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] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Leonard Tee
Firms in California and Alberta have notified us that they received an email from the purported Leonard Tee looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Frauds page for more...
[Law Technology Today] Branding Basics for Beginners
Branding is something that I have found most lawyers struggle with – either they don’t think they need it, they don’t know how to do it, or they don’t even know what it is or what it means. In my personal experience, I created a brand without even knowing I was doing it. I had no idea that I was creating my brand recognition and paving the road for what would become Think Pink Law. I just did what I loved to do, which is write on my blog and use social media to connect with people. It’s...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO defends lawyers: ‘Failure to insist on ILA not negligent where transaction clearly benefits client’
LAWPRO defends a wide variety of cases in any given year. In almost 80 per cent of the claims files we handle, there is ultimately no finding of negligence against the lawyer that was the subject of a claim. Occasionally, our work on a lawyer’s behalf is made easier by having compelling facts on our side. But even where the facts are more balanced, LAWPRO counsel strive to put forward rigorous and well supported defences on the part of our insured − not only to avoid a loss in any particular...
[Law Technology Today] 5 Do’s and Don’ts to Prepare for a Legal Technology Skills Audit
The legal technology skills audit is coming. It is simply a question of when. D. Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, Inc., gave a talk at Legal Tech West last year, and revealed that most outside counsel have no idea how to produce a document. Also at Legal Tech last year Connie Brenton, Chief Legal Officer at NetApp and President of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC,) a professional organization made up of Chief Legal Officers from Fortune 500 companies,...
[Compujurist] Authorities capture Cryptolocker passwords – if you’ve been hit you need to read this story.
Since late 2013 an insidious program that encrypts a users computer and then holds it for ransom unless the victim pays Hundreds of dollars by Bitcoin has been spreading throughout the globe. Cryptolocker and its variants have become the bane of computers users worlwide.Once infected, users had 72 hours to pay the ransom or the price went up; however, even paying the ransom was no guarantee of getting a valid decryption key. The only other option that worked was to restore from a protected...
[Law Technology Today] 77% of Lawyers Can’t Be Trusted With Confidential Client Data
Surprised? Here’s the thing: all lawyers have an ethical obligation to employ security measures when sharing information and data with their clients. Yet LexisNexis recently learned from a survey it conducted on what tools lawyers and legal professionals are using to protect their clients’ privileged information that  77% of the lawyers did not have adequate security for their confidential client data. How important is encryption and what can lawyers do to change the way they share data?...
[Avoid a Claim] Title Company May Appeal Ruling in Cyber Crime Case to U.S. Supreme Court
The American Land Titles Assocation reported on a case invovling a U.S. escrow company that had its bank account hacked by cyber criminals. While Canada doesn’t have escrow companies of this kind, it still serves as a lesson in what can happen if law firms don’t take adequate steps to protect against cyber attacks on their trust account. This company is paying the price because it felt that additional cybersecurity steps weren’t convenient. A Missouri-based title company may...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for July 2014
July kept up a similar pace to the previous month (270 emails reporting scams compared to 279 in June). We posted 20 new fraud warnings (same as last month). 57% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 30% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 10% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) Here are the email fraud posts we did in June sorted by scenario: Commercial debt collection: Kevin Loughran of...
[Law Technology Today] Technology and Your Practice: The Double-Edged Sword
Many attorneys are integrating at least some new technology into their practice. If they are doing it the right way, this can be a great tool. There are, however, a lot of pitfalls you need to look out for when integrating technology. TL;DR To sum it all up, if you are going to use technology in your practice, know what you’re doing. Ask the questions that need to be asked and ensure you actually understand the answers. Discuss your use of technology with your clients to ensure they are...
[The Last Word] Do You Provide First Class Legal Services?
If you’d like to learn to make yourself invaluable to current and future clients, the latest addition to the PMAP Checkout Library can point the way. Although seemingly aimed at a small segment of the legal field, Succeeding as Outside Counsel: A Lawyer’s Guide to Providing First Class Legal Services from the Client’s Perspective is […]