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

[Reid My Blog] Gifts That Didn’t Make My 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers
Last month I published my 9th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers containing more than twenty great gift ideas for lawyers. I search for months to find the right gift ideas just for lawyers. However, each year I stumble across items that defy societal gift-giving norms, yet are just too darn unique and funny not to share. So here are the items considered and discarded from my gift guide. Remember, these are not official suggestions. These are not in my Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers just a...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Technology Use Policies and Resources
The December 2013 issue of LAWPRO Magazine focuses on the issue of cybersecurity and law firms. As a supplement to the magazine, practicePRO has added a number of model policies and articles to our Technology page. Written policies that clearly establish guidelines and requirements governing the acceptable use of firm technology can help reduce cyber exposures and give staff clear direction on what they are permitted and not permitted to do with law firm technology resources. These resources...
[Avoid a Claim] In the praticePRO Lending Library: The Law Firm Associate’s Guide to Connecting with Your Colleagues
The book will help associates learn how to effectively work together with their colleagues to achieve high levels of productivity and success in the law office. While work relationships can be challenging, this guide shows associates how they can communicate and maintain positive work relationships. The companion training manual puts the book’s ideas into action with practice exercises and techniques that can be customized specifically to personality type and experience level. The...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Christopher Goetz
Three U.S. lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Mei Russell looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] It’s All About Branding and Marketing
How can you highlight your unique abilities to attract potential clients?  Easy!  Take tips from the expert!  Personal Branding in One Hour for Lawyers tells you all you need to know.  Check out this blog post from Law Technology Today.  (Save … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] New practicePRO Resource: Technology Use Policies and Resources
Written policies that clearly establish guidelines and requirements governing the acceptable use of firm technology can help reduce cyber exposures and give staff clear direction on what they are permitted and not permitted to do with law firm technology resources. Use these resources and sample policies to create polices for your firm (These resources supplement the information in the Cybercrime and Law Firms issue of LAWPRO Magazine): They model policies are also available in Word and RTF...
[Law Technology Today] Holiday Gift Ideas for Lawyers
Having a difficult time finding a good gift for a lawyer (or perhaps yourself) this holiday season? Fret no more! Reid Trautz recently posted his annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers. In its ninth year, Reid’s gift guide features interesting gadgets and tools that might appeal to tech savvy lawyers. This year he recommends items such as: a leather iPad brief a tiny personal tracking device a high-power portable charger (for the outdoorsy lawyers, perhaps?) USB Flash Drive cufflinks See...
[Law Practice Advisor] The Antidote to Malpractice Risk: Technology
Malpractice claims against attorneys are on the rise.  According to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, from 2008 to 2011, malpractice claims rose thirty percent.  Real estate, personal injury, and family law rank as the highest risk areas for malpractice claims.  Firms with two to five attorneys have the greatest risk of malpractice claims.  Common errors that lead to malpractice claims include:  substantive mistakes,...
[Avoid a Claim] Five client types to watch out for – there be dangers in these relationships
This article by Kathleen Waters, president and CEO of LAWPRO, originally appeared in the August 23, 2013 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Fraud attempts come in many different forms. Some schemes (often the more transparent ones) rely on a “volume” approach: target as many lawyers as possible in the hope that a few are naïve or vulnerable enough to fall for the trap. But other fraudsters work patiently to create – or exploit – conditions that lower the guard of...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan fraud using the name Yaichi Kimura
A Colorado firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Yaichi Kimura looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an...