EVENTS

The cornerstone of LPSC is its high quality programs on best practices and trends in law firm marketing, business development and communications.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Take Control by Taking a Deep Breath

Open to all LPSC

Search the web for "ways to cope with stress" and you will inevitability read two words again and again: Just. Breathe.

Great advice, but it's easier said than done, especially while scrambling to finalize projects by year end, preparing partners’ pitches, navigating performance reviews, and juggling a calendar of family and holiday events.

So how do you keep calm, carry on and help others do the same? Join LPSC in November, where you’ll learn to take control of your breathing from certified breathing instructor Mary Lisa (ML) Wahlfeldt.

ML counts among her clients some of the best known litigators in Chicago, and her proven techniques have helped them do better in pitches and presentations, in negotiations and in front of juries.

This interactive program will explore how you can reduce stress, induce calm, lower blood pressure, get better sleep and increase focus through proper breathing techniques -- skills that you can share with partners and team members as year-end stressors intensify.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Deactivate dysfunctional breathing patterns (90% of us have them!)
  • Realign your breathing to work with your body, not against it
  • Activate your diaphragm muscle and work out your breathing muscles

Thanks to Michelle Michaels at Hinshaw & Culbertson for hosting.

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Hinshaw & Culbertson
151 N Franklin Suite 2500
Chicago

Registration for this event is $30, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a spot for this event. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after June 12, 2018 will be billed in full.

PAST EVENTS

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
NextGen: How to Navigate Your Next Performance Review

Open to those early in their careers

With the year-end quickly approaching, now is an excellent time to start preparing for your annual performance review. While it can be a daunting process, your review is also an opportunity to distinguish yourself and demonstrate your value to the firm.

Join LPSC over lunch on Wednesday, October 17 to learn best practices for successfully navigating your next review, including the art of self-promotion, setting reachable goals for the next year, and negotiating salary or other benefits.

NextGen members will come away with an understanding of:

  • Communicating and selling your strengths
  • Taking the lead during the conversation and communicating your concerns, where appropriate
  • Handling criticism and moving forward after a negative review

Our panelists include:

  • Susan Hollender, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, Michael Best
  • Erin Mohideen, Talent Development Manager, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Anna Hanson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Tressler 

As a reminder, NextGen programming is designed for those who are early in their in-house legal and professional services marketing career (less than 10 years of experience). The programs focus on the professional development, skills and marketing foundational elements needed to develop and advance a successful career in the field.

If you manage a team, we encourage you to pass along details of NextGen programming to them.

Thanks to Shannon Reith and Foley & Lardner for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
11:45am-12:15pm Networking
12:15pm-1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Foley & Lardner
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago

Registration for this event is $30, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a spot for this event. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after October 10, 2018 will be billed in full.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
CANCELLED | Q&A with Microsoft Assistant General Counsel Dennis Garcia

This event has been cancelled due to an unforeseen schedule conflict. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Jocelyn Brumbaugh with any questions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
NextGen Summer Social

Kick back with your NextGen colleagues after work at The Hampton Social. Enjoy complimentary drinks, apps and networking during the first hour of the event, after which time we encourage you to stay and continue building relationships with your peers – and pose for a photo in front of the restaurant’s Instagram-worthy “Rosé All Day” sign.

The social is sponsored by photographer Nathanael Filbert, 3Tree Marketing and Greentarget.

Please note that this social is for NextGen members only. To be eligible to attend, you must have attended at least one NextGen program in the past year.

WHEN:
August 21, 2018
Complimentary drinks/apps: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
No-host networking: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

WHERE:
The Hampton Social
353 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654

This complementary event is for NextGen members only – to be eligible to attend you must have attended at least one NextGen program in the past year.

You must RSVP to reserve your spot. Click here to register.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
NextGen: Networking 101

Open to those early in their careers

For some, the word “networking” evokes image of making awkward conversation while standing, but understanding how to network effectively is a crucial skill for professional development and advancement — especially for those who are still early in their careers.

Please join us over lunch on Tuesday, July 17, as our senior-level panelists share practical insights to help you build meaningful contacts. NextGen members will come away with tips for maximizing their interactions in a range of scenarios, including:

  • Participating in the conversation with clients
  • Representing your organization during an event
  • Building credibility with the attorneys you support
  • Connecting with your peers and other professionals

Our panelists include:

  • Holly Barocio, Principal Consultant, GrowthPlay
  • Jocelyn Gould, Senior Business Development Manager, Baker McKenzie
  • Cherya Jenkins, Client Relations Director, Quarles & Brady

As a reminder, NextGen programming is designed for those who are early in their careers (10 years or less) within the in-house legal and professional services marketing industry. The programs focus on the professional development, skills and marketing foundational elements needed to develop and advance a successful career in the field.

