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

[Compujurist] Authorities capture Cryptolocker passwords – if you’ve been hit you need to read this story.
Since late 2013 an insidious program that encrypts a users computer and then holds it for ransom unless the victim pays Hundreds of dollars by Bitcoin has been spreading throughout the globe. Cryptolocker and its variants have become the bane of computers users worlwide.Once infected, users had 72 hours to pay the ransom or the price went up; however, even paying the ransom was no guarantee of getting a valid decryption key. The only other option that worked was to restore from a protected...
[Law Technology Today] 77% of Lawyers Can’t Be Trusted With Confidential Client Data
Surprised? Here’s the thing: all lawyers have an ethical obligation to employ security measures when sharing information and data with their clients. Yet LexisNexis recently learned from a survey it conducted on what tools lawyers and legal professionals are using to protect their clients’ privileged information that  77% of the lawyers did not have adequate security for their confidential client data. How important is encryption and what can lawyers do to change the way they share data?...
[Avoid a Claim] Title Company May Appeal Ruling in Cyber Crime Case to U.S. Supreme Court
The American Land Titles Assocation reported on a case invovling a U.S. escrow company that had its bank account hacked by cyber criminals. While Canada doesn’t have escrow companies of this kind, it still serves as a lesson in what can happen if law firms don’t take adequate steps to protect against cyber attacks on their trust account. This company is paying the price because it felt that additional cybersecurity steps weren’t convenient. A Missouri-based title company may...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for July 2014
July kept up a similar pace to the previous month (270 emails reporting scams compared to 279 in June). We posted 20 new fraud warnings (same as last month). 57% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 30% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 10% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) Here are the email fraud posts we did in June sorted by scenario: Commercial debt collection: Kevin Loughran of...
[Law Technology Today] Technology and Your Practice: The Double-Edged Sword
Many attorneys are integrating at least some new technology into their practice. If they are doing it the right way, this can be a great tool. There are, however, a lot of pitfalls you need to look out for when integrating technology. TL;DR To sum it all up, if you are going to use technology in your practice, know what you’re doing. Ask the questions that need to be asked and ensure you actually understand the answers. Discuss your use of technology with your clients to ensure they are...
[The Last Word] Do You Provide First Class Legal Services?
If you’d like to learn to make yourself invaluable to current and future clients, the latest addition to the PMAP Checkout Library can point the way. Although seemingly aimed at a small segment of the legal field, Succeeding as Outside Counsel: A Lawyer’s Guide to Providing First Class Legal Services from the Client’s Perspective is […]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Thinking about Partnership?
A potential partnership between lawyers sparks many issues – capitalization; entity formation; allocation of profits, losses, income, and expenses; restrictions on partnership authority; division of management duties; decision-making; withdrawal; and more. But the most important consideration is often ignored: basic … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Independent but Engaged: Support Networks for Solos
There are plenty of good reasons for choosing sole practice, or for transitioning into sole practice after practising with a firm. You may have chosen to practise in a small community; you may have opened a sole practice because you couldn’t find the right fit with a firm in your chosen area of practice; or you may be a person with a naturally independent work style and a desire to be your own boss. Whatever a lawyer’s reasons, sole practice is a choice that can be profitable and personally...

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[Law Technology Today] Courtroom Technology: 23 Years Ago, and Today
Technology in the courtroom is always changing. It is how we adapt to and utilize these changes and advances in technology that can make the difference between winning and losing a case at trial. I began trying cases 23 years ago. For quite some time, I used an easel with large white paper that you could write on and then flip over and write on the next page. I found it quite effective to use during trial. In fact, I outlined my entire opening statement on those flipcharts. I can still remember...
[SC Small Firm] Stand up!
Sitting at your desk all day is not good for your health! Studies show that even if you hit the gym after work, your efforts may not undo the effects of sitting in your chair all day. Although most of us have heard about the treadmill desk craze, did you know you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to have some of the same benefits? To counteract the health risks of prolonged sitting, try taking regular walking breaks around the office. Set an alarm to remind yourself to get up and...