LMANE19 Speaker Q&A with Joe Calve

Calve Joe 2019.jpgJoe Calve will be a presenter at the 2019 LMA Northeast Regional Conference “Check Boxes: Your Next Firm & Your Next Position. What is Needed.” Joe has served as head of marketing, business development and communications for four Am Law 50 firms: White & Case, Morrison Foerster, Proskauer and McGuireWoods, where he is the current chief marketing and business development officer. A former practicing lawyer in New York City, Joe spent 15 years as an editor, publisher and senior business executive with American Lawyer Media and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics related to legal marketing, business development, journalism and the business of law.  

We discussed his upcoming presentation, what he’s most looking forward to when it comes to the upcoming #LMANE19 conference, the abundance of books on his nightstand and why he would like to have lunch with John Lennon.  

Why did you submit to present at the LMANE19 conference?

I am a strong supporter of LMA (though not of regionalization - a disaster for NYC) and believe the program we are presenting will help members advance their careers with purpose and passion.  

What are you hoping attendees learn from your presentation? 

That you can control your career trajectory. This is a growing industry/subculture. There is a lot of opportunity, but many people wait for the phone to ring rather than making things happen. I hope we can show people how you can make positive things happen in your career.   

What are you personally expecting to get out of this year's LMANE19 conference? 

Great opportunity to work with and schmooze with old friends and make a few new ones.  

 What books are on your nightstand right now? 

  • Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution (Susan Crawford) 
  • White Shoe: How a New Breed of Wall Street Lawyers Changed Big Business and the American Century (John Oller)
  • The Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (David Sax) 
  • One Man’s Meat (E.B. White)
  • 1984 and Why I Write (George Orwell) 
  • The Rector of Justin (Louis Auchincloss) 
  • Law is a Buyer’s Market (Jordan Furlong)
  • Emma (Jane Austen) 
  • On Writing Well (William Zinser)  

What’s one piece of advice you’d give people entering the legal marketing field today? 

You do not have to be a lawyer to love the law and think like a lawyer.  

If you could have lunch with a person living or dead, who would it be and why? 

John Lennon – a musical and collaboration genius — with a sense of humor.  

Learn more about the 2019 LMA Northeast Regional Conference and register.

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