Thanks to Jill Himelfarb and Schiff Hardin for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Schiff Hardin
Willis Tower
233 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a spot for this event. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after July 10, 2018 will be billed in full.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Speaking Opportunities: When to Plan, Pitch and Pay to Maximize Firm Visibility

Open to all LPSC

Law firms regularly incorporate external speaking opportunities as a way to raise their profile, but identifying and evaluating these opportunities can be daunting to navigate.

Assessing the business development potential of presenting at programs, both online and at in-person conferences  – then making the case to your department heads – is not for the faint of heart. Understanding this landscape is a central component to many firm’s thought-leadership and profile-raising strategy.

Join LPSC over lunch on Tuesday, June 19 when we will discuss best practices to:

  • Identify the types of speaking opportunities that are the best fit for the positing goals of an individual attorney, practice group or firm
  • Assess the value of pay-for-play engagements
  • Pitch individual speakers and panel opportunities
  • Demonstrate ROI for attorney participation 

Learn how to maximize value associated with external speaking engagements from seasoned in-house marketers and conference organizers including:

  • Misha Shah, Vice President Customer Strategy and Insight, Momentum Events
  • Shaun Elizabeth Salmon, Director of Content, Lawline.com
  • Kirsten E. Talmage, Esq., Senior Director of Product Strategy & Development, Practicing Law Institute (PLI)

Thanks to Brooke Loucks and Skadden for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Skadden
155 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a spot for this event. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after June 12, 2018 will be billed in full.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2018 State of Digital and Content Marketing Survey Results

Open to all LPSC

In Greentarget and Zeughauser Group’s previous studies on the topic, corporate executives made it clear they are inundated with content from multiple sources – including law firms, accounting firms and management consulting firms – all vying for market share.

But some of that content is getting through.

In the 2018 State of Digital and Content Marketing Survey, we asked why. Why are some pieces of content valued and some ignored? And what behaviors, criteria, variables, and processes influence that decision?

Please join LPSC over lunch on Wednesday, May 30 as John Corey, Founding Partner of Greentarget, presents the 2018 data while touching on historical baselines from this nearly decade-long research project.

Thanks to Alli Ferguson and Baker McKenzie for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Baker McKenzie
300 E. Randolph
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a spot for this event. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after May 23, 2018 will be billed in full.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Q&A with American Lawyer Editor Gina Passarella

Open to all LPSC

LPSC is delighted to present an update from The American Lawyer on Wednesday, May 9. Editor-in-chief Gina Passarella will be in Chicago for the first time since she was promoted to the top spot at The American Lawyer last year. She will be joined by Chicago-based ALM reporter Roy Strom.

Join us as we discuss the latest developments and innovations at ALM, how firms and lawyers can best work with them and plans for the future.

Thanks to Kate Slaasted and Kirkland & Ellis for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Kirkland & Ellis
300 N. LaSalle
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a spot for this event. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after May 2, 2018 will be billed in full.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
NextGen: Congratulations, You’re a Manager… Now What?

Open to those early in their careers and those with less than two years of managerial experience

Congratulations! After years of hard work, you’ve reached (or are very close to) the management level. Now what?

New managers and those with their sights on a future promotion are encouraged to join us over lunch on Tuesday, April 17 for a conversation with senior-level managers who have successfully navigated this transition. The program will explore the challenges facing newly promoted managers, including defining goals and learning how to delegate, and offer valuable insights for those looking to advance their careers.

NextGen members will come away with an understanding of:

  • How expectations and responsibilities differ when you become a manager
  • How to manage within your current non-managerial role
  • How to move into a manager position
  • Balancing interpersonal dynamics with colleagues in your new role

Our panelists will include:

  • Aya O’Connor, Business Development Associate Director (Branding & Creative) at Kirkland & Ellis
  • Shannon Reith, Senior Manager, Industry Teams -- Marketing & Business Development at Foley & Lardner
  • Mary Umsted, Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager at Sidley Austin

As a reminder, NextGen programming is designed for those who are early in their in-house legal and professional services marketing career. The programs focus on the professional development, skills and marketing foundational elements needed to develop and advance a successful career in the field.

