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] Document Naming in a Paperless Law Practice
I am often asked for best practice recommendations in running a paperless practice. How should I organize my electronic files? How should I name documents that I create or scan? There is no better source for answering these questions than Donna Neff and Natalie Sanna’s article in Law Practice TODAY, The Document Naming System in [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Masao Kiyoshi
An Ontario lawyer has notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Masao Kiyoshi looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds. Here is the email: Subject: Your Legal Services Needed! From: MASAO KIYOSHI To: CC: I need your legal...
[Law Technology Today] 3 Reasons Anti-Virus Software Alone Is No Longer Enough
The impulse to rely on well-established security practices like installing anti-virus software and operating system updates is certainly understandable.  Who wants to invest time, effort, or money in new security approaches which rarely increase efficiency or add measurable value to clients?  Unfortunately, as the Internet has evolved and so many aspects of our daily lives take place online, anti-virus software has simply not been able to keep pace with threats emerging in the web 2.0 world. ...
[PA Law Practice Management] New HIPAA Regulations Require Action
Final HIPAA privacy and security regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require action by group health plan sponsors by September 2013.  According to an employee benefits blog issued by McDermott Will & Emory, the final rule largely adopts the proposed HITECH regulations with some additional expansions and clarifications, adopts revised breach notification rules, adopts a revised penalty structure for covered entities and business associates that violate...
[PA Law Practice Management] BlackBerry Z10
In the past, I only used and recommended BlackBerry mobile phones for business use, because of the better security and business apps.  That was until I threw my 3rd BB out of the window of a moving car!  There has been just one too many frustrations with synchronizations gone awry and corrupting my dataset, an inability to respond to “dial by name” menu choices on telephone systems, and all too frequent inexplicable freeze-ups.  One day it froze up and frayed that final nerve.  I...
[Avoid a Claim] Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police crime prevention booklet: Avoiding ‘phishing’ scams
This past month the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police introduced a crime prevention booklet entitled Crime Prevention: It Starts With You. TitlePLUS was a sponsor of the booklet and LAWPRO’s Ray Leclair, VP of Public Relations, spoke at the booklet launch. The booklet is not specifically aimed at lawyers, though many of the crime prevention tips would apply in a law office as well as with the general public. In particular, the section on ‘phishing’ scams could help...
[Law Practice Advisor] Website Essentials – Part IV: Search Engine Optimization
This is the fourth installment of a four part series on how to build a website for your law firm.  Previous parts tackled initial steps (Part I), design and development (Part II), and site metrics (Part III). Likely, you have heard the terminology “search engine optimization” or “SEO” in reference to online marketing.  The terms are widely understood as describing the efforts used to land your website within the top search results for certain search terms.  For example, SEO is used to return...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Edward Scholes of J&A McDougalls Ltd
Lawyers in New York and Texas have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Edward Scholes of J&A McDougalls Ltd with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: From: Edward Scholes. [mailto:sedward817@yahoo.co.uk] Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 8:36 AM Subject: Contract Dispute....
[Oregon Law Practice Management] How to Use Acrobat XI on Your iPad
Adobe TV Is a great way to learn Acrobat and its features. Here’s an episode about using Acrobat XI on touch devices like the iPad. Learn about the new Touch mode that provides smoother scrolling, the ability to swipe to scroll a page, accelerated swiping to allow to you to scroll quickly through large documents, [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] Law Firm Layoffs Continue — Quietly — to the Detriment of Service Partners
At a recent presentation to students at a local law school, I emphasized that law firms are still downsizing, in order to deal with continuing underutilization.  The layoffs are not as spectacular as they were in the past few years, and therefore rarely make headlines like this recent one anymore.  But they continue nonetheless. I was making this point in order to emphasize the perils of becoming a service partner.  In “olden days” this was often called a “worker bee”...