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

[Law Technology Today] Encryption: A Guide for Lawyers
Attorneys have an obligation to protect their client’s data from unauthorized access, and there are few methods of protection more effective than encryption. When communicating over the Internet on wired/wireless networks, or on multiple devices, you risk losing valuable information to unwanted guests. Not protecting your data is dangerous, and while encryption sounds complicated, it’s an easy solution that will protect your law practice for years to come. Get simple overview of encryption, how...
[Avoid a Claim] Employee injury settlement agreement scam by Justine Rivers
Two lawyers in California have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Justine Rivers with regards to an employee injury settlement scam. In this type of fraud the lawyer is retained to help collect on an employee injury settlement. 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 Fraud page. Here is the initial email: From: Justine...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Data Breach Coverage for Law Firms
In the October 2012 issue of In Brief , the Professional Liability Fund (PLF) announced the addition of data breach and cyber liability coverage for law firms covered by the PLF Claims Made Excess Plan beginning January 1, 2013.  Here is the announcement: The number of businesses suffering data breach losses has been increasing in [...]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] What Keeps Family Law Lawyers Up at Night?
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Shigehiko Hirota of Leader Electronics Corp
Two lawyers in Ontario and one in North Carolina have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Shigehiko Hirota of Leader Electronics Corp 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: Shigehiko Hirota [mailto:hirotashigehiko@yahoo.com.hk] Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:08 PM...
[Law Technology Today] Tech Mysteries: Why Can’t My Smartphone Keep a Charge?
Using your smartphone heavily for either voice or data functions will obviously drain the battery, and over time batteries can gradually deteriorate, but why do new smartphones sometimes lose their charge even when they aren’t being actively used? The answer, usually, is that some quiet but resource-intensive function is running in the background even when the phone is buried in your pocket. The most common process is retrieving email. If you have “push” email enabled, your smartphone will...
[Law Practice Advisor] The Bird Anomaly: Coaching Up Your Staff
In the National Basketball Association, less formally known as the NBA, it’s a general rule that great players make poor coaches, witness: Bob Cousy (player/coach); Magic Johnson (player/coach); Dave Cowens (player/coach); Kurt Rambis (player/coach) . . . wait, I said great players.  Rambis sucks.  Heck, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar can’t even get a pro coaching gig.  And, that’s just Celtics and Lakers players.  There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, as well: Larry Bird’s...
[PA Law Practice Management] Should You Upgrade to Windows 8 OS Software?
I never advise clients to be one of the first to deploy a new version of software, unless they’ve been waiting for a bug fix. This is no exception.  From the pushback in the technoworld, it seems that Windows 8 is getting very mixed reviews.  Now I’m not saying it’s a disaster like Vista was.  Nothing Microsoft produces will likely be as bad ever again as Vista was.  But it seems that preliminary reviews indicate there is minimal gain, and the user interface is so dramatically...
[Reid My Blog] The 8th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers is Coming November 19
I have been receiving dozens of emails asking if I am preparing the 2012 edition of my holiday gift guide, and I am pleased to announce the ReidMyBlog Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers will publish on Tuesday, November 19—just before Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday shopping season. As in past years, the 2012 guide will feature great gift ideas for the lawyer(s) in your life to make sure you stay away from trite gifts featuring “lawyer motifs” that most of us have grown to despise...
[Law Technology Today] Video: Effortless Searchability
Learn about making documents from multiple disparate sources searchable via keywords and phrases in your legal practice management software.  This webinar, presented on November 7, 2012, focused on: Why document searchability is beneficial A brief overview of Infinite Innovation’s PDF Analyzer and Search Tool How one Portland law firm is using the technology This webinar was hosted by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center and sponsored by ABBYY and Infinite Inovations, Inc. Learn...