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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, corporations 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.

2018 Annual Conference & Expo



The International Practice Management Association held its 34th Annual Conference and Expo on October 17-19, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL. With increased member attendance and a sold-out expo hall, having the conference in the Sunshine State was a win-win for everyone! The educational program featured a variety of sessions on practice support management topics, including Navigating a Merger, How to be An Effective Coach for Your Employee, Social Media, Rethinking the Annual Performance Review and Educating and Developing Your Workforce.

Keynote speakers included Sunjay Nath, who taught attendees The 10-80-10 Principle and gave them the confidence to be an effective manager. Zena Applebaum touched on The Legal Industry Today and shed some insight on the current happenings in today’s legal environment. General session speaker, Tracy Daniels blew everyone away with his presentation about mental health in the workplace and how to deal with it. Among the other plenary sessions at the Conference were the popular IPMA Talk Live Roundtable session and the dual (U.S. and Canada) sessions on hot topics in HR.

Participating IPMA Business Partner members and other industry service providers contributed to the event’s success at the annual Expo by networking with attendees and showing off their wares! The Expo Hall was full of exhibitors that were up-to-date in the legal industry and ensured that their services and products would help all of the members Hit Their Stride!

In addition to all of the networking, everyone got a pair of IPMA branded socks to help them Hit Their Stride more comfortably. The IPMA decided to use socks to be able to see how far their reach travels. The IPMA has members all across the United States and Canada. The IPMA encouraged their members to take photos with their socks using #IPMATravelingSocks as the identifier on all social platforms.

The IPMA Annual Business Meeting Luncheon recognized the incoming President, and new members of the Board of Directors, as well as several IPMA members who were celebrated for their service and contributions to the IPMA and the legal community. Former IPMA President Gary Melhuish handed the torch to Laura Porter with a pair of Mickey Mouse Ears. President Porter has vowed to continue to lead the Association to success and keep the Just One Thing movement alive. The 2018-2019 Board of Directors were happy to take on the roles of their predecessors and make sure that the Association doesn’t lose sight of its mission and goals for 2019. Each year the Association recognizes outstanding members and chapters that go above and beyond for the IPMA. Michelle Hess received the President’s Award. Tracy Schumm received the Rising Star Award. Alison Sinclair, Karen Anderson, and Rebecca Casavant received the On the Spot Award. The Chicago Chapter received the Strength of Many Award.
 
Join us for next year’s conference October 23-25, 2019, in Seattle, Washington. Take advantage of our membership bundles, by renewing your membership and registering for conference and/or managerial skills, and save up to $205! To learn more about the membership bundles, visit www.theipma.org/membership-renewal.