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] Commercial purchase equipment scam using the names Ivan Smejkal and IBS Engineering
A Colorado firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ivan Smejkal of IBS Engineering looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be 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...
[Law Technology Today] Bureaucrats and Mathemagicians: Data Science and the Public Defenders
When I transitioned from my role as a public defender to that of a data scientist, a fellow attorney quipped, “What does that even mean?”[1] This is unsurprising given that many still debate the definition and utility of “data science as a moniker.” The pithy answer? “Data science is storytelling with error bars.” For a more robust reply, let me tell you a story. In 2012, it was discovered that a chemist working at the Massachusetts state drug lab in Jamaica...
[Law Technology Today] Document Automation for Estate Planning Attorneys
As an Estate Planning attorney, you have the ability to safeguard a client’s legacy. Protecting their assets, distributing their wealth, and preserving their values. You treat every client with care and respect, paying special attention to their needs, every step of the way. Do you find yourself re-using materials, questionnaires, documents, checklists or emails summarizing your services? How much more time could you spend working with your clients, if you had a better way of generating the...
[Law Technology Today] Hungry for CRM? Lexicata® Delivers!
Client Relationship Management (CRM) is just one of those terms that has all sorts of stigma attached to it. Legal professionals—whether the actual rainmakers for the organization, solo wizards of their own domain, or partners in charge of the business bloodline—have struggled for years with the this one topic: How do I (we) keep potential work from slipping through our fingers, as well as measure the success of our methods to attract business, even if it is word of mouth? This is uniquely...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Communications Breakdown: When a Lawyer Uses Jargon
“We’re [McLeish , Orlando LLP] in the process of retaining an ad agency for some of our marketing,” says Dale Orlando. “And it’s really frustrating when they use acronyms we don’t understand. You don’t want to ask because it seems like everybody else in the room knows what that means, so maybe I should. “One agency came in to talk about a service agreement, and they were trying to explain to us the services they were going to provide. After listening for 30 minutes I still had no clue what they...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Fulfilled Lawyer
Many, if not most, lawyers today share a nagging sense of dissatisfaction in their day-to-day jobs, in their choice of career, in the balance between work and personal life. Yet few have any idea how to work toward greater fulfillment. Lawyer Kathleen Paukert describes her personal journey to finding career fulfillment, and shares her best advice for how you can do the same, covering topics ranging from large (how to choose a practice setting, and recognizing your lawyer personality) to small...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Digital Edge Podcast: How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time
Our Digital Edge podcast this month is titled "How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time" and features Allison Shields. Allison is co-author, with Daniel J Siegel, of the book from the ABA How to Do More in Less Time:...
[Law Technology Today] 5 Strategies for Building the Law Firm of the Future
Nobody ever said it would be easy to predict the future. Even Nostradamus was wrong most of the time. Legal futurists offer assumptions as to what law practice will look like 10, 20 years down the line. But, you’re probably more interested in what will happen in the nearer term, in the next 5 years or so. Judging from what is taking place today, the law firm of the future is likely to be defined by these five hallmarks: Personalized Marketing Collaborative Technology New Service Delivery...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Oregon eCourt – Where are we now?
Judging by the numbers, Oregon eCourt is a success.  In February, March, and April of this year an average of 65,666 documents were filed electronically using the Odyssey eFile and Serve system:  Easy-Peasy or a Bumpy Ride? The transition from paper-based filing to … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Managing Cross-Border Litigation in a Mobile World
A recent report on legal technology in the 21st century highlights two fundamental, closely related trends expected to have the biggest impact on business and the legal profession over the next decade: the rapid mobilization of people and data, and the increasing globalization of business activity. Ubiquitous mobility has begun to erase the traditional geographic and jurisdictional barriers to business and make possible a truly global marketplace. Accordingly, it is now commonplace for large...