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Our Mission

The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms and law departments globally. Its mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide thought leadership to the membership, the legal industry and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of paralegals and other practice support professionals.

Industry & Other Resources

As part of its efforts to provide resources for members, the IPMA Management Resources Committee reviews and recommends other legal industry and management web resources. Below are a number of sites IPMA members may find useful. If you have recommendations for other sites, please contact IPMA Member Services.


Educational Programs

Electronic Discovery Institute's (EDI) Distance Learning Initiative
EDI Distance Learning is an online, educational endeavor designed to engage practitioners and students to meet their ethical obligation of maintaining requisite knowledge and skill in the ever-evolving world of legal technology. Develop new skills and build expertise in discovery to update your professional profile, advance your career, or broaden your knowledge base. EDI's curated, interview-style course curriculum provides users with a structured learning platform that leverages technology to make its research and scholarship accessible to those unable to attend in-person lectures. EDI and its faculty will award practitioners that complete the full EDI Distance Learning curriculum with the distinguished Certificate in Discovery Practice.


Legal News & Information

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Law Blog is on the Wall Street Journal website. It contains links to blogs regarding law schools, constitutional law, the Supreme Court, lawyers and law firms, state legislation and intellectual property news, no subscription is needed.

WSJ Blogs
WSJ Blogs is a collection of different blogs and includes blogs on the financial markets, venture capital, bankruptcy; business, news & politics, markets & economy to name a few, no subscription is needed.

Paralegal Today
Paralegal Today is the leading, independent magazine serving the information needs of paralegals and legal assistants nationwide. Published for over 33 years, Paralegal Today provides subscribers with ideas, techniques and insights that help them improve their skills, enhance their performance and advance in their career. This well-rounded, authoritative magazine gives readers pertinent, useful content including best practices, special reports, survey reviews, technology tips, association updates, a peer discussion group, and more. Individual subscriptions are available for either the print or digital-only edition. Law Firms, Legal Departments or other groups can also obtain a Digital Subscription License at group discount rates to provide the magazine to their whole staff. To subscribe go to http://paralegaltoday.com/ and Click on SUBSCRIBE NOW. For marketers, advertising opportunities include print ads, online ads, direct E-Blasts, and custom publishing projects. For advertising info Click on ADVERTISERS. Published quarterly by Conexion International Media, Inc. 


Training & Development 

Blanchard LeaderChat
Blanchard LeaderChat is a weekly blog about managing in today’s environment and what leaders do to create an engaged, motivated and productive work force.

Karen Friedman Enterprises
Karen Friedman is a former TV news reporter whose website offer insights and tips for business management and communication skills through articles and quick tips. Check out those tabs on her website.

QuietSpacing
QuietSpacing allows the reader to read all about Paul Burton and his Quiet Spacing philosophy which is a way of managing emails and building some “quite time” into your week which ultimately makes you work more efficiently. At this link you can sign up for his monthly email update. Paul Burton presented a General Session at the 2012 Conference in Vancouver. You can read Paul's blog here.

Legal Talk Network
Legal Talk Network offers podcasts and a blog by Vicki Voisin. Her podcast, The Paralegal Voice covers the latest issues and trends in the world of paralegals and legal assistants. She invites leading paralegals and legal professionals to discuss a range of topics from career tips and tactics to writing skills and hiring trends. The Paralegal Voice is a comprehensive educational resource for paralegals at any level of experience.

MindTools
This is a site that offers a variety of tools to learn the leadership, management and effectiveness skills you need for a long and successful career.

The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell
The dynamic workshop by John Maxwell on the five levels of leadership.


Industry Resources

How to Become a Notary Public
This site includes everything you need to know about becoming a Notary Public, plus step by step instructions.  

 

Human Resources

AboutMoney - Human Resources
This is a site devoted to HR topics, offering among other things, how-to’s on effective recruitment and retention of staff.


 

Docketing

Docket Life
Docket Life is a blog that caters to mostly docketing professionals at law firms and legal departments. The site provides informative articles and commentary to help docketing and other professionals looking to network online and learn from each other, whether it be via blogging or other social media.