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

[Thoughtful Legal Management] 10 Step Process for Instituting Lasting Change
♫ Don’t you know they change Oh, things change As long as this world is turning Things are gonna change Gonna keep on changing Gonna change…♫ Music and lyrics by: W. Luther, A. Mayo, M. Green and C.M. Lindsey, recorded by Tim McGraw.   This is another great guest post from Beth Flynn of the Ohio State University Leadership Center. Today Beth is providing us with a 10 step process for instituting lasting change: Build trust Create a unified spearhead team Establish a pressing...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Conflicts of Interest
As mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (“Conflicts tune-up: 5 steps to avoiding conflict of interest claims“), lawyers do not always do the best job identifying potential conflicts on interest or taking the appropriate steps when conflicts may exist. practicePRO’s Managing Conflict of Interest Situations booklet can help lawyers better manage this risk by identifying, checking for and managing conflict of interest situations. The CBA’s Conflict of Interest Taskforce...
[Law Technology Today] SlideShark: Simple and Sleek Mobile Presentations
If you are anything like me, you are constantly seeking out the next best program or app to integrate into your workflow to save you time and allow you to show off your technological know-how.  The app that I’d like to discuss today is not exactly “new”; indeed, it has been around since October 2011.  But, this is an app I use often and continue to take advantage of its ever-evolving features (its last major feature release was in March 2013). The app is SlideShark, a presentation program for...
[Law Practice Advisor] Conquering Networking Jitters
While social networking sites are on the rise, they have not yet replaced good ‘ole fashion in-person networking. However, not many people would confess to “enjoying” in-person networking – especially as that single person in a room full of attorneys and/or other professionals you have never met. But, whether you like it or not, your responsibilities as an attorney include networking. Rather than despair and let your anxiety overwhelm you, there are steps that you can take to make networking...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Websites for Bidding Farewell
After five years of doing my Sites for Sore Eyes column in GPSOLO Magazine, it is time to move on. But I wanted to go out with a bit of style, so the final column, Websites for Bidding Farewell, covers...
[Avoid a Claim] Conflicts tune-up: 5 steps to avoiding conflict of interest claims
Every so often, a case about a lawyer removed from a matter or reprimanded for acting while in an “obvious” conflict of interest pops up in the media. These cases make all of us (or at least they should) shake our heads in dismay: Surely everybody knows how to avoid a conflict – don’t they? LAWPRO claims experience makes it clear that lawyers don’t always accurately identify conflicts… or that sometimes they decide to be wilfully blind. Consider the following a brief primer on how to tune-up...
[Law Technology Today] Free Book Excerpt: How to Sell Your Law Firm
Excerpted and adapted from Passing the Torch without Getting Burned: A Guide to Law Firm Retirement and Succession Planning, now available from LPM. Order your copy today at www.ShopABA.org. For law firms, succession is a fact of life: founding partners retire, rainmakers depart, and in the meantime, client relationships must be preserved. In some cases, the partners might decide that the best option is to sell the firm to another party. It is now permissible in a number of jurisdic­tions to...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archive: Solo, small and large firms make the same errors
Without even trying, most lawyers could come up with dozens of ways in which big law firms are different from their small and solo firm counterparts. But despite all these differences, the most common malpractice errors at large, small and solo firms are virtually identical. This article illustrate the eight most common types of errors for all malpractice claims handled by LAWPRO between 2000 and 2005. Statistics are divided into two categories: firms of 75 or more lawyers, and sole...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Stefans Nikolajs
Three U.S. lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Stefans Nikolajs with regards to a commercial debt collection 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: Stefans Nikolajs [mailto:nstefans522@gmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 1:22 AM Subject: New Case Dear Counsel, We are seeking for a lawyer to assist...
[Avoid a Claim] Unfair dismissal scam by Julian Ford
A Pennsylvania lawyer has notified us that he was contacted by the purported Julian Ford with regards to a breach of employment agreement scam. In this type of fraud the lawyer is retained to demand a settlement from an employer or employee, and is similar to workplace injury settlement scams we’ve seen. The fraudster will claim that they are overseas, but the employer is in their jurisdiction. For details on how this fraud works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed...