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] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Gorge Qin and Renesas Electronics Corporation
A Minnesota lawyer notified us that he received an email from the purported Gorge Qin of Renesas Electronics Corporation looking to retain him 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] Business loan collection fraud using the name Helen Polase
A New Brunswick lawyer notified us that he received an email from the purported Helen Polase looking to retain him 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...
[Law Technology Today] Email Shortcuts: Faster and Safer
Chances are good that the bulk of the email you send each week goes to a handful of the same people – your assistant, a partner, your spouse, and so forth.  The time you spend creating each email and addressing it can add up, and each new message becomes an opportunity to inadvertently type in the wrong email address. Email shortcuts are an easy way to save a few seconds and cut down on the risk of a misdirected email.  An email shortcut is an icon on your desktop that, when double-clicked,...
[Law Technology Today] Avoiding Scams: Quick Security Tip
Scams are not always as obvious as we may think, especially when they come in the form of emails or messages from friends and colleagues. Do you know how to spot scams and stop them from escalating? Use these quick tips to save yourself, your clients, and your firm from these security threats. This video is part of a 5 video series from the Legal Technology Resource Center discussing strategies for a more secure practice. See below for links to the rest of the Quick Security Tips: Data...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Free Shred Day a Resounding Success
The Professional Liability Fund held its first ever “come one/come all” free shredding event  at the Oregon State Bar Center on Saturday, June 15. Invitations were extended to all Oregon lawyers practicing in Clackamas and Washington county: Participants brought 447 containers … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Lawyer’s Guide to Governing Your Firm
Good governance and a positive culture in a law firm go hand in hand. It is difficult to find a law firm that has achieved success without having a superior culture, one that creates the best work environment and helps everyone succeed. This guide is a practical and valuable resource for those firms that want to provide better client service, as well as improve the working environment for both lawyers and staff. It provides strategies to change the culture of the law firm, boost morale, and...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Practice Pitfalls: Beware of Shelter Fraud in Real Estate Transactions
In the September 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, we asked our claims counsel about what they feel are the biggest malpractice hazards in each area of law based on the claims files they work on every day. Here is an excerpt from that article dealing with clients who urge a quick settlement. Click here to read the full article "Practice Pitfalls". When lawyers think about real estate fraud, they tend to think about fake clients with forged ID obtaining fraudulent mortgages, or flip...
[Law Practice Advisor] Markup . . . Polo: Why Advancing Costs, at Cost, Is the Best Strategy
Per the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, at Rule 1.8(e), there are specific exceptions to the bar on attorneys providing financial assistance to clients, when it comes to advancing court costs and expenses of litigation. The Board of Bar Overseers has written on the limitation of this exception to court costs and expenses of litigation, at its ethics articles repository, here. For a discussion of what ‘court costs’ are, this (fairly antiquated) Massachusetts Bar Association ethics...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Debating the Health and Future of BigLaw
I've never really used the term BigLaw. It seemed a bit pejorative and I tend to think lawyers are lawyers, no matter their practice setting. In a recent New Republic article “The Last Days of Big Law - You can't...
[Law Technology Today] In Memoriam: Ross Kodner
The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section (LPM) mourns the sudden passing of our friend and revered member, Ross Kodner. In addition to being an active member, Ross was renowned for his contributions made in advancing forward the legal technology field. He was unique, funny, a dynamic speaker and well-known throughout the legal community. As the founder of MicroLaw,Inc., a legal consulting firm, Ross was passionate and knowledgeable about enriching the legal community...