Law Practice Management and Technology Section

News from the Section

  1. Chair's Message
  2. Did You Know . . . Tech Tips?
  3. Did You Know ....Articles?
  4. State Bar News
  5. The Bottom Line/eTBL
  6. Educational Opportunities
  7. Executive Committee News
  8. Future State Bar Annual Meetings
  9. Member Benefits
  10. Free Self-Study MCLE in Legal Ethics for 2016 Section Members

Chair's Message

LPMT Section Chair Kurt Obermeyer We are continuing to strive to find articles and information that is more necessary and worth reading to all of our members. We will continually ask for your input and advice as we go forward so that each eNews publication is one that is valued and puts out the information must needed. Also, thank you to all of you have submitted articles, some of you multiple articles, to be published for our members’ benefit. ... Read more.

Did You Know ... Tech Tips?

Tips To Maximize Battery Life and Battery Lifespan of Your iPhone, iPad and Other iDevices

There's no denying that in this day and age, most people rely on portable devices, particularly in running a few errands. As such, battery life of a device can be critical for many individuals. While one can find quite a few high-end devices in the market, including Apple devices, touting impressive battery capacity, many customers, however, still want to maximize the battery life and lifespan of these gadgets, so they are able to do more with them. Read more.

Did You Know ... Articles?

Tips To Protect Your Privacy and Identity

Identity theft is still an epidemic and although you are not guaranteed that you won’t become a victim, here are some important things to do to protect yourself. Read more.

News from The State Bar

Two-Day Bar Exam

The California Supreme Court has approved the change to a two-day bar exam effective July 2017. The General Bar Examination, primarily administered to newly graduated law students will consist of five one-hour essay questions and one 90-minue performance test on the first day. The performance test score will be worth twice the amount as an essay question score, which is consistent with the current grading policies established by the Committee of Bar Examiners. The Multistate Bar Examination which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions will be given on the second day. The written and multiple-choice portions will be weighted equally.

Public Comment

The State Bar of California currently has the following items posted for public comment. Do check the Public Comment section on The State Bar’s website for new postings.

July 1 Deadline: Proposed Amendment to Rule 2201 of the Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California Relating to Appointment and Authority of Special Deputy Trial Counsel

July 1 Deadline: Proposed amendments to rules 5-110 and 5-220 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California

If you feel that the LPMT Executive Committee should submit comments on behalf of the LPMT Section members to a particular item out for public comment, please contact Amy Williams, Chair of the Rules Subcommittee at aawlaw@earthlink.net.

PLEASE NOTE: Publication for public comment is not, and shall not be, construed as a recommendation or approval by the Board of Trustees of the materials published.

The Bottom Line/eTBL

June Issue

Co-editor, Michael Fenger, has announced that the following articles are scheduled to appear in the June issue of The Bottom Line:

  • Disabled Attorney, Dead Attorney:  It Happened to Me, by Mary Lou Floyd, CCLS, Paralegal
  • Minimum Viable Contracts:  Enable Agility by Easing Agreements, by Dan Puterbaugh
  • New iOS Vulnerability Could Allow Attackers to Crack Encrypted iMessage Attachments, by Symantec Security Response
  • Recovering & Viewing Text Messages, by Steve Polak

Articles for publication are welcome. Send them to mike.fenger@ceb.ucla.edu or to Section Coordinator, Julie Martinez (Julie.Martinez@calbar.ca.gov), to be reviewed by the editorial committee. Obtain the Guidelines for submitting articles from the Section Coordinator.

Archived Articles: Archived issues of The Bottom Line can be found in the Members' Only section of the LPMT website going back to October 2011. Prior to that date, you will find only a table of contents for past issues. Some past issues may still be available. Contact Section Coordinator, Kristina Robledo (kristina.robledo@calbar.ca.gov).

