Law Practice Management

The Tennessee Bar Association has a variety of resources and practical information on law office management issues available to help members better serve clients and practice more efficiently and effectively.

Below you will find the Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed, brought to you by the Law Office Technology & Management Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. "PMA Pipes" is an RSS newsfeed that was designed by the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center. It combines posts from the blogs of Practice Management Advisors from across the United States, as well as the ABA's Site-tation blog, into one convenient location. The blogs brought to you by this feed include: Law Practice Matters, Reid My Blog, Law Practice Tips, Law Practice Advisor, The Last Word, Thoughtful Legal Management, and Compujurist, among others.

Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed

[Law Technology Today] Workflow Automation: The Secret Ingredient to a Better Practice
For legal professionals, the amount of repetitive, time-consuming tasks that must be completed each day are never-ending. Think of all the seemingly identical documents you continuously create. Now, imagine all the time you would gain back if you only had to create those documents once. Automation allows you to increase efficiency, reduce errors and delegate tasks with ease so that you can make the most of your time. Join us on Wednesday, October 29th at 2pm ET for Workflow Automation: The...
[Avoid a Claim] What keeps family law lawyers up at night? Self-represented parties
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Andreas Foglar and Eisen-Dorn
Firms in Ontario and New Mexico notified us that they received an email from the purported Andreas Foglar of Eisen-Dorn looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page...
[Law Technology Today] Running the Law Firm Library like a Business
Law firm libraries are experiencing an identity crisis: the law firm library is no longer a “place” and the librarians who staff them not “keepers of books.” This is good news, and here’s why: law firms that can deliver value through competitive advantage are the law firms of the future—and leveraging library services is integral to that value. Under current market pressures, legal research has been a target for law firm leaders to decrease headcount and services. Library overhead expenses may...
[PA Law Practice Management] Ebola Guidance
It seems that everyone is in an Ebola panic.  We’re all secretly worried a pandemic will mark the beginning of the end of life as we know it.  Personally, I think that most of us has just viewed one too many movies or TV shows about post-epidemic walking dead and other such horrors.  But I don’t mean to diminish the worries which keep many people up at night. With one travel-related case of Ebola in the U.S., and two resulting confirmed transmissions, the reality of how small our...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Paths to Success: As Varied as the Lawyers Who Follow Them
“Diversity” describes the characteristics of a group. When we examine how diversity influences the profession as a whole, it’s easy to lose sight of the experience of being an individual lawyer, with specific identity characteristics, practising law in Ontario. While cultural sensitivity benefits all lawyers, what is it like to practice law when, at least with respect to some aspect of your identity, you are in the minority? We posed that question to the four lawyers profiled...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Getting the Most out of the New PLF Website
Have you visited the Professional Liability Fund website lately?  On September 22, we launched with a completely new look and a host of new features: Use the Cart to aggregate content throughout the site – register for Upcoming CLEs, order … Continue reading →
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Roger Smith on Contrast between BC and UK Legal Aid Cuts has Valuable Lessons
♫ Our contribution to the revolution…♫ Lyrics and Music by Michael Jacobs and Patrick Regan, recorded and Created by Lucent Technologies Public Relations (2000) (this has got to be the geekiest music video I have ever seen!)   Roger Smith This is a guest post from Richard Zorza on his blog: Richard Zorza’s Access to Justice Blog.  It is a very thoughtful piece about innovation here in British Columbia by the Legal Services Society when faced by massive budget cuts, as compared...
[Law Technology Today] First Timer’s Review of the Clio Cloud Conference
I mentioned in a previous post that Clio is the software I use to manage my solo practice. This year (for the first time) I attended the second annual Clio Cloud Conference, lovingly nicknamed and tagged #ClioCloud9. It was held in Chicago at the Radisson Blu Hotel downtown. When I first heard about this Clio Cloud Conference, I didn’t know what the heck it was all about. I mean, Clio has some of the best customer support over the phone that I have ever experienced, so why would I fly to...
[Law Practice Advisor] Closing a Small Law Practice – The Short List
Credit: F Delventhal, Flickr.com Whether you are changing careers, retiring, or merging with another firm, there are many reasons why you might need to close up your law office.  Even if you don’t have plans to do so any time soon, it is prudent to prepare a succession plan for when the time comes (particularly if due to unforeseen circumstances) to make the process as seamless as possible.  With a plan in place, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it within the confines of...