Thanks to Christina Solomon and Freeborn & Peters for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Freeborn & Peters
311 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a reservation. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after April 10, 2018 will be billed in full.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Understanding What Makes You Tick: Assessing and Structuring a Meaningful Career Path

Part of the LPSC Professional Development Series
Open to all LPSC

So many of us are on autopilot when it comes to our careers. While we are busy, productive and climbing up the ladder, few of us stop to think what about we really want out of our careers – and how to get there.

Back by popular demand, Kirkland & Ellis’ Career Coach Kevin Agnew will give us the tools and insights to help us assess where we are in our professional development process.

After sharing great insights at last year’s Five Tips to Advance Your Career NextGen program, at this program Kevin will move upstream to help attendees understand what motivates them (e.g., money, title, mentoring), develop a structure to help determine where they are on that path to success, and determine actionable next steps.

Kevin runs Kirkland & Ellis’ Career Coaching program as part of the firm’s global alumni engagement strategy, helping individuals develop their professional brand and coaching them on career issues.

Thanks to Nancy Linder of Chapman and Cutler for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Chapman and Cutler
111 W. Monroe
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a reservation. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after February 28, 2018 will be billed in full.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
NextGen: Writing with Impact

Open to those early in their careers

Whether drafting a client alert or simply emailing a partner, strong writing skills are essential for communicating effectively — and they add credibility as you look to advance your career. But these skills come with practice.

To improve your writing abilities, join us over lunch on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 for our second NextGen program: Writing with Impact.

This interactive workshop will offer concrete tools and advice tailored to the legal and professional services field. Our senior-level panelists have spent their careers guiding the editorial voice of their organizations and working within teams to enhance their marketing and communications materials.

NextGen members will come away with insight on:

  • Writing client alerts that stand out
  • Elements of effective LinkedIn profiles
  • Drafting lawyer bios, including what matters to clients
  • Getting to the point
  • The power of tone

Our panelists include:

  • Laurie Cunningham, Global Editorial Manager at Baker McKenzie
  • Risa McMahon, Practice Development Manager at Vedder Price 

As a reminder, NextGen programming is designed for those who are early in their in-house legal and professional services marketing career – those who have not yet reached the manager level. The programs focus on the professional development, skills and marketing foundational elements needed to develop and advance a successful career in the field. Programs are catered to those at the assistant, coordinator and specialist levels.

If you manage a team, we encourage you to pass along details of NextGen programming to them.

Thank you to Kate Discenza and Katten Muchin Rosenman for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Katten Muchin Rosenman
525 W. Monroe
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a registration form. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after January 30, 2018 will be billed in full.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
How to Make the Case to Add to Your Team—and How to Optimize What You Already Have

Open to all LPSC

At a time when many marketing and BD teams are asked to do more with less, we often need to make the business case to add a new full-time resource. When adding a new resource is not an option, how can you effectively transition team members into new or modified roles to meet changing demands – without disrupting your attorneys?

Join LPSC over lunch on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 for a conversation with two marketing and business development leaders who have successfully navigated both scenarios.

LPSC members will come away with an understanding of how to:

  • Create buy-in with firm leadership for hiring a new full-time employee
  • Capture and report ROI
  • Assess department roles against current marketing and BD needs
  • Manage the expectations of your attorneys during a time of change

Our panel includes:

  • Melanie Green, Chief Client Development Officer at Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Jennifer Carro, Director of Client Experience & Business Strategy at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs

Thanks to Erin Baxendale and Sidley Austin for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Sidley Austin
1 S. Dearborn
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a registration form. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after January 23, 2018 will be billed in full.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Science of Collaboration

Open to all LPSC

Despite the increasing buzz about the need to collaborate and the research showing the remarkable effects it can have on revenues, firms still struggle with implementing meaningful programs.

Join LPSC over lunch on December 13 when former lawyer and business development consultant Rob Randolph will lead a candid discussion about collaboration: what it is, what it isn’t, how to start it, and the impact a collaborative approach can have on the bottom line. Rob will identify the common challenges firms face, practical ways to overcome these hurdles, and latest research findings supporting the benefits of a collaborative culture.

LPSC members will come away with an understanding of:

  • The steps needed to implement, support and enable collaboration
  • How to track, evaluate and report these activities to firm leaders
  • How a well-executed program can lead to increased revenues

Rob Randolph has worked inside some of the largest U.S. law firms, developing business development training curriculums designed to teach skills and create cross-practice collaborative teams for professional service firms across the country.

