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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.


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 within this community of common interests that, over time, a base of knowledge is created, 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.

See below for details on current offerings, along with a multitude of valuable resources from past events and programs.

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!

View Past IPMA Conferences.

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.


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.

View Past Recorded Webinars.