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

1. 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. In this issue, we have some very worthwhile information from authors that ... Read more.

2. Did You Know ... Tech Tips?

A Chilling Tale of a Ransomware Attack

Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to a computer system that it has infected, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the operators of the malware to remove the restriction. Examples of some of the better-known variants are Crypto Wall and CryptoLocker. Read more.

3. 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.

4. 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.

April 20 Deadline: Proposed Amendments to Admissions Rules re Open/Closed Meetings of the Committee of Bar Examiners

May 12 Deadline: Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 12-0006 (Attorney Blogging)

May 16 Deadline: Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 13-0005 (Publicly Available Confidential Information) – Additional Public Comment Circulation

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

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.

5. The Bottom Line/eTBL

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

  • Avoiding Foreign Email Representation Scams, by Dennis Wm. Johnson
  • Team Building, by Tom Gunderson
  • How to Deal with a Partner’s Disability, by Steven Driss
  • The Benefits of Health Savings Accounts in Providing Health Benefits to Firm Employees, by Steven Driss

Articles for publication are welcome. Send them to or to Section Coordinator, Kristina Robledo (, 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 (

6. Educational Opportunities

California Solo and Small Firm Summit: "Strategic Solutions for Lawyering and Business Management"

The State Bar of California
California Solo & Small Firm Summit
Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18, 2016
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

The California Solo and Small Firm Summit provides strategic solutions for the practice of law and the management of a practice. Designed for legal professionals who work in a solo or small firm practice, the Summit will feature power networking events, mentoring circles, legal education classes, business management courses, and showcase products and services unique to the solo or small firm practitioner. Its overall objective is to offer strategies and tools that promote a thriving law practice. Read more!

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 Let Kurt hear from you with suggested topics or a proposal to present a webinar or program

7. 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 (

(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.

8. Future State Bar Annual Meetings

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

9. 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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Law Practice Management and Technology Section
The State  Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
FAX 415-538-2368

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