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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.

Events

A professional association is only as strong as its membership, a byproduct of which is the affinity formed among peers to support and learn from each other. It is in this community of common interests that, over time, creates a base of knowledge that is shared and codified. The strength of the IPMA comes from both this affinity and the knowledge base that has shaped the organization and the profession. As such, the organization holds professional development as one of its core values as a way to continually contribute to and house our collective knowledge.

Recognizing the needs of our members, the IPMA provides opportunities and programs in a variety of platforms and modalities for all members regardless of experience and tenure.

In addition to details on current offerings, you will find a multitude of valuable resources from past events and programs including Proceedings Books from past Annual Conferences and recordings of past webinars.


Annual IPMA Conference & Expo

Your attendance at the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo is the most productive and cost-effective professional development opportunity of the year.

Three days of targeted educational programming, peer networking, and one-on-one discussions with industry business partners makes the IPMA Annual Conference & Expo the industry's leading event for practice support management professionals. Not only will you hone your managerial skills and talents, but your firm will benefit from your participation in forums where other professionals share their successes. The IPMA Expo allows you to evaluate new products and services from the leading industry service providers—all under one roof!


Managerial Skills Seminar

The IPMA Managerial Skills Seminar is designed to develop and refine practical managerial skills involved in the supervision of paralegals, litigation support, docket, technology, and other legal practice support professionals. This full-day program is the first and only seminar designed by and for active practice support managers and presented by IPMA members.

Both new and experienced managers will learn valuable management, team building, and communication skills essential to supervision in a legal organization. Subjects covered include recruitment and retention, orientation, evaluations, training programs, performance management, and positioning your program for success.


Webinars

In addition to website resources and local and association-wide networking opportunities, IPMA strives to provide professional education to its members in a variety of ways. IPMA's Management Resources Committee has designed a webinar series highlighting the most popular topics from the most recent Annual Conference program, and featuring experienced law firm managers as presenters. These one-hour webinars will be presented bimonthly, and members can conveniently participate from your own offices without a need to travel.