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 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...
[Avoid a Claim] How to Improve Hospitality in the Office
Think about how you choose between similar services. If two restaurants have great food at comparable prices, do you return to the one with slow, rude service, or the one where you felt taken care of? While its obvious that clients want their lawyer to be good at handling their case, these days that often isn’t enough. Clients increasingly demand good “customer service” from lawyers, just as they would in any other field. In Mary Lokensgard’s article “Positive...
[Avoid a Claim] Access to Justice: Limited Scope Representation
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. Limited scope representation provides greater access to justice, as clients need...
[Law Technology Today] 3 Policies to Protect Confidential Information in the Digital Age
Gone are the days when lawyers could simply put their heads in the sand and practice law without understanding how client information is created, shared, and stored. With evolving communication and data storage technology, clients create, share, and store sensitive information—from trade secrets and intellectual property to business strategies and legal analyses—in many formats and in many places.  Attorneys who are provided such sensitive client information must take certain steps to help...
[Avoid a Claim] Undertakings 101: Manage your risk
There is often some confusion around the purpose of undertakings and how they should be structured. Be the lawyer who solves closing problems without taking on risks. Undertakings are essential elements in real estate transactions. They are commonly given by one party to another to avoid delays in closings, or as a courtesy to the other party for a matter which cannot be attended to by the closing date. They are either given on behalf of a client or personally by the lawyer acting on the...