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

[Thoughtful Legal Management] The Role of Law Schools
♫ I want to be part of the solution
 Can you use me to lead a revolution?
 I want to be part of the solution… ♫             Music, Lyrics and recorded by: Jonah33. The issues facing the profession have been set out by many: from Richard Susskind as documented in his many books, to Madam Justice McLachlin, who has said: “Timely, effective access is the most pressing issue facing Canada’s justice system, says Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Many people have given up...
[Avoid a Claim] Reliance on cultural norms leads lawyer to act without full instructions
In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A man retained a lawyer to commence a medical malpractice lawsuit. The man believed that his wife had died because she had been not properly diagnosed with a heart condition. The lawyer commenced an...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Anthony Kawasaki
Firms in Ontario and California have notified us that they received an email from the purported Anthony Kawasaki 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 for...
[Law Technology Today] Making The Move: Taking My Law Office to Abacus Private Cloud
I am a solo attorney, with a criminal and traffic ticket defense practice at Anchorage, Alaska. For the past 16 years I have had my own law office. For 25 years I have closely followed the use of computers in law offices. The Problem About six years ago, during a time when I had no paralegal, I put my entire law office on a business grade laptop so I could be mobile and use my time more efficiently by working between court hearings and appointments, rather than driving to a desktop computer at...
[Law Technology Today] Day 1 of the Clio Cloud Conference: Fastcase, Data and Android
The big news from the Clio Cloud Conference is Clio’s exclusive integration with Fastcase. Exclusive, as the press release states, means that “Clio will be the only cloud ­based practice management tool to offer an integration with Fastcase, and Fastcase will be the only online legal research tool available through Clio.”  Lawyers who use Clio and Fastcase can now track time spent researching and save relevant documents to matters in Clio. No more guess work on how much time...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity
In the social realm, cultural differences can be awkward for those on both sides; but in the context of legal services, cross cultural misunderstandings and other culture-related factors can occasionally lead to malpractice claims against lawyers. The good news: claims with a cultural component are easily preventable as they tend to reflect certain recurring themes. One category of claims arises where a lawyer is unfamiliar with the culture of his or her client or is not comfortable asking...

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[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Li Chung and Xiawulee Chemicals
Firms in Texas and Florida notified us that they received an email from the purported Li Chung of Xiawulee Chemicals 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 for...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Opening or Converting Old Forms – Tips for Mac Users
As Mac users know, not all legal forms are Mac-friendly (especially older forms).  For example, what if a colleague sends you a document created in Microsoft Word 97/Windows? If you have Pages, you should be able to open a Word … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Managing Email with Rules and Quick Steps in Outlook 2013
Although email is supposed to make communication quicker and easier, it can often complicate things instead. Most lawyers have email clutter. Many have inboxes with thousands of messages in them. Email has become a major clutter and productivity obstacle. Two ways to help manage that avalanche of email if you use Outlook are using Rules and Quick Steps. Using Outlook Rules Outlook uses “rules” to automate common tasks. They’re easy to create and can be used to streamline common e-mail-related...
[Law Practice Advisor] Five Best Practice Referral Marketing Tips
English: Description: Social Networking Source: own work Author: koreshky Date: 12/10/2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Referral marketing, as opposed to direct marketing, targets people with the potential to send you business. Successful firms rely on a high percentage of referrals to keep their practice booming. A referral network must be developed and maintained. And merely going to a networking event and meeting some people won’t cut it. Here are five best practice referral marketing...