Sheila Blackford received her B.A. from Mills College and her J.D. with Tax Law Concentration from McGeorge School of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000, she is active with the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Law Practice magazine and Chair of the Law Practice Magazine Editorial Board 2011-2013, and currently is a member of the Section Council (2010-present), State and Local Bar Outreach Committee (2008-present), and Ethics Committee (2011-present). She also served as a member of the track advisory board for ABA TECHSHOW (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012).
Ms. Blackford has been a Practice Management Advisor for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund since 2005. She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at University of Oregon School of Law, teaching Law Practice Management. A former sole practitioner, she provides confidential practice management assistance to Oregon attorneys to reduce their risk of malpractice claims and ethics complaints. In addition to her legal experience, she has over 10 years of teaching and marketing experience.
She is a frequent speaker about practice management for law-related organizations, including the Professional Liability Fund, the Oregon State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Upper Law Society of Canada. She is a contributing author to the Fee Agreement Compendium published by the OSB and to the PLF law practice management handbooks. She is co-author of Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers along with Donna S.M. Neff which is being published by the ABA Law Practice Division. Her articles frequently appear in legal publications, including the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, In Brief, Law Practice Magazine and Law Practice TODAY, and LTN Law Technology News. In between articles, she writes the Just Oregon Lawyers blog and tweets technology and practice management tips on Twitter.
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