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The International Practice Management Association is your primary resource for information and education on the management of practice support professionals including paralegals 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 practical resources and cutting-edge solutions to the membership, the legal industry, and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of practice support professionals.

Conference


The International Practice Management Association held its 36th Annual Conference and Expo on October 14-16, 2020, virtually. This year’s VIRTUAL conference was the IPMA’s first ever and attendance and Exhibitor presence was at an all-time high. and Expo Hall The educational program featured a variety of sessions on practice support management topics, including The Current State of Artificial Intelligence, How Your HR Team Can Help You Manage, How Do We Get Our People Back- Trust & Loyalty and Managing Client Expectations.

Keynote speakers included Delee Fromm, who taught attendees about Gender Bias in the Workplace and gave actual tips to use to mitigate these instances in their work environment. Emily Shamsid-Deen schooled attendees on The Subtle (Yet Dangerous) Ways Racism Shows up in the Workplace. Lara Wharton helped our attendees achieve the ultimate Zen with her Mindfulness for a Healthier Mind and Work Environment presentation. Dennis Dore educated attendees on Emergency Preparedness in the Law Firm with all the uncertainty that has happened in 2020. Aaron Levy closed out the 2020 Conference with his motivational speech on Open, Honest and Direct: A Guide to Unlocking Your Teams Potential. 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 Virtual 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 who registered by 9/25 received their Swag Box in the mail filled with all the good stuff you find in the Expo Hall along with snacks and of course a mask! We know each year the Expo Hall is always a highlight of so many attendees and we wanted to make sure we brought the Expo Hall to everyone.

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 Patty Maxwell handed the torch to Lisa Ricchezza with a tiara. President Ricchezza has vowed to continue to lead the Association to success and wants the word of her Presidency to be “confidence!” She still wants members to do Just One More Thing in 2021. The 2020-2021 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 2021. Each year the Association recognizes outstanding members and chapters that go above and beyond for the IPMA. Dentons LLP received the President’s Award. Angela Monroe & Virginia Weeks received the Rising Star Award. Ciara Hodges received the On the Spot Award. The Conference Committee received the Strength of Many Award.