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] Respecting clients’ schedules and language needs
Mary Lokensgard has previously written (for Attorney at Work) about accommodating clients with special needs. In a new post she has expanded that idea to include client’s scheduling problems and language barriers as needs to be addressed as well. She has a number of easy to implement suggestions to make your office more accommodating to clients’ sometimes unpredictable time issues, as well as ways to ensure that language problems don’t hinder your ability to provide the best...
[Law Technology Today] E-Discovery for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers
As e-discovery purveys more and more practices and practice areas, it becomes important for solo and small firm lawyers to at least have a cursory understanding of the process. Attorneys can be at a big disadvantage coming up against opposing counsel without the proper knowledge, workflow and tools for e-discovery. Since everyone today texts, emails, uses social media and other electronic forms of communication, almost every case involves electronically stored information (ESI) and therefore...
[Law Technology Today] Partner with Citrix for a More Efficient and Ethically Minded Practice
Today’s legal professionals face a challenging landscape that affects how they conduct business inside and outside the courtroom. They need to collaborate quickly with other counsel, paralegals, experts and others on nonpublic client information while avoiding breach scenarios in violation of HIPAA, HITECH, CFPB and other proliferating industry regulations. Fortunately, there are technology solutions to address this dilemma that have already been approved by practice management advisors and...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial purchase equipment scam using the names Ivan Smejkal and IBS Engineering
A Colorado firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ivan Smejkal of IBS Engineering looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be 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...
[Law Technology Today] Bureaucrats and Mathemagicians: Data Science and the Public Defenders
When I transitioned from my role as a public defender to that of a data scientist, a fellow attorney quipped, “What does that even mean?”[1] This is unsurprising given that many still debate the definition and utility of “data science as a moniker.” The pithy answer? “Data science is storytelling with error bars.” For a more robust reply, let me tell you a story. In 2012, it was discovered that a chemist working at the Massachusetts state drug lab in Jamaica...
[Law Technology Today] Document Automation for Estate Planning Attorneys
As an Estate Planning attorney, you have the ability to safeguard a client’s legacy. Protecting their assets, distributing their wealth, and preserving their values. You treat every client with care and respect, paying special attention to their needs, every step of the way. Do you find yourself re-using materials, questionnaires, documents, checklists or emails summarizing your services? How much more time could you spend working with your clients, if you had a better way of generating the...
[Law Technology Today] Hungry for CRM? Lexicata® Delivers!
Client Relationship Management (CRM) is just one of those terms that has all sorts of stigma attached to it. Legal professionals—whether the actual rainmakers for the organization, solo wizards of their own domain, or partners in charge of the business bloodline—have struggled for years with the this one topic: How do I (we) keep potential work from slipping through our fingers, as well as measure the success of our methods to attract business, even if it is word of mouth? This is uniquely...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Communications Breakdown: When a Lawyer Uses Jargon
“We’re [McLeish , Orlando LLP] in the process of retaining an ad agency for some of our marketing,” says Dale Orlando. “And it’s really frustrating when they use acronyms we don’t understand. You don’t want to ask because it seems like everybody else in the room knows what that means, so maybe I should. “One agency came in to talk about a service agreement, and they were trying to explain to us the services they were going to provide. After listening for 30 minutes I still had no clue what they...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Fulfilled Lawyer
Many, if not most, lawyers today share a nagging sense of dissatisfaction in their day-to-day jobs, in their choice of career, in the balance between work and personal life. Yet few have any idea how to work toward greater fulfillment. Lawyer Kathleen Paukert describes her personal journey to finding career fulfillment, and shares her best advice for how you can do the same, covering topics ranging from large (how to choose a practice setting, and recognizing your lawyer personality) to small...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Digital Edge Podcast: How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time
Our Digital Edge podcast this month is titled "How Lawyers Can Do More in Less Time" and features Allison Shields. Allison is co-author, with Daniel J Siegel, of the book from the ABA How to Do More in Less Time:...