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] My Generation: Document Automation Tools for Lawyers
Ford assembly line, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You’ll have read some variation of the Myth of Sisyphus elsewhere, no doubt; and, mostly, the story gets you weepy over ol’ Sisyphus because, each time he seems to have completed his task . . . well, the boulder rolls right back into place — and, he must start again, from scratch. Lawyers should be well-acquainted with ‘the Myth of Sisyphus’. Now, if you’re going to commit to rote transactional work, even if you can’t stop yourself from...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Student Magazine: 20 Tips for a smooth transition from student to lawyer
This is an abridged version of the LAWPRO article: “20 tips for a successful transition” – a guide for law students through the transition from student life to legal practice. See practicepro.ca/20tips for the full article. Honestly assess your strengths and preferences to identify what makes sense for you in terms of the type of firm and area of law you want to practice. Consider all the options: big firm, small firm, solo practice, government, in-house. Don’t just pursue the opportunities...
[Law Technology Today] Apple Products on the Rise in Law Practice: Clio Survey Results are In
Recently released was a survey by cloud-based practice management company Clio respecting the use of Apple products in law offices. For a simple visual account of the results, view Clio’s infographic, here. It should come as no surprise that the results of this year’s survey, as well as those of the past three annual surveys, indicate that the use of Apple products in law practices has, and continues to rise.  This is particularly true of solo and small firms as over 85% of Clio’s 838 sample...
[Law Technology Today] Coming Soon: “iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Third Edition”
The ABA Law Practice Division is delighted to announce the publication of iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Third Edition (forthcoming in April 2014). Pre-order your copy today for a 15% discount! The bestselling ABA book iPad in One Hour for Lawyers has helped thousands of attorneys learn to use the iPad in their law practices. Fully revised and updated to reflect the newest versions of the iPad and the latest apps available, iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Third Edition, will help attorneys get...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Student Magazine: What do law firms look for?
Law students – like all students – are prone to anxiety about their career prospects. High-profile news about the employment challenges faced by new grads in the U.S. and changes in the articling requirements for Ontario have combined to create a climate of worry. But worrying about trends and generalizations can obscure the fact that the employment relationship is, in essence, an interpersonal relationship. Each successful employer/employee match happens because an individual firm takes a...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Learn About the Future of Law From Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services Webcast – Live Now
There is a great live webcast from Harvard today (March 6) on disruption and the future of law. It is a must listen if you are interested in these topics. Live stream is here: http://video.isites.harvard.edu/liveVideo/liveView.do?name=plp Conference Hashtag: #PLP_Disrupt Featured Speakers are: Chris Kenny, Chief Executive, Legal Services Board, Harvard Business School Clay Christensen, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School William Hubbard, Incoming President of the...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Edward Morgan and Assa Abloy UK
An Illinois firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Edward Morgan of Assa Abloy UK looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. 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...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Management, IT and Law Firms
♫  Doin it right, doin it right Doin it right, doin it right The blues bands cookin and the drummers burnin down Doin it right on the wrong side of town!!!  ♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by the Powder Blues.   Law firms like to think that they do things rather well.  Exceptionally well, as a matter of fact. Particularly the biggest ones. Only problem is, not everyone agrees with that perception.  Take Casey Flaherty for example.  Casey just happens to be the General Counsel at Kia Motors...
[The Last Word] Is it Time for Office 365?
If you’re like me, you can only absorb and assimilate so much change at one time. I think that’s one reason lawyers often stick with old – or even completely outdated – software. Even more than we dislike the “unnecessary” expense of the upgrade we hate the disruption having to learn something new causes in […]
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Student Magazine: The dangers of social media and how to avoid them
Although social networking tools offer lawyers many interesting new ways to interact with people in both personal and work spheres, there are some risks associated with using them. Before you venture into social networking, consider Section 5.5 of the Law Society’s Practice Management Guideline on Technology (“Technology Guideline”). It states, “Lawyers should have a reasonable understanding of the technologies used in their practice or should have access to someone who has such understanding...