Sponsors/Partners of the 2013 InPRACTICE Conference Included:
CohnReznick, LLP provides clients with forward thinking advice that helps them navigate complex business and financial issues. With more than 2,000 employees nationwide, we provide the resources, technical skills and deep industry knowledge to help them succeed. Law firms have been in the grip of a dramatically shifting marketplace for the last decade. Cost-conscious clients and the rise of outsourced or technology-driven legal work have impacted profitability and changed billing arrangements. The increasing specialization of firms by the industries they serve has increased economic cycle risk. Consolidation continues as a response to change, yet history has shown that this brings its own challenges. CohnReznick’s Law Firms Practice gives more than 100 law firms the guidance they need to strategize through these challenges.
RBS Citizens is one of the leading providers of specialized banking services to law firms, an industry it has been serving through its Professionals Banking Division for over 30 years. It is one of the only banks that features experienced and knowledgeable industry focused bankers who understand the unique characteristics and challenges of law firms thus are able to customize and deliver banking solutions that meet the financial needs of the firms. RBS Citizens provides a variety of credit products, such as lines of credit, term loans, equipment leasing and standby letters of credit, that are often needed by law firms to finance aspects of their business. Its full suite of deposit and treasury management products enables law firms to maximize cash flow and manage fiduciary responsibilities. RBS Citizens also offers risk management services which allow law firms to minimize exposure to interest rate risk and foreign exchange fluctuations. Its specialized bankers are eager to share their expertise with these services to help law firms grow and prosper.
LexisNexis® is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with more than 15,000 employees worldwide. Through the integration of information and technology, LexisNexis uniquely unites proprietary brands, advanced Web technologies and premium information sources. Across the globe, LexisNexis provides customers with access to billions of searchable documents and records from more than 45,000 legal, news and business sources.
ForeSite’s team of technology consultants includes expertise on IT networks, web design and development, eMarketing and custom application development. Let us help you to leverage technology to achieve your firm’s business goals.
The Association’s origins date back to 1783. Throughout the years, countless attorneys and judges have built the Association into an organization that has sustained viability and continuity of purpose or both its membership and the Hartford community. The Hartford County Bar Association has a connected membership whose shared purpose is to advance the administration of justice while upholding and improving the professional standards of the legal profession. Association members experience not only a common vision but a common bond of friendship.
The Association of Legal Administrators’ Nutmeg Chapter’s mission is to improve the quality of management in legal services organizations; promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the management team; and represent professional legal management and managers to the legal community and to the community at large.
Founded in 1864, The Hampden County Bar Association is a county association representing the interests of lawyers living and/or working in Hampden County in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is a volunteer organization of lawyers which serves lawyers, the justice system and the public. It provides professional support, education and networking opportunities to its members and advocacy on behalf of lawyers, the judiciary and the public.
The New Haven County Bar Association is the association for attorneys, paralegals and legal administrators in the Greater New Haven area. One of its most important public services is the New Haven County Lawyer Referral Service, a program that refers members of the public to pre-screened, qualified attorneys.
The Fairfield County Bar Association, Inc. has been in existence for over sixty years and is known for its outstanding legal educational programs, involvement in community projects, and addressing the needs of its members. The Association sponsors more than 50 continuing legal education seminars annually, featuring experts from both inside and outside the Association.
Agility Resources Group is a unique marketing, events and public relations company. It is not a consulting firm. It’s an action company. Its only goal is to get you to yours. It spends upfront time finding out what your objectives are, then it maps out innovative plans to get you where you need to be. And then it does the work to get you there. Agility Resources Group brings to you the resources to get the job done.
SNELLA is the nickname of The Southern New England Law Librarians’ Association. Founded in 1978, it is a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. It is a not-for-profit organization of more than 125 law library personnel from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Southern Massachusetts. Its members work in law libraries serving law firms, corporate legal departments, not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions, and federal and state governments encompassing judicial, legislative, and administrative agencies. Its members also work for publishers and other information vendors, and as freelance consultants.
Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, Inc. (“CCPA”) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November, 1982. CCPA is a volunteer organization which relies upon the active participation of its members.
The goals of CCPA are:
- To further and promote the common business interests of persons engaged in the paralegal profession;
- To offer continuing legal education to paralegals;
- To evaluate and define paralegal roles in various sectors delivering legal services and to educate both employers and consumers to these roles;
- To maintain mutually beneficial working relationships with local, state and national bar associations and other paralegal associations; and
- To maintain relationships with state accredited legal education programs or courses for paralegals.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1977 landmark decision in Bates v State Bar of Arizona did more than ease advertising restrictions placed on lawyers, it changed the business of law. As the business acumen among law firms became more evident, so did the need for professional development and community among those professionals leading the charge. Out of this need emerged the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), a nonprofit professional association dedicated to serving the needs and maintaining the professional standards of those involved in marketing for the legal profession. Today, LMA serves more than 3,000 members internationally. Mirroring the standards set by the LMA, the LMA New England Chapter (LMA NE) provides education, professional development, and community enrichment for law firm marketing communications and business development professionals, lawyers, and valued service providers across all six New England states.
Western New England University School of Law is dedicated to training members of the legal profession to serve the public, the bar and the judicial system in the highest and finest traditions of a distinguished calling. To this end, the School of Law’s primary mission is to educate lawyers whose professional lives are characterized by the lifelong pursuit of excellence in the craft of legal practice; by the reflective and ethical solution of legal problems; and by the continuation of, and the exercise of responsible stewardship over, a cherished tradition of public service in pursuit of the common good. The School of Law implements this mission through a distinguished faculty, a curriculum of integrated learning and a community of learning and professional service.
The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, established in 1880, has evolved from a few dedicated lawyers seeking the fellowship of their legal peers to an organization whose membership currently exceeds 700 attorneys and represents a variety of professional areas, including government lawyers, judges, private practitioners and corporate counsel, paralegals and legal administrators. Although its size has grown over the years, the nature of the organization remains essentially the same—it is an organization that provides its members with the opportunity to learn and grow in a congenial and friendly atmosphere.
The Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association is a vibrant organization that includes attorneys, law students and paralegal members, as well as professors and members of the judiciary. The CHBA focuses on enhancing professional opportunities for Hispanic attorneys, serving as mentors to new lawyers and law students, and helping private and public legal employers achieve their diversity goals. The CHBA has undertaken substantial efforts to serve the bar and the Hispanic community in Connecticut, and is a member and supporter of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity.