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

[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...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Common Practice Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) was created to insure lawyers against legal malpractice claims. Most (though not all) claims are brought by a lawyer’s own client and include an allegation that the lawyer made a mistake or did not meet the standard of care expected of him or her when delivering legal services. No lawyer is immune to a claim; in fact, our records suggest that four out of every five lawyers will be the subject of a claim at one point in their career. Malpractice...
[Law Technology Today] A Tech Support Manual for Problems with People Part 1
Most of us have frustrating challenges with technology from time to time. At least you can usually call tech support, an IT specialist or a trainer, and the problem eventually gets resolved. But what do you do when the frustrations that bring you to a boiling point stem from people problems? You probably don’t have a 24/7 support number to call. In this three-part series, I’ll give you a few tools to add to your communication and management toolbox for troubling situations with other...
[PA Law Practice Management] Tax on Legal Services in PA
There’s no time to passively wait on this issue, folks.   Seniors are heavily in favor of tax on legal services, as it will replace property tax, and make it more affordable to hold onto their homes when limited to social security. Pennsylvania Realtors (“PAR”) are also heavily pushing this tax “reform” because the real estate tax is a factor which can impact a buyer’s decision for one residence or another.  They have a well-funded PAC, and it’s alleged...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Student to Lawyer: 20 Tips for a Smooth Transition
This is an abridged version of the LAWPRO article: “20 tips for a successful transition” – a guide for law students through the transition from student life to legal practice. See practicepro.ca/20tips for the full article. Honestly assess your strengths and preferences to identify what makes sense for you in terms of the type of firm and area of law you want to practice. Consider all the options: big firm, small firm, solo practice, government, in-house. Don’t just pursue the opportunities...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Coping with the Heartbleed security flaw (and future Heartbleeds)
Surely you have heard of the Internet security threat Heartbleed by now. But the explanations seem a bit complicated and advice to change all of your passwords yet again seems so “been there, done that.” This is a serious matter....
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolve to Get Your Law Practice Off to the Best Possible Start
Professional liability claims can take the wind out of the sails of anyone’s legal career, but can be especially demoralizing for a new lawyer. Your best chance at avoiding claims is to develop great working habits right from the start. The December 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine proposed dozens of New Years’ resolutions for lawyers in every area of practice. We’ve reproduced a few excerpts relevant to newly-called lawyers here. There are resolutions to avoid claims in particular areas of law (...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Mariam Jacob
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Mariam Jacob looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation 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...
[Law Technology Today] Can I Use a Mac at My Law Office?
I work with lots of firms that are either starting up or looking to move to the cloud. One question comes up over and over – Can I use a Mac instead of a PC in my firm? The answer is usually YES! However, while the answer may be yes for some attorneys, it’s good to know why the answer might be no for you in particular. While the majority of law firms are still running in the Windows environment, more people than ever are using Macs in law offices these days.  In the past, Macs could not...