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] In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Lawyer’s Guide to Governing Your Firm
Good governance and a positive culture in a law firm go hand in hand. It is difficult to find a law firm that has achieved success without having a superior culture, one that creates the best work environment and helps everyone succeed. This guide is a practical and valuable resource for those firms that want to provide better client service, as well as improve the working environment for both lawyers and staff. It provides strategies to change the culture of the law firm, boost morale, and...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Practice Pitfalls: Beware of Shelter Fraud in Real Estate Transactions
In the September 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, we asked our claims counsel about what they feel are the biggest malpractice hazards in each area of law based on the claims files they work on every day. Here is an excerpt from that article dealing with clients who urge a quick settlement. Click here to read the full article "Practice Pitfalls". When lawyers think about real estate fraud, they tend to think about fake clients with forged ID obtaining fraudulent mortgages, or flip...
[Law Practice Advisor] Markup . . . Polo: Why Advancing Costs, at Cost, Is the Best Strategy
Per the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, at Rule 1.8(e), there are specific exceptions to the bar on attorneys providing financial assistance to clients, when it comes to advancing court costs and expenses of litigation. The Board of Bar Overseers has written on the limitation of this exception to court costs and expenses of litigation, at its ethics articles repository, here. For a discussion of what ‘court costs’ are, this (fairly antiquated) Massachusetts Bar Association ethics...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Debating the Health and Future of BigLaw
I've never really used the term BigLaw. It seemed a bit pejorative and I tend to think lawyers are lawyers, no matter their practice setting. In a recent New Republic article “The Last Days of Big Law - You can't...
[Law Technology Today] In Memoriam: Ross Kodner
The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section (LPM) mourns the sudden passing of our friend and revered member, Ross Kodner. In addition to being an active member, Ross was renowned for his contributions made in advancing forward the legal technology field. He was unique, funny, a dynamic speaker and well-known throughout the legal community. As the founder of MicroLaw,Inc., a legal consulting firm, Ross was passionate and knowledgeable about enriching the legal community...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Fee agreement checklist
A well-written fee agreement encompasses more than your hourly, flat or contingent fee; it should define the parameters of the work to be completed, and address your obligations to the client, and the client’s obligations to you. It should also address your rights (e.g., to seek withdrawal) and your client’s rights (e.g., to terminate representation). Be clear in the language you choose. Avoid legalese. Use common language that is clear to your clients. Remember, because you are the person...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for July 2013
The month of July saw 18 new fraud posts resulting from 296 emails from lawyers, somewhat less than previous months. 67% of the emails came from the U.S., 20% from Ontario, 5% from elsewhere in Canada and 8% from overseas. In addition to the usual email scam attempts, we an example of fraudsters using both real (stolen) funds and utilizing a fake Ontario firm to lend their attempt more legitimacy. Here are the email fraud posts we did in July sorted by scenario: Breach of IP agreement scam:...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Washington State Moves to Protect Social Media Accounts
Washington joins Oregon to protect your social media accounts from prying employers: In addition to prohibiting disclosure of personal login information, the law also proscribes employers from forcing employees to log in to their accounts in front of employers so … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Throwback Thursday: LawTech Center
It’s Thursday! You know what that means to the world of social media: #ThrowbackThursday, or #TBT. Today we are celebrating Throwback Thursday with a blog post remembering a piece of the Legal Technology Resource Center’s history: the LawTech Center. The Legal Technology Resource Center is currently an ABA member benefit provided by the Law Practice Management Section but has had a long history of transitions within the American Bar Association. At one point, the LTRC offered a physical...
[Law Technology Today] Book preview: “Worldox in One Hour for Lawyers”
Worldox fans rejoice: LPM will publish Worldox in One Hour for Lawyers by document-management expert John Heckman in late 2013. In a recent blog post, Heckman offered a sneak preview of the contents of the book.  He writes: Lessons cover Worldox basics (saving documents, version control, searching for documents, email integration, dealing with your old or legacy documents), as well as more advanced features such as how to take documents with you out of the office, how to customize your Worldox...