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Legal Project Management 101  
The Very Basics

September 24, 2015
90 Minutes

Fierce competition for clients continues to increase in the legal community. Gone are the days when attorneys could simply demand exorbitant legal fees and expect clients to pay them without question. Gone are the days when legal strategy was contemplated almost entirely by the legal team with little, if any, input from the client.

Legal clients have responded to their own financial constraints by reducing legal spending and demanding more efficient, streamlined, and dependable legal services from their legal services providers. More than ever before, legal clients are demanding better communication and more input with regards to the delivery of their legal services. 

Corporate clients are now demanding that firms draw on the principles of project management with regard to initiating, panning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing out their legal matters. The principles of project management, a standardized system for managing projects, have been used in the corporate sector for decades. 

Prior to the concept of LPM, there were no uniform guidelines to manage cases although project management has been around for years in the corporate sector. Now LPM is spreading rapidly and paralegals who learn LPM will be positioning themselves for long lasting careers in top positions. 

If attorneys and paralegals want to compete in the legal market place in this changing economic climate, it is imperative that these legal service providers familiarize themselves with the principles and technology of LPM. LPM is quickly becoming the new normal and some firms have already lost big clients to competing firms that have established LPM practices. Don’t allow yourself to be left behind!


In this LPM 101 Webinar, you will learn: 

  •  What LPM is and how it is rapidly changing the face of the legal services industry.
  •  How to effectively negotiate scope and budget with clients.
  •  How to make sure that your organizational goals are aligned with client needs  and expectations.
  •  The various phases and tasks that make up LPM.
  •  How to plan and budget around these phases and tasks.
  •  How to improve communication with various stakeholders (clients, legal team members,
     contractors, governmental entities, etc.).
  •  How to monitor legal work so that it stays on schedule, on task and within the established  budget.
  •  Some examples of LPM software and tools.
  •  How LPM strengthens client trust and loyalty.
  • When and how to begin implementing LPM in your organization

Your Presenters
Alicia Mercer (Mitchell) is a Legal Project Manager and Advanced Certified Paralegal at Brown & Associates, PLLC, a law firm
serving clients in North and South Carolina with more than 13 years of experience. Mercer gained many years of experience as a paralegal in the areas of civil litigation, securities litigation (FINRA), family law, contract law, and estate planning. 

She obtained a paralegal certificate from UGA and later earned a Bachelor of Science in the Paralegal Studies concentration at COSC in Connecticut. Mercer has received advanced paralegal certifications in trial practice and contracts administration from the National Association of Legal Assistants and is expected to graduate with her Master of Science in Project Management from MSU in Spring 2016.

Allen Brody, Esq., General Counsel, Organization of Legal Professionals


September 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. Pacific/12:00 Central/1:00 Eastern
90 Minutes
1.5 CLE

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Pricing Options:
Paralegal Passport: Free
Paralegal Plus: $79.00 - Live
Non-Member:  $89.00 -  Live
OnDemand Recorded: $89.00 (includes PowerPoints)

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Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) is a sponsor of this webinar. OLP is a California MCLE Multiple Activity Provider. One hour CLE. Check with your state for eligibility. Classes are subject to change or cancellation. No refunds. Attendees may apply a credit towards another course or provide a substitute.


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