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] Keeping up with the Joneses — or not
Lawyers often talk about the stress and burden of debt. If there is one piece of advice worth giving, it is a simple one: spend less than you earn. As a new lawyer, I was excited when I received my first paycheque. I forgot what I spent it on, but I remember it disappeared as soon as I received it. Soon I was living paycheque to paycheque. How could it be possible to live hand to mouth on Bay street? Turns out, it was easy. Perry Mason, L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Suits, my peers:...
[Law Technology Today] 6 Key Strategies For Making Your Law Firm Business Work For You
Most attorneys start a law firm with little or no education or training on how to build a small business. So, they do what comes naturally. They build a practice, and focus on doing quality work for their clients, and being the best, most professional lawyer they can be. Months and years go by, and these same lawyers find themselves trapped in a job they created for themselves, working harder than they ever thought they would have to, with less financial security than they believed the...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Access to Justice: Limited Scope Representation
This article is by Ian Hu, Claims Prevention & practicePRO Counsel at LAWPRO Increasingly, legal services are moving away from the full-service model. Outsourcing document review, e-discovery, and other discrete legal services are becoming more common-place. Small practitioners and larger firms alike can offer limited scope representation, or “unbundled” representation, which let clients pick and choose when they want to engage with a lawyer during the life of a transaction or litigation....
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Time for a Law Office Getaway
Summer is almost upon us!  And regular readers know this is the time of year when I “nag” you about the importance of building vacation plans into your work schedule. Work without rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation leads to burnout.  So banish the … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Beyond eDiscovery: New Technology for Legal Collaboration
When we think of technology in the legal profession, we tend to focus on electronic discovery and its potential to save time and reduce costs by sorting through and filtering out massive amounts of data, particularly before it undergoes the labor-intensive and expensive phase of document review. Often overlooked, however, are other, lesser-known technologies that make the substantive work lawyers do every day easier, more efficient and more productive. Among these “other” technologies are cloud...
[Law Practice Advisor] Secure Your Data: Part 3, Encryption Basics
Credit: Chris Dlugosz, Flickr.com This series began with a post on the Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws, which provide standards for businesses that keep certain types of personal information. Following up that statutory and regulatory update, I provided you with my top digital security tips, including tip #6: Encryption. In this third post, you’ll learn about encryption. I promise no techie language, only what you need to know. What is encryption?   “[T]he conversion of data into a form called...
[Law Technology Today] Go Responsive or Go Home
When potential clients look for attorneys to hire, they no longer look in the phone book or on billboards for inspiration. Instead, they Google “lawyer” plus any one of a number of keywords, like “divorce,” “will,” “criminal defense,” “DUI,” “intellectual property,” “real estate”—you get the idea. It is very important that your law firm show up within the top few search results on Google or other search engines...
[Law Technology Today] After A Decade of Legal Blogs, or “Blawging”
In August 2005, Dennis and Tom took part in a discussion called “Between Lawyers Roundtable: The Future of Legal Blogging” on the ABA Law Practice Today website. This marked the burst of energy for legal blogging, or blawging, in 2005. Ten years later, lawyers have decided to examine the landscape of law blogs. Bob Ambrogi and Paul Horwitz at PrawfsBlawg started a discussion about how law blogging has changed since 2005. As Dennis and Tom have seen and been part of the law blogging scene from...
[Avoid a Claim] Listen to an Ontario lawyer’s recorded conversation with a fraudster
Ottawa lawyer J.L. Lee Mullowney informed us that he was contacted by the purported Thomas Moss looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. Well aware that he was being targeted for a fraud, Mr Mullowney called the fraudster up to challenge him on a number of incongruities on the matter (see below for the full details of the scam). He recorded the call and posted it to Youtube. Click here or on the image below to listen. The call shows how on one hand,...
[Law Technology Today] Top Billing Mistakes Attorneys Make and How to Fix Them
As an attorney, you meet with clients, deliver work as promised, and then, eventually, out goes the invoice. Dealing with bills is likely not what made you want to became an attorney but in order to get paid on time and continue to practice law, you sometimes need to focus on billing just as much as practicing your passion. Join us on Wednesday, June 24th, for our free webinar, Top Billing Mistakes Attorneys Make and How to Avoid Them and discover the tools available to you, so you never...