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] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Guo Haofeng and Xinying Group Holdings
A New Jersey firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Tain Guo Haofeng of Xinying Group Holdings looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic 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 debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page...
[Law Technology Today] The Four Pillars of Smart Practice Management
Everything seems to be moving at a faster pace these days; business, commerce, and the practice of law are ALL getting faster. A lot faster. The average lawyer must be much more efficient in order to match this pace. This requires avoiding getting bogged down with administrative duties in order to switch the focus to more essential tasks. Join us on Wednesday, January 28th for our free webinar, The Four Pillars of Smart Practice Management and learn what the pillars are and how to use them to...
[Law Technology Today] DocketFish: Addressing the Pain Points of PACER
When most people hear “legal research,” they think of Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis. The newer crop of lawyers will also think of Fastcase. You’ll be hard pressed to find a lawyer who disagrees that legal research is overdue for an overhaul. The same can be said for the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, commonly referred to as PACER. Looking at the PACER website reminds you of late-1990s websites, with its boxy top navigation menu and list of links. This is...
[Law Technology Today] Pardon the 2014 Legal Technology Interruption
It is January 22, 2015, and before the year gets any further along, let’s pause for a look back at some of the best advancements, worst fails, popular trends, and developments of legal technology in 2014. We can certainly predict trends and events for 2015, too. Like, say, what are the odds that two or more state bar disciplinary groups will issue rules about lawyers using technologies that will baffle lawyers who use that technology? It’s time to answer this and other questions about the...
[Law Technology Today] Client Collaboration: The Tools You Need to Keep Your Clients Happy
In these competitive times, collaboration is of the utmost importance in order to not only keep your clients, but to keep them happy. Now more than ever, clients are getting more closely involved in their legal work. They want to be more connected and have more control in these matters, and will likely walk if they don’t find what they need. So how do you collaborate in this digital age? Watch this video and discover: Clients’ wants and needs How to provide better client service...
[Avoid a Claim] 7 steps to a healthier work day
Studies indicate that we are now sitting more than ever in history. With the advent of modern technology and a more sedentary lifestyle, tasks have become increasingly repetitive. This combination of static posture and limited movement impact the way our bodies work, play and heal. Health Canada estimates that musculo-skeletal disorders cost us over $15 billion per year in treatment, rehabilitation and lost productivity. Many fields have emerged to educate people about preventing injuries...
[Law Technology Today] 5 Ways to Inform and Educate Clients
It is your job as a legal concierge to tap into the wealth of information that your firm possesses in order to make relevant and important information available to your clients. You should regularly monitor state and federal rules, statutes, executive orders, court rulings, and similar strands that make up the country’s legal tapestry and put that information into a central repository that’s accessible to every lawyer in your firm. Many firms are not only aggregating the information; they are...
[PA Law Practice Management] Ransomware (malware) on Cell Phones
  We thought that our cell phones were safe from ransomware, like CryptoLocker, which has been infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in the U.S.  Not so!  A recent article in CNet Daily News reports that there are as many as 5,000 attacks per day.  A mobile threat report from Mobile Lookout Security, which makes security software for smartphones, found 4 million of Lookout’s 60 million users were held hostage last year.  In 2014 they report a 75% increase in mobile threats in...
[Avoid a Claim] The 25 most popular (and least secure) passwords in 2014
Gizmodo has an article on the 25 most popular passwords of 2014, based on compiling millions of stolen passwords made public throughout the year. Many of them are the same unsecure passwords that appeared on the 2013 list. Clearly the public is still going for “easy to remember” rather than “safe and secure”. Here is the list: 123456 password 12345 12345678 qwerty 123456789 1234 baseball dragon football 1234567 monkey letmein abc123 111111 mustang...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan fraud using the name Ishiba Mark
Firms in Ontario and Michigan notified us that they received an email from the purported Ishiba Mark looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is a classic 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 debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more...