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. Member Benefits
  9. Free Self-Study MCLE in Legal Ethics for 2016 Section Members

Chair's Message

Greetings from the Chair, or at least from the person sitting in it. I am bothered by the increasing pessimism and negativity that has become pervasive in our society since the presidential election. I have heard many people echo my own thoughts and actions, saying that they avoid turning on the television, reading the news, or even checking in on Facebook. It seems the negativity is everywhere, perhaps justified, but nonetheless unpleasant, tiresome, and probably unhealthy for us and for society. ... Read more.

Did You Know ... Tech Tips?

Tips for using open internet access points

Attorneys work on the go and often use open wireless internet access points. These free access points are convenient but rarely secure. Any information transmitted between your computer and a website can be obtained by monitoring wireless internet traffic unless the connection is secured with encryption. Read more.

Six Keys to Create a Positive Relationship with Your Clients

How important is it for you to have a great relationship with your doctor or your accountant?  If you are like me, you probably need to trust and even like the professionals who you are paying for services, right?  Our clients will assuredly expect us to treat them well and be trustworthy, or we will lose their business- and it will hurt our reputations. READ MORE.

Legal Resources Update

The Law Practice Management and Technology Section (LPMT) along with the California Young Lawyers Association and Solo and Small Firm section has published two books designed to assist California attorneys in opening, growing and managing law offices. The second book, The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office, includes in Chapter 7 a section authored by myself on Legal Resources. READ MORE.

Did You Know ... Articles?

Travel Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful - Just Leave It To Your Apps

So, you might be a newly admitted attorney or a seasoned legal beagle who just got handed a deposition assignment. In New York. But, you live in L.A. You sigh, and think you’re resigned to (over)packing a carry-on and briefcase and hoping for the best. Since opening an office out of state and traveling abroad every year for board meetings, I’ve decided that traveling can be done with comfort without breaking the bank for first-class tickets and the Ritz-Carlton. Here are my favorite travel apps to minimize the stress on me (and my wallet). Read more.

News from The State Bar

New Fee Part of Upcoming MCLE Audit

The State Bar of California is calling for comments on proposed amendments to the State Bar rules regarding law corporations.  The Office of General Counsel has reviewed all State Bar Rules to determine whether there are any material inconsistencies with the related statutes and Rules of Court.  This proposal contains proposed rule amendments to remedy inconsistencies in State Bar Rules regarding law corporations.  This is your chance to weigh in on the proposed changes.   

Deadline: May 1, 2017: Proposed amendments to the State Bar rules regarding law corporations

Do check the Public Comment section on The State Bar’s website for additional information and for new postings.

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.

The Bottom Line/eTBL

Editor, Michael Fenger, has announced that the following articles will be in the April issue of The Bottom Line

  • MCLE Self-Study Article: 
    Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation
    by Katie Patterson 

  • MCLE Self-Study Article: 
    The Power of Preparation in Negotiations and Mediation
    by Mari J. Frank

  • It Takes More Than a Dumpster to Build a Digital Law Library:
    12 Critical Components for Digital Law Library Transformations
    by Jean P. O’Grady

  • MCLE Self-Study Article: 
    Electronically Stored Information and Attorney Competence
    by Cari M. Pines and Kevin J. Mooney

The issue will also contain a message from Editors, Michael Fenger and Cari Pines, and from Chair, Peter Brewer.

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  (

Educational Opportunities

2017 Section Convention -- Hold the Date

The Sections of The State Bar of California will be holding the first ever All Sections Annual Convention in lieu of the previously held State Bar Annual Meeting.  The Convention will be held August 18 and 19, in San Diego, California, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.  The Convention will provide an excellent cost effective method to obtain your MCLE credits and network with your friends and colleagues. Each of the 16 Sections of the State Bar is being offered the opportunity to submit programs for this year’s Convention.  There will be 36 programs on a variety of topics.  More information will be forthcoming as the programs are selected.   Save the dates on your calendar as you plan for your summer travels.

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

Executive Committee News

Recruitment for Executive Committee Members

The Law Practice Management and Technology Section (LPMT) Executive Committee is seeking members to step up and serve on the Executive Committee. Applications are now being accepted.  The online application, is available on the appointments page of the State Bar's website. The volunteer positions carry a three-year term, and the application deadline has been extended to April 14, 2017.  Submit your application today to join a group of very dedicated members working hard to bring information, educational opportunities, newsletters, etc., to the LPMT Section members.

For questions regarding section requirements or how to become more involved in section activities, please contact the section's staff administrator or chair.
Meetings per year: 4 (plus conference calls)

Chair:  Peter N. Brewer, Palo Alto 
Staff contact:  Kristina Robledo 415-538-2467

New Members Join the LPMT Executive Committee

New voting members were welcomed to the Executive Committee meeting at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October 2016.  During the year we will introduce you to these new members.  You met Jason Peterson in the November issue, and Clayton Dodds in the February issue.  In this issue we introduce Cari Pines, and welcome her to the Executive Committee. READ MORE.

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.

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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