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Essential Legal Leadership Skills for Firm Management and Succession Planning

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - PROGRAM POSTPONED!
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes


The American Bar Association Law Practice Division, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and Center for Professional Development

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain

10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific

Program Description

PROGRAM POSTPONED! Please check back for updates.

All too often, the difference between a successful and unsuccessful law firm is the quality of its leadership. Exemplary leaders have the power to motivate attorneys and staff to serve clients, collaborate, and innovate to the best of their ability. In times of trouble, ineffective leadership can drive a firm to ruin. Lessons in Leadership: Essential Skills for Lawyers is an essential resource for any attorney—from newly hired associates to seasoned managing partners—seeking to develop their leadership skills. Through a series of practical lessons, veteran law firm leaders Tom Grella and Linda Klein draw on their experiences and apply time-tested legal leadership principles to lawyers and law firms. This program includes the e-book Lessons in Leadership and will help you:

  • Understand your unique legal leadership style
  • Recognizing your strengths as a law firm leader
  • The importance of a leadership mentor or coach
  • Develop trust, confidence, and influence
  • Learn about emerging trends in legal leadership
  • The key to effective leadership education
  • Learn to appropriately lead clients in their decision making
  • Understand the diversity, personnel, and ethics concerns of leaders
  • Leading in times of crisis
  • Create a legacy of leadership at your firm with succession planning


Program Faculty

Tom Grella, Executive Committee Member and Shareholder, McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA, Asheville, NC

Linda Klein (Moderator), Georgia Managing Shareholder, Baker Donelson, Atlanta, GA

CLE Credit

States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

The ABA applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA live webinars and teleconferences in AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MN, MO, MT, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WV.

The ABA does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars and teleconferences in FL, ID, KS, ME, NE, NH, NJ, OH, PA, RI, and WY. Some states allow attorneys to earn credit through reciprocity or self-submission. View accreditation information for your state. The ABA will seek credit for this program in the states indicated on this page.

The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

New York: This non-transitional CLE program is approved for experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York CLE credits. Newly admitted attorneys may not earn New York credit for this non-transitional CLE program. All attorneys may click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction

Registration Options

PROGRAM POSTPONED! Please check back for updates.

Phone or Mail:
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern
Event Code: cet4lil
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Join the ABA to receive a discount on this and future ABA programs and products. Join the Law Practice Division or the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Divisio to save even more!


$120 Law Practice Division and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Members
$175 ABA Members
$220 General Public
$124 Government Attorneys
$100 Each additional registrant at the same location.

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