The American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services Report on the Future of Legal Services was released earlier this year and some of its findings were controversial. For our Digital Edge Podcast this month, we interviewed Mary Vandenack, founding member of Omaha law firm Vandenack Williams LLC and a member of the commission for her Analysis of the ABA Report on the Future of Legal Services.
She outlined for us the major findings of the commission and also the many activities that the commission members undertook during the fact finding process.
It is uncertain what action the ABA will take in response to those findings and recommendations, but lawyers like to consider evidence and this report can help lawyers improve and prepare for the future of their law practices. The future may be uncertain in many ways, but the legal community’s dedication to serving the needs of clients will be one thing that does not change. We hope you enjoy our podcast.
Essential Business Skills for Lawyers will be offered this week at the Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting. Our special guest is Kevin O’Keefe, CEO of LexBlog, Inc. who will speak on “Client Engagement and Marketing – Everything is Different Today.” We are thrilled Kevin is visiting our state to share his expertise on this important topic. I have heard of far too many CLE programs that seem to have the goal of scaring lawyers so they won’t use social media and other modern marketing tools. Kevin has great information to share on how to do this effectively and ethically.
But there are many more essential skills lawyers need to run a successful law practice today. For this day-long CLE program, we open with my presentation “The World Has Changed: Running a Successful Law Firm Today and Tomorrow” and continue with presentations on financial literacy for lawyers, cybersecurity, law firm business plans and budgeting, the necessity of using digital client files, practice management software, automation and workflow planning, protecting client confidentiality, succession planning, pricing, billing, attorney fees and attorney-client contracts.
In the afternoon we have breakout sessions with a choice between two topics, but, of course, attendees will receive the written materials on every topic. One does not have to register for OBA Annual Meeting to attend this CLE program.
So if your Wednesday schedule opens up, feel free to be a walk-in attendee at our program. And if you cannot attend, but are interested in the topics, OBA Continuing Legal Education Department is videotaping several of the sessions for later offering as on-demand webinars. Here’s a link to the agenda. Hope to see you there.
Attaining more diversity in law firms is a much-talked about goal. But it is much more than doing something because it is right and positive for society. Today diversity is an important business goal for several reasons. Corporate clients are very interested in being represented by a diverse legal team. We have learned that teams with more diverse members can come up with more creative approaches and solutions to problems. John “The Purple Coach” Mitchell is managing director of KM Advisors, LLC in Chicago. He spends his days advising law firm leaders about these issues and others. On our podcast Attaining Law Firm Diversity, he discusses the difference between diversity and inclusion, diversity fatigue, and factors within the industry that might hinder the advancement of diverse lawyers. While this subject matter veers away from our usual technology focus, John is a very informative and engaging speaker on this most significant topic.