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] Six Ways Your Phone Can Streamline Your Law Practice
Melanie Atkinson at the Attorney At Work blog has an article on the ways in which lawyers can use their smartphones and tablets to improve their day to day practice. Rather than listing this or that app that might be specific to a particular phone, she gives six broad day-to-day functions that can be made simpler with mobile technology. Here are the six functions (and you can click here to read the full article). Research Document sharing Dictation and note-taking In-court research and fact...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Technology Use Policies and Resources for Your Firm
Written policies that clearly establish guidelines and requirements governing the acceptable use of firm technology can help reduce cyber exposures and give staff clear direction on what they are permitted and not permitted to do with law firm technology resources. Use these resources and sample policies to create polices for your firm (These resources supplement the information in the Cybercrime and Law Firms issue of LAWPRO Magazine): The model policies are also available in Word and RTF...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Evaluating Online Lawyer Referral Services
Online referral services can be a good source of business for lawyers entering private practice.  And the pitch is often tempting:  “Sign up with us and you’ll get all the clients you want in [your practice area].  You will be … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Mind the Gap: How to Bring Legal and IT Together
It’s no surprise that legal and IT departments have different goals for their organization. Legal is focused on mitigating risks predominantly related to their company’s regulatory environment, while IT is concerned with architecture, hardware, software, and networking, so that the company’s employees can do their jobs successfully. Despite their different purposes, they must work hand-in-hand—specifically when it comes to data management. That’s where problems arise. Legal and IT often...
[Law Practice Advisor] Eve of Destruction: Preparing for the Disposition of Client Files
View image | gettyimages.com   Late-comers to the paperless revolution almost always desire to get a fresh start. The proposed plan is most often to start moving to a paperless system by a heavily settled date, at which point the existing motherlode of paper files will be forthwith destroyed. . . . Only, it isn’t quite that simple: you’ve got to go get your clients’ permission before you dispose of their files; if you don’t, you have to make reasonable efforts to reacquire it — and,...

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[Law Practice Advisor] Courtroom Presence: If You Build It . . .
View image | gettyimages.com   I visit a lot of law firms; and, I’ve seen a lot of stuff . . . most which I can’t tell you about, because — well, you know. So, it’s not every day that I see something I have never seen before. Maybe it’s just me; maybe this is a trend I’ve missed; but, until recently, I’ve never been in a small law firm that featured a mock courtroom. And, perhaps this is the small law firm equivalent of placing an infinity pool in a postage stamp-sized backyard. But...

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[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Departing a firm ethically with grace
I get a lot of calls from associates and partners wanting to leave their current firm to pursue the opportunity of moving to another firm or to pursue the dream of opening their own law office. The PLF has a variety of helpful materials on this topic “Departing a Firm” including checklists, sample letters for notifying clients and getting the direction of what the client wishes to do, instructions for setting up email bouce-back notices and articles from our Oregon Bar Counsel Helen...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] One Man, Two Guvnors
♫ Ah, she’s gonna love you She gonna leave you with a smile Ah, she’s gonna love you She gonna leave you with a smile..♫ Lyrics and music by: Odie Blackmon and Jay Knowles, recorded by George Strait. The comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” is playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until Feb 22, 2015, hosted by the Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver, BC. This is a delightfully different play.  For one, there is wonderful live music throughout.  Two, it breaks...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam using the name Shinji Akiyama
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Shinji Akiyama looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan 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 Fraud Page for more of an...
[Law Technology Today] What Inside Counsel Should Know About Information Security
This is the first of four articles brought to you by an information security attorney aimed to help corporate counsel understand threats, mitigation and legal nuances relating to information security.  It’s not new for inside or in-house counsel to wear many hats, such as advising their organizations on transactions, employment issues, merger or acquisition discussions, bankruptcy filings, trade secret and intellectual property protection, and more. However, one issue that most corporate...