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 Xian Chin of Shanxi Xinfusheng Machinery
A Florida lawyer notified us that they have received an email from the purported Xian Chin of Shanxi Xinfusheng Machinery 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: Shanxi Xinfusheng Machinery [mailto:xianchin02@gmail.com] Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 2:25 PM To: Subject: Help Collect Fund Dear...
[Law Technology Today] Creativity with Constraints
Hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell are exploring a new social media outlet called Vine where users create videos, constricted to six-seconds in length. This inspired the discussion of nourishing creativity with a length constraint. Twitter limits users to 140 characters, Instagram allows only one photo per post, and Snapchat limits users to sending a photo for 10 seconds or less before it disappears from both the sender and the recipient’s device. On this episode of Kennedy Mighell report,...
[PA Law Practice Management] Children Responsible for Parental Debt
I never heard of the “filial responsibility” laws.  Until I read about a PA resident who must pay for Mom’s $93,000 Nursing Home bill.  Now that I’ve read about it, I’m sure glad my sister has the “deep pocket” in our family. I thought my first post when I returned from TechShow would be about one of the many wonderful lessons learned.  I was in fact going to post diligently from there.  But the Chicago Hilton has about the worst Wi-Fi access I’ve...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Online Activities Generally Not Covered by Your E&O Policy
This article originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. It refers to LAWPRO coverage for Ontario lawyers, but the dangers listed would likely apply to any lawyer's errors and omissions coverage. On occasion, lawyers have engaged in activities that have made them front-page news, subject to embarrassment and possibly lawsuits or discipline complaints. Not only can this kind of attention be bad for a lawyer’s reputation, it can also damage or even destroy client...
[Avoid a Claim] Law student week at Slaw.ca: What hiring firms are looking for
Over at Slaw.ca it is Law Student Week, where both regular and guest contributors are writing posts aimed at law students and new lawyers. The subjects cover everything from social media to professionalism to “24/7 lawyering“. Here is one of the articles we contributed on what hiring firms are looking for: In a competitive job market, it’s important to consider not only what kind of work YOU want to do (and in what kind of environment), but also what legal employers are looking...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Social Media and Your Career: Be Social but Be Wise!
You have likely already been warned about the potential impact of your social media involvement on your professional reputation. Hopefully, you already know enough to carefully tailor access to your “personal” online persona, and you stay on top of untagging yourself in too-wild party photos and the like. But cleaning up your image online can only upgrade your social media presence from negative to neutral. If your future legal career will require any marketing at all (and almost all lawyers...
[Compujurist] I really hate Windows 8, can I downgrade to Windows 7?
Some folks are just not taking to Microsoft's new Windows 8 interface. In fact, many folks hate it and pine for Windows 7. Last week at ABA TECHSHOW 2013, several attendees during my sessions on Windows 8 asked if they could downgrade a Windows 8 computer to Windows 7. While the short answer is yes, you can generally downgrade to Windows 8, there are a number of caveats that go along with that. With fortuitous timing, the folks over at PCMag.com published How to Uninstall Windows 8, Install...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] What I Wish I Knew in Law School
May El-Abdallah is a former articling student at LAWPRO. This article originally appeared in the 2012 Student Edition of LAWPRO Magazine. Law school can be a steep learning curve, and stepping into the world of practice can seem even more daunting. One of the most common complaints I hear from recent graduates is that they feel under-prepared to deal with the day-to-day realities of practice that they are confronting as articling students or recent calls. While there may never be a substitute...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Perfection in Client Service
How many times have you thought about building the perfect firm from scratch? How many times have you talked with a colleague about how things could be different? We’ve all done it, though changing a law firm, particularly a large law firm, is a bit like turning an aircraft carrier – it takes time. Sometimes lawyers make lateral moves in search of a better\environment when indeed they could be part of the solution in their current firm. What can you do to turn your own practice, your own...
[Law Technology Today] ABA TECHSHOW 2013 Recap Link Roundup
With ABA TECHSHOW 2013 now behind us, it is time to recap and reflect on what was learned and experienced during the three day whirlwind of events. Below is a list of links found around the web discussing the highlights of the conference. ABA Journal’s Favorite links from 60 Sites in 60 Minutes A summary of the plenary session discussing the “Craigslist Killer” Select Tweets from ABA TECHSHOW The Mac Lawyer’s reflections on ABA TECHSHOW 2013 Summary of David Pogue’s speech Kevin O’Keefe’s...