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] Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Settlement Offers in Bodily Injury Litigation
The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision, Elbakhiet v. Palmer, 2014 ONCA 544, gives practical direction on how specific a settlement offer must be to meet the technical requirements of R49 of the Rules of Civil Procedure as well as the burden of proof imposed by R49.10(3). In January 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed with costs the application for leave to appeal . Elbakhiet was a motor vehicle tort action. After a nine week trial the jury awarded the Plaintiff damages of $144,...
[Law Technology Today] Becoming an Agile Law Firm: Sometimes Smaller is Better
Facing off with a BigLaw behemoth can be intimidating. They have very deep pockets. They have a firmly established image and, quite possibly, an intimidating legacy. But don’t think for a second that they are necessarily better equipped than you—especially when it comes to offering clients the efficiency they demand. Often, finding the most efficient method of handling legal work requires experimentation, as well as the agility to experiment without incurring losses. In this, small and medium-...
[Avoid a Claim] 8 tips to make unconscious biases work for you
Effectively persuading a potential new client, a jury, or an interviewer – and being able to do it time and again – requires a solid understanding of how people make decisions. Persuasion traditionally relies on three techniques, namely: to speak the truth (logos), be credible (ethos), and move your audience emotionally (pathos).  Unconscious (cognitive) biases can interfere with or bolster these techniques. With the right tools, your clients will be more likely to listen to you, take your...
[Law Technology Today] Information Security Threat: The Insider
This is the last of a four-part series on information security threats legal and IT professionals face. In the previous articles, we introduced the issue of information security, and discussed the first two of three common threats: social engineering and the human element and technological exploits. We wrap up this series with the final security threat—the insider. While the former threats were based on technology or a hybrid technology and human element, the insider threat is most often purely...
[Avoid a Claim] Seven Start-Up Tips for Lawyers Going Solo
One third of the lawyers in Ontario are sole practitioners. Being your own boss and having full responsibility for your practice can be rewarding as well as daunting. (For lawyers considering striking out into sole practice, LAWPRO has a chart to help you figure out if you’re cut out for it) If you are just starting out as a solo, or considering it, Russell Adler (in Attorney at Work), has some advice. After three solo years he has compiled seven start-up tips based on his own...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] The Amazon Echo− Evidence and Data Privacy
One of my son's friends has an Amazon Echo and he has it doing cool tricks, so my son mentioned that he would love to have one. We responded in typical parent fashion, noting that he could see about getting...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] What Do Title Insurers Expect From Lawyers?
This article first appeared in LAWPRO’s June 2015 real estate webzine “Bringing critical thinking to real estate deals.” Still relatively new in Canada, title insurance is not fully understood by many consumers. Even certain less-sophisticated lenders lack detailed knowledge of the product. The responsibility for explaining title insurance to those who purchase it – and for supporting insureds in obtaining coverage that suits their needs – falls squarely on lawyers’ shoulders. Lawyers are also...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Not Wired to go Paperless?
Is it possible we’re not wired to run a paperless law office? There is no doubt that digital archiving is the way to go.  Done right, scanning closed client files is both convenient and cost effective.  But does it automatically … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Are You Smarter Than a Real Estate Attorney?
Lots of attorneys are breathing a sigh of relief right now: “I am so glad that I don’t practice residential real estate.” If you are not a real estate attorney, you may not be aware that new federal regulations coming down the pike from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will impact how real estate attorneys practice every day. If you are a real estate attorney, you should be (or will soon be) very familiar with these regulations that require extra protections for your...
[Law Technology Today] Ethical Hurdles to Legal Tech Adoption and Growth
My co-author for this 3-part series on the Fight Against the Unauthorized Practice of Law is Billie Tarascio, owner of Modern Law, a family law firm serving the greater Phoenix area, and Access Legal, a legal technology company that provides cloud based legal document automation for law firms and the public. The unauthorized practice of law is regulated to protect the public, not to protect attorneys from the competition of legal technology companies. As we discussed in our last installment,...