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: Making Partner
Becoming a partner in a law firm is a goal of many lawyers-an upper rung on the ladder of success. Most lawyers think they will make partner eventually, but in reality, many never reach this level. Do you know what you should and should not be doing? Do you really know what your chances are at your firm? Now, you no longer have to rely only on observation and gut instinct to take those next steps up. This concise, straightforward book looks at all the variables and provides detailed advice on...
[Law Technology Today] Avoid Mistakes with Time, Billing and Accounting Software
If your time, billing and accounting software isn’t integrated with your practice management software, it will cost you big time. Only AbacusLaw Gold has a BILL button everywhere you need it, so you can bill for phone calls, emails, documents, calendar events, and notes with just a click. The ABC’s of AbacusLaw Configuration Most lawyers start using AbacusLaw right out of the box. And most, at some point, wish they could configure it to their specific needs. Unlike any other law practice...
[Law Practice Advisor] Heartbreak Hill: Lawyers Should be Respectful in Marketing Following a Tragedy
There has been a long series of acts of terrorism against the United States, and the uniting colonies. As it now stands, those events can be said to begin and end in Boston; and, of course, that is always the hope: that senseless acts of coordinated violence against innocent and unsuspecting persons, like the Boston Marathon bombings, will finally come to an end. As children and adults are murdered and maimed, talking about it does very little, and yet very much; and, while the vague notion...
[Law Technology Today] Can PDFs Be Dangerous?
After Word documents, PDFs may be the most commonly exchanged file types for lawyers.  We use PDFs for letters, contracts, briefs, forms and bills.  But can those PDFs we download or receive so often harbor hidden dangers? The short answer is yes, as How-To Geek explores in a recent HTG Explains article: Why Does Chrome Say PDF Files Can Harm Your Computer? The helpful article runs through several features of the PDF format that can lead to security vulnerabilities, including its support for...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Sample real estate retainer letter
TitlePLUS has on its website sample forms, letters and reports for the use of real estate lawyers. Among the useful documents there is a sample real estate retainer letter. It is provided for your consideration and use when drafting your own versions of these respective documents. It is not meant to be used “as is”. It should be adapted to reflect your firm’s procedures and policies, and will need to be modified to correspond to different areas of practice.
[PA Law Practice Management] Cyber Security and Data Privacy
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP just published a very sobering article on this topic.  The article is entitled “Cyber-security and Data Privacy Outlook and Review: 2013,” and it is probably one of the most comprehensive reviews on the status of lawsuits, regulatory changes, and breaches I’ve read to date.  It’s guaranteed to make you wince.  The good news — maybe I should say the only good news– is that this arena has the potential to create lots of...
[PA Law Practice Management] Another June Seminar Presentation Scheduled
Monroe County Bar Association just scheduled me for June 25th.  I will be presenting Survival 101: Law Practice Emergency Planning for Death or Disability as part of their Lunch ‘n Learn Series.  I expect that the registration details will appear on their web site shortly.  This course will qualify for 1.0 Ethics credit.  Hope to see you there. As you can tell, since June is an end-of-compliance month, there is little doubt additional courses will be scheduled.  If no county near you has...
[Law Technology Today] Should Your Firm Switch to Gmail and Google Calendar? (Free Book Excerpt)
Adapted and Excerpted from Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch, now available from LPM Publishing. From a practical, day-to-day perspective, the cloud-based Google Apps suite’s Calendar and Gmail offer a number of advantages over conventional software. As Eric Hunter of Bradford & Barthel wrote in a guest post on the Official Google Enterprise Blog, “Technology like Google Apps and social applications are creating a culture where the legal...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Email Folders as Productivity Tools
We tend to look at email folders primarily as organizational tools. Depending on your personal preference or firm policy, you may have folders for each client or matter, for special projects or internal working groups, or you may even have folders arranged to mirror an existing paper file system. But email folders can also serve as incredibly simple and effective productivity tools.  Here are a few examples: _Monday and _Friday. When you have a busy schedule, it’s natural to read a less-...
[Avoid a Claim] Spring clean your practice!
We had flurries last night here in Ontario – but we’re not fooled: spring is around the corner. Time to roll up the slush mats and slide in the bug screens.  We challenge you, in the next month or two, to bring a little of the spirit of spring cleaning to your legal practice. What do we mean? When work gets busy, many of us put certain non-mission-critical tasks on hold. But it’s important to remember that “on hold” should not be allowed to turn into “lost in the mists of time”. Lawyers must...