American Bar Association

Despite being a barrister based in Sydney, Australia, I have been involved for many years with The American Bar Association, most recently as a governing councillor of the Law Practice Division and a member of the Legal Project Management Interest Group.

The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organisations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.  It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world. Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. Membership is open to lawyers, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession.

The Law Practice Division focuses on the four areas of marketing, management, finance, and technology. Its annual conference, the premier legal technology conference by lawyers for lawyers, is ABA Techshow.

For my book and other work in technology, see Technology.

For my papers presented at ABA Techshow, see Evernote.

The mission of the Legal Project Management Interest Group is to evaluate the evolving area of legal project management and provide ABA membership with guidance on the following areas:

  • the use of legal project management to improve attorney-client relationships and the delivery of services, including a closer adherence to ethical standards,
  • the implementation of process improvement techniques to streamline and improve the efficiency of matters,
  • the use of project management information systems to capture, manage, report and evaluate case management activities,
  • the evaluation of the "legal project manager" in law firms, law departments and legal vendors,
  • the integration of legal process outsourcing into legal service offerings, and
  • and development of best practices, training and a repeat sessions of the ABA LPM Bootcamp which was conducted in January of 2015.

Best practices would include guidance for: (i) collaborating with a client to develop a detailed scope of the engagement and customizing a project plan and budget which adheres to that scope, (ii) using the plan and budget to improve client communication throughout the engagement, to monitor and control legal spend and to manage unknowns and changes in scope, and (iii) using case closure to identify lessons learned and innovative methods to improve upon the delivery of legal services and create knowledge management resources.

The Legal Project Management Interest Group provides a continuing series of webinars.

For my qualifications in Legal Project Management, see Legal costs.

For a webinar on developing a reasonable estimate of fees, see above.