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] Informed, Documented Plea Instructions Protect You From Claims
Though the rate of malpractice claims flowing from criminal cases is lower than in other areas of law, the number of claims in this area is on the rise of late, and for many of the same reasons we see in other areas. The most important cause? Issues with lawyer-client communication. An area of particular vulnerability to error is the plea conversation. Consider the lawyer’s and the client’s different perspectives on the client’s account of the facts: The lawyer: has listened to dozens, perhaps...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: iPad in One Hour for Lawyer, 3rd edition
The bestselling ABA book iPad in One Hour for Lawyers has helped thousands of lawyers learn to use the iPad in their law practices. Fully revised and updated to reflect the newest versions of the iPad and the latest apps available, iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Third Edition, will help lawyers get more out of their iPad. Ideal for lawyers who want to get up to speed fast, this acclaimed book presents the essentials so you don’t get bogged down in technical jargon and extraneous features...
[Avoid a Claim] 7 Cartoon Clients to Avoid
The best cartoon characters exaggerate the real-life quirks and failings we all have. But would you want any of them for a client? Jay Reeves, in the Lawyers Mutual blog, looks at some of the traits of popular cartoon characters and imagines what they would be like coming to you for legal advice. In a nutshell: what’s funny on Looney Tunes is a lot less amusing when they are sitting in your office! If you find yourself with Yosemite Sam pulling his guns on you because his file isn’...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Reegan Newton and CGC Dredging
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Reegan Newton of CGC Dredging 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] The Simple Solution: Just Ask
Law Technology Today is a leading resource in legal technology. Whenever I wonder what’s going on outside the tech part, however, I check out the latest issue of Law Practice Today. Its July issue is focused on diversity, a topic that has been brewing for a while, and took center stage in July with the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. The article on women counsel working together is worth a read, as is the interview with diversity leaders. Both provide interesting perspectives...
[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...