will Law Look Like in 2026?
In addition to ample networking opportunities, the Futures Conference will feature five educational panels comprised of dozens of leading experts focused on thought-provoking questions about the future of law:
  • Will there be better access to justice?
  • Will there still be a legal monopoly and guild?
  • Will computers replace lawyers?
  • Where will the legal jobs be in 2026?
  • What will law schools look like?
Early Bird Registration
Take advantage of the early bird discount when you register by August 24. Visit the COLPM website for the conference schedule and other important information.

Hotel Reservations
The host hotel—and site of this year's annual Fellows Induction Ceremony and Dinner—is the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. For reservations made by August 24, enter the code CLP to secure the special conference rates. Subject to availability, and for reservations made by the August 24 deadline, you may be able to secure the discount for lodging up to three days before or after the conference dates. 

LSC: “Their Passion is Contagious”

by Patti Lane, CLM

Occasionally, the College receives requests from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) or an LSC grantee to have one of the College Fellows share their expertise with a special project, a program quality visit or other expertise related to the business of the practice of law. I recently had the opportunity to speak to the LSC staff in Washington, DC on some of the basics of human resources. The staff are not typically trained in the finer points of HR, yet they are often charged with evaluating the practices of grantees when they do program quality visits. To help prepare them for the visits, I put together a two-hour presentation and did a general overview of the entire process from recruitment to retention, and most everything in-between. 
This was my second opportunity to work directly with the LSC. In my earlier experience I participated in a program quality visit of the Northwest Justice Project. It’s eye opening for those of us who work for law firms and generally have the latest technology and, while budgets are important in law firms, the nonprofit world is quite different. Every dollar represents an opportunity to further the mission, which puts extraordinary pressure to be very lean.
Almost to a person, the LSC staff and the staff of the grantees are passionate about the mission and their passion is contagious. I highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to volunteer when the LSC or a grantee organization, such as The Northwest Justice Project, reaches out to us and requests the assistance of a Fellow.


A BIG Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors

The Futures Conference, Annual Meeting and InnovAction Awards would not be possible without our sponsors. Please join the College in expressing your gratitude for their support.

Platinum Sponsor
Right Hat

Gold Sponsors
Affinity Consulting Group
Association of Legal Administrators
Attorney at Work
International Legal Technology Association
Legal Marketing Association
Mattern & Associates, Ltd.
Sensei Enterprises Inc.

Silver Sponsors
ABA Law Practice Division
Altman Weil, Inc.
Bloomberg Law
Neota Logic
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