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] Video: Your Practice in Your Pocket: Tips for Practicing Law on Mobile Devices
Whether you consider mobile devices personal or professional tools, there are platforms that are customized for the needs of legal professionals. In this webinar from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, sponsored by Amicus Attorney, learn how to efficiently practice law on your mobile devices. Thank you to our sponsor, Amicus Attorney.   The post Video: Your Practice in Your Pocket: Tips for Practicing Law on Mobile Devices appeared first on Law Technology Today.
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] CBA Releases 6 Legal Health Checks for Members of the Public
As part of the CBA’s Reaching Equal Justice initiative, CBA just released 6 Legal Health Checks for members of the public. Similar to LAWPRO’s Annual Legal Health Check-up, these are intended to ensure people have the information and tools they need to recognize and avoid legal problems in the first place, and/or to prevent small problems from becoming bigger than they might have been. There are 6 different health checks: 5 steps to legal wellness – speaks to the reasons why smaller legal...
[Law Technology Today] Establish Paperless Protocols (Free Book Excerpt)
Adapted and excerpted from Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers by Sheila Blackford and Donna S. M. Neff, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. For more paperless advice from these expert authors, order the book today! If you’re transitioning to a paperless office, or seeking to reduce the amount of paper you handle, establishing precise protocols will increase your efficiency and eliminate confusion during this process. Creating protocols for handling your law office’s important paper and...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Stress Management for Law Students (From a Recent Grad)
Alexandra Kozlov graduated from the Queen’s Faculty of Law in 2012 and articled with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeal Tribunal We all know what law school stress looks like. Come exam time, we see its physical manifestations: the law student, hibernating in the law library, subsisting on a diet of coffee and candy, sits surrounded by mountains of books, empty cans of energy drinks and an arsenal of highlighters. We recognize the bloodshot eyes and the anxiety-ridden knuckle cracking....
[Avoid a Claim] Conflicts rules leave room for (careful) collegiality
Consulting with more experienced colleagues to confirm that you’re on the right track in resolving a problem is natural and commendable in any profession. Working in isolation is inefficient, and leads to preventable errors. Without access to information about others’ experience, we’re forced to make our own mistakes. For this reason, sole practitioners are routinely encouraged to seek out mentors and advisers from among the broader bar. But what if every time a colleague outside your firm...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Steven Patel and Allerton Steel
A New Hampshire firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Steven Patel of Allerton Steel looking to retain him 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 for more...
[Law Technology Today] A Tech Support Manual for Problems with People Part 2
Yesterday, I explained the first tool of your communication and management toolbox: monitoring your own attitude. The second tool: Engage in active listening.  When tempers flare, we each may have a strong desire to impress our needs and opinions on the other. By first focusing on understanding the other’s viewpoint, you help calm the situation and increase the likelihood that you’ll be heard later. Here are active listening tips: Devote full attention to the person speaking. Don’t multi-task...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Dangers of Social Networking and How to Avoid Them
Although social networking tools offer lawyers many interesting new ways to interact with people in both personal and work spheres, there are some risks associated with using them. Before you venture into social networking, consider Section 5.5 of the Law Society’s Practice Management Guideline on Technology (“Technology Guideline”). It states, “Lawyers should have a reasonable understanding of the technologies used in their practice or should have access to someone who has such understanding...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The State of Oregon’s Legal Industry
Where can we learn about the state of Oregon’s legal industry?  Data about demographics, employment, supply, and demand can hard to find – especially in one convenient location.  Now a new resource is available, thanks to the hard work of … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of license agreement scam using the names Allen Chen and Bioway Corporation
Lawyers in Ontario and South Carolina reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Allen Chen of Bioway Corporationwith regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of a copyright agreement. 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 party in breach of the agreement...