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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.

Benefits of Attending

Your attendance at the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo is the most productive and cost-effective professional development opportunity of the year. Here’s why you need to attend our virtual conference:

Three days of unrivaled educational programming, peer networking, and one-on-one discussions with Business Partners makes the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo the industry’s leading event for managers and supervisors of personnel within a legal environment. Not only will you hone your managerial skills and talents, but your organization will benefit from your participation in forums where other professionals share their successes.

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The specialized contentat the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo is developed by your peers and focused on the distinct challenges that affect howlegal-related positions are managed.This year's three-day educational program features hot topics, latest trends, and current issues, so whether you manage paralegals, law clerks, litigation support, docketing, or other legal-related positions, you'll find the information you're seeking among programming on human resources, technology and innovation, communications, organizational management, and career development.

General sessions and workshop programs with multiple tracks allow you to choose the most fitting array of topics to meet your organization’s needs. These tracks enable you to tailor your experience and hear about what’s happening across the industry. Learn about best practices that are developing at firms and corporations throughout the U.S. and Canada—a great way to find out what’s working and what’s not—and advance your career with knowledge and tools you’ll take back to your office following the conference.


Competing for business in today’s legal marketplace requires savvy management that promotes efficiency and innovation. Exhibitors at the IPMA Expo are industry experts and solution-providers in the fields of recruiting, deposition and court services, corporate services, translation, eDiscovery, and more. With scheduled expo time built into the conference agenda, there’s no shortage of opportunities to evaluate how your organization can benefit from the latest products, services, and technology—all on one screen!


Every year, conference participants offer glowing reviews of the unique networking that takes place at IPMA the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo. Connect with a community of people who understand the issues you face. Meet managers representing various firm sizes, practice areas, and corporations who provide a valuable, ongoing resource for problem solving and know-how.

When you meet with your peers, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate (or change) your perspectives. You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar, or you could hear another idea and realize you’re already on the right track!


Justification Checklist

  • Plan early! This year's conference will be virtual, so there's no need to make hotel/travel arrangements.
  • Formalize your request in writing. Identify benefits your employer will realize through your attendance at the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo and support your request with specific reasons for attending. Think about what sessions meet objectives and learning opportunities that are important to your organization. Prepare a list of exhibitors that you’d like to meet to discuss their products and know the answer to the question, “Why?”
  • Prepare a budget for attending the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo and be willing to contribute to your own education by personally absorbing a portion of the costs if necessary. Consider using vacation time for some of the days out of office. Remember this conference is VIRTUAL this year, so travel costs don't exist. 
  • Share your knowledge. Offer to present everything you learn to other managers in your firm or campany.
  • Share conference materials with your partners. Ask for input about which sessions and Business Partner meetings would most benefit your firm or company.
  • Present your plan to handle important business matters while you are away and arrange for backup.
  • If your organization has managers in multiple offices, the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo is a great opportunity to schedule a face-to-face call to connect. Plan to discuss implementation strategies for the ideas you’ll develop at conference.

The Power of a Single Idea

A single new idea, like introducing a new procedure, policy, or product, makes attending the Annual IPMA Conference & Expo a worthwhile investment. When you return to the office, be sure to:

  • Emphasize the most important thing you learned as a result of attending the conference.
  • Demonstrate new skills or processes you learned that will save time and money.
  • Keep in contact with other conference participants to build your network of resources.
  • Provide an executive report that summarizes new ideas to implement or develop further.

Thank you for planning to attend this year’s Annual IPMA Conference & Expo scheduled for October 13-15, 2021. Please be sure to contact IPMA headquarters at if you’re in need of additional information about the event. We look forward to seeing you virtually!