May 2018 Newsletter
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President’s Message

Greetings from a very warm Kansas City!
I’ve settled into a “retirement” rhythm for enjoying the next phase in my career and have seemed to fill the time with volunteer activities at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, KS, mentoring entrepreneurs in very early stage start-ups; at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art driving a shuttle golf cart transporting museum visitors to the far reaches of the museum; and beginning to work with smaller law firms and legal vendors. You’ve probably noticed the updated photo of me as well – a bit more relaxed than when I was fully committed!
Summer is here and with it the planning for our fall activities goes into high gear. The Trustees and Officers have been busy since my last newsletter in November, so there is lots to report.

Winter Trustee Meeting – February, 2018

We met in Ft. Lauderdale for two long days to address a number of items, not the least of which was the review and consideration of new Fellows. As noted in the announcement on our website, the Class of 2018 contained more candidates than the College has ever received in a single year. We were pleased to receive a relatively high number of submissions from first-year Fellows. These are sure signs the College continues to be the one place where excellence is recognized throughout the expanding facets of law practice management. Our Fellows consistently exemplify the highest standards and achievements providing each of us the opportunity to learn from the brightest and best contributors to our industry. We have about forty who have accepted their Fellowship and we will celebrate with them in October at the Boston Futures Conference.
The Trustees also spent time discussing the future of the College and of our annual conference. We have run into space limitations at our current group of law schools and so are exploring other options from those we have traditionally used – but we will still stay focused on working with a law school that is active in pursuing education and research into future-oriented activities.

We formed a long-range planning committee, who have met and approved conducting interviews with a group of Fellows and Business Partners of the College. As we move along, there will be more communication and opportunities for your feedback as well.
The finances of the College remain solid, as we reviewed the 2017 financial results. Our revenue in 2017 was $168,461 which covered our expenses of $148,313, leaving us with a surplus of $20K for the year. The total fund balance of the College was $125,153 at the end of the year. The budget was not quite ready for approval because of several other items on the agenda that could require investments in the Future of the College. 
In other action:
  • A nominating committee was formed to consider openings on the Board of Trustees as well as the officers of the College.
  • The InnovAction Awards committee will add Stephanie Scuillo as a new judge, replacing Tom Clay who will rotate off after a number of years of loyal services to the committee and the College – thanks, Tom!
  • A new association management system was reviewed and approved for the College, as our current systems and processes have past their useful lives. We will begin using the services of MemberClicks to host a new website, provide payment and invoicing services, and handle all other data and services for the College, using their cloud-based system.  Debbie has been working hard on getting the system up and running for conference registration! (Watch for an announcement message later this week.) 
  • The next regular meeting of the Trustees is in Boston before the Futures Conference.

InnovAction Awards Reminder

There's only a short time left to submit your organization's InnovAction Award entry. And don't forget to email or use your favorite social media platform to encourage one of your clients or colleagues to participate. The deadline for entries is June 15, 2018 (no extensions permitted). See the College website to download the 2018 application form. 

2018 Futures Conference

By now, I’m sure you have marked your calendars for the 2018 Futures Conference on October 25-26, 2018 at Suffolk University School of Law in Boston. This year’s focus is on Cybersecurity and as usual the Fellows and speakers will take a broad look at all aspects of this topic and its effect on the practice of law. Sharon Nelson and Tim Corcoran have planned a stimulating, informative and perhaps provocative program that you won’t want to miss. This year, due to space limitations at Suffolk, we will first open registration (at the end of this week) to only Fellows, Fellows-Elect and 2018 Sponsors. Please be sure to register as early as you can. Open Access registration for the general public opens July 15 while space remains. You don’t want to miss this program and the chance to interact with experts and Fellows at our once-a-year gathering.

I hope to see you in Boston!

New Address for the College

Please update your accounting and other records to reflect the College's new address:
College of Law Practice Management
Attn: Debbie O'Connell, Administrator
2635 4 Mile Rd.
P.O. Box 44624
Racine, WI 53404-7013
Please let me know if you have questions about the above or about the College in general. 

Bill Migneron,
COLPM President

2017-2018 BOARD

William C. Migneron, Jr.
Mark T. Greene
Terri Pepper Gavulic
Steve Nelson

Timothy B. Corcoran
Joan Feldman
Tom Grella
Patrick Lamb
Michael Mills
Sharon Nelson
Dan Pinnington
Jeff Rovner
Mark Tamminga
Kendal Tyre
Teresa Walker


Debbie O'Connell


Sharon Nelson
Timothy B. Corcoran

Patrick Lamb

Tom Clay, Chair
Ida Abbott
D. Casey Flaherty
Stephanie Sciullo
Tony Williams

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