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

[Thoughtful Legal Management] How to have a Successful Retreat
♫  Yeah but I want to Walk on the water with you…♫ Lyrics and Music by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jack Blades, and Tommy Shaw, recorded by Aerosmith. This is another guest post from my friend and colleague Bob Denney.  So many law firms are facing issues today that I thought his article on how to conduct firm retreats to develop a plan that has ‘buy in’ to tackle these issues would be a timely and useful post.  Having been involved in firm retreats, I know that they are a fine...
[Law Technology Today] The Best Security Software of 2014
Adapted and excerpted from The 2014 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. Security software provides an important line of defense against malware, including viruses, Trojan horses, worms, and other external forces. Even in a solo or small firm network, your client data is of the utmost importance and securing your computers, servers, smartphones, and information should be taken very seriously. The top security protection suites providing...
[Law Technology Today] Intelligent Document Automation in the Cloud
For lawyers, there is simply no way to avoid the influx of documents dealt with on a daily basis. Luckily, innovative technology such as document automation and cloud computing have made it possible to cut a lot of extra corners, ultimately boosting productivity and saving time for more important tasks. With document automation, you can avoid crafting essentially identical documents over and over. Better yet, storing them in the cloud makes them accessible anytime, anywhere. In this 30 minute...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archive: Strategic Outsourcing – Thinking Differently About the Delivery of Legal Services
This article appeared in the July 2009 “Changing Direction” issue of LAWPRO Magazine. All Magazine articles can be found at 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...
[Law Technology Today] Four Quick Productivity Tips for Your Practice
We’re all looking for ways to save a little bit of time in our busy schedules. Whether you use that free time to do extra work, catch up on sleep, or spend time with the family is up to you. Here are four popular productivity tips we’ve been using recently: Bookmark Your PDFs Long documents can become unwieldy and difficult to digest.  A thorough table of contents or index can help, but those traditional resources are geared towards print rather than on-screen reading.  How can you make your...
[The Last Word] JIC Opinions Now Available in Casemaker
The advisory opinions issued by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission are now available through Casemaker, the Alabama State Bar’s free legal research service. Alabama lawyers can browse the opinions by date or perform word-searches as needed. If you have any questions about how to access Casemaker or about finding the JIC opinions, please contact the […]
[Avoid a Claim] Important dates approaching for LAWPRO insureds
Please circle these dates in your calendar: January 31, 2014: Real estate and civil litigation transaction levies and forms are due for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Click for Online Forms, and PDF Forms. February 5, 2014: Last date to qualify for a $50 early payment discount on the 2014 policy premium (see pg 13 of the 2014 Program Guide for details).
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Josephine Young
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Josephine Young looking to retain them 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 Confirmed...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Red Lodge Legal Services Program
An announcement from Oregon lawyer Julia Yoshimoto about an interesting new pilot project: The Red Lodge Legal Services Program (LSP) launched in December 2013! This is a new and innovative pilot project providing greatly needed legal assistance and education to … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Protecting Yourself From Cybercrime Danger: Be Safer When Using Remote Access and Public Computers
Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their trust accounts and client data that is often very valuable. This article, from the December 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, reviews the...