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] Diversify Without Dabbling
In a challenging economy, many lawyers scramble to maintain a steady stream of work in their established areas of practice. Faced with pressure to keep fees stable, these lawyers sometimes decide that the only way to boost billable hours is to take on new clients with legal needs in areas in which they haven’t previously practiced, or to offer new categories of legal services to existing clients. What could go wrong? Plenty. Errors that flow from dabbling in practice areas outside a lawyer’s...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers
The legal community is notorious for generating paper–and lots of it. But lawyers can save time and money by transitioning to a paperless office. Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers will show even the most committed paper devotees how to run their law offices digitally. In just one hour, you will learn to: Get your colleagues and staff on board Analyze your current paper workflow and set new goals Assess your hardware, software, and app needs Become a PDF expert Develop or acquire a...
[Law Technology Today] How to Vacation as a Lawyer
The lifestyle of a lawyer leaves little room for vacation. How can you just abandon your practice to relax on the beach? Who will be there to pick up the slack when you’re out? Let’s look at vacation from a health perspective. Considering the string of depression that is common in the legal profession, time away can be an important stress reliever, allowing you to come back refreshed and better able to tackle new cases. Join us for How to Vacation as a Lawyer on Thursday, June 26th to get tips...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Kazuo Yoshimoto and Tsuda Chemical Company
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kazuo Yoshimoto of Tsuda Chemical Company 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Tomiyuki Nishioka and Tsuda Chemical Company
Two California firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Tomiyuki Nishioka of Tsuda Chemical Company 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Free Shred Day – Coming Soon to a City Near You?
We hope so! The Professional Liability Fund has held several successful shred events at the OSB Center, most recently on May 17: 678 bankers boxes shredded Stretching the equivalent of 24 school buses parked end-to-end Weighing as much as 2 … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Webinar Presentation Tips for Lawyers
In this last of the Presentation Tips series (part one: Atytpical and Typical tips, part two: Panel Presentation Pointers), Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell dole out useful advice for webinars. By its very nature, the webinar presentation removes public speaking fears. No audience staring back at you, or fidgeting, restless. You’re not standing, elevated, alone, sweaty palms and racing heart beat as you try to clear your throat without letting the microphone tell everyone you are clearing...
[Law Practice Advisor] #LHLM Highlights from Super Marketing IV: Building Relationships to Build Business
June 5th marked MassLOMAP’s fourth annual Super Marketing Conference in Boston.  Marketing experts traveled across the continent to provide their knowledge on marketing trends, ethical use of social media, importance of customer service, search engine optimization, analyzing return on investment, branding techniques, networking best practices, and much much more.  To view the speaker’s presentations and materials, visit Suffolk University Law School’s Blackboard site (Username: ALS-...
[SC Small Firm] R.I.P TrueCrypt
A few weeks ago, news broke that the popular encryption tool TrueCrypt has been retired. Since the announcement, the tech world has been abuzz with speculation about what happened with TrueCrypt, but there are no clear answers at this point. So if TrueCrypt was your go-to for encryption, where do you turn now for your encryption needs? Windows Bitlocker is a viable replacement for TrueCrypt. Bitlocker is included in Windows 8 and also available on Windows vista and 7 Ultimate or Enterprise...
[Law Technology Today] New Paper: A Look at Small Firms’ “Cautious Embrace of Technology”
Technology continues to impact both the practice, and the business, of law. In August of 2012, the American Bar Association updates its ethics guidelines, notably Rule 1.1, which requires attorneys to provide “competent representation.” It is now the ethical responsibility of lawyers to keep up with “the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology,” like using Box or Dropbox to store and share files, electronic billing options and mobile applications. The rapid pace of technological...