Thanks to Katie Ambrosio and Locke Lord for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking
12:15pm – 1:15pm Programming

WHERE:
Locke Lord
111 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Click here to request a registration form. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after December 6 will be billed in full.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
NextGen Program: Five Tips to Advance Your Career

Join us for our inaugural NextGen program. Five Tips to Move Your Career Forward will offer tools and advice for moving to the next level. Our senior-level panelist have spent their careers building teams and empowering rising stars within their organizations. They will share their insights on:

  • What makes a star employee
  • How to manage up
  • How to write your self evaluation
  • How to know you’re ready for a new role
  • How to move internally

Our panelists include:

  • Kevin Agnew, Career Coach at Kirkland & Ellis
  • Erin Baxendale, Director of Business Development & Marketing at Sidley Austin
  • Sherry Gini, Chief Operating Officer at Goldberg Kohn

NextGen programs will focus on the professional development, skills and marketing foundational elements needed to develop and advance a successful career in the field. Programming will be practical with concrete takeaways on growing your career, gaining industry insights and expanding your professional network. Similar to LPSC, we will focus on in-house marketers to ensure excellent networking opportunities at each event.

NextGen programming is for:

  • Young(er) members of the LPSC community
  • Those early in their in-house legal and professional services marketing career
  • Those who have not yet reached the manager level (e.g. assistants, coordinators and specialists) but have an eye toward moving up within the field

If you manage a team, we encourage you to pass along details of NextGen programming to them.

Thanks to Katherine Miletich and Vedder Price for hosting and providing lunch for this program.

WHEN:
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Vedder Price
222 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25. Click here to request a registra tion form. Please note that your space is reserved only when you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after October 5 will be billed in full.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
LPSC Summer Social

Join your LPSC colleagues after work on Thursday, August 24 for a summer happy hour on Sidley’s gorgeous terrace overlooking Millennium Park.

This complementary event is for LPSC members only – to be eligible to attend you must have attended two LPSC programs in the past year.

WHEN:
Thursday, August 24, 2017
5:30 – 7:30pm
 
WHERE:
Sidley Austin
1 S. Dearborn
Chicago

This complementary event is for LPSC members only – to be eligible to attend you must have attended two LPSC programs in the past year.

You must RSVP to reserve your spot. Click here to register.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Former Chambers USA Editor Laura Mills

Join us on July 11 when we will hear about all things Chambers from a very well-informed source, former USA guide editor Laura Mills, who recently left Chambers to launch a new venture assisting law firms with their directories and rankings work.
 
Laura will cover tips to make the Chambers process more bearable, how and when to engage (or not engage) the research team, setting expectations within your firms, and what marketers and lawyers can expect at every stage of the process.
 
Thanks to Jen Bullet and One North for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
One North
222 N. LaSalle
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25. Click here to request a spot, noting that your place is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after July 3, 2017 will be billed in full.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Innovation, Design Thinking and the Client Experience

Forward-thinking firms are making waves in the industry by designing and implementing innovative tools and initiatives that drive greater efficiency, leveraging big data and advancing other strategic initiatives.

Join LPSC in June when we feature two leaders focused on advancing and implementing innovative offerings that are changing how attorneys collaborate with and serve their clients.

  • Leigh Ollman is Co-director of AkermanX, an innovation venture within Akerman that leverages human-centered design practices to bring fresh thinking and new legal solutions to market.
  • Jae Um is Director of Strategic Planning & Analysis at Seyfarth Shaw, which has been at the forefront of innovating legal service delivery for more than a decade by drawing on interdisciplinary thinking across Lean and design, as well as cross-functional expertise in process and technology.

Leigh and Jae will share insights on how to sell in innovation, how to effectively execute it across the platforms, and how to keep the focus where it belongs: on the client’s service experience.

LPSC members will come away with and understanding of:

  • The three types of innovation and what they look like in practice
  • Design thinking and how it can uncover new ways to tackle complex issues
  • Best practices in inviting clients to participate in the innovation process

Thanks to Michael James and Much Shelist for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Much Shelist
191 N. Wacker
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25. Click here  to request a spot, noting that your place is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after June 8, 2017 will be billed in full.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Greentarget 2017 Social Media Study

Building on Greentarget’s inaugural study in 2010, Founding Partner John Corey and Director of Research & Market Intelligence Kevin Iredell will present the latest insights on how corporate general counsel are engaging in social media and law firm-generated content. They will also explain how law firms are evolving their own content and digital strategies to build relationships and fuel business development.

