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] When taking instructions isn’t taking instructions
In my last post we explored the idea that cultural competence is a good way to cope with the challenges of fitting into a law firm. But how does a diverse population and profession affect our ability as lawyers to settle files, facilitate the purchase of homes, and help businesses grow? It turns out that a number of claims have arisen in recent years where either lawyers have made bad assumptions about their racialized clients, or where racialized lawyers have been taken advantage of on account...
[Avoid a Claim] What lawyers need to know about data stored on mobile devices
Rob Lekowski, writing in the ABA’s Law Technology Today blog, explains to lawyers >what kind of data can be obtained from their mobile devices. LAWPRO has written on the security of mobile devices from the point of view of cybersecurity, but Mr. Lekowski points out that devices are also being collected for litigation more and more often, so lawyers should know what kind of data is on them. What kind of data? Between the functionality of the device itself and whatever apps are...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Do You Keep Original Wills? Best Practices Say No
Originally posted on NWSidebar:Advice from WSBA’s Office of General Counsel regarding what to do with original will documents. If you have ever wondered what to do with original wills, the following advice from the WSBA Office of General Counsel may…
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Dereck Oerlemans and Damen Group
A Florida firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Dereck Oerlemans of Damen Group looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Masayuki Sekita and Japan Art Collection Inc
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Masayuki Sekita and Japan Art Collection Inc looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. 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 Fraud...
[Law Practice Advisor] Leveraging Your Technology Competency – A Limited-Time Discount on the Legal Technology Audit