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

Well, the election is finally over, and after a hard-fought, divisive and occasionally shrill campaign, I was voted in as Chairperson of the Law Practice Management and Technology section of the California State Bar. Oh, I get it. You thought I was talking about another election, one that attracted perhaps more attention than the LPMT Chairperson seat. ... Read more.

Did You Know ... Tech Tips?

The Best Tech Upgrades You Can Get for Your Firm

Legal technology is not about sweeping changes to your practice as much as it is about small things that can be big time savers or help you work more efficiently. You don’t need to move into a new office with a built-in server vault or anything if you want to get more tech-savvy in your practice. Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. Read more.

Did You Know ... Articles?

What's New in Law Firm Innovation

A recent survey by legal consulting firm Altman Weil revealed that 52 percent of firms with more than 50 lawyers are creating special projects or experiments to test innovative ideas or methods. Interestingly, the survey also revealed that the largest firms – those with 1,000 or more lawyers – are doing the most innovation, with 100 percent of those firms pursuing special projects or experiments in innovation. Meanwhile, only 37 percent of firms with less than 100 lawyers are doing so, despite the fact that smaller firms have less bureaucracy and hierarchy to impede innovation. Read more.

Hiring Employees Using Craigslist

Craigslist currently boasts over one million new job listings each month, making it one of the largest job boards in the world. It is a popular place for employers to advertise for new employees, and it can serve you well in hiring attorneys and support staff. Read more.

Creating Confidence in a Time of Stress

Recently I underwent a diagnostic medical test that I knew was going to cause me a great deal of anxiety. In addition, I had to arrive at the medical facility at 7 a.m., couldn’t have a cup of coffee in advance and had been told that I was unlikely to be able to leave before 11 a.m. I had never met the doctor who would perform the procedure, and as time wore on that morning, it appeared that I would not meet him before being wheeled into the operating room. Was I stressed? You bet.Read more.

News from The State Bar

On-line Billing and Payment for 2017 Fees

The State Bar will be launching  a new on-line billing and payment application for 2017 fees.  Paper billing statements will not be sent to members. Instead, statements will be available online through My State Bar Profile. Individual members will continue to be able to make payments online through My State Bar Profile. Attorneys should make sure that the email they have provided for State Bar communications is up to date.

Law firms and agencies will be able to use the State Bar’s new Agency Billing system where they can calculate billing costs and make payments for a group of attorneys.

Please be sure your Section Membership Fees are included in your payment.

Once an attorney’s fees are paid, a paper bar card will be conveniently available for download through My State Bar Profile. Plastic bar cards will still be made available, but only upon request and can also be ordered through My State Bar Profile.

The online billing system makes it easier than ever for individual attorneys and agencies to help make the justice system available to everyone.  When paying your bill, please consider making a contribution in support of legal services for low income Californians.  Your support is a lifeline that can help prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse, and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance.

It is anticipated that the on-line agency and billing application will be available through the State Bar’s website by mid-December.

Go to for more information, or contact Member Records and Compliance at 1-888-800-3400.

New Fee Part of Upcoming MCLE Audit

An article in the July 2016 issue of the California Bar Journal announced that approximately 6,500 attorneys will receive audit letters to ensure compliance with Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements.  This is the sixth year that the State Bar has conducted audits that could potentially result in disciplinary action.  The sample represents about 10 percent of attorneys in MCLE group 1 (people whose last names begin with the letters A through G) who reported compliance with MCLE requirements this cycle.

New this year, auditees who are found to be deficient will be assessed a $200 fee. There is also a $75 late fee for those who don’t comply with the audit by the deadline. The Board of Trustees adjusted the fee after reviewing other states’ fees for similar violations and to demonstrate the importance of complying with the regulations, said Chief Operating Officer Leah Wilson. Read the full article

The Bottom Line/eTBL

October  Issue

The  October  issue features an interview with the new Director of CEB, Kelly Lake, together with timely, informative articles about practice management and technology. 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

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

2016-2017 Fiscal Year Has Begun

New voting members were welcomed to the Executive Committee meeting at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October 1, 2016. During the year we will introduce you to these new members. In this issue we introduce Jason Peterson and welcome him to the Executive Committee.

Jason Peterson is a second-year law student at Santa Clara University School of Law. His focus is privacy and data protection law and he will soon be earning the Privacy Law Certificate from Santa Clara Law, one of the first law schools in the nation to offer course work in the emerging field of privacy. Jason is employed at TRUSTe in San Francisco and works with their Global Privacy Solutions team to advise clients on best privacy practices, draft privacy policies, and research evolving regulatory and industry standards. Most recently Jason worked with clients to ensure their compliance with Privacy Shield, a new framework for transfers of personal data between the European Union and the United States.


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
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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