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] Separation agreement scam using the name Miki Susumu
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Miki Susumu 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 Confirmed Fraud...
[Law Technology Today] Why Corporate Law is Ready for Technological Innovation
Undeniably, technology has revolutionized the business world, rapidly changing and expanding in every field imaginable. When it comes to the legal services industry, technological innovation is no exception. This is not surprising given the size and scope of the market—the second largest professional service industry in the U.S. With the 250 largest law firms employing more than 113,000 lawyers, this industry has the means and the need for technology to help address the many challenges facing...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud report for January 2015
After a somewhat quiet December (127 emails and 12 new fraud alert posts), the pace increased in January. We received 187 emails from lawyers and posted on 18 new fraud attempts. 58% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 34% from Ontario, 8% from elsewhere in Canada and 8% from overseas. 16 of the 18 fraud alerts were commercial debt/purchase scams. Click here to read about the various email fraud scenarios. We’ve come up with a new way to visually convey the scope of the fraud...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] practicePRO’s Top Downloads of Articles and Resources in 2014
At the end of each year we at practicePRO take a look at what articles, checklists, tips, and other resources had the most downloads. As always, the list contains many resources that remain popular year after year (e.g. our retainer precedents, ILA checklist and e-Discovery reading list). There are also some new and interesting entries on the list that stand out: Self-represented litigants (A survival guide): This 2006 article by Carol Cochrane was #19 on the list last year, but jumped to #2...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Avoiding eCourt – Waivers and eFiling “Lawyer Buddies”
Oregon eCourt is nothing less than revolutionary.  It is transforming how we file pleadings, meet deadlines, pay filing fees, and access court documents.  For those who were hoping to retire or transition to another career before eCourt became mandatory, the … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] How to Use a Rule 26(f) Conference to Cut Discovery Costs and Disputes
Often viewed as a necessary evil, the Rule 26(f) conference is in fact a valuable opportunity to streamline discovery and forestall costly and unnecessary disputes. The key to a successful meet-and-confer is preparation. Being well informed about your case ‒ including your ESI ‒ and having defined goals for the conference are critical to making it a productive discussion and not an empty formality. To briefly summarize Rule 26(f), Subsection (1) sets the deadline for the conference as soon as...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Best Things I Read in January 2015
Information overload! There are just too many posts, tweets and articles flying around in the Twitterverse and elsewhere on social media and the Web. None of us can even pretend keep up. And while there is a lot of spam, self-promotional crap and other junk out there, there are some real gems that get lost in the sheer volume of content thrown at us on a daily basis. The trick is finding the content that is really interesting or helpful to you in a practical way. Patience is required, hashtags...
[Avoid a Claim] 49 Tips for New Lawyers
Attorney at Work’s “25 Tips for New Lawyers by” by Merrilyn Aston Tarlton has been their second most downloaded document since it was published in 2011, and has now been expanded into “49 Tips for New Lawyers” (note: a free registration to the site is required to download it). It seems to be a popular download for lawyers of all ages, since as the intro says “it takes a while for lawyers to know what they don’t know fresh out of law school.” In addition...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Friday Five- Five Thoughts on the Future for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers
Attorney@Work gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts today on their regular Friday Five feature. I hope my Five Thoughts on the Future for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers will be useful food for thought for many lawyers. They...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Natali Patel
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Natali Patel 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 Confirmed...