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] Video: How To Avoid Common Legal Billing and Trust Accounting Pitfalls
Many law firms, especially solos and small firms, struggle with operational efficiency, time tracking and billing, collections, trust accounting compliance, and data security. All of these problems affect profit. To be more successful, focus not only on how you practice law, but also how you run your law office. In this video from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, learn how to improve your firm’s financial picture and tighten your trust accounting compliance by avoiding common...
[Law Technology Today] Free Websites for Legal Research (book excerpt)
Adapted and excerpted from Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers by Carole A. Levitt and Judy K. Davis, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. WEBSITES FOR GENERAL LEGAL RESEARCH When conducting legal research, lawyers are usually searching for primary law, such as court opinions, statutes, and regulations. But, sometimes it is easier and quicker to begin your research project using secondary law, such as articles, sample plead­ings, and briefs,...
[Law Technology Today] Mobile Marketing: Blogging on the Go with Byword
Mobility is essential to the modern law practice. While some may despise the temptation to work 24/7, mobility can be a significant boon to law practices when used properly and within limits. Attorney marketing is one area in which mobility can provide a huge benefit. Rather than spend in-office work time for marketing-related activity, why not reserve that time for substantive work and do your marketing on the go? Of course, the “The Big Four” – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ – all...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] A Great Free Guide for Utilizing Evernote
Here's a great explanation of why you need to use Evernote. "Evernote is software that is a digital extension to your biological memory. Remembering ideas becomes trivial....The intellectual demands on professional life can be overwhelming. Great minds are best deployed...
[Law Technology Today] Atypical and Typical Presentation Tips for Legal Professionals
Presentations. We give them, we watch them and, from time to time, nod off during them. Whether it’s for a conference or for court, you’ll be giving and seeing presentations so in order to make the most of it, and be prepared for snafus, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell offer up the benefit of their experience. On this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis and Tom discuss recent presentation lessons, practical tips for novice and veteran presenters, and some thoughts about...
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Practice Aids Make Perfect
Here in Oregon, attorneys and their staff have access to a plethora of practice aids and forms on the Professional Liability Fund website. Free! A few moments ago I saw an email from my colleague Beverly Michaelis, who takes care of ensuring we have up-to-date resources, letting us know we now have five updated adoption practice aids, thanks to Oregon adoptions attorney, Robin Pope. Thanks Robin & Bev! Do you do adoptions? Wondering what practice aids and forms are available? These...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Ronald Rempe and Shores Manufacturing
A Texas firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Ronald Rempe of Shores Manufacturinglooking 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Email Filing Assistants for the Mac
Are you tired of dragging messages to Inbox folders?  Try using an email filing assistant to speed up the process! How do Email Filing Assistants (EFAs) Work? Email filing assistants help “automate” filing of email into folders by using algorithms to learn … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Take the Worry out of Legal Accounting
It’s 2014. We’re one year away from hoverboards and flying cars, and you’re still using spreadsheets and shoeboxes full of receipts to track your finances? Doesn’t that seem a little archaic to you? How much time could you save each month just by having an accounting system in place for your firm? The answer: a lot. While the prospect of firms doing their own accounting can be daunting (there is, after all, an entire profession based around the fact that people hate accounting), there are a...
[PA Law Practice Management] Economic Recovery Eludes Legal Industry
If job gains and losses are any indication of economic recovery, it is safe to say that the general economy continues to inch out of the recession pit, but the legal industry is still in the hole.  The most recent report by the US Department of Labor indicates that the legal industry lost 1,200 jobs in April, even as the economy as a whole saw the highest monthly job creation in more than two years. According to DOL, the private sector as a whole has posted a job gain for 50 consecutive months...