ABA Resume

For many years, Micah Buchdahl has been a significant contributor to the American Bar Association, the largest voluntary professional association in the world, with nearly 400,000 members. The ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The organization stands out as an important representation of the legal profession. It is for this reason that Micah and HTMLawyers has continued to devote hundreds of hours each year to ABA activities.

Within the ABA, the Law Practice Management Section is the resource needed to successfully manage a law practice, providing information and resources in the core areas of marketing, management, technology and finance. It is the largest and preeminent provider of LPM resources in the profession. Micah is the only professional marketer and attorney ever to serve in the capacity as Chair of LPM.

Over the years, Micah has had ABA involvement as an attorney member of the following:

Sections

  • Business Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Law Practice Management
  • Science & Technology Law

Divisions

  • General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • Law Student Division
  • Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

Forums

  • Communication Law
  • Entertainment and Sports Industries

Centers

  • ABA-CLE (Center for Continuing Legal Education)
  • Professional Responsibility

ABA Standing Committees

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility

LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SECTION

As an active member of LPM, Micah has served in dozens of leadership capacities over the last decade, which led to his ascension as chair in 2009. He continues to be involved with section activities on an ongoing basis. Present and past participation includes:

  • Section Chair (including five years on the Executive Committee)
  • Section Council (member)
  • ABA TECHSHOW (speaker)
  • Content Community Committee (member)
  • Diversity Committee (member)
  • Education Board (chair)
  • eLawyering Committee (member)
  • Law Practice Magazine Board (member)
  • Law Practice Today Webzine Board (chair)
  • Member Development Committee (member)
  • Marketing Core Group (chair)
  • Nominating Committee (chair)
  • Strategy and Planning Committee (member)
  • Sponsorship Committee (chair)
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee (member)

ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference

In 2007, Micah Buchdahl created the ABA’s first stand-alone law marketing conference as a member of the Law Practice Management Section. He chaired the first and third biannual conferences (overseeing the second during his section chair year in LPM). The first conference took place in Washington, DC (2007); with subsequent conferences in Philadelphia (2009 and 2011). The fourth biannual conference is scheduled for spring 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.

ABA New Partners & New In-House Counsel Conference

The Young Lawyers Division developed the ABA New Partners & New In-House Counsel Conference in 2011—an educational and networking session designed to address issues of new partners and new in-house counsel at their respective law firms and companies. Micah Buchdahl was asked to serve on the advisory board, planning board, and as a program speaker for each of the first two conferences. He spoke on issues pertaining to ethical considerations in business development.

ABA Activities

  • Presidential Appointment, Standing Committee on CLE (member)
  • Section Officers Committee (member)
  • SOC Meritorious Service Award (two-time chair)
  • ABA Day on Capitol Hill (member, New Jersey Delegation)
  • ABA Day at the United Nations (participant)

Additional ABA Programming and Publications

  • ABA Annual Meeting (speaker)
  • ABA Midyear Meeting (speaker)
  • Center for CLE (program provider and participant)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (speaker)
  • LPM Fall and Spring Meetings (speaker)
  • ABA Journal (media resource)
  • Law Practice Magazine (author and columnist)
  • LPM Publishing (contributor)