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] Are You LinkedIn or Are You Linked Out? The Ethics of Endorsements
LinkedIn, the social network of choice for lawyers and other mature individuals everywhere, offers two major endorsement options to users. The first is a written endorsement, where one user will compose a testimonial about another user (either of their own volition, or at the other user’s request); once the testimonial is complete and has been submitted to the other user, it’s then up to the recipient as to whether she will publish it to her profile. The other is a +1-style feature, where...
[Avoid a Claim] Changes to the 2014 LAWPRO insurance policy
The October 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine highlights the changes to the LAWPRO insurance policy that will become effective for 2014. Click here for a full description of the changes and how they might impact you. Here’s a quick summary: Base premium for 2014: $3,350 (unchanged since 2011) $10,000 increase in deductible applied to certain administrative dismissal claims $250,000 sublimit coverage for eligible cybercrime losses Coverage for Ontario lawyers also called in Quebec, in...
[Law Technology Today] Taking Advantage of LinkedIn’s New Interface
LinkedIn had a major interface overhaul in 2013. With so many changes to the graphics, connection management, and new ways for lawyers to take advantage of this important tool, the ABA just released a second edition of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers. Authors Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields monitored the developments and began conducting new experiments to uncover new ways to utilize lawyers’ top social media platform. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraudsters using LinkedIn to initiate contact on a separation agreement scam
Three Ontario lawyers have reported being contacted on LinkedIn by someone purporting to be Simon Black of law firm Allen & Overy, requesting their services in a separation agreement matter. The names of the lawyer and firm are real but are being impersonated in this scam attempt. A firm that responded was then contacted by email and the client’s name was given as Miyoko Kazuo, a name we have posted on previously on our blog. From this point it would progress as a classic bad...
[Avoid a Claim] November 8 is the deadline to file your 2014 LAWPRO insurance application
Attention LAWPRO insureds: Today is the deadline to file your 2014 LAWPRO insurance applications. Applications filed after today’s date will be subject to a surcharge equal to 30 per cent of the base premium.
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Small Firm Lawyers and Innovation
We have certainly seen many changes in the way business is done over the last few decades. Many of these have to do with the prominence of the Internet and other technological advances. But others have to do with consumer...
[Avoid a Claim] Criminal lawyers: Clear communication your best defence against allegations of ineffective assistance
This article by Nora Rock (corporate writer & policy analyst at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the October 18, 2013 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. A substantial proportion of professional liability claims against criminal defence counsel are based on allegations of “ineffective assistance”. The jurisprudence makes it clear that poor lawyer-client communication is at the root of many of these claims. Allegations of ineffective assistance are usually first...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Kim Crowford
Four Ontario lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Kim Crowford looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation 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...
[Law Technology Today] Now Available: “Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers”
Legal clients are responding to today’s unprecedented financial pressures by demanding better predictability, cost-effectiveness and communication from their outside legal service providers. They give their business to those who can manage legal work efficiently—and take it away from those who can’t or won’t. Legal Project Management in One Hour for Lawyers provides any attorney with practical skills and methods for improving efficiency, keeping budgets under control, building strong working...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Xue Cheng
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Xue Cheng 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 of an...