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] Phishing scam warning from LexisNexis
We are forwarding a warning from LexisNexis regarding a phishing attempt aimed at their customers. The fake email can be found below (click to enlarge it), and is a good example of how real phishing messages can look, especially if they appear to be from someone you know and deal with. There is good advice here on recognizing these scams and not getting taken in by them. Dear Customer, Ensuring information security is a top priority for us at LexisNexis, so I wanted to take a moment to address...
[Law Technology Today] Should Lawyers Use Encryption?
In the 104th edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss encryption. The recent news coverage of the NSA surveillance has everyone talking about who can access their data, and this is especially relevant to practicing attorneys,  who have to consider both their own data as well as that of their clients. According to your hosts, 30% of lawyers are using encryption to secure files and only 24% are using it to send email. This poses the question: Has the time for...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Tony Yomex
A New York lawyer has notified us that he received an email from the purported Tony Yomex looking to retain him with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds. Here is the initial email: Subject: Re: Hello From: privatedata1@yahoo.com Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:49:34 -0400 To:...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Catherine Hu of Ota Shoten Shinji Leasing Company
A lawyer in Ireland notified us that he received an email from the purported Catherine Hu of Ota Shoten Shinji Leasing Company 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: From: Date: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM Subject: debt recovery To: Attn: Counsel, On behalf of Ota Shoten Ota Shinji Leasing Company...
[Law Technology Today] Ten Tips for Minimizing Risk on Social Media (Free Book Excerpt)
Excerpted and adapted from The Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyer’s Guide to the Online Legal Marketplace by Stephanie L. Kimbro, now available from LPM Publishing. With the many benefits that come from the use of social media, there are risks that the law firm must minimize. The individual lawyer or law firm that chooses to create and use a profile within a social media application has the responsibility for controlling the privacy and dissemination of the information posted online within the...
[Avoid a Claim] Older Law Society of Upper Canada CPD Materials Now Available Online Free of Charge
Ontario lawyers might be familiar with the Law Society of Upper Canada’s AccessCLE service, which is a database that provides electronic PDF access to papers and materials from LSUC events since 2004. Previously this service was pay-for-view. However, the Law Society just announced that articles older than 18 months are now free of charge! Articles newer than the 18 month time frame will still be available on a pay-per-view basis, at costs ranging from $25.00 to $35.00 per article....
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Zaila Haruyo
A lawyer in Israel notified us that he was contacted by the purported Zaila Haruyo 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: Dear Counsel, My name is Zaila Haruyo. I am a contacting your firm in regards...
[Law Technology Today] Bridging The Tech Chasm
Some things never cease to amaze me. Like the fact that lawyers, who want to be the best at everything they do, don’t seem to care if they are incompetent at technology. Sound extreme? I don’t think so. If they cared, they would actually be upset, or at least concerned, about the fact that they and their staffs don’t know how to get the most out of the technology they own, including such basic programs as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. This reality was brought into focus recently in a...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Retired solicitors – Do you have enough insurance to fight “ancient” or recent claims?
In 2002, a plaintiff sued lawyers A and B, and lawyer B’s law firm, alleging that the two lawyers failed to competently represent the plaintiff, and negligently advised him to settle his personal injury claim for an inadequate amount in 1977. The judgment dismissing the action against the solicitors was rendered on September 22, 2008, nearly 31 years after the plaintiff’s motor vehicle accident was settled. The plaintiff was injured in a head-on collision in November, 1974. The police could not...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Tama Wu Kenneth
A California lawyer notified us that he was contacted by the purported Tama Wu Kenneth 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: Tama Kenneth Date: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM Subject: Re:...