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] Changes for ESI Preservation and Spoliation
Some background: in 2006, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure rule-makers developed and put into practice amendments dealing with electronically stored information (ESI) and e-discovery. Great, except that most of those involved believed the amendments didn’t adequately deal with lost or missing ESI or “the spoliation issue.” So, in 2014, the rule-makers proposed Rule 37(e), which deals with the issue of spoliation equally across all federal courts, resolving the issue of inherent...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Lawyers and Pricing – Part 4
♫ That’s why I fell for (the leader of the pack)…♫ Lyrics and Music by: George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, recorded by The Shangri-Las. In the three prior posts on lawyers and pricing, we have looked at how price is only one part of the 7 components of the legal marketing mix. Part 2 discussed the product mix and how you can change your legal product mix to better meet the needs of your clients in a way that distinguishes your services from those of...
[Law Technology Today] Encrypting Email with Office 365 Exchange Server
First, a Word About Exchange An Exchange Server hosts mailboxes that contain e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, and more. It’s an enterprise-grade system that now, thanks to Office 365, is available to small and solo firms at a reasonable price. You can use your own domain names with Exchange server and have anywhere from one to thousands of mailboxes on the system. You can access your Exchange data from Microsoft Outlook on the PC or Mac or from virtually any kind of modern mobile device:...
[Avoid a Claim] Renew your LAWPRO professional liability insurance for 2015 starting today
You can now e-file your 2015 LAWPRO insurance application. E-file on or before November 4, 2014, and you’ll save $25 on the 2015 insurance premium. It takes only minutes to review your pre-populated electronic application: To access online filing, you need your Law Society number and your confidential password. Applications e-filed after November 4 ARE NOT eligible for the $25 per lawyer e-file discount. All applications must be filed by the final deadline of November 11, 2014....
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Caig Ball: "Dem Phones, Dem Phones, Dem iPhones"
Electronic data discovery (EDD) and computer forensics are not areas where I claim expertise. But Craig Ball is an expert and his new column Dem Phones, Dem Phones, Dem iPhones is worth a read for anyone involved with the litigation...
[Law Technology Today] The Little Known iPad Keyboard You’ll Love
Have you ever spent money trying to turn your iPad into a productivity tool only to find that money was wasted? I have too. My search led me to the Brydge+ by Brydge Keyboards. I’ve been happily using it since 2012. With the keyboard, I am nearly always as productive using my iPad as my laptop (and it’s much easier to travel with). Who can use it? The Brydge+ is for iPad 2, 3 & 4. If you are the proud owner of an iPad Air, they have the BrydgeAir scheduled to ship October 2014. What makes...
[The Last Word] Casemaker Extended and Premium Services Added
If Casemaker looks a little different today, it’s because Casemaker’s premium services are now available to all ASB members without charge.  As a part of our contract extension, you will now have access to a suite of tools that makes research faster and easier in addition to Casemaker’s broad and comprehensive libraries, which cover all […]
[Law Technology Today] The Secret to Secure Data in the Cloud? Know What You’re Up Against
The issues of data security and sovereignty have become hot topics in recent years as increasing amounts of sensitive, confidential and personal information is stored in the cloud. With these concerns have come revisions to laws in many countries and jurisdictions to keep up with the changing landscape of data privacy. The trickiest thing to legislate is managing the exchange of information across borders, simultaneously allowing the transfer of data while maintaining the maximum level of...
[Avoid a Claim] Know the Rules of Professional Conduct: changes are coming
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada approved a Model Code of Professional Conduct to standardize professional and ethical conduct across Canada. The Model Code has been implemented in a number of jurisdictions and is being adopted in Ontario effective October 1, 2014. Some key changes to note: New numbering scheme New definition of “client” New definition of “consent” New Chapter 2: Integrity Confidentiality Conflicts of interest Withdrawal from representation Undertakings and trust...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] When Waiving a Search Comes Back to Haunt You
How a client perceives a lawyer’s role in a transaction often depends on the client’s experience. At one end of the spectrum, a new homebuyer may believe that the lawyer will not only navigate the process, but will also personally shield the client from all risks. At the other extreme, a sophisticated businessperson may urge a lawyer to “rubber stamp” a deal the client has brokered. The wise lawyer will, however, refuse to be either insurer or pawn. When it comes to doing due diligence − and...