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Our Mission

The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the primary source of information and education for managers in law firms, corporations, and law departments. We provide an inclusive community that promotes and enhances the proficiency and professionalism of our members. We deliver practical resources and cutting-edge solutions on the value and management of professionals in the legal environment.


For information about how to participate on one of the IPMA's committees, contact headquarters staff at 404-467-6757.

Membership Division

Jane Anne Gross, Vice President - Membership / Board Liaison

Membership Committee
Participate in the IPMA's efforts to recruit and retain members, provide relevant and valuable member benefits, and coordinate the first-time attendee orientation at conference.

Co-Chair: Courtney Bean
Co-Chair: Geraldine Chua

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Professional Development Division

Huascar Matos, Vice President - Professional Development / Board Liaison

Conference Committee
This committee plans the educational content and selects presenters for the IPMA Annual Conference.

Chair: Patty Maxwell

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Management Resources Committee
Assist in the identification and development of content and speakers for training programs offered to IPMA members and prospective members. Develop best practices and resources to support member success in the management and supervision of personnel within a legal environment.

Co-Chair: Angela Monroe
Co-Chair: Virginia Weeks

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Trends & Positions Division

Carol Van Buren, Vice President - Trends & Positions / Board Liaison

Compensation Survey Advisory Board
This advisory board provides direction for carrying out the IPMA's annual compensation survey initiative.

Chair: Gary Melhuish

Emerging Trends Committee
Explore recent and developing trends that affect the responsibilities of managers and supervisors of personnel within a legal environment and the employees they manage. The information gathered is used to develop appropriate and timely educational content.

Chair: David Gerkin

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Communications Division

Brian Bernhard, Vice President - Communications / Board Liaison

Communications Committee
This committee develops member and public communications plans in coordination with the IPMA management team. Participate in the editorial process and content development for Inspired Leadership, the IPMA's quarterly professional publication.


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Executive Division

Tara Kim Eberhart, President-Elect/Board Liason

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The IPMA is committed to creating a more inclusive environment and a greater sense of belonging for all members.

Co-Chair: Cheryl Garner
Co-Chair: Laura Porter

Patty Maxwell, Immediate Past President / Board Liaison

Awards Committee
The IPMA maintains several awards that serve to recognize achievements in IPMA volunteerism, community service, and pro bono activities.

Co-Chair: Brian Bernhard
Co-Chair: Alison Sinclair

Nominations Committee
This committee identifies candidates to run for the IPMA's Board of Directors.

Chair: Patty Maxwell

Business Partner Advisory Panel
This committee develops and nurtures IPMA relationships with Business Partner Members and other industry service providers.

Chair: Patty Maxwell