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

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?

Why Your Data Is In Danger With Wearable Technology

When wearable technology like the Apple Watch was released, it resulted in people all over the world drooling at the prospect of Apple computers, phones, and watches all syncing together, sharing a huge data base with each individual platform. Since the Apple Watch was initially released, companies have taken it upon themselves in order to improve aspects of businesses such as workflow, communication between one another, and to provide a higher level of efficiency in businesses using Apple products. Read more.

Did You Know ... Articles?

Are Robots Going to Take Our Legal Jobs?

It is inevitable that technology will change the legal profession because it is changing all professions, but do we need to worry about it taking our jobs? If by "taking our jobs" you mean that one day there will be a bronze protocol droid in a three-piece suit behind your desk drafting an opposition to a motion for summary judgment, then probably not. But, if you mean that certain menial parts of your jobs are going to be outsourced to technology, then you are probably right. Read more.

Summary from the 2016 Solo and Small Firm Summit

Peter Brewer, a member of the LPMT Executive Committee, presented three programs at the Solo and Small Firm Summit this past June. He provides a summary of two of the programs. Read more.

Changes in the Law – Effective July 1, 2016

Every July new laws go to into effect, usually not as many as in January. Information about three new laws is set forth below. Be sure to check for any other new laws that may affect your practice of law. Read more.

News from The State Bar

Public Comment

The State Bar of California currently is calling for comments on new and amended Rules of Professional Conduct. The 90-day public comment period through September 27 is your chance to weigh in on the proposed changes. Do check the Public Comment section on The State Bar’s website for additional information and for new postings.

Sept. 27 Deadline: Comprehensive proposed amendments to 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

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.

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

(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.

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
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