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 debt collection scam by Amato Ciro Cosimo of Mediamarket S.P.A.
A lawyer in North Carolina notified us that he received an email from the purported Amato Ciro Cosimo of Mediamarket S.P.A. 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: Amato Ciro Date: June 3, 2013, 6:57:23 PM EDT To: Subject: Legal Representative We are Italian company and require your assistant in...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Cost and Frequency of Oregon Legal Malpractice Claims [Infographic]
[Law Technology Today] iPad Basics: Navigation Tips and Settings
If you’re new to the world of iPad, here are some tips on navigating around your new device. If you’re a seasoned iPad user, it never hurts to have a refresher.  Maybe you’ll even learn something new!  Most of these tips work on your iPhone also. Add Apps and Folders to the iPad’s dock.  Out of the box, the iPad features four apps on the always-visible bar at the bottom of every screen, a.k.a. the “Dock.”  You can have up to six apps in the Dock, or you can add folders containing multiple apps...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools & Technology
This book will teach lawyers to use standard technology they already have and the latest “Web 2.0″ resources and other tech tools, like Google Docs, Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and Adobe Acrobat, to work more effectively on projects with colleagues, clients, co-counsel and even opposing counsel. Collaboration technologies and tools are the most important current developments in legal technology and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Explained with minimal...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Is there an iPad in Your Future (if there isn’t one already)?
♫  It’s all about the Apps Store and iTunes. They continue distribution of software media. iPad (do do do do do) iPad (do do do do)… ♫ – Lyrics, music and recorded by Parry Gripp. Gerry Purdy PHD, an expert on wireless technologies, has made a prediction. In the future, you will own three devices: a smartphone (to make calls, check on email and messages and do light web browsing); a tablet (to do more review of content, more serious web browsing and messaging); and a desktop or notebook PC...
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for May 2013
The month of May saw the most fraud posts we’ve yet done in one month (38) and almost as many email reports from lawyers (385) as our previous record of 407 in April. 61% of the emails came from the U.S., 31% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 5% from overseas. We noticed a new tactic used to give the initial fraudulent emails some extra legitimacy: using a fake Ontario law firm to make it seem like the client is being referred from another lawyer. Luckily the poor spelling and...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Inadequate Investigation/Discovery Now the #1 Cause of Claims
The devil – as they say – is in the details. And it’s the details that appear to be creating issues for lawyers when it comes to the principal underlying cause of LAWPRO claims. Back in 1998, “inadequate discovery of fact or inadequate investigation” was the fifth most common cause of a claim when we looked at the top five reasons a claim was made against a lawyer. Since then the claims cause of “inadequate investigation” has climbed steadily upwards to the number one spot: By 2011, this...
[Law Technology Today] Twitter for the Young Lawyer
We’re happy to welcome this guest post from Victoria Santoro exploring how young lawyers can use Twitter. Victoria is a litigator with Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. in Boston, MA. You can follow Victoria on Twitter @TheLimberLawyer. Twitter accounts, in large part, break into two camps. Fun and business. Jokes and brand-building. So, as a young lawyer, where exactly do you fit? You can’t join Twitter as a professional and simply tweet inappropriate jokes. There is probably no faster...
[Law Practice Advisor] Nicheties: How to Select Your Practice Areas
There’s certainly still a lot of apparent appeal to the general practice of law. I mean, if Abraham Lincoln did it, it can’t be half-bad, right? Well, you comb your hair, don’t you? Examine a picture of Abraham Lincoln sometime: You think he was real diligent about combing his hair? Not so much, much of the time. So, as much as it pains me to say this: times change, and people start combing their hair; and, part of that time change has produced an ill effect upon the general practice of...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Dealing with Difficult Judges
As a family law lawyer Carole Curtis wrote one of our more consistently downloaded papers on Dealing with Difficult Clients. After a few years on the bench, she wrote another popular article: Dealing with Difficult Judges. Litigators of all stripes will find helpful reminders and suggestions on such topics as knowing your judge, planning strategy in advance, avoiding ‘head butting’, and protecting the record, your client and your reputation. Justice Curtis alse describes the...