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

[Oregon Law Practice Management] What Should I Do About Lost or Stolen Client Files?
Is there any worse feeling than having your briefcase or laptop stolen? While it can be hard to bounce back from such an experience, there are immediate steps you should take  if you discover that confidential client files have been … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Why I Love my Livescribe 3 Pen
I’ve been practicing as a solo attorney for more than a couple of years now, and like all attorneys (or at least, all readers of this blog!), I like to find better ways to do things. If it involves technology, even better. This post describes why I decided to try the Livescribe 3 smartpen; see how it works and how I use, what I like about it, and what needs improvement. We’re All Pressed for Time Attorneys, and just about everyone else, seem to be short on time. For attorneys, efficiency helps...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Call for Predictions!
♫ If you should see me walking Through your dreams at night Would you please direct me Where I ought to be I’ve been looking for a crystal ball To shed the light To find a future in me… To find a future in me…♫ Lyrics and Music by: Tommy Shaw, recorded by Styx.     To say that we have been thru a tremendous time of change in the legal profession is a wee bit of an understatement. Furthermore I believe that the rate of change is accelerating. This means that the...
[Avoid a Claim] Equipment purchase scam using the names Yuk Tak Szeto and Wang Tak Engineering
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Yuk Tak Szeto of Wang Tak Engineering looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for...
[Law Technology Today] Bestlaw: How a 3L Enhanced Westlaw
Westlaw and LexisNexis are the giants of legal technology. Whether you are a student just trying to survive the first year of law school, or a distinguished-looking senior at a large law firm, legal search is probably one of the most (if not the most) important technology you depend on daily. The importance of these services is not unwarranted. Without effective access to cases, secondary sources, and information more generally, lawyers lack the raw material they need to produce their work. A...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - the 3rd time is the charm!
They say the third time is the charm. And everyone I know who has tried the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 says it is a really great machine. My podcast teammate Sharon Nelson has one and she loves it. Sharon is...
[Law Technology Today] Podcasting Fundamentals: Listening and Subscribing
If you’ve heard the word “podcast” recently, there’s a good bet it’s in relation to NPR’s Serial. While many claim a “podcast renaissance” thanks, in part, to Serial, there are so many to choose from. See for yourself. So, with all of these options—and the potential for “I can’t even,”—how are we to find and listen to the podcasts that are right for us? How have these processes changed, and why are some people not listening to...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Craft Your Future One Hour at a Time
♫  Inch by inch, row by row, I’m gonna make this garden grow All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground…♫ Lyrics and music by: David Mallett, recorded by: Peter, Paul & Mary. Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying: “The best way to predict your future is to create it” Brian Tracy in his blog talks about the Golden Hour – a time that you set aside at the start of your day to work on the most important task you will have for your lifetime –...
[Law Practice Advisor] Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 3: Technology Solutions
  #174457155 / gettyimages.com   In Part 1 in our series on time management, we covered some basic solutions. In Part 2, we addressed some email management techniques. Now, we’ll consider a variety of technology solutions that will answer for tracking your time, saving your time, and, ultimately, increasing your efficiency. Technology Conventions One of the simplest technology upgrades you can implement is to add a screen to your workstation, or to buy or use a large enough screen...
[Law Technology Today] What Is, and Is Not, an Alternative Fee Arrangement
The phrase “alternative fee arrangements” raises a question: alternative to what? The obvious answer is “to the billable hour.” But lawyers—creative lot that they are—have bastardized the phrase to mean “alternative to stand rack rate hourly billing,” meaning that any discount off a firm’s standard hourly rates is an “alternative.” Interpreting the idea so broadly surely helps a firm’s statistics when it brags on how much of its revenue comes from alternative fees. But that kind of statistical...