Roundtables:

Legal Project Management Roundtable

As you know, legal project management is becoming a key tool for law firms who are aggressively responding to client requests for more efficient legal services. As a result, a growing number of firms are adding professionals as full-time project managers. In fact, this may be the fastest growing professional management position in law firms today (not unlike what happened with the practice management roles a few years ago). And, like any new role, being a project manager in a law firm is fraught with challenges. With few precedents, many legal project managers are searching for resources and peers to help them thrive in this new and emerging role.

In our work with people who are actively tackling project management responsibilities in law firms, several have expressed an interest in organizing a roundtable where legal project management professionals can meet, share ideas and best practices, continue their own professional development and enhance the visibility and functioning of these roles. In response, we have decided to organize a new roundtable for the professionals in project management roles in large firms. Our membership includes in-house legal professionals from law departments, law firm partners leading LPM in their firms and law firm professionals in LPM, finance, professional development, KM and pricing who are leading or implementing LPM in their firms.

The goal of the Roundtable is to bring together individuals in similar roles to share ideas and experiences in their positions; participate in interactive presentations led by guest speakers; and, to discuss the “best practices” that their firms are implementing. All discussions are confidential to the Roundtable members.

The Roundtable will meet twice a year in New York. The meeting locations may change in future years but are decided by the members and are hosted by a member firm in their offices each time. Topics that have been suggested for upcoming meetings include:

  • Getting partner buy-in to project management & process improvement initiatives
  • Client perspective – how legal departments are implementing LPM
  • Tools, templates and systems for budgeting and project planning
  • Group dynamics and managing a project team
  • The psychology of leading change and leading teams in a law firm
  • Developing, analyzing and managing alternative fee arrangements
  • How to measure project management success (use of metrics to benchmark performance in areas including profitability, client satisfaction, market share and more)
  • The relationship between project management, knowledge management and business development
  • Lessons learned in PM in other knowledge-based industries or professional service

Our members appreciate participating in the Roundtable because they have the opportunity to come together and share with individuals in similar positions from other firms about what’s working and not working in project management. Between meetings, members can communicate using our private LinkedIn page. Members also select the topics for guest speakers and content is tailored to the legal project managers’ needs. Further, members have the opportunity to gain insight from LawVision consultants who have decades of expertise in law firm management and have worked with many of the largest law firms in North America. Our consultants have established and lead other roundtables and boardrooms for law firm professionals for more than a decade.

The Legal Project Managers Roundtable members receive a host of benefits including:

  • Opportunity to learn from and share with other professionals in similar roles.
  • Opportunity to attend the two meetings each year
  • Small group format fosters candid discussions and networking.
  • 20% discount on all open programs offered by LawVision Group
  • 20% discount on Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report (published by ALM).
  • 10% discount for individual members at Hildebrandt Institute’s annual and Law Firm Leaders Conference.
  • Access to proprietary and relevant research.

All meetings will be designed to include facilitated conversations based on topics suggested by the members. The in-person meetings will include a professional development segment to be presented by a well-known authority on relevant topics for the members’ roles. Time will also be built in for roundtable sharing among members on issues identified to be of specific interest by the members. The roundtable meetings will be one day, plus dinner the night before or after the meeting. The Legal Project Management Roundtable meets on a consecutive day with the Legal Pricing Roundtable meeting and the two groups have dinner together. There is significant overlap in membership between the two groups.

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