Flip Flops, Beach Balls and Project Management

It’s summer. School’s out. Your family vacation is booked. Your mind is preoccupied with thoughts of pools, parks and picnics.

Before you slip on your figurative flip flops at work, remember that this (traditionally but not always) slower time during the work year is ideal for professional development. This is especially true for project management education. Here is a list of some of the hottest project management courses scheduled for these heat-stroke days.

Onsite, In-depth Training in Chicago

The Hildebrandt Institute revisits legal project management once more by offering a two-day workshop in Chicago on June 21-22. The seminar, geared towards lawyers, practice management professionals and professional development directors (which means anyone else interested in attending), covers best practices, the five phases of legal project management and exercises on how to apply these principles.

ILTA 2011 Conference

The International Legal Technology Association holds its annual conference in Nashville this year on August 21-25. In between healthy (as in size only) portions of ribs and live music at the Grand Ole Opry, make it a point to take in these two sessions:

Legal Project Management: Staff Roles

August 23 at 9:15 a.m.

Four law firm experts – including representatives from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey – tackle the basics of legal project management, different approaches and the roles and responsibilities of staff members who support legal project management for attorneys.

Legal Project Management

August 24 at 9:15 a.m.

The benefits and values of legal project management are easy to grasp but rolling it out to your firm may present challenges. This roundtable focuses on legal project management fundamentals, its goals and how to introduce – and implement – it in a legal environment.

Save the Date for these Non-Summer Sessions

You may have to retire your flip flops in the fall, but not your legal project management training opportunities. Though it’s only June, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) already has some informative sessions available.

The ACC Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of in-house counsel, kicks off in Denver on October 23. It offers this session during its first full day of presentations:

Outside Counsel Management – Project Management for Small Law Department Leaders

October 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Although presenters have not been announced just yet, the session promises to cover ideal types of matters and techniques for project management, how to assess outside counsel project management capabilities and how to supervise their work.

Our advice: Definitely make room for this session between the 30+ hours of networking and more than 100 CLE/CPD certified courses provided at the meeting.

What could be the complete opposite of summer dreaming? Try Boston in November. Anti-summer weather aside, Project Management for the In-House Law Department promises to deliver on content. Scheduled for November 8-9, the course will cover the strategic dimensions of project management, concepts and approaches for dealing with various factors such as project team dynamics and risk management.

So, now you have our list of the HOT legal project management courses filling up the summer months. Did we miss any? If so, let us know!

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