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MPF Coronavirus Response

We're pleased to present a series of complimentary MPF Webinars called "Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic." The recordings of these fast-paced, interactive sessions, moderated by John Remsen, Jr. and Uri Gutfreund, are featured below.

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The Law Office of the Future  ** NEW **
by Managing Partner Forum with Sherry Cushman and Morris Tabush 
An MPF Webinar Originally Broadcast on May 27, 2020

On May 27th, we presented our sixth MPF Webinar in a series called "Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic." Every other Wednesday at 2:00pm ET, Uri Gutfreund and I co-host a dynamic, interactive conversation with legal industry experts on critical topics and issues. Our mission is assist law firms and their leaders navigate the COVID-19 crisis. In this Webinar, we talk about long-term impacts of the pandemic, with a focus on office space and technology. The session includes an abundance of timely data provided by participants when they register and via live audience polling. The handouts include our PowerPoint deck, survey results and supporting articles. 

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Finding Forgiveness in Your Law Firm's PPP Loan
by Managing Partner Forum with Scott Burke, Esq; Dan Mayo, JD; and Lisa Murray
An MPF Webinar Originally Broadcast on May 13, 2020
 
On May 13th, we presented our fifth MPF Webinar in a series we're calling "Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic." Our most popular session to date – “Finding Forgiveness in Your Law Firm's PPP Loan” – with more than 250 law firm leaders in attendance for the live session. During the 60-minute program, we learned that 99% of law firms have applied for a PPP loan with most having received funding. But details of the program remain murky. Our panel did a great job bringing us up to speed on the latest developments. The handouts include our PP deck, online survey results, a few timely articles and the most recent (May 13, 2020) FAQ update. Be sure to check out the response to Question #46.

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Maintaining Productivity When People Work at Home
by Managing Partner Forum with Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Legal Talent Advisors
An MPF Webinar Originally Broadcast on April 29, 2020

On April 29th, we presented our fourth MPF Webinar called “Maintaining Productivity When People Work at Home.” Sharon Abrahams joined us to discuss strategies to maintain and improve productivity when lawyers and support staff work from home. The handouts include our PP deck, online survey results, Sharon’s article called “How to Make Working from Home Work for You,” and Cushman Wakefield’s “How-to Guide for Reopening Your Workplace.”

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Managing Expenses During an Economic Downturn
by Managing Partner Forum and HBR Consulting
An MPF Webinar Originally Broadcast on April 15, 2020

Since many firms are looking at ways to reduce expenses, we invited Kevin McClean and Lee Garbowitz from HBR Consulting to discuss "Managing Expenses During an Economic Downturn." In addition, here's what we learned in this week's brief online survey in which 75 law firms, mostly mid-size, participated: 

  • 57% of law firms project total firm revenue in 2020 to decline between 11-25% due to the coronaviris outbreak. 11% anticipate a hit of more than 25%.
  • Postponing major investments, eliminating discretionary spending (mostly travel, client events and the like),and reducing partner draws are the top three ways firms are reducing short-term expenses.
  • As of Wednesday, 99% of firms reported that they had applied for a PPP loan. Nearly half said they had been approved, and 12% reported that they had already received the funds.

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The Psychology of Leadership in Times of Crisis  
by Managing Partner Forum with Dr. Larry Richard, LawyerBrain LLC 
An MPF Webinar Originally Broadcast on April 1, 2020

On April 1st, we presented our second of a series of MPF Webinars called “Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic.” We invited Dr. Larry Richard, a long-time MPF Faculty member and the world's leading expert on the lawyer personality and the psychology of leading lawyers, to share his insights and guidance to law firm leaders to help them in the unsettled times before us. He talks about lawyers' need for predictability, control and connection; and that all of three of these needs have been disrupted in an abrupt and dramatic way. Larry talks about the importance of calm and steady leadership in times of crisis, with plenty of communication, authenticity and gratitude.

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Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic  
by Managing Partner Forum with Uri Gutfreund, Risk Strategies
An MPF Webinar Originally Broadcast on March 18, 2020

On March 18th, we presented a 45-minute MPF Webinar called “Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic.” During the session, Uri Gutfreund and I provided guidance and resources to firm leaders on how to lead their firms through this unfolding crisis. The handouts include our PP deck, links to resources, online survey results, a template called “Pandemic Preparation and Response Plan” and a template for a “Business Continuity Plan.” 

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