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] Environmental cleanup lawsuit scam by Hiroyuki Ito of Daiseki Co Ltd
Three Ontario lawyers have reported receiving an email from the purported Hiroyuki Ito of Daiseki Co Ltd with regards to an environmental cleanup claim. This seems to be a new fraud scenario, and it isn’t clear yet how the fraud plays out. The email mentions requiring a firm to defend the action, though it also mentions a defaulted payment so that would seem to be where the counterfeit cheque would come in. We’ll update this post as we learn more. From: Hiroyuki Ito [mailto:...
[SC Small Firm] Voluntary Good Practices Guidance to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
The ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession has worked with other entities to develop voluntary good practices guidance for lawyers to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The Task Force has concerns about how mandatory gatekeeper provisions might affect confidential attorney-client relationships and other issues. Below are two publications from the ABA Task Force. Voluntary Good Practices Guidance for Lawyers to Detect and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist...
[Law Technology Today] LinkedIn Endorsements 101
Dennis Kennedy wrote about LinkedIn Endorsements in November and since then, Endorsements have really taken off. According to LinkedIn in this infographic, over one billion endorsements have already been given on LinkedIn. You may have noticed the prominent blue box that appears when you view a connection’s profile, asking you to endorse that connection for certain skills. You may have received emails like the one below, notifying you that someone has endorsed you: If you click on the yellow “...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archive: Personal information and privacy – Where are the boundaries?
This article by Simon Chester of Heenan Blaikie LLP is from the Winter 2007 “Aging Boomers” edition of LAWPRO Magazine. All past LAWPRO Magazine articles can be found at www.lawpro.ca/magazinearchives An earlier article on privacy (see www.lawpro.ca/LawPRO/privacy.pdf) raised the possibility that a law firm might find itself the subject of a Privacy Commissioner’s investigation. A recent finding of the federal Privacy Commissioner not only drives this home, but also has implications for Ontario...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Stumped by "Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument"? What ABQB Chief Justice Rooke Wants From You
Among the top ten cases (decided in ANY year) accessed on CanLII in 2012 was an Alberta Queen’s Bench decision granting a routine motion to appoint a case management justice in a family proceeding. The written reasons in Meads v. Meads (2012 ABQB 571 (CanLII)), however, took 736 paragraphs, and the decision seems destined to become a Canadian classic. In his reasons appointing himself as the case manager, Chief Justice J.D. Rooke undertook a meticulous categorization and analysis of several...
[Avoid a Claim] Clarification re: “The profession’s dirty little secret”
On March 4, 2013, an article titled “The profession’s dirty little secret” appeared in The Law Times. While we provided a comment online, space restrictions limited the extent of that clarification. The following post is a fuller explanation of the distinction between errors and omissions insurance coverage and client compensation funds for lawyer defalcation. LAWPRO insures Ontario lawyers with respect to their provision of professional legal services as defined in the LAWPRO policy. A lawyer...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] I've been robbed while out of the country - Please Send Money!
Well, actually, I'm not out of the country, I have not been robbed and I am still in possession of my passport. No hotel manager is breathing down my neck to pay my bill or else. Most readers smiled when...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Fredrik Sjostrand of Axis Communication
An Ontario lawyer has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Fredrik Sjostrand of Axis Communication with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: From: Fredrik Sjöstrand [mailto:sjostrandfredricki@gmail.com] Sent: March-19-13 7:12 AM To: Subject: Request for counsel I am...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Harry Solskjaer of Bjordal IndustrierAS
Lawyers in New York and Ontario have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Harry Solskjaer of Bjordal IndustrierAS with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: From: Harry Solskjaer To: undisclosed-recipients:; Date: 16/03/2013 01:20 PM Subject: We are seeking for a lawyer to...
[Law Technology Today] What Technologists Can Teach Lawyers
A consultant I once knew stated in a technology benchmarking report that while her client (a law firm) did in fact own industry-standard technology, the lawyers of that firm did not know how to use more than ten percent of the capabilities of their technology. In this situation it was abundantly clear that the technologists in that firm had a big job ahead of them in teaching the lawyers to become more efficient by taking the fullest advantage of the expensive tools the firm provided....