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] Breach of copyright agreement scam using the name Cheng-Gong Cheng
An Ontario firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Cheng-Gong Cheng with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of a copyright 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 party in breach of the agreement (who is also part of the fraud). See...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: The Modern Rules of Business Etiquette
Good manners and proper protocol can make, or break, a promising business relationship. This book will help you build better and deeper relationships, and feel more confident than you ever have, no matter what the business setting. This book will be a valuable tool for all business professionals who recognize the important role interpersonal skills play in the success of their career, and their business. As society seems to continue to travel down a pathway of inappropriate and uninformed...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Cybercrime: Be Ready With an Incident Response Plan
Because a cybercrime attack can cause irreparable harm, law firms should be prepared to take action immediately. Being able to do this requires an Incident Response Plan (IRP). An effective IRP can put a firm in a position to effectively and efficiently manage a breach by protecting sensitive data, systems, and networks, and to quickly investigate the extent and source of the breach so that operations can be maintained or promptly restored. Many firms design IRPs so that they address...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Nishiyo Stryker
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Nishiyo Stryker 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 Confirmed...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Miura Hitoshi
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Miura Hitoshi 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 Confirmed...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Resolving Conflicts Between Office 2013 and Acrobat
Ah yes!  Everything old is new again.  Remember this post: Outlook 2010 & Acrobat 9 Don’t Play Well Together (Yet)? Compatibility problems between these two products continue, with the latest battle involving Office 2013.  If you just upgraded (or are thinking about … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Wunderlist : List-Making in the Digital Age
With many thanks to our managing partner, Michael Bogdanow, my most recent technological discovery is the wonder of Wunderlist.  He and I have now both completely eschewed the “task” list on Microsoft Outlook for this easy-to-use, simple and highly rated application. Wunderlist is, as the name clearly states, a list-making application. You can organize your to-dos as you see fit, simply and easily from your smartphone or other mobile device. It is easy to create an item, delete an item and...
[Law Practice Advisor] My Generation: Document Automation Tools for Lawyers
Ford assembly line, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You’ll have read some variation of the Myth of Sisyphus elsewhere, no doubt; and, mostly, the story gets you weepy over ol’ Sisyphus because, each time he seems to have completed his task . . . well, the boulder rolls right back into place — and, he must start again, from scratch. Lawyers should be well-acquainted with ‘the Myth of Sisyphus’. Now, if you’re going to commit to rote transactional work, even if you can’t stop yourself from...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Student Magazine: 20 Tips for a smooth transition from student to lawyer
This is an abridged version of the LAWPRO article: “20 tips for a successful transition” – a guide for law students through the transition from student life to legal practice. See practicepro.ca/20tips for the full article. Honestly assess your strengths and preferences to identify what makes sense for you in terms of the type of firm and area of law you want to practice. Consider all the options: big firm, small firm, solo practice, government, in-house. Don’t just pursue the opportunities...
[Law Technology Today] Apple Products on the Rise in Law Practice: Clio Survey Results are In
Recently released was a survey by cloud-based practice management company Clio respecting the use of Apple products in law offices. For a simple visual account of the results, view Clio’s infographic, here. It should come as no surprise that the results of this year’s survey, as well as those of the past three annual surveys, indicate that the use of Apple products in law practices has, and continues to rise.  This is particularly true of solo and small firms as over 85% of Clio’s 838 sample...