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Affordable Technology for Solo and Small Firm Productivity


Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: September 13, 2018
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Agenda


  • Current Challenges for Small Firm Productivity
  • Essential Technology
  • Taking it to the Next Level
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 13, 2018

Description

In this program, you will learn how to build a technologically-savvy small law firm, with affordable options for practice management, legal research, client collaboration and billing, and tips on how to capture and use firm data to make your practice more successful.

Whether you are just starting out or have been running a small firm for years, it pays to be cost-conscious about your technology choices.

As part of a lawyer's duty to competence, attorneys should keep up with the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. This presentation will provide attendees with direct information on the suitability of products based on economic goals involved with systems implementation.

This program was recorded on September 13th, 2018.

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American Bar Association

Panelists

Heidi S. Alexander

Deputy Director
LCL (Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers)

Heidi joined LCL in 2012 and is currently the Deputy Director of LCL, where she helps manage organization operations and leads LCL’s practice management program (LOMAP). LOMAP provides free and confidential practice management assistance, guidance in implementing new law office technologies, and methods to attain healthy and sustainable practices. Heidi publishes and speaks regularly on law office management, technology, and productivity. She is the author of Evernote as a Law Practice Tool. Heidi serves on and leads a number of volunteer boards and committees. In 2017, Heidi was appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism.

Prior to joining LCL, Heidi owned a law practice and consulting business, practiced employment law at a Boston-based law firm, clerked for a justice on the highest court of New Jersey, and worked for a nonprofit women’s business assistance center helping low income and minority women launch and grow their businesses. Heidi is a native of Minnesota, a graduate of Amherst College, a graduate of Rutgers School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Review.

Mary E. Vandernack

Foudning & Managing Member
Vandernack Weaver LLC

Mary Vandenack brings extraordinary energy and focus to her work for clients. A founding member and the firm’s managing partner, Mary is an expert in the interrelated areas of tax, business, real estate, health care, private wealth, estate planning, business succession planning and asset protection planning. Acting as outside legal counsel for closely held businesses in conjunction with the ability to proactively address the legal issues of business owners is an area of special expertise. Mary is an innovator in the integration of technology into the practice of law. Under Vandenack’s guidance, the firm has been on the leading edge of client service and technology. Mary won the American Bar Association James I. Keane Award, presented at Techshow 2015, in recognition of her efforts in the area of e-lawyering.

Mary speaks and writes extensively in her areas of practice. She is a commentator for Leimberg Services, a nationally recognized publication in the area of tax, trusts and estates, benefits and asset protection planning. Mary serves as co-chair of the Futures Task Force for the American Bar Association Real Property Trusts and Estates Section. Mary serves on the American Bar Association Techshow Board and writes a leadership column for Law Practice Management Magazine. Mary also writes a column on estate planning, asset protection planning and business succession issues for Metro Magazine. Mary was named to Fortune Magazine Women Leaders in the Law in 2016.

Mary graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1992. She served as editor in chief of the Creighton Law Review, won a Domestic Moot Court competition as Best Oral Advocate and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society. Vandenack received her bachelor’s degree in business and accounting, graduating summa cum laude from the College of Saint Mary.


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