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

[PA Law Practice Management] How One Keystroke Can Undo Your Deal — Confidentiality:
What does a teenager have in common with confidentiality?  Absolutely nothing.  Today’s youth live out their lives on social media without a thought of consequences from sharing every thought and action.  Following is a guest blog by Wayne, PA employment lawyer Robin Bond.  Read about how a college-age daughter’s Facebook post cost her father $80,000. These are your employees and clients, folks.  Make sure they understand the meaning of the term “confidential...
[Avoid a Claim] The LAWPRO $250,000 cybercrime coverage: What it covers and why
As of the 2014 policy year, the LAWPRO mandatory insurance program will include express coverage in the amount of $250,000 for losses related to cybercrime, as defined in the policy. This sublimit (or cap) of coverage provides a modest “safety net” for lawyers in the area of cybercrime exposure. We say modest because like the fraud risks the profession has faced over the years, there is no way to predict the total possible exposure, and prevention is a far better tool to deal with this societal...
[Law Technology Today] Clio’s Apple in Law Offices Survey, by the Numbers
If you were asked which three advancements most dramatically altered the legal landscape, what would you answer? The Code of Hammurabi? The Magna Carta? How about the iPad? Clio, the leading cloud-based practice management solution, has released the results of their 2013 ‘Apple In Law Offices’ survey. The survey, detailing Apple device usage in law firms across North America, shows exactly how far the influence of Cupertino extends in the legal industry. Turn over the device you’re using to...
[Law Technology Today] Ethical Perils of Social Media for Lawyers and Judges
Of the 46% of judges using social media, 80% are on Facebook and over 30% are on LinkedIn, but activity on social media presents a number of ethical perils for judges, attorneys, jurors, and litigants. In a recent case in Georgia, a judge stepped down after being scrutinized for sending a friend request to a litigant on his upcoming trial calendar and later releasing her on a personal recognizance bond. Similar activities from other judges and attorneys have resulted in violations of both the...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Would You Take the Bait in a Phishing Scam?
“Phishing” is one of the most common scams that cyber criminals use because it can produce spectacular results with very little effort or expense on the part of the hacker. Phishing involves the use of an email, text message or phone call that appears to come from a trusted source or institution, vendor or company, but is actually from a third-party impostor. Phishing messages are intended to trick you into giving cyber criminals your information by asking you to update or confirm personal or...
[Compujurist] New 100 Best Android Apps List: Just in time for ABA TECHSHOW!
ABA TECHSHOW is fast approaching and in addition to all of the other sessions, there are a number of sessions for Android users. And just in time for TECHSHOW, PCmag.com has come out with their new list of the Best 100 Android Apps. There are a number on the list that can make lawyers lives easier such as Anti-virus and security apps, secure text messaging and communication apps and more.
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Take the Money and Run: $100 to Upgrade Windows XP
Don’t follow the US Government’s lead and play ostrich when it comes to Windows XP. If you have friends or colleagues using this outdated OS, encourage them to take this offer from Microsoft: Thanks Techlicious!
[Law Technology Today] Before Jumping into an Extranet, Ask Yourself: But What Do Our Clients Want?
Since 2009, I’ve offered some form of an extranet to clients for sharing documents, communicating, and general collaboration. In fact, the moment I learned about extranets, I was mildly obsessed. The concept seemed to solve so many problems: no deleted emails or lost attachments, a clear chain of communication, and security. One place for everything! The security point was (and still is) really important to me, especially when it comes to sharing sensitive documents and communication. Email is...
[Avoid a Claim] How law firms can increase their online banking safety
Many law firms manage their trust and regular bank accounts on the Internet, and some firms have the ability to initiate various banking transactions online, including account transfers and wiring funds. While the convenience and efficiency of online banking are huge benefits, the downside is that online banking exposes you to security risks. The steps outlined below will help law firms to understand, address and reduce online banking risks – for both your firm and personal accounts. Know and...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Rules of the Road for Sharing Fees
Lawyers who are not members of the same firm may only divide fees under Oregon RPC 1.5(d) if the client gives informed consent and the total fee of the lawyers for all services is not clearly excessive. Sound easy?  It is … Continue reading →