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

[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud report for April 2015
The pace of fraud emails has been fairly consistent from February through April. We received 149 emails from lawyers in April (144 in March) and posted on 10 new fraud attempts (11 in March). 44% of the emails this month came from Ontario, 65% from the US, 2% from elsewhere in Canada and 3% overseas. 8 of the 10 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the remainder being a business loan scam and spousal support collection fraud. Click here to read about the various email...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Cheung Lee Qi and VNL Engineering
A Florida firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Maverick Cheung Lee Qi of VNL Engineering 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Adobe Acrobat DC
It is no secret to followers that I consider Acrobat to be the gold standard for PDF conversion and manipulation. I use it on a daily basis to insert, move, bookmark, and delete pages; edit and insert text and objects; … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] A Solo Lawyer’s Rundown of ABA TECHSHOW
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 2015 ABA TECHSHOW. As a first-time attendee, I was kindly asked to write a post and share my experience. Ultimately, I hope that this piece will motivate even more new attendees to come to not only the TECHSHOW, but also to the many other events that the ABA puts on throughout the year. Especially as a solo-practitioner, like myself, the education and connections I am able to gain from bar association functions is invaluable. Back to the show....
[Law Technology Today] Adopting Legal Technology: A Human Problem?
The history of legal technology projects, both in specific firms and generally, is too often a showcase of half-completed and failed projects. In a recent blog post called “The Human Barrier to LPM Technology: Will Lawyers Get to the Future?” Pam Woldow and Doug Richardson assess and analyze this history and the reasons for it. What are the barriers lawyers create around adopting higher levels of technology? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss...
[Law Technology Today] ABA TECHSHOW Paid for Itself in the First Session
As the Office Administrator at a small law firm, I need to make technology decisions that are the most appropriate and cost effective for the practice. Despite this, I wasn’t sure that my attendance at ABA TECHSHOW was warranted. That changed almost immediately. My ABA TECHSHOW experience paid for itself in the very first session I attended, which was about the use of Styles in Microsoft Word. I immediately obtained a takeaway from that track which I can easily implement at my firm. While it...
[Avoid a Claim] “Resilience: Facing Life’s Challenges With Courage and Conviction” by Homewood Human Solutions
A lawyer that is low on resilience is thin-skinned, defensive, and easily wounded by criticism. Even small things, such as a client or a lawyer not returning his call, will offend him. The quote above is from Ian Hu’s recent post on resilience as a part of the lawyer personality. That post explains that resilience is a trait many lawyers score low in. This can sometimes have upsides (it makes them risk-averse on client matters) but frequently can leave the lawyer unable to effectively...
[Law Technology Today] Guidelines for an Effective Associate Training Program
The following is an excerpt from the Law Practice Division’s publication The Survival Guide to Implementing Effective Law Firm Management Strategies. A well-designed and properly implemented associate training program will pay huge dividends. There are two main issues. First, develop a training plan that will ensure that associates get up to speed quickly and are able to bring value to their client service efforts. In this market, sophisticated clients are skeptical about paying high ...
[Avoid a Claim] Risky VTB mortgage transactions in Barrie and Collingwood [LAWPRO Alert #2]
This is the text of an alert sent by LAWPRO to all Ontario lawyers on April 29, 2015. LAWPRO is warning Ontario real estate lawyers to be on the alert for risky vendor takeback mortgage transactions, some of which may be closing this week. There is a significant potential claims risk for lawyers involved in these transactions. On April 24 we sent a LAWPRO Alert email to lawyers in the Barrie and Collingwood regions about an individual who was involved in several transactions involving vendor...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Maverick Wan and Wan Import & Export
Two Ontario firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported Maverick Wan of Wan Import & Export 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...