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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
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Overview

The P-MAP serves as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about the effective management of the modern law office. The program was created to serve the needs of solo practitioners and lawyers practicing in small firms, and to protect the public from lawyers whose management skills are inadequate to allow them to deliver competent legal services in a timely manner.

A large part of the information distributed through P-MAP is in the form of a lending library containing books, audio and video programs, and software directly relating to management issues, such as attorney compensation, billing, business planning, client relations, employee relations, ethics and professionalism, loss prevention, marketing, retirement planning, and technology. The program also handles the sale of American Bar Association publication, particularly those of the Law Practice Management Section, on a discounted basis, to ASB members.

The program has created and also makes available a series of free informational packets, brochures and booklets on starting a new firm, handling your trust account, establishing standardized communications with your clients, budgeting, managing files, handling the law office calendar and docket system, and selecting appropriate computer hardware and software for the small law office. Three times a year the program produces the P-MAP Update, a newsletter covering management issues and member benefits, and promoting upcoming management–related CLE programs.

The director of P-MAP is available for confidential telephone or on-site office consultations with members as requested, and works with lawyers referred by the Office of the General Counsel, both pre-and post-discipline. Since the inception of the program, the director has worked individually with over 1,500 Alabama lawyers—many of them on numerous occasions.

The director also regularly participates in the planning and presentation of Continuing Legal Education programs of office management, ethics, professionalism and technology through the Alabama State Bar Roadshow, the ASB Annual Meeting, ABICLE, and the Cumberland School of Law Office for Continuing Legal Education. The director is also responsible for coordinating the ASB Legal Expo, a legal products and services show held each year in conjunction with the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting. Speaking opportunities during 2005 included four professionalism presentations, an ethics presentation and a six hour management seminar (chair of planning board) for ABICLE, Bridge the Gap Seminar for ABICLE, and eleven Road Shows for various county bar associations.

In addition, P-MAP, along with ALAP, VLP and the LRS presented the Attorney Master Class (a 6 hour CLE and ethics program) with Dustin Cole, nationally known marketing and practice management consultant. The program was held at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery, due to heavy pre-registration, and was attended by a capacity audience of 140 attorneys.

Laura A. Calloway, J.D.
Program Director

(334) 269-1515
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