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] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers
Lawyers who enjoy this blog, or the other great law blogs you’ll find on our Blogroll, may be wondering about taking the plunge and starting a blog of their own. Or maybe you have one, and are looking for ways to enhance the look, feel, or content. In either case you’ll want to read Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers, by Ernie Svenson. It will show you how to create, maintain and improve a law blog. It covers such topics as: Setting up a blog quickly and easily Writing blog posts...
[SC Small Firm] More thoughts on computer security
Unless you have been living under a press blackout, you know that the South Carolina Department of Revenue suffered a catastrophic data breach in 2012 – one where millions of taxpayers’ private data was stolen. While it wasn’t in the power of the individual taxpayer to prevent this catastrophe, don’t be a victim of a disaster of your own making. Basic precautions can help avert myriad computer security disasters. Here are some basic rules you and your firm should follow to stay safe: Don...
[Avoid a Claim] One New Year’s resolution you must follow through on: I will make a back-up of my data
No doubt you have all made – or at least thought about making – a few New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully one of them is to make a backup of your data. You do have a backup – don’t you??? Now I won’t ask for a show of hands, but I know at least a few of you don’t backup of your data, or perhaps you have an older backup. If you are one of these people, make plans to backup your data now! It is critical to remember that for love, time or money, you can’t easily or cheaply recreate lost data. And a...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Linda Kirk
A lawyer in Ontario and one in California have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Linda Kirk looking to retain them 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 email: From: Linda Kirk To: Subject: LEGAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED LEGAL ASSISTANCE...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Daniel Tremblay
An Ontario lawyers has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Daniel Tremblay with regards to a commercial debt litigation 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: Daniel Tremblay [mailto:dantremb1@gmail.com] Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:46 PM To: lawyer email Subject: Request for Legal assistance Attn (Lawyer...
[Avoid a Claim] Resolutions to avoid corporate commercial claims
I will carefully document instructions, advice and steps taken: Sometimes claims against corporate lawyers are a result of an incomplete or improperly drafted document or other mistake by the lawyer, but in many cases there is simply a dispute over what was said and done or not said and done, or confusion over who was to look after which tasks. Taking detailed notes and documenting conversations with the client helps avoid this, as does using LAWPRO’s new “Checklist for Commercial Transactions...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Resolutions to Avoid Corporate/commercial Claims
I will carefully document instructions, advice and steps taken: Sometimes claims against corporate lawyers are a result of an incomplete or improperly drafted document or other mistake by the lawyer, but in many cases there is simply a dispute over what was said and done or not said and done, or confusion over who was to look after which tasks. Taking detailed notes and documenting conversations with the client helps avoid this, as does using LAWPRO’s new “Checklist for Commercial Transactions...
[Law Technology Today] Are all Case Law Citator Services Created Equal?
A Comparison of Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker, LexisNexis,WestlawNext, and Bloomberg To compare three of the most popular free and low-cost case law databases (Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker) and their citator services with the more expensive databases (LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg) and their citator services we used an unpublished case as our test case. Google Scholar, Fastcase, and Casemaker’s citator services do not provide any editorial comments (reversed, overruled,...
[Avoid a Claim] The most downloaded practicePRO articles and resources in 2012
Each year we take a look at what were the LAWPRO Magazine articles and practicePRO resources most downloaded by lawyers. It gives us some insight into what’s on the minds of lawyers and what topics they are interested in. Many of the top 40 downloads are the same year-to-year, such as our sample budget spreadsheet, E-discovery reading list and business plan outline. New to the list this year are two articles (one new, one from 2007) that deal with lawyers sitting on client boards....
[Oregon Law Practice Management] 2013 Legislative Proposals from the Oregon State Bar
Sixteen proposals from various Oregon State Bar groups are up for consideration by the 2013 Oregon Legislature.  Here is a recap: 1. LC 450 – Custodianship of Law Practice; Electronic Bar Notices 2. LC 466 – Unlawful Practice of Law  3. LC 462 – Notice of SCRA in Administrative Hearings 4. LC 461 – Increase [...]