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

[Law Practice Advisor] Fastcase 50: Jared’s Big Debut
Jared has finally made it to the big leagues being named one of Fastcase 50’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders” in the legal industry. Why? Well, if you know Jared, I’m certain you can answer that question for yourself. But, I’ll boast on his behalf anyhow. Here’s a sampling of his accomplishments via Fastcase 50: “regular contributor to Attorney at Work”, “written the foundational ABA guide Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers”, “co-hosts the Legal Toolkit...
[Law Technology Today] My Apple Watch: Initial Impressions, Uses, and its Benefits for Attorneys
I received my Apple Watch mid-May. I was disappointed to not receive it early, but I suppose I’m less of a die-hard fan than I thought: refusing to wake at 3 a.m. to place an order. Oh well, it’s here now, and I’m enjoying it thus far. Here are my intial thoughts: Setup In typical Apple style, my watch arrived snug inside a sleek white box. Included in the box were a power cord and instruction booklet. I immediately connected the charger to my outlet and placed the watch on...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] A New Appellate Court Opinion on "Pocket Dialing"
Yes, I know we all call it something else other than "pocket dialing," but congratulations to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for using a more polite term. Huff vs Spaw (Download in PDF) was issued this week. I...
[Law Technology Today] Are Lawyers Ready for Artificial Intelligence?
“Artificial Intelligence is a means of designing a system that can perceive its environment and take actions that will maximize its success.” -Tom Mighell. Developments in Big Data, machine learning, IBM Watson, and other advancements in technology have brought back the cyclical discussion of what artificial intelligence might mean for lawyers. Has anything really changed, or have we just reached another round of the AI debate? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and...
[Law Technology Today] Hosted vs. Web-based Legal Practice Management
A recurring theme with the many law firms is confusion around what “cloud-based” really means, and what their options are when they’re looking to ditch their servers and move their practice to the cloud. The world of cloud computing is admittedly full of buzzwords with overlapping meanings. For law firms, this creates misunderstandings that lead to frustration in selecting a cloud solution, or missing great opportunities to leverage the cloud altogether. All too often, firms feel they must...
[Law Technology Today] Capturing Webpages as Evidence: Risks and Best Practices
Today, the collection of online evidence is a crucial aspect of many cases. Even before litigation begins, both plaintiff and defense frequently scour the Internet to build a case for or create a defense against an anticipated lawsuit. Attorneys looking to capture and admit online content must consider the ephemeral nature of the Internet and the authentication challenges specific to web-based content. Explore the different approaches courts have used to evaluate the admissibility of online...
[Law Technology Today] An Encryption Quick Start Action Plan
An American Bar Association resolution was adopted in August 2014 that “encourages private and public sector organizations to develop, implement, and maintain an appropriate cybersecurity program that complies with applicable ethical and legal obligations, and is tailored to the nature and scope of the organization, and the data and systems to be protected.” It covers attorneys and law firms, as well as other businesses and enterprises. An appropriate information security or cybersecurity...
[Avoid a Claim] 50 ways to market your practice
Stephanie Francis Ward, writing in the ABA Journal, has compiled 50 Simple Ways You Can Market Your Practice. She points out that successfully marketing yourself doesn’t have to require an expensive marketing plan or innate talent on the part of the lawyer: just simple techniques done consistently. The advice comes from lawyers in many fields, and includes tips on marketing at public events, blogging, tracking visits to your website and getting involved in the community. You can read all...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Li Ka-Shing and Qingzhou Yongsheng Dredging Machinery Co
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Li Ka-Shing of Qingzhou Yongsheng Dredging Machinery Co looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Aynslee Smith and Zenbi Co
A Virginia firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Aynslee Smith of Zenbi Co looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is 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 for more of an...