John and Kevin will detail:

  • How in-house counsel are using social media and consuming content
  • The types of content in-house counsel value most
  • How forward-thinking law firms are managing their content creation and distribution

Thanks to Alli Ferguson and Baker McKenzie for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Baker McKenzie
300 E Randolph
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25. Click here  to request a spot, noting that your place is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after May 24, 2017 will be billed in full.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
What To Do When You Get a New Boss

As part of our popular professional development series, LPSC’s March program will focus on the strategies we can use when working with a new boss. Deb Knupp of GrowthPlay (Akina) will draw on her own personal experience as well as her extensive coaching background to provide members actionable takeaways for making yourself invaluable in your firm during times of change.

Topics include:

  • Understanding and adapting to your new boss’ work style ·
  • Demonstrating that you’re a team player
  • Establishing the best framework for feedback

Thanks to Nicole Drusinsky and KPMG for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 21
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
KPMG
Aon Center
200 East Randolph 55th Floor
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25. Click here to request a spot, noting that your place is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after March 14, 2017 will be billed in full. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Best Practices in Alumni Relations Programs

Mobility is a given in today’s workforce, with some studies showing today’s young worker will have 12+ jobs during their career. Many professional services firms have recognized the value of maintaining relationships with their former colleagues, with dedicated alumni programs at various stages of investment and development. But, what defines success in alumni relations? How do you ensure you are investing in the right places?

Join LPSC over lunch on Thursday, February 23, as we discuss best practices in alumni engagement.

Panelists will include:

  • Caren Scoropanos, National Director, Alumni Marketing and Cause Marketing, KPMG
  • Chiara Wrocinski, Director of Firmwide Alumni Engagement & CareerLink, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Tracey Pavlishin, Global Head of Alumni Engagement, A.T. Kearney

Thanks to Alexis Johnson and Latham & Watkins for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN: 
Thursday, February 23
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Latham & Watkins
330 N Wabash Suite 2800
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council. Please note that your place is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email. Cancelations made after February 16, 2017 will be billed in full.

Friday, January 20, 2017
LPSC 10th Anniversary Celebration

Help LPSC celebrate 10 years of serving the legal and professional services community in Chicago and beyond by joining us for a swanky lunch at Prime & Provisions on Friday, January 20. We will meet in their beautiful upstairs private room for an upscale lunch social, mingling with your LPSC friends and a champagne toast.

This complementary event is for LPSC members only – to be eligible to attend you must have attended two LPSC programs in the past year.

WHEN: 
Friday, January 20, 2017
Noon - 2 pm

WHERE:
Prime & Provisions
222 N. LaSalle
Chicago

This complementary event is for LPSC members only – to be eligible to attend you must have attended two LPSC programs in the past year. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Path to the Next Level

Moving up the ladder in legal and professional services takes skill, perseverance and excellent navigation skills. How do you find the best growth opportunities, make your ambitions known and build the network to position yourself for the next level up – or across – your organization?

Join LPSC for the latest in our professional development series “The Path to the Next Level” over lunch on Thursday, October 27. Our panel of senior marketing and administrative professionals will share their stories and tips for developing a fast-tracked career in legal and professional services.

Our panel includes:

  • Linda Moss, Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer, Dykema
  • Gia DeCicco, National Leadership Skills Manager, BDO
  • Keith Maziarek, Senior Director of Client Value, Perkins Coie
  • Maria Black, Senior Director of Business Development, Kirkland & Ellis

Thanks to Steve Schroeder and Perkins Coie for hosting and providing lunch. 

 

WHEN:
Thursday, October 27
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Perkins Coie
131 S. Dearborn
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
How to Market a Niche Practice

In a world where lawyers and law firms can seem interchangeable, developing a niche practice is considered the holy grail for differentiation and a thriving practice.

But how do you find the niche, develop it and take it to market positioned for success?

Join LPSC over lunch on Thursday, September 22 to hear from three attorneys who have mastered the art of niche practices. They will share how they cultivated their niche and what they and members of their marketing/BD teams did to help develop and grow their practices.

Our panel will include:

  • Ashley Brandt, Partner at Freeborn & Peters who represents craft breweries
  • Martin Jaszczuk, Partner at Locke Lord who concentrates his practice in Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action litigation
  • Kristen Hudson, Partner at Chuhak & Tecson who represents insurance policyholders and directors and officers

Thanks to Suzanne Donnels and Jenner & Block for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Thursday, September 22
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Jenner & Block
353 N. Clark Street
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
LPSC Summer Social

Join the Legal & Professional Services Council for our most popular event of the year: kicking back outside with your LPSC colleagues after work.