Educational Opportunities

The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 2, 2016
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

San Diego, California

Early Bird Pre-Regsitration and Hotel Registration Deadline: August 30, 2016 
Pre-Registration Deadline: September 8, 2016

The State Bar of California returns to beautiful San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multi-day showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees.

Register by August 30, 2016 to take advantage of preferred pricing. Your registration includes:

  • 111 MCLE courses 
  • Up to 19 Hours of MCLE and Legal Specialization credit 
  • Dynamic Opening Day and Closing Day General Sessions 
  • Free Networking Lunch, Morning Coffee Breaks and Evening Happy Hours in the Exhibit Hall 
  • Social events hosted by the State Bar and its various Sections, local bar associations and law school alumni groups

The Section will be presenting:

Program 6

Emotional Intelligence: A Critical Factor in Your Practice to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Program 38

Everything an Attorney Ever Wanted to Know About the Cloud

Program 97

What Litigators Must Know about E-discovery

Program 107

Laying Solid Foundation Stones Early for Career Success

You can REGISTER ONLINE until September 8. For full information, see The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting.

CYLA 10-Minute Mentor

The California Young Lawyers Association has assembled a series of mentoring videos which are posted at: HERE. New videos are being added all the time.

LPMT Executive Committee member, Neil Pedersen, recently recorded two videos which will be posted to the web shortly:

  1. Time Management for the Busy Attorney
  2. The Paperless Law Office: Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Profit

Other videos by LPMT Executive Committee members/advisors are set forth below.

Neil Pedersen - Time Management for the Busy Attorney

Neil Pedersen - The Paperless Law Office: Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Profit

Mari Frank - Successful Negotiation and Mediation in Your Practice

Peter Brewer - Evolving Your Solo Laws Practice: Daring to Become a Firm

Perry Segal - Today's Technologies and Maintaining Client Confidences 101

The hash tag for the CYLA Mentoring Videos is, #10MinuteMentor, should you wish to retweet any of the videos.

Online CLE

View the Online CLE catalog to find webinars and programs presented by the LPMT Section or which contain practice management topics. Also find articles from Section publications, including The Bottom Line, to obtain self-study MCLE credit. Several articles from past issues of The Bottom Line have been placed in the Online CLE catalog and offer MCLE self-study credit.

Please provide your thoughts and suggestions to the Chair of the Education Committee, Kurt Obermeyer or LPMT@calbar.ca.gov. Let Kurt hear from you with suggested topics or a proposal to present a webinar or program

Executive Committee News

(a) New Executive Committee Members

Five members were appointed to the LPMT Executive Committee and started their terms following the State Bar Annual Meeting. They are Araceli Almazan, attorney, Los Angeles; Jack Kenefick, public member, Laguna Hills; Cynthia Mascio, public member (paralegal), Cerritos; Christi McGowan, public member(paralegal), San Clemente; and George Seide, attorney, Calabasas. We will be introducing you to these new members in future issues of the eNews. In this issue, we spotlight Araceli Almazan. Read more.

(b) News from LPMT Section Members

Members, let us know what you are doing so we can include your activities and accomplishments in our next eNewsletter. Let us hear from you.

(c) News from LPMT Section Members:

Members, let us know what you are doing so we can include your activities and accomplishments in our next eNewsletter. Let us hear from you (LPMT@calbar.ca.gov).

(d) Opening, Growing and Managing a Law Office

Opening a Law OfficePurchase the State Bar’s two publications, The California Guide to Opening a Law Office and The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office (official hash tag #GrowLaw) to assist you in running and growing your law practice. Your Executive Committee members are contributing authors.

Future State Bar Annual Meetings

2016: September 29-October 2, San Diego
2017: August 24-27, Anaheim
2018: September 13-16, San Diego

Benefits for Members

The March/April 2016 eNews included detailed information about how members of the LPMT can take advantage of discounts. 

For detailed information about vendor benefits, go to the Members Only Section under Special Offers and Discounts.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

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