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February 16, 2010

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION PRESENTS BEST PRACTICES IN LEGAL MANAGEMENT CLE PROGRAM

Live Program and Webcast to Provide the Latest Strategies and Tips to Be Effective Law Firm Managers

A panel of experts will give a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day operations of a  law firm during an upcoming Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program that will provide legal administrators and management practitioners with the latest strategies and tips on how to be more effective managers of their law practices. Co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Law Practice Management (LPM) and the New York City Chapter of The Association of Legal Administrators (ALANYC), the Thursday, February 25th live program will take place from 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Hotel (Madison Avenue at 45th Street) in New York City.

 "Whether it's hearing the latest trends in business development or learning how to take advantage of the newest technology systems, legal management practitioners of all types will benefit from attending this excellent program," said State Bar Association President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City). "I want to thank Gary Munneke for arranging such a terrific panel of experts to share their strategies and best practices in helping managers to achieve the greatest success for their law firms."

Gary A. Munneke, chair of the State Bar's Committee on Law Practice Management and a Professor of Law at Pace Law School in White Plains, will moderate the panel, comprising expert directors, managers and administrators at some of the nation's top law firms and technology companies. Featured topics will include Strategic and Organizational Planning, Business Development, Human Resources, Financial Management, Procurement, Operations Management, Technology and Systems Management, and Space Planning and Design.

The speakers - all leaders in the field of legal management - will be Barry Jackson, CPA, CLM, Executive Director (Davis & Gilbert, LLP); Kimberly A. Swetland, Director of Administration (Harris Beach, PLLC); Vincent M. Bell, Director of Administration (Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP); Anthony Greene, CRM, CIC Director (Herbert L. Jamison & Co. LLC); John W. Hall, III, CPA, CFO (Davis & Gilbert LLP); Kenneth Knott, CPA, Manager (Proskauer Rose LLP); Roseann Lentin, Director of Administration (Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP); Frank Mariello, Technical Services Director (mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc.); Dean Silverberg, Esq. (Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.); Marjorie Stein, Office Administrator NYC (Hogan & Hartson LLP); and Rita Thompson, CLM, Administrator (Kavanagh Maloney & Osnato LLP).

Individuals interested in attending the program can register online at www.nysba.org/spring2010bestpractices, or by calling 1-800-582-2452. Webcast or in-person registration for State Bar and ALANYC members is $295. Non-members can register for the program or webcast for $385. Additionally, student members can register for the program or webcast at a cost of $85. The program will provide 6.0 CLE credits in Practice Management and 2.0 CLE credits in Ethics, for a total of 8.0 CLE credits.

All attendees will receive the newly published Best Practices in Legal Management-A Comprehensive Guide (2010) along with a USB flash drive or CD containing numerous useful legal management templates and forms.

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Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years. For more information, visit us at our Web site at www.nysba.org.