Why you should attend
Legal project management is quickly becoming a critical way of doing business in law firms and legal departments. Lawyers are learning to implement project management principles in order to better plan, organize, and supervise projects while enhancing client service and relationships, minimizing risk and enhancing profitability and the management of legal costs. In just a few years, legal organizations have moved from questioning the need for project management principles in their work, to applying it to many aspects of how they manage their work.
This program will take the foundational elements covered in the past two years’ programs and show how they can apply to your law firm or legal department - with the examples of organizations who are using legal project management to transform themselves. You will learn about the latest developments in project management in the legal field, with lessons learned from law firms and legal departments about how to apply these techniques to improve efficiency, lower project costs, and increase overall results.
What you will learn
- Keys to successful implementation of legal project management principles
- Experiences of legal organizations in getting buy-in, embarking on pilot projects, developing new metrics for success, and using project managers
- How to build more accurate budgets using project management tools and processes
Who should attend
This program is designed for lawyers and other legal professionals who want to improve how their organization, firm, department, practice group, or individual lawyers understand and approach project management in order to get initiatives implemented.
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
9:00 Opening Remarks and Introduction
Susan Raridon Lambreth, P. Michael Walker
9:15 Trends and Developments in Legal Project Management - How LPM Is Changing the Legal Business Model
- The evolving role of project management in legal operations
- Changing expectations from corporate clients - for their in-house counsel and legal departments
- How LPM initiatives are developing in legal organizations
- Success stories of law firms and law departments implementing LPM
Susan Raridon Lambreth, P. Michael Walker
10:15 Applying Legal Project Management - A Case Study in Using LPM in Legal Organizations
- Getting buy-in and getting initial initiatives off the ground
- Getting started with pilot projects or organization-wide approaches
- Selecting tools and getting systems aligned
- Changing the way matters are managed
- Different approaches by practice type
Fredrick Russell Dempsey, Delilah B. Flaum, Susan Raridon Lambreth, Brad L. Peterson
11:15 Networking Break
11:30 Applying Legal Project Management - How Does It Change Day-to-Day Lawyering?
- Getting a matter started using a project management approach
- Doing effective “scope of work” agreements
- Managing the matter with a project plan
- Communication with all the key stakeholders
- Dealing with scope changes and reviewing lessons learned
Robert H. Brunson, John E. Duggan, Susan Raridon Lambreth, Laura H. McAlister, Andrew J. Terrett
Afternoon Session: 1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:45 Budgeting for Legal Matters - Lessons Learned from Alternative Fee Arrangements and Hourly Matters
- Developing policies for budgeting matters - AFAs, use of task codes, etc.
- How to create a budget that wins work
- The different views of the budgeting process - in-house vs. outside counsel
- The various roles and responsibilities for budgeting and managing the budget - partners, finance professionals, legal project managers, and practice management professionals
Florinda Baldridge, Robert H. Brunson, Stephanie Flitcroft, Susan Raridon Lambreth, David A. Rueff, Jr., P. Michael Walker
3:15 Networking Break
3:30 Legal Project Managers - Developing Roles for Lawyers and Other Professionals in Managing Legal Matters
- Different approaches to the use of project managers in law firms
- What do legal project managers do on a day-to-day basis?
- The pros and cons of practicing lawyers functioning as project managers
Vincent J. Cordo, Jr., John E. Duggan, Susan Raridon Lambreth, Laura H. McAlister, David A. Rueff, Jr.
Robert H. Brunson
~ Chairman, Legal Project Management Initiative, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
David A. Rueff, Jr.
~ Legal Project Management Officer, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
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