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

[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Be the Messenger (And Don’t Get Shot)
The #1 cause of claims against Ontario lawyers practising in most areas of law is problems with lawyer-client communication. Considering lawyers’ reputation for verbosity, this statistic seems counterintuitive, at least until you consider that some things are easier and more fun to talk about than others. Fun to communicate with clients about: success (and our role in it); progress; winning; good news. NOT fun to communicate: failure (and our role in it); setbacks; losing; increase legal costs...
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO resource: Administrative information for new clients
As a supplement to her article Dealing with Difficult Clients, Carole Curtis (now Justice Carole Curtis) provided practicePRO with her Adminstrative Information for New Clients document that was given to new clients at the start of her retainer. It explains to the new client the firm’s office hours, procedures for appointments, contact information for staff, accounting procedures and other things that will help make interactions between the client and the firm go smoothly. It is provided...
[Law Technology Today] Picking a Jury, iPad Style (Free book excerpt)
Excerpted and adapted from iPad in One Hour for Litigators by Tom Mighell, now available from LPM Publishing. If you are in the fortunate position of having the jury list a few hours or even a day before voir dire begins, you can choose from several innovative iPad apps to help select a jury and track juror information. As a technology-focused person, the most frustrating part of a trial for me has always been jury selection. While trying cases, I was usually relegated to sketching out a grid...
[Law Technology Today] Law Firm About Pages: Just Platitudes?
If your law firm has a website, it probably also has an “About” page or a “Firm Overview” page. With the increasing popularity of social media, you may have similar pages sprinkled around the web: a LinkedIn Company Profile, a Facebook Business Page, a Google+ page, etc. Just like individual lawyer bio pages, these “About” pages are popular destinations for people seeking more information about your firm online. A good lawyer biography not only tells your individual story and highlights your...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Best Web Sites EVER – More from TECHSHOW
And now, on the heels of yesterday’s post – I give you the best of 60 Sites in 60 Minutes from the 2013 ABA TECHSHOW: Cloud Discover new cloud services like Padlet with Cloud Surfing [Reviews, recommendations, news, and more] Encrypt Dropbox files … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Delegating responsibly and effectively
This article by Gerry Riskin appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. All past issues of LAWPRO Magazine can be found at www.lawpro.ca/magazinearchives The excuses lawyers offer for not delegating work are many: “I’ll lose control.” “The delegatee or student might botch it up.” “I need to maintain a level of billable hours.” “It takes too much time. I can do it myself just as quickly.” “I like to keep my hand in by doing some of these kinds of files myself.” “It’s my client and if...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Sharon Marcel
An Ontario lawyer notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Sharon Marcel with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. 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 one example of the initial email: From: MRS SHARON MARCEL To: undisclosed-recipients: Bcc...
[Law Technology Today] Getting Started with Security
If you read my last post here on Law Technology Today, you know that I caution against an antivirus-only security strategy to combat today’s growing information risks.  But for many lawyers, the biggest challenge is not knowing whether they should do more, but rather what they should do to protect themselves and their practice from modern cyber threats.  The myriad of possibilities for security investment and the lack of clear security guidance for legal professionals (something the ABA and ...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Libray: The Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work
If you are dominated by work from the moment you arise until the moment you turn off the lights at night, you are not alone. Years of narrow focus, hard work, pressure, and endless striving for material reward are the hallmark of many lawyers’ lives. This title is written specifically to help lawyers achieve professional AND personal satisfaction in their career. George Kaufman examines how the profession has changed over the years, then offers philosophical approaches, practical...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Al Fournier of Bjordal IndustrierAS
A New York lawyer has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Al Fournier of Bjordal IndustrierAS 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. Bjordal IndustrierAS has also appeared in another fraud email. Here is the initial email: From: Al Fournier [mailto:fournieral5@vf.vc] Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 8:01...