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 June 2015
June has been the quietest month of 2015 for reported email frauds. We received 114 emails from lawyers in June (down from 181 in May) and posted on 8 new fraud attempts (11 in May). 36% of the emails this month came from Ontario, 61% from the US, 2% from elsewhere in Canada and 1% overseas. 4 of the 8 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the remainder being a business loan scam, spousal support collection fraud and an IP fraud. Click here to read about the various email...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Goya Bauwens and G-tec SA
A Washington state firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Goya Bauwens of G-tec SA 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...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Hits: What You Read in June
It is the 4th of July holiday weekend. As you fire up the grill, pop open some cold ones with your adult children, and watch the little ones run around the yard, or splash around the pool before the sunsets and fireworks start, it’s hard not to reflect on how quickly they can grow up. June is a busy month, after all. There are Supreme Court decisions that change the landscape, high school and college graduations that create their own changes, and the return of warm weather (relatively ...
[Law Technology Today] Invisible Apps: Behind the Scenes of Mobile
“Invisible apps” are background programs that automatically trigger functions without being opened. Therefore, the app interface is less important than the underlying function. These invisible apps might include automatic notification or emails based on a trigger, a personal concierge, or a password manager. Rather than a calculator or camera app waiting to be opened, invisible apps actively interact with users. Why do Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell believe these to be the newest generation of...
[Law Technology Today] TAR and Non-English Documents: Does it Work?
In recent years, technology-assisted review (TAR) has become a staple of electronic discovery. TAR’s ability to cut the cost and time of document review in litigation is so well-established that a federal magistrate judge recently declared it “black letter law” that courts will authorize TAR whenever a producing party seeks to use it. Even so, there remains a perception that TAR is effective only for English documents. Given the era of global commerce in which businesses now...
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Just Say, “No.”
One of the most important things you may need to tell your existing and potential clients is, “no.” When to say no can be difficult for some lawyers to determine. With memories of the 2008 economic climate and awareness of overhead, many lawyers struggle with turning away business. If there is a person with a problem, the lawyer says yes quickly without consideration of anything but the lawyer’s need for revenue or gratitude. If the scenario sounds familiar, consider for a...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Does a lawyer have a brighter future than a supermodel?
I'm sure most readers thought that was a pretty ridiculous question for a blog post title. Well, it is summertime and the living is supposed to be easy. So I decided to give you a little light reading by posting...
[Avoid a Claim] 5 Policies and Procedures You Should Have in Place for Your Firm
Cassie Baudean, writing for Law Technology Today, describes 5 Policies and Procedures solo and small firm lawyers should have in place for all client matters. Here is her list: (click on the article for full descriptions of each) Have detailed intake procedures Determine your criteria for taking a case Have client communications procedures Use multiple types of calendars Have out-take procedures for the completion of a matter practicePRO has resources you can download that you can use to...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Ibrahim Alrashed
A Washington state firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ibrahim Alrashed looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan 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 debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more...
[Law Technology Today] The ineffable* #Slack: 9 things lawyers need to know
Okay, so Slack is sounding less and less like a chat app or email app. What is it, really? We go back and forth on our own one-sentence description. When we talk more evocatively we say “It’s all your communication in one place, instantly searchable, and available wherever you go.” On the marketing side we give a more concrete description like “It’s a messaging and search platform that creates a single unified archive accessible through powerful search.” – Stewart...