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] How Nonbillable Research Can Be Profitable
Law firms and legal departments rely on their library staff for many things, including: Managing nonbillable research and cost recovery. Understanding how their attorneys and paralegals are researching. Whether it is the most efficient and cost-effective strategy. These are important issues have a direct impact on any organization’s bottom line. Brian Quinn, Senior Directorof WestlawNext® Product Development, offers his insights into it. Why Would Legal Research be Nonbillable? There are...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Is This the Job You Want?
On the face of it, interviewing should not be all that difficult – particularly for lawyers. As members of a profession who primarily make their living either writing or speaking, the idea that having a conversation about your interests and abilities in your own profession sounds both logical and easy. But throw the words “job interview” into the mix and a whole new paradigm emerges. With seemingly so much at stake, job interviews take on a new meaning for people who ordinarily would not shy...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Finding Lost Wills
Occasionally we field calls at the PLF from lawyers or members of the public looking for a lost will.  If you find yourself in this position, here are some excellent tips, courtesy of the Washington State Bar Association: People frequently contact … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] How to Download Your Facebook Data
Ever wanted to download a copy of all of your Facebook activity? Concerned that you might need to archive all of your Facebook activity to ensure you’re in compliance with your jurisdiction’s ethical rules for advertising? Think your client’s Facebook activity might be important in a lawsuit? Here’s how you can get your own copy of all Facebook activity from an individual Profile. First, go to your Settings page. You can find it under the drop down arrow to the far right of the top navigation...
[Avoid a Claim] Always Be Closing: Interview Skills
This one is for students and young lawyers. Ivan Merrow’s recent article in Canadian Lawyer discusses how he failed at multiple interviews before finally landing a job. I experienced the same agony in law school after the first round of on-campus interviews. I ran down to the University of Toronto bookstore and bought every interview self-help book on the shelf. Shell-shocked and desperate to improve, I read what felt like everything under the sun. Eventually I found some good mentors (in and...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Tamotsu Sato and Daiso Co Ltd
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Tamotsu Sato of Daiso Co Ltd looking to retain them 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 of an...
[Avoid a Claim] Are you a good chooser?
Marc Lauritsen at Attorney At Work asks us to think about choice. Lawyers face daily choices in the practice of law and in the running of their office. These can be big or small, and some choices can have far-reaching consequences for clients and careers. The question Mr. Lauritsen asks is: do we make good choices? I believe that poor decision making is one of the biggest problems we face as a profession, and as a society. And that it is eminently improvable. He suggests we could all make...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Podcast: Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer
Our Digital Edge podcast on Speech Recognition and Dictation Solutions for Today’s Lawyer was so good that I have already listened to it again. But that is not bragging because what Sharon Nelson and I did was to sign up...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Gerhard Drenth and Royal Bodewes Group
A Chicago firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Gerhard Drenth of Royal Bodewes Group 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...
[Law Technology Today] People + Access = Biggest Security Threat
I recently read an article comparing security of on premises solutions to hosted (“cloud”) solutions. The author, who sells a cloud-based practice management system, asserted that hosted solutions are much more secure. I couldn’t resist commenting—pointing out his conflict of interest and asserting that there is nothing inherently more secure about cloud solutions. Such articles cause confusion and give people a false sense of security. Rather than spreading fear and misinformation about on-...