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

[Oregon Law Practice Management] Commingling and Lawyer Trust Accounts
Most lawyers are keenly aware of the prohibition against commingling personal funds with IOLTA funds.  However, this does not mean that a lawyer is never allowed to deposit the lawyer’s own funds into the IOLTA account.  In fact, there are a … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] From Finding to Keeping Facts: An Investigator’s Journey into Legal Tech
Investigators, like lawyers, have excellent memories. We remember key bits of information and we remember the entire structure of the case. But unless you’re Detective Carrie Wells, memory is only going to get you so far. As a partner in a large investigations firm, I routinely relied on both memory and sophisticated software to complete tasks for large cases that involved long lists of people, places, research, and required large amounts of billed time. An Example, All Too Common One...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Say Hello to Watson
♫ Here’s to me, I finally passed the Bar…♫ Music and Lyrics by M. Peterson, M. Puryear, B. Brock and recorded by: Michael Peterson. Joe Public had a problem. He was off to court in a week and he needed to learn what arguments he should advance to persuade the judge in his favour. He contemplated heading to a lawyer’s office but instead he signed onto the website IBMLaw.com. A few minutes later he was answering questions put to him by the software. Shortly thereafter he printed up the arguments...
[Avoid a Claim] Four social media lessons for lawyers
Gabriel Chong at the Attorney At Work blog has four useful lessons for lawyers trying to incorporate social media into their practices. Lawyers are…well, lawyers, and not necessarily social media experts so these are some important things to keep in mind (here is the full blog entry) 1. Do only what you’re comfortable doing 2. Streamline the process (since you aren’t getting paid to manage your social media accounts) 3. Don’t forget, it’s about relationships....
[Law Technology Today] Cyber Attacks are a Risk for Businesses of All Sizes
While taxes and death are currently the world’s only guarantees, we are not long from days in which being affected by cyber attacks will join that formidable group. While data breaches are inevitable, there is good news. According to Online Trust Alliance’s 2014 Data Protection & Breach Readiness Guide, nearly 90 percent of the breaches in 2013—which exposed a total of 823 million records—were preventable. Courts are routinely making it clear that it is the responsibility of the...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Scott Williams
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Scott Williams looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation...
[PA Law Practice Management] Job Opening / Opportunity – Associate Attorney
Job Opening / Opportunity in Williamsport, PA: McCormick Law Firm in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is looking to hire a full-time associate attorney with 1-7 years experience who is interested in working in the general practice of law, with a focus in Professional Liability Defense and Commercial Litigation. The associate will also have opportunities to work in the following practice areas: General Defense Litigation, Municipal Law, and/or Labor & Employment Law. The ideal candidate must be...
[Law Technology Today] How Cloud Computing Can Work for Your Firm
Cloud computing is empowering many firms to provide the latest technology and software to employees while dramatically decreasing IT complexity. In this video, learn how the private cloud works, see it in action in case studies and walk away with resources to begin building your own private cloud strategy. Discover: How the private cloud differs from software as a service How IT can become simple, yet effective How to evaluate cloud vendors properly How to ask internal questions and determine...
[Law Technology Today] Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer
Ten years ago, dictation and speech recognition were clunky, inefficient, and inaccurate softwares. As the technology emerged, lawyers tried programs like Dragon Dictation, but most decided that speech solutions were not practical or worth using. Today, these softwares are much more accurate and useful for many lawyers, but maintain a similar reputation. How have dictation and speech recognition changed from the past and who can benefit most from them now? Will they work with the programs...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] World Backup Day
♫ Get back, get back. Get back to where you once belonged…♫ Lyrics and music by Lennon–McCartney, recorded by The Beatles. Tuesday March 31, 2015 is World Backup Day. I think it is important to focus on this often neglected task as it is often lost in the hustle and bustle of getting the work out. But with the recent attacks of ransomware on all types of businesses, law firms included, having a proper back up that is not infected has assumed increasing, if not vital, importance....