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

[Avoid a Claim] Wondering whether your practice structure could expose you to liability for other lawyers’ work?
Wondering whether your practice structure could expose you to liability for other lawyers’ work? Lawyers working “in association” need to consider how they may be perceived by clients and the public, since those who hold themselves out as a law firm risk being treated as such by the courts and can expect to be held to the same conflict requirements as a law firm partnership. That’s according to a recent decision by Justice Stinson, in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice [2014 ONSC 3411 (...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Masakatsu Yoshikawa and Dayani Garment Indonesia
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Masakatsu Yoshikawa of Dayani Garment Indonesia 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...
[Law Technology Today] Air Boss: THE Road Warrior Worthy Bag
A couple of years ago a co-worker and I were discussing travel. I said, “I have to check baggage; I’ve got too much stuff to carry.” She said, “Look, if I can get away without checking baggage, so can you. I’m a girl.” She recommended the website: onebag.com. Since then my tune has changed to “it’s against my religion to check baggage.” One of the key components to my strategy is the best business travel bag: Air Boss from Red Oxx. What makes it so great? It fits in even the smallest overhead...
[Law Technology Today] Air Boss: THE Road Warrior Worthy Bag
A couple of years ago a co-worker and I were discussing travel. I said, “I have to check baggage; I’ve got too much stuff to carry.” She said, “Look, if I can get away without checking baggage, so can you. I’m a girl.” She recommended the website: onebag.com. Since then my tune has changed to “it’s against my religion to check baggage.” One of the key components to my strategy is the best business travel bag: Air Boss from Red Oxx. What makes it so great? It fits in even the smallest overhead...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] The Three Professors- Henderson, Susskind and Harper
This post may not have the lyrical flair of The Three Tenors, but hopefully you will find something useful (if not quite musical) by following the fusion of the thoughts of the three law professors that I recommend to you...
[Law Technology Today] Increasing Productivity Through Billing
What if you could get your client bills out sooner and get paid faster? There are ways to generate bills that will improve your bottom line and increase productivity. In this free, 30-minute webinar, discover how to take advantage of the many opportunities for more efficient billing practices. Join us on Wednesday, July 30th at 2pm ET for Increasing Productivity Through Billing. About the Webinar: Increasing Productivity Through Billing Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:00pm – 2:30pm ET Free...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Keir Greenaway
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Keir Greenaway 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 explanation of...
[Law Technology Today] Chicago’s Self-Help Web Center Celebrates 10 Years of Service, Access to Justice
Each day for the past 10 years, law student volunteers from IIT Chicago-Kent have staffed the Self-Help Web Center (SHWC) on the sixth floor of Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Center, helping to provide guidance and assistance to thousands of pro se litigants as they navigate their way through the Cook County court system. The idea for the SHWC grew out of a study of low-income and self-represented litigants conducted across five different court systems in the United States between 1999 and 2001 by...
[Law Technology Today] Breaking Up: The Digital Edge on Ethical Responsibilities when Breaking Up a Law Firm
Is this edition of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview commercial litigator at McGuireWoods Tom Spahn, often known as “Mr. Ethics” in Virginia. He has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, and has spoken over 1,200 times on ethics and other topics in the United States and abroad. He explains that lawyers and their firms should remain civil and open to negotiation before the lawyer has left. Firms have run into trouble while trying to penalize...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Conflicts Rules Leave Room for (Careful) Collegiality
Consulting with more experienced colleagues to confirm that you’re on the right track in resolving a problem is natural and commendable in any profession. Working in isolation is inefficient, and leads to preventable errors. Without access to information about others’ experience, we’re forced to make our own mistakes. For this reason, sole practitioners are routinely encouraged to seek out mentors and advisers from among the broader bar. But what if every time a colleague outside your firm...