Enjoy drinks, apps and a gorgeous view of the Chicago River from Kirkland & Ellis’ outdoor terrace from 5:30 – 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 13.

Please note that this social complementary and is for LPSC members only. See our LPSC FAQs for information on what constitutes membership.

Many thanks to Greentarget and Kirkland & Ellis for sponsoring the fun!
Greentarget

WHEN:
Wednesday, July 13
5:30 - 7:30pm

WHERE:
Kirkland & Ellis
300 N LaSalle
Chicago

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Lateral Integration Strategies for the Evolving Legal Landscape

The increase in the legal market’s lateral hiring, M&A and geographic expansion is rapidly changing the face of most law firms. A recent Altman Weil Law Firms in Transition Survey showed:

• Nearly all large firms said they would grow by acquiring laterals this year
• 88% said they would acquire groups
• 30% said they would open new offices
• 43% said they would acquire other law firms.

How well will your firm leverage this influx of lateral integration and M&A activity into tangible business development opportunities?

Join LPSC over lunch on Wednesday, June 22 as we discuss best practices for advance planning, internal and external awareness campaigns, and overcoming the unique challenges specific to on boarding groups of laterals.

Panelists Include:
• Cathyann Bixby, Director of Lateral Growth and Integration, Ballard Spahr
• Cindy Holbrook, Co-Lead of Marketing & Business Development, Winston & Strawn
• Jocelyn Brumbaugh, Consultant, The Brumbaugh Group

Thanks to Pauline Chow and Skadden for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 22
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Skadden
155 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Best Practices in Awards & Rankings

With hundreds or even thousands of opportunities for law firms and lawyers to be ranked, awarded or recognized, nominations “season” now runs year-round. Participation requires huge investments by lawyers and law firm marketing departments, and striking the right balance of resource allocation for return can be challenging. This panel will explore different models for managing efforts with publishers of legal rankings and awards, including staffing, insourcing and outsourcing, policy development, technology, measurement and the future of law firm rankings and awards.

Kate Slaasted, global director of communications/PR at Kirkland & Ellis will moderate the panel. Kate has led Kirkland’s awards and rankings efforts since 2005 and developed the Firm’s policies and processes for recognition opportunities.

Lloyd Pearson has 18 years’ full-time legal directories experience and has seen the industry from every angle. He has served as an editor at Chambers & Partners, then was in-house with responsibility for directories at Herbert Smith Freehills in London and White & Case in New York. Now he serves as an independent directories consultant to law firms.

Mary Umsted manages rankings and awards for Sidley Austin. She manages a team devoted solely to awards and rankings and is focused on establishing processes, training, implementing metrics and refining firm policies around the hundreds of rankings and awards opportunities available to a global law firm each year.

Thanks to Beth Hodgeman and Greenberg Traurig for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 14
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WHERE:
Greenberg Traurig
77 W Wacker
Suite 3100
Chicago

Registration for this event is $25, and checks should be made payable to Legal & Professional Services Council.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Inside the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer Magazine

Join the Legal & Professional Services Council when we pull back the curtain on the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine over lunch on Wednesday, March 16. Marc Karlinsky – who joined the Law Bulletin in 2013 and was just named editor of both publications – will talk about how firms can best work with his publications and share his vision for their future.

Thanks to Caroline Hennessy and Quarles & Brady for hosting and providing lunch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 16
Networking: 11:45am – 12:15pm
Programming: 12:15pm – 1:15pm 

WHERE:
Quarles & Brady
300 N. LaSalle
Suite 4000
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Registration for this event is $25.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Client Service Playbooks: Two Case Studies

Your firm – just like every other one – is renewing its focus on client service in 2016.

Survey after survey shows that firms need to listen to their clients and act on that feedback. But what does a successful Client Service program really look like?

Join LPSC over lunch on Wednesday, February 24 when we hear from two firms in different stages of implementing Client Service Playbooks. Seyfarth Shaw implemented a program a few years ago – led by senior leadership – and is now reaping the benefits. Neal Gerber Eisenberg kicked off a program last year and are in the throws of implementation. What do their programs looks like, what methodology do they use, and how have they overcome the barriers along the way?

Our panel includes:

  • Jae Um, Seyfarth Shaw’s Director of Strategic Planning & Analysis
  • Holly Barocio, Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Tasneem Goodman, Managing Director at Akina

Thanks to Holly Barocio and Neal Gerber Eisenberg for hosting and providing lunch.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Greentarget’s 2015 State of Digital & Content Marketing Survey

Join LPRC over lunch on Thursday, December 3 when Greentarget founding Partner John Corey returns to LPRC to present the firm’s 2015 State of Digital & Content Marketing Survey.

