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

Recruiting Members for the LPMT Executive Committee

Recruitment of men and women to serve on the Executive Committee for the Law Practice Management and Technology Section is in progress. Obtain more information for the 2016-2017 committee appointments and the 2016-2017 application forms (Word and PDF) at Applications are due now.

Calling all LPMT Section members: Consider serving on your Section’s Executive Committee. Lend your expertise and be a part of the leadership team which provides educational opportunities (webinars and in-person programs), articles for The Bottom Line and eNewsletter, technology tips, etc., for the Section members.

For more information, contact: Section Coordinator Kristina Robledo, 415-538-2467,

1. Chair's Message

LPMT Section Chair Kurt Obermeyer As we enter this new year, 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?

E-Discovery Tech Tip: Using Near-Duplicates to Ensure Consistent Coding

By David Swider

If you’ve worked with electronic discovery, chances are good that de-duplication is something you’re familiar with.  But what about those documents that are very much like another document, but not exactly alike?  You may have heard of finding duplicates with a “MD5 hash” process. However, that won’t help with near-duplicates. More often than not what ends up happening is that review teams wind up scouring their review databases to try and identify those near-duplicate documents one by one. Read more.

3. Did You Know ... Articles?

Law Firm Management: Tips to Instill Passion in Your People

By Stephen Fairley

Reprinted with permission from the author.

Having Superstars at every level of your law firm is the one thing that can truly differentiate your from your competition and keep clients coming in the door. Unfortunately, I hear from many attorneys that finding and keeping good people is a major challenge when it comes to law firm management. This is something that bedevils a lot of businesses, not just law firms. Read more.

Employment Law Changes That Affect Law Firms

By Neil Pedersen

There are several new laws that came into effect on January 1, 2016, that may well affect law firms in the State of California. The following are a few about which you should become aware ... Read more.

More Changes in the Law for 2016

Set forth below (and above) is only a sampling of the new laws which became effective on January 1, 2016, that will affect how you practice law.  Each practice area had new laws go into effect, and you need to make yourself familiar with all the changes to offer competent legal services to your clients. Read more.

4. News from The State Bar

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.

Feb. 29 Deadline: Proposed amendments to Rules 5-110 and 5-220 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California

Feb. 3 Deadline: Proposed Amendment to Rule 5.44l(A) of the Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California Relating to the Filing Requirements for Reinstatement Proceedings

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 February issue of The Bottom Line:

  • A Hidden Insider Threat: Exposing Visual Hackers, by Mari J. Frank, Esq., CIPP
  • Analytics Made Easy: Lawyer-Friendly Technology for Better eDiscovery, by Christi McGowan
  • Strategies to Improve Law Firm Collections and Cash Flow, by Patrick M. Maloney
  • Regular Associate Evaluation Promotes Professional Development, by Donna Low
  • The Admin’s Guide to Organizing Digital Files, by Julie Perrine, CAP-OM, MBTI Certified

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

(a) 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.

(b) 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 paralegal, Christi McGowan, who brings her extensive knowledge of law-related technology to the Executive Committee.  Welcome, Christi! 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 November/December eNews included detailed information about how members of the LPMT can take advantage of discounts.

  • Time59
  • AB Unlimited
  • Lexology®
  • TechnoLawyer®
  • LawBiz®
  • ShareFile
  • JumpStart Genius®
  • CEB®
  • Inventus

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

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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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