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] 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...
[Law Technology Today] What Is Document Automation?  
The business of law is changing like never before. Even as the recession eases, corporate clients continue to pressure their law firms to cut costs, increase efficiency, and move to fixed fees and alternative fee arrangements (AFAs). According to the “2015 Report on the State of the Legal Market” issued by Georgetown Law and Peer Monitor, productivity growth continues to be a major issue, as does the ongoing decline in realization rates. Law firms are also grappling with partners...
[Law Technology Today] The Four Pillars of Smart Practice Management
What do you need to achieve smart practice management? The average lawyer must be much more efficient in order to match the increasingly faster pace of the practice of law. This requires avoiding getting bogged down with administrative duties in order to switch the focus to more essential tasks such as trust accounts, task management and document management systems. In this video, learn about the four pillars and how you can use them to gain a competitive advantage. Discover: What the four...
[Law Technology Today] How to Do More in Less Time
Who doesn’t want to do more in less time? The 4-Hour Work Week anyone? Sounds great, and in theory, it’s wonderful. The tricky part, however, is getting from theory, or thinking about it, to the doing part. We often get tripped up on how, exactly, to accomplish more in less time. We have all of these tools are our disposal, from tablets and smartphones to cloud-based applications, and our first instinct is to find a better tool. A better tool isn’t always the answer. In this...
[Law Technology Today] Choose ABA TECHSHOW
If you’re unfamiliar with ABA TECHSHOW, in a nutshell, it’s a conference that brings together lawyers and legal professionals to explore the latest advancements in legal technology. What makes TECHSHOW the tech conference to attend is the EXPO—showcasing the latest in practice management, document management, and cloud computing services—as well as sessions conducted by industry forerunners, arming you with both knowledge and CLE credit. Whether you’re in a Big Law firm,...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] When the Going Gets Tough..the Tough Go for a Walk
♫ Walking in Memphis I was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale Walking in Memphis But do I really feel the way I feel?  ♫ Lyrics and music by Marc Cohen. The New York Times on Wednesday Jan 21 published an article “The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk” by Gretchen Reynolds.  It has important implications for those feeling stressed, out of shape and suffering from a less-than-optimal mood. She states: “A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly —...