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] Employee injury settlement scam using the name Chevardiere Jacqueline
A firm in New York has notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Chevardiere Jacqueline with regards to an employee injury settlement scam. 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Anna Styrud and Diamyd Medical AB
Lawyers in Ontario and New York notified us that they received an email from the purported Anna Styrud of Diamyd Medical AB 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] Coping with Gmail Outages
Many lawyers rely on Gmail and Google Calendar as part of their practice management routine.  But what happens when Google experiences an outage, data corruption, or data loss? According to Business Insider, Google’s own redundant backups ensure that you will eventually … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Protecting Yourself From Cybercrime Dangers: A Backup Could Save Your Practice After a Cybercrime Incident
Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their trust accounts and client data that is often very valuable. This article, from the December 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, reviews the...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for January 2014
After a relatively quiet December, the fraudsters seem to have returned to work in January. We got 208 emails and posted 20 new fraud warning posts (up from 12 in December). 55% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 33% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 10% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) In addition to the usual bad cheque email scams, we reported on an Ontario lawyer who was contacted...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Osamu Mizuno and Adtec Engineering
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Osamu Mizuno of Adtec Engineering 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] What Lawyers Can Learn from the Yahoo Email Hack
Yahoo, the second largest email service worldwide, reported a security breach last week which exposed personal information from sent email folders. The Associated Press reports: Yahoo Inc. said in a blog post on its breach that “The information sought in … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] Prison sentence for fraudster who targeted lawyers in bad cheque scams
We were recently made aware of a September 2013 news release from the FBI, stating that a lawyer-targetting fraudster had pleaded guilty and received hefty fines and a prison sentence. Nice to see a victory in the struggle against online scams. The number of law enforcement agencies involved shows how international these scams are, and how much cooperation is required to bring the fraudsters to justice. Here is the text of the release: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District...
[Law Practice Advisor] Practicing with Professionalism is No Longer Optional: New Admittees Must Attend Course within 18 Months of Admission
English: An exhaust plume surrounds the mobile launcher platform on Launch Pad 39A , Kennedy Space Center, Fla., as space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on the STS-132 mission on May 14. STS-132 is the 132nd shuttle flight, the 32nd for Atlantis and the 34th shuttle mission dedicated to International Space Station assembly and maintenance. (NASA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Did you just pass the bar exam? Congratulations! Now, then: I have some good news, and I have some bad news. Want the good news...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Protecting Yourself From Cybercrime Dangers: Beware the Dangers of BYOD and the Family Computer
Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their trust accounts and client data that is often very valuable. This article, from the December 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, reviews the...