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] Is there an iPad in Your Future (if there isn’t one already)?
♫  It’s all about the Apps Store and iTunes. They continue distribution of software media. iPad (do do do do do) iPad (do do do do)… ♫ – Lyrics, music and recorded by Parry Gripp. Gerry Purdy PHD, an expert on wireless technologies, has made a prediction. In the future, you will own three devices: a smartphone (to make calls, check on email and messages and do light web browsing); a tablet (to do more review of content, more serious web browsing and messaging); and a desktop or notebook PC...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for May 2013
The month of May saw the most fraud posts we’ve yet done in one month (38) and almost as many email reports from lawyers (385) as our previous record of 407 in April. 61% of the emails came from the U.S., 31% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 5% from overseas. We noticed a new tactic used to give the initial fraudulent emails some extra legitimacy: using a fake Ontario law firm to make it seem like the client is being referred from another lawyer. Luckily the poor spelling and...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Inadequate Investigation/Discovery Now the #1 Cause of Claims
The devil – as they say – is in the details. And it’s the details that appear to be creating issues for lawyers when it comes to the principal underlying cause of LAWPRO claims. Back in 1998, “inadequate discovery of fact or inadequate investigation” was the fifth most common cause of a claim when we looked at the top five reasons a claim was made against a lawyer. Since then the claims cause of “inadequate investigation” has climbed steadily upwards to the number one spot: By 2011, this...
[Law Technology Today] Twitter for the Young Lawyer
We’re happy to welcome this guest post from Victoria Santoro exploring how young lawyers can use Twitter. Victoria is a litigator with Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. in Boston, MA. You can follow Victoria on Twitter @TheLimberLawyer. Twitter accounts, in large part, break into two camps. Fun and business. Jokes and brand-building. So, as a young lawyer, where exactly do you fit? You can’t join Twitter as a professional and simply tweet inappropriate jokes. There is probably no faster...
[Law Practice Advisor] Nicheties: How to Select Your Practice Areas
There’s certainly still a lot of apparent appeal to the general practice of law. I mean, if Abraham Lincoln did it, it can’t be half-bad, right? Well, you comb your hair, don’t you? Examine a picture of Abraham Lincoln sometime: You think he was real diligent about combing his hair? Not so much, much of the time. So, as much as it pains me to say this: times change, and people start combing their hair; and, part of that time change has produced an ill effect upon the general practice of...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Dealing with Difficult Judges
As a family law lawyer Carole Curtis wrote one of our more consistently downloaded papers on Dealing with Difficult Clients. After a few years on the bench, she wrote another popular article: Dealing with Difficult Judges. Litigators of all stripes will find helpful reminders and suggestions on such topics as knowing your judge, planning strategy in advance, avoiding ‘head butting’, and protecting the record, your client and your reputation. Justice Curtis alse describes the...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Moises Garcia Inoue
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Moises Garcia Inoue with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. 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: “Moises Garcia Inoue” To: Bcc: FraudInfo...
[Avoid a Claim] Talk claims prevention with your articling students
At this time of year, many firms are welcoming articling students into their offices. While it’s easy to view these students as a source of extra help, the primary purpose of articling is to provide a valuable apprenticeship to the student, not simply to lighten the lawyer’s load. Today’s law school curriculum has a strongly theoretical focus. Students spend a great deal of time learning to research the law and to “think like lawyers”, and limited time learning about how to operate a law...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Jon Pin Kazutaka of NBF Hibiya Building
A lawyer in New York notified us that he received an email from the purported Jon Pin Kazutaka of NBF Hibiya Building with regards to a commercial debt collection 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: Subject: Legal Representative Date: 2013-05-30 00:25 From: Jon Pin Kazutaka To: Jon Pin Kazutaka an attorney of Jon Pin Kazutaka Law Office...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Gathering Evidence – 21st Century Style The Craigslist Killer Case and Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt Demonstrate the Importance of Digital Clues
Technology advances are changing our world in many ways. The number of digital footprints you leave is no longer limited to Internet use, but now also includes your movements being tracked by the phone you are carrying and hidden video...