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] Electronic Documents for Expert Witness Prep
Previously on this blog, I talked about the advent of paperless depositions now that exhibits can be marked and securely shared electronically, even among participants who are attending remotely. Not long ago, Jonathan DeBlois, an intellectual property attorney with Hayes Messina Gilman & Hayes in Boston, took advantage of the technology for a deposition. This proved cost-effective for both the firm and its client, eliminating a cross-country trip and days out of the office. Since...
[Avoid a Claim] Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 3: Urgency
In our previous two posts we learned that good lawyers score in the top 10th percentile on measures of skepticism and autonomy. A third trait that lawyers score high on is urgency, which measures a lawyer’s need to get things done and degree of impatience. Consultant Dr. Larry Richard states in his LAWPRO article that such lawyers are more likely to finish others’ sentences, jump to conclusions, and be impulsive. A lawyer with a high sense of urgency will complete tasks in a timely manner. Her...
[Law Technology Today] Thomson Reuters to Sponsor Opening Reception, Keynote at ABA TECHSHOW
Thomson Reuters to Sponsor Opening Reception, Keynote at ABA TECHSHOW Coverage of major show events, sessions and conversations on company blog, Legal Current EAGAN, Minn., 13 April 2015  – Thomson Reuters will join with ABA TECHSHOW in support of key sponsorships at this year’s conference including the Arrival Reception, Appathon, and the keynote address featuring bestselling author Nicholas Carr. Carr’s conversation will center on technology, culture and the Internet, and their impact on the...
[Law Technology Today] Legal Appathon at ABA TECHSHOW 2015
Whether you’re a user of legal tools or creator of them, you’ll want to follow the first Legal Appathon—a joint project of the MIT Media Lab and ABA TECHSHOW. The Legal Appathon is similar to your traditional hackathon, but the teams are remotely distributed. Each team has been working on their project and they’ll be showcase online and at ABA TECHSHOW on Wednesday, April 15th. Watch the video above for more detail, or check out this sampling of projects currently underway:...
[Law Technology Today] Pre-Gaming ABA TECHSHOW 2015
The Law Practice Division, under which this blog falls, is hosting its annual ABA TECHSHOW this week in Chicago, at the Hilton on South Michigan Ave. Sessions offer the nuts-and-bolts on everything from using Macs in your law office to data encryption to wearables, even how to use Evernote or OneNote in your law practice. If you’ve ever read one of the In One Hour books, like the popular iPad in One Hour for Litigators, you can get a chance here to meet the author. Yes, Tom Mighell...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Yuan Wen-Lien and Kentec Machinery
Firms in Nevada and California notified us that they received an email from the purported Yuan Wen-Lien of Kentec Machinery 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Online Banking and IOLTA
Electronic banking has become the preferred means of receiving, disbursing, and transferring funds for many firms.  Depositing or writing checks has disappeared, much like the practice of sending letters. Yet, there are lingering concerns. Despite what some believe, there has … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Law Firm Management in 2020: The Right Mix of People, Process, and Technology
Law firms face an interesting future. Already, competition is reaching fever pitch with non-traditional, disruptive players such The AA and The Co-operative entering the market. Fees are under scrutiny, while profit margins are already squeezed. Mergers and acquisitions seem to be daily occurrences. Much is beyond our control. All we can really do is predict, prepare, and react as quickly and as responsibly as possible. The trends that we see now will not disappear overnight, and those firms...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Average Lawyer Is 90% More Skeptical Than Everyone Else: What This Means for Your Clients, Your Colleagues, and Your Firm
A skeptical lawyer is a good lawyer. He scrutinizes every line in a contract. He questions the opposing party’s arguments. He looks for hidden motives. He looks at the law with a critical eye. His legal decisions are guided by a healthy pessimism, which helps him guard against mistakes. At the same time, a skeptical lawyer is not fun to be around when he is not dealing with legal issues. Because of his cynical, argumentative and judgemental character he doesn’t play well with others. He is less...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Note-taking Tips with Attorney at Work
The folks at Attorney at Work invited Catherine and I to join a team of legal technology experts and weigh in on our favorite tip for taking notes in meetings and making them actually usable. Here’s what we had to say: Catherine Sanders Reach:  I try on note-taking apps like a little girl trying on Easter […]