The Chair’s Comments A Word from Beth Voltz
Article Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It is an exciting time to be involved with the Law Practice Management council. With the leadership of our CLE chair, Damon Duncan, and the Director for Practice Management for the Bar Association, Erik Mazzone, the LPM just completed a very ambitious, two day program at the Bar Center in Cary. Due to Damon and Erik’s efforts, we were able to find sponsors for both programs so the programs were available at no cost to NCBA members.
The first day of the program was the third installment of the “Law Firm Boot Camp,” a day long seminar that provides practical information about the nuts and bolts of starting a law practice. Topics covered everything from choosing the right corporate structure to cost-effective law office technology. Special thanks go to all of our presenters who made the program such a success: Doug & Deanna Brocker, Katherine Frye, Mark Scruggs, Adam Tarleton, Catherine Reach, Narendra Ghosh, William Stroud, and Jack Newton all spoke during the seminar. And Lisa Angel, Vaddrick Parker, Tim Nordgren and David Venable all led practice specific break out sessions.
The following day was a first for the NCBA – the LPM (again with the help of Erik Mazzone) presented a Legal Marketing Conference in connection with our annual meeting. Participating lawyers, legal administrators and paralegals learned from nationally known experts in the law practice management field. We were very fortunate to have Tom Kane, James Scott Farrin, Dale Tincher and Steve Matthews as presenters at the conference. We also had a wonderful presentation on public relations from local media expert John Peterson.
For those of you who were unable to attend either program, I hope you will find time in your schedule next year to participate. In these difficult economic times, having FREE programming which can help you increase your revenues, cut your costs and reach your right target market is invaluable. I so appreciate the efforts of the council, and Damon Duncan and Erik Mazzone in particular, to provide this type of programming to our section members and other members of the NCBA at low or no cost. I am also very grateful to Lee Rosen, our immediate past chair of the council, for making so many opportunities to learn about how to build your law practice available to our members over the past few years. It is my goal for the council to continue to present relevant law practice management programming to our section members, and I so appreciate the turnout at the Legal Marketing Conference from our section members and other members of the NCBA.
I look forward to this year and working with Vice-Chair David Mills and the council. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions or would like to get involved with the council. I welcome your input.
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