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 Practice Tips Blog] Uniformity vs. Creativity
Are uniformity and creativity two competing concepts? Does striving for uniformity kill creativity? My column in the February 2015 Oklahoma Bar Journal is titled Uniformity vs. Creativity and I argue that law firms, especially small- to mid-sized firms, need to...
[Avoid a Claim] The Law Society’s Historic Discipline Data Project
In 2011 the Heritage Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada began a project to document the disciplinary records in the LSUC archives (which go back to 1797). The aim is to make these records available to future researchers, and record such information (where available) as the nature of the complaints, the name of the person against whom the complaint was made and the outcome of the matter. A chronological listing of the disciplinary matters from 1879 to 1913 has now been published, with...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud report for February 2015
The pace of fraud emails and posts slowed somewhat in February compared to the previous month. We received 166 emails from lawyers (down from 187) and posted on 9 new fraud attempts (half the posts of January). The could partly be the result of a shortened month. 54% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 45% from Ontario, and only 1% from elsewhere in Canada and overseas. 6 of the 9 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the remainder being business debt collection and...
[Law Technology Today] Cloud v. On-Premise Security
Pop quiz! Of the following attacks, which of them breached cloud systems and which of them successfully accessed on-premise systems? NSA Snowden leaks JP Morgan Chase breach Home Depot breach Jennifer Lawrence iCloud photos Target breach North Korean SONY attacks Answer: the lone attack in that list to hit a cloud system was the Apple iCloud hacking of Jennifer Lawrence’s pictures. Moreover, the intruders gained entry through poor user password usage, not through fancy cyber hacking or...
[Law Technology Today] Confidential Data Leak: 90% Say It’s Happened to Them
If your small law firm had been hacked or leaked confidential data, what are the consequences to you? According to a September 2014 study by the Ponemon Institute, 90% of American businesses have experienced a  leakage or loss of sensitive or confidential documents within the prior 12 months.  Moreover, an average 31% of businesses’ confidential documents have been leaked, whether intentionally or inadvertently. The security that it requires to adequately safeguard your—and your clients’—...
[Avoid a Claim] Diversity Week @ Osgoode: Cultural Competence
This past week I participated on a panel to discuss diversity in our profession as part of celebrating Diversity Week at Osgoode Hall.  The students were concerned about life as a lawyer where there is a disproportionate representation of racialized people on the bench and in the bar. Will we be judged on merit? Will we fit in? In the words of one of the students: how much of ourselves do we keep and how much do we discard in the effort to adapt?  Troy Ungerman, Raj Grewal and @IanHuLawpro...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Xuge Harper
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Xuge Harper 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 Fraud...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Lisa Chun
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lisa Chun 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 Fraud...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Gloria Daley
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Gloria Daley 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] 10 Reasons to Buy a MacBook Pro for Your Solo Practice
What kind of performance do you expect in a laptop?  Do your “must haves” include: Fast startup Applications that load quickly Long battery life Top-notch camera and display Built-in hard drive encryption Built-in password management Automatic security screening for downloaded apps … Continue reading →