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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.

2019 Annual Conference & Expo



The International Practice Management Association held its 35th Annual Conference and Expo on October 23-25, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle, WA. With increased member attendance and a sold-out expo hall, having the conference in Emerald City was a win-win for everyone! The educational program featured a variety of sessions on practice support management topics, including Creating a Successful Team Assistant Program: How to Grow Your Own Assistants, Recruitment & Interviewing: How to Use the Latest Technology, Developing a Paralegal Orientation Program and Educating and Hybrid Paralegals: How to Supervise Paralegals who Perform Secretarial Duties.

Keynote speakers included Aaron Levy, who taught attendees The Future of Work: How to Lead a Multi-Generational Workforce and gave them the confidence to start grooming the younger generations at work. Merit Gest touched on How We Influence Others and What Has Influence Over Us and shed some insight on the specific mindsets, actions and skills that control influences. 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 Lead Teams in an Evolving Workplace!

In addition to all of the networking, everyone got a pair of IPMA branded socks to help them Educate, Innovate and Motivate 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 Laura Porter handed the torch to Patty Maxwell with a tiara. President Maxwell has vowed to continue to lead the Association to success and keep the Just One Thing movement alive. However, she wants members to do Just One More Thing in 2020. The 2019-2020 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 2020. Each year the Association recognizes outstanding members and chapters that go above and beyond for the IPMA. Tara Kim Eberhart received the President’s Award. Susan Atkins received the Rising Star Award. Michelle Hess, Toni Marsh, and Patricia Hartnett received the On the Spot Award. The Communications Committee received the Strength of Many Award.