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 name Eric Henry
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Eric Henry looking to retain them 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 for more of an explanation of how...
[Law Technology Today] Privacy Implications of the FBI’s Facial Recognition Database
The focus has been on the National Security Agency and its sweeping monitoring and collection of communications. PBS Frontline did a two-part series, and has followed that up with posts on a secret, elite hacking unit, how the NSA can get into your computer and your iPhone. All of that takes place behind the scenes, however. The FBI is more, how to put it…in your face. Called the Next Generation Identification system, or NGI, it’s designed for multimodal identification of biometric...
[Law Technology Today] Lifehacker, Law Hacks and Preventative Lawyering
I am an avid reader of the website Lifehacker. Every day, there are new posts on an incredible range of topics with the single goal of making life easier. Recently, for example, there were hacks on making cold-brew coffee, winning an argument and reducing energy bills through smart landscaping. It seems to me that Lifehacker absolutely lives up to its motto: Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done. I’ve noticed too that Lifehacker has a way of pinpointing issues in my daily...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Digital Edge Podcast- The Best of Legal Tech for Solo and Small Firms 2014
So what is the best legal technology for solo & small firm lawyers? Our Digital Edge podcast attempts to answer part of that question when Sharon Nelson and I interview her husband and co-author John Simek about that topic. Sharon...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Legal Marketing Video Library
Immerse yourself in legal marketing tips, strategies and techniques from the experts and your peers.  Each video in our Legal Marketing Bootcamp library, with accompanying materials, will teach you about marketing your practice including how to do it right – and wrong.  Find out how marketing is not just about promoting your practice, but also […]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Time to Say Goodbye to an Employee?
You’ve tried clarification, reminders, warnings, patience and tolerance, maybe even retraining. But it isn’t working, and you both know it. Firing employees is not likely a task you took into consideration when you thought about becoming a lawyer; but here you are, an employer, in the position of having to fire an employee. It will never be pleasant; but there’s a right way and a wrong way. The wrong way can lead to lawsuits, reputational damage, maybe even stolen clients or breaches of...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the praticePRO Lending Library: Quickbooks in One Hour for Lawyers
Spend more time practicing law–and less time balancing the books–by investing in easy and effective accounting software. Lynette Benton, a QuickBooks certified ProAdvisor and consultant who has helped hundreds of lawyers and small firms with financial management, will teach you to use this popular accounting software in your law practice. QuickBooks in One Hour for Lawyers offers step-by-step guidance for getting started with QuickBooks and putting it to work tracking income,...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Escape from the Office
If you’re a regular reader, you are accustomed to my annual “reminder” to build vacation plans into your schedule. Work without rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation leads to burnout.  So banish the excuses!  This will take a bit of effort and … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Microsoft Outlook 2013 Tips
I recently switched from Microsoft Office 2010 to Office 365, which uses the Office 2013 suite of products. I’m not as happy with the design of 2013 as I was with 2010, and the switch has left me feeling that some functionality is missing. I recently picked up some tips that have helped me be more productive with Office 2013, and this post will cover three of them. Customize Colors I use the Categories feature in Outlook 2013 mostly for purposes of my calendar; I categorize my appointments so...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] What Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession
♫ And I’m on a roll Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m on a roll I’m runnin’ hot Baby, am I hot or what?…♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by Mark Knopfler. This is another guest post by my friend Bob Denney.  This is his midyear “What Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession”. In our Annual Report last December, we stated that some of our findings are obvious while others are not but we report them because they may become significant. We have applied that...