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

[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Incivility: Practical Consequences for You and Your Client
Debate about lawyers’ incivility – whether it’s on the increase, whether it’s worthy of concern, how it should be handled – is an ongoing one. The subject continues to be discussed, and we can expect to hear more about it in the coming months and years. But high-profile cases aside, when does a lawyer’s conduct cross the line into unprofessional conduct, and what are the costs and other implications? These questions are answered in a paper by Daniel Naymark of Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Complete Guide to Designing Your Law Office
Here’s the information you need to create an impressive, efficient law office that meets your business requirements. Learn the best approaches for designing every area in the law office, including offices and work stations, conference rooms and reception areas, and more. You’ll be guided through every step of the process, from determining your optimal square footage, to selecting the right security systems and technology, to hiring and working with movers. In addition, helpful...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Erik De Haas and Boskalis Group
Firms in Ontario and Minnesota notified us that they received an email from the purported Erik De Haas of Boskalis 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Hitomi Kimoto and Wu Lee Steel Co.
An Ohio firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Hitomi Kimoto of Wu Lee Steel Co. 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Importance of Keeping Complete Client files
Do you keep a complete copy of your client files?  If not, does your reasoning fall into one of the following categories:   Let’s consider these arguments individually. Rationale: I don’t want to store the paper Agreed!  I don’t blame … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] 2015 James I. Keane Memorial Award Nominations
It’s no secret that the delivery of legal services continues to evolve, and technology has played a key role. The Web has made it easier to communicate and collaborate with clients, lawyers, and other law firms. It has also made finding a lawyer, or connecting lawyers with potential clients, easier. From timekeeping and billing to full-fledged cloud-based practice management, lawyers are finding ways to leverage technology to deliver legal services in a more cost-effective, even user-...
[Law Practice Advisor] Secure Your Data: Part 2, Top Digital Data Security Tips
In my first post of this series on securing your data, I addressed the Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws, which provide standards for businesses that keep certain types of personal information. Part of the my discussion followed the insights of a panel of experts at a data security program held at the Social Law Library in May 2014. One panelist noted that solo and small firms tend to be easy targets for hackers because they typically don’t have proper security safeguards in place. While...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] New Client Inquiry on Line One
"New Client Inquiry on Line One" is my column for the Oklahoma Bar Journal this month. There’s a lot of discussion about attorney marketing and client development. Many firms now market via some form of social media. But sometimes the...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO’s Top Downloads of 2014
At the end of each year we at practicePRO take a look at what articles, checklists, tips, and other resources had the most downloads. As always, the list contains many resources that remain popular year after year (e.g. our retainer precedents, ILA checklist and e-Discovery reading list). There are also some new and interesting entries on the list that stand out: Self-represented litigants (A survival guide): This 2006 article by Carol Cochrane was #19 on the list last year, but jumped to #2...
[Law Technology Today] Coding By, For, and With Lawyers
Last year, I participated in the ABA’s inaugural hackathon. A few days later, I declared it “a resounding success,” not because of the apps it birthed but rather, because of the conversation it started. As a public interest attorney, I look at the tools given to me, the tools available to my clients, and I think, “We can do better.” The hackathon introduced me to colleagues who agree, and together we are doing something about it. Such is the hacker ethic. So five...