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

[Law Practice Advisor] Two-Bit Encryption: A Pair of Options for Securing Cloud Documents and Email
As has been seen previously, we’re active at posting for other blogs, in addition to our own.  And, in that historical vein, Rodney and Heidi have been making regular submissions to Law Technology Today, the blog of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section and Legal Technology Resource Center. Rodney’s first two posts for the LTT Blog have both focused on encryption, in the cloud, and via email.  You can read his review of BoxCryptor, here; and, check out his review of...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Are You Ready for Sole Practice?
One-third of the nearly 23,500 lawyers in private practice in Ontario are sole practitioners. As a solo, it’s great to have the freedom that comes with being your own boss, but you also have full responsibility for all aspects of the operation of your law practice. Do you have what it takes to be a sole practitioner? The 2012 Student Issue of LAWPRO Magazine included a self-assessment test to help identify your strengths and weaknesses and gives you a better idea of whether you’re cut out for...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Building a firm mentoring program and culture
This Appendix to Managing a Mentoring Relationship (adapted with permission from Lois J. Zachary’s The Mentor’s Guide) contains an outline of the major issues that should be considered when a firm mentoring program is created. Ensure full and visible support from top management Create an action plan for engaging top management in the creation and roll-out of the program. Ensure that top management supports the program on an ongoing basis. Be specific and detail the necessary steps...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Law Firm Falls Victim to Scam, Sued by Bank
If this headline doesn’t catch your attention, I’m not sure what will. Here is Sharon Nelson’s latest post on Ride the Lightning: “It continues to amaze me how law firms fall for phishing scams, sometimes believing that they might have a potential client and sometimes, as here, clicking where they shouldn’t click. The latest law [...]
[Law Technology Today] Big Data for Lawyers
Sharon and Jim interview Jobst Elster, the Head of Content for InsideLegal.com, about the implications of big data for all lawyers in firms small and large.  Big data provides both opportunities and challenges for lawyers! The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology is the official podcast of ABA Law Practice Today. Each month, noted legal technologists and authors/lecturers Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson address a different topic related to lawyers and technology.  Digital Edge podcasts before...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Students and New Lawyers: Remember to Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing
Lawyers (both new and old) and law students are exposed to high levels of stress on a daily basis. The results can be use, misuse or even addiction to drugs or alcohol, and challenges to physical or mental wellness. Stress is also a contributing factor in many LAWPRO claims. The Wellness section of the practicePRO site provides tools and resources to help you manage stress, and achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle. There is also information on addictions, and if you or someone you know...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Three Ways to Add Pizzazz to Your Firm Website
Law firm websites often have a lot of text rich content, but little in the way of multimedia or graphics.  Visitors to a website need something that grabs their attention, tells a story, and delivers it in short, digestible bits.  Consider updating and enhancing your site content with some video, infographics and live feeds. 1. Lights, Camera, Action: Video More and more law firm websites are incorporating video. In addition to using multi-media to add interest and engage your visitors, you can...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Find Your Feet Faster With the Help of a Mentor
It's an open secret that law students emerge from law school knowing loads about law, and frighteningly little about legal practice. How students cope with this gap depends on many factors, including personality, the nature of their first job (whether it's as a sole practitioner, or in a large firm) and their tolerance for learning on the fly. Too often, new lawyers assume that the only choice they have is to "fake it until they make it" and pray that they don't make...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Make Mine To Go
You might have heard already, but we are experiencing a mobile revolution. The message from market research companies is loud and clear – mobile web access is growing exponentially. What’s more, Search Engine Watch reports a Google survey of mobile users found that they are five times more likely to abandon the task they are trying to complete if a site isn’t optimized for mobile use, with 79% saying they will go back to search and try to find another site to meet their needs. While this is...
[Avoid a Claim] He/she who has it all figured out… falls behind
When approached by new lawyers just starting out in practice, we often recommend finding a mentor: A senior lawyer who knows the ropes, who has “seen it all”, and who can explain aspects of practice that the mentee would otherwise only learn via trial and error. But learning does not always have to flow downhill, from senior lawyers to juniors. It’s the wise lawyer who understands that it’s dangerous to assume that he or she already “knows it all” and has nothing to learn from peers. Italian...