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

[Law Technology Today] Passing the Tech Skills Competency Audit
Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, has gotten a lot of attention recently with a basic tech skills competency audit he administers to outside law firms and the failing grades lawyers at those firms have received. There has always been an ongoing conversation of what basic technology skills lawyers need. The ABA’s Ethics 2020 recommendation that a basic knowledge of common software techniques be a part of the definition of “competence,” has also shined the spotlight on this...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: E-Discovery Reading List
The E-Discovery reading list is one of the more popular destinations on practicepro.ca. It was created by Peg Duncan, a member of the Editorial Board of The Sedona Conference® WG7 (Sedona Canada), and is a supplement to the September 2005 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. It is available at www.practicepro.ca/ediscovery. The broad topic of electronic discovery is broken down into a number of categories: Background Information on Electronic Discovery Manuals of Complex Litigation and Guidelines...
[Law Technology Today] Dealing with Personnel Issues (An Excerpt from “Lessons in Leadership: Essential Skills for Lawyers”)
Excerpted and adapted from Lessons in Leadership: Essential Skills for Lawyers by Thomas C. Grella, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section. We are a society of structures and hierarchies. Many of these struc­tures and hierarchies have served society well; others are blamed for injustices, challenges, and problems suffered over many centuries. It is human nature for some people to seek to be in charge, while others remain subservient. Many of the achievements that we enjoy today...
[Compujurist] SnagIt 11 Screen Capture on Steroids -$19.99 Download at Amazon!
When it comes to capturing screenshots, the one tool that myself and most other Practice Mangement Advisors and legal technologists use is Snagit from Techsmith Corporation ( the folks who also bring us Camtasia Studio screen recording software). This is screen capture on steroids and there is an amazing deal on Amazon for a Snagit 11 download for $19.99 here. No idea how long this is going to last.....
[Law Technology Today] Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That
Dine Law, P.L. is a small law firm providing Elder Law services in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, and in October 2012, the members of the firm embarked on quite a journey together as we moved our entire practice (server, telephones, time-keeping and document management systems) into the cloud. Bios for each member of the firm can be found here, but if you’re short on time, here’s what you need to know: Dine Law is writing this blog as a group because it believes all members’ opinions are...
[Law Technology Today] Disabilities/Diversity Issue: Law Practice Today, July 2013
The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section provides a monthly webzine, Law Practice Today, covering the latest topics in law practice management. July’s edition focuses on disabilities and diversity in the legal field, discussing topics such as accessibility, etiquette, and effective communication. This is a special issue with many of the articles authored by fellow members of the Commission on Disability Rights. Here are some highlights from this issue:  Why Digital...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Strategic resourcing – Thinking differently about delivery of legal services
Strategically sourcing legal services may not be a new phenomenon, but the current economic downturn, coupled with the growing realization that the legal profession needs to rethink its business model to survive in the long term have put one such option – outsourcing – in the spotlight, say two outsourcing providers. Both Gavin Birer, president of Toronto-based Legalwise Outsourcing Inc., and Stephen Taran, president of Taran Virtual Associates (TVA/The Legal Outsourcing Network), say lawyers...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam using the name Samantha Wischer
A Florida lawyer and one in Tenerife have notified us that they received an email from the purported Samantah Wischer looking to retain them 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Jennifer Young Wong
A Manitoba lawyer notified us that he received an email from the purported Jennifer Young Wong looking to retain him 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...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Dealing with Difficult People
Making good choices in a bad situation   ♫When people run in circles
 It’s a very very Mad world, mad world  … ♫ Music and Lyrics by Tears for Fears, recorded by: Michael Andrews & Gary Jules.   All of us are DNA hardwired for ‘fight or flight’.  Being lawyers, the fight option has been honed to a fine edge.  However, there are times when the other option may be the better option.  It is inevitable that we are going to encounter people who attack us, counter us,...