2010 Futures Conference & Symposium Agenda

Thursday, October 21, 2010

5:00 – 8:00 pm Welcome evening reception with ABA Law Practice Management Section Fall Meeting Attendees

Friday, October 22, 2010

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome, Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:00 am The Effect of the Growing Interdependence of the Capital Markets on the Legal Industry, Peter Zeughauser, The Zeughauser Group

For decades, top law firms striving to achieve global preeminence have migrated to New York and London in search of the best corporate work, particularly to build strong capital markets practices. But global capital flows indicate that the sources of capital are rapidly dispersing. Sovereign funds, private equity and emerging financial centers in the BRIC countries, particularly China, are growth strategy game-changers, creating opportunities and challenges in the quest for market leadership.

  • Peter Zeughauser, Zeughauser Group LLC
10:00 – 11:15 am Developing and Choosing Leaders for the New Generation and Beyond

Law firms determined to do things differently will require leaders equipped to turn resistance into teamwork. This session explores where the new leaders will come from and how some firms are grooming them for the task

  • Moderator: Harry Trueheart, Nixon Peabody
  • Maggie Callicrate, Pierce Atwood
  • Roland Smith, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Patrick McKenna, Law Firm Strategy and Practice Management Consultant
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Small Group Breakout Session
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm A Sea of Change in London, Simon Chester, Heenan Blaikie

How equity investments, alternative business structures and outcome-based regulation are rewriting the rules of the law business in England, Australia and soon ... everywhere.

  • Simon Chester, Heenan Blaikie
2:30 – 3:45 pm Law Firms with a Mission

Firms and clients commit themselves to pro bono activity, to diversity in the workplace, to community support, sustainability initiatives and more. Why do they do it and what are the outcomes?

  • Moderator: John Michalik, Association of Legal Administrators - retired
  • John Kirk, Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
  • Ronald Martin, Holland & Hart LLP - retired
  • Kendal Tyre, Nixon Peabody
4:00 – 5:15 pm Social Media: the Ultimate Business Development Tool or a Huge Waste of Time?

Social media is hot. Staid law firms are opening their firewalls and venturing into the fray. Is there a legitimate commercial aspect to this? Our experts say “yes” and promise you’ll walk away from this session to implement a social media strategy that will change everything.

  • Moderator: Dan Pinnington, PracticePro
  • Steve Matthews, Stem Legal
  • Timothy Corcoran, Hubbard One
5:15 – 6:30 pm Reception & Introduction of new COLPM Fellows
7:30 pm Dinner Bashes (Sign-up for pay-your-own-way dinner at local restaurants with College Fellows and continue to exchange ideas and be inspired.)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

8:00 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 am Inside the New Law Firm

We are outsourcing legal and support work, modifying fee-setting methods, replacing people and paper with technology and just basically upending the way we do our work.

  • Moderator: K. William Gibson, Arbitrator/Mediator
  • Patrick Lamb, Valorm Law Group
  • Mark Robertson, Robertson & Williams
  • Susan Saltonstall Duncan, RainMaking Oasis, Inc.
10:00 – 11:00 am Hitting the Reset Button

Knowledge tools, elawyering, unbundling and more…technology lets lawyers work smarter, find and serve new markets and expand access to justice for real people and institutions.

  • Moderator: Ron Staudt, Center for Access to Justice & Technology
  • Marc Lauritsen, "The Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter with Knowledge Tools"
  • Richard Granat, Directlaw, Inc. & MyLawyer.com
  • Will Hornsby, ABA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services.
11:15 am – 12:15 pm 60 Tips in 60 Minutes

Get rapid fire proven tips from College Fellows on how they have pressed the reset button and what changes they are making to improve the business of practicing law.

12:15 – 12:45 pm Now What?

Aric Press, Editor at American Lawyer Media puts together a “to do list” for the law practice entrepreneur.

12:45 – 2:15 pm Luncheon: InnovAction Awards Presentation. Meet the winners of the 2010 COLPM InnovAction Awards
6:30 pm Reception, Dinner and Induction of New College Fellows (Fellows and guests only)