Building on Greentarget’s past studies, their latest insights show how corporate general counsel—your clients—are engaging in social media and law firm-generated content, while also explaining how your legal marketing peers are evolving their own content and digital strategies to build relationships and fuel business development.

Thanks to Kevin Blasko and Baker & McKenzie for hosting and providing lunch.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
LPRC Presents The Unconscious Ways Your Attorneys Are Screwing Things Up

Join LPRC over lunch on Thursday, November 19 when we hear from Dr. Arin Reeves, who has made a career getting lawyers - and the occasional legal marketer-to consciously think about the decisions they make in their firms.

As the legal landscape becomes more competitive, firms that make choices on autopilot - such as creating pitch teams that looks like themselves rather than considering the makeup of their target's in-house legal department - will undermine their business development efforts and be left behind.

In addition to addressing the role that unconscious bias plays in business development, Arin will provide practical take-aways including:

  • How to approach a female or diverse attorney when the lead partner wants to bring them into a pitch at the last minute
  • Examining our own marketing materials for biases that have crept in over time
  • Join us for this program to learn how to improve your firm's ability to make more thoughtful - and more profitable - decisions about your marketing and business development investments.

    Thanks to Dave Petrou, Jen Musser and Jones Day for hosting and providing lunch.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    LPRC Presents Chicago OMPs’ View of the Marketing Department

    Join us over lunch on Tuesday, September 29 when LPRC will present a panel of Chicago Office Managing Partners for a window into their marketing departments, including how the role of marketing has evolved over the past five years. The discussion will include:

    • How OMPs can help turn a reactive marketing group into a proactive, key contributor to the firm
    • How marketers can make the leap from a focus on tactics to becoming a strategic, trusted advisor
    • The top trends marketing teams need to be closely monitoring
    • Successfully branding a Chicago office at the local level while staying consistent with a firm’s national/international positioning

    Our panelists include:

    • Jennifer Kenedy, Chicago Office Managing Partner, Locke Lord
    • Kathleen McDonough, Managing Shareholder, Segal McCambridge
    • Mary Wilson, Chicago Office Managing Partner, Dentons

    Thanks to Katie Ambrosio and Locke Lord for hosting and providing lunch.

    Thursday, August 27, 2015
    LPRC Presents a Client Feedback Program Case Study with Faegre Baker Daniels

    Client feedback programs can be a valuable tool for driving firm services and direction, but many law firms struggle on the execution. From determining which clients to target, to who should conduct the interviews, to how to ensure feedback is incorporated up the food chain, complex people dynamics often get in the way of what is best for the firm.

    Join Legal PR Chicago over lunch on Thursday, August 27 for a case study on client feedback programs with Faegre Baker Daniels, a firm with 750 attorneys in 13 global offices.

    Following a re-launch of the firm’s client feedback program after their combination in 2012, Faegre Baker Daniels’ Managing Partner, Chief Client Development Officer and Director of Client Relations will share their journey re-imagining the client feedback program and their specific roles to deliver actionable insights for the firm. They will also preview what’s next on their agenda.

    Panelists:

    • Andrew Humphrey, Managing Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
    • Melanie Green, Chief Client Development Officer, Faegre Baker Daniels
    • Amanda Steins, Director of Client Relations, Faegre Baker Daniels

    Thanks to Melanie Green and Faegre Baker Daniels for hosting and providing lunch.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015
    LPRC Summer Social

    Join LPRC for our most popular event of the year: kicking back outside with your LPRC colleagues after work.

    Enjoy drinks, apps and a gorgeous view of Millennium Park from Sidley Austin’s outdoor terrace from 5:30 – 7:30pm on Thursday, July 23. We’ll have that night’s Downtown Sound concert at the Pritzker as our background music.

    Many thanks to Greentarget and Sidley Austin for sponsoring the fun!

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    LPRC Presents American Lawyer Editor-In-Chief Kim Kleman

    Join LPRC over lunch on Tuesday, June 23 when we host Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer. Kim took over the top spot at AmLaw last year after a long career editing for Consumer Reports and many years as a journalist.

    In her first column for the magazine, she outlined her goal for providing American Lawyer readers with “lively, provocative, must-read articles on the business of law and the lawyers behind that work that you just can’t get anywhere else.” A little over a year into her tenure, we’ll get Kim’s view on all things American Lawyer — what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, what’s next, and the best opportunities for law firms to get involved.

    Thanks to Kate Slaasted and Kirkland & Ellis for hosting and providing lunch.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    LPRC Presents Best Practices in Internal Communications

    While law firms have been slow to embrace internal communications, accounting and other professional services firms have long leveraged it to drive strategy, improve morale and maximize key firm milestones including leadership transitions and the integration of laterals.

    Join LPRC on Tuesday, May 19 over lunch when we will hear from communications experts who have their leaders:

    • All giving the same messaging on strategy
    • Utilizing choose-you-own-adventure style programming at partner retreats to drive home strategy
    • Successfully combing cultures following a merger
    • Managing impactful Best Places to Work submissions
    • Breaking down the barriers to lateral integration

    Our panel includes:

    • Sara Webber Laczo, Corporate Communications Senior Director at accounting firm McGladrey
    • Katherine Wilburn, Account Lead for Phillips 66 at strategy execution firm Gagen MacDonald
    • Jocelyn Brumbaugh, Consultant at The Brumbaugh Group

    Thanks to Stephanie Hall and Much Shelist for hosting and providing lunch.

    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    LPRC Presents Managing Millennials

    Join LPRC on Thursday, April 30 when we will bring in cross-generational expert and coach Rod Ogilvie to give insight into how to manage millennials.

    The motivations, work ethics and expectations of people born between 1980 and 2000 are sometimes at odds with the Gen Xers and Boomers who make up most law firms. Rod will shed light on the best ways to coach 20-somethings, as well as how to navigate the communication, feedback and other sticking points that can lead to friction.

    Thanks to Holly Barocio and Neal Gerber Eisenberg for hosting and providing lunch.

    Monday, March 30, 2015
    LPRC Presents Crain’s Chicago’s Professional Services Reporter Claire Bushey

    Join LPRC over lunch on Monday, March 30 when we will introduce Claire Bushey, Crain’s Chicago’s new professional services reporter.

    You’ve likely noticed a dramatic increase in Crain’s business-of-law coverage of late. Learn how your firm and your lawyers can take advantage of this, as Claire pulls back the curtain on her beat, giving us insight into how to best position your firm and thought leaders for coverage in their popular morning and evening email pushes.

    Thanks to Michelle Michaels and Linda Yun at Foley & Lardner for hosting and providing lunch.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    Why Do Lawyers Make My Job So Hard: Insight Into How Lawyers Are Wired

    Do you occasionally feel your job as a law firm marketer is harder than it needs to be? Perhaps you spend more time predicting how to navigate attorney objections than executing ideas. Or do you wonder why lawyers focus on specific details of a program only to miss the larger goals?

    Join LPRC over lunch on Tuesday, February 10 when we bring in The Right Profile, the company behind one of the most exhaustive attorney trait studies ever conducted. After years of helping NFL and MLB teams make better draft choices and improve their athlete development programs by using their proprietary assessments and analytics, The Right Profile turned their sites on better understanding lawyers and their specific mental makeup. These assessment tools are now transforming how firms select laterals and develop existing talent.

    Mark Levin, co-founder of The Right Profile, will share his attorney trait research findings and shed light on how attorneys and marketers differ in key traits. Understanding these differences can help us become more effective in managing our attorneys.

    Take the Survey: The first step in understanding the differences between your mental makeup and that of your attorneys is to assess yourself. After registering for the LPRC event, you will receive a link to take the survey and see how your traits compare to lawyers and other law firm marketers.

    Thanks to Alexis Johnson and Latham & Watkins for hosting and providing lunch.

    Monday, January 5, 2015
    How to Hire & Keep the Best People

    Your people are your most valuable asset. But do you know how to uncover which candidates are high-performers - and the right cultural fit for your firm - when you craft your job description and begin conducting interviews? And once these A+ candidates are on your team, what can you to do ensure they stay and continue to grow - even when your organization is flat and there's no professional development budget?

    Join Legal PR Chicago on Wednesday, January 21 over lunch for a program with concrete, actionable techniques for hiring exceptional people and helping them build a career at your firm. We'll explore how to weed out candidates that only look good on paper, best practices for developing your people and how to help your team achieve their career goals with you - not with your competitor.

    Panelists will include:

    • Betsey Frank, Sidley Austin's Director of Staff Development & Technology Training
    • Ashley Galston, K&L Gates' Associate Director of Business Development
    • Laura Miller, Greentarget's Executive Vice President

    Thanks to Ashley Galston and K&L Gates for hosting and providing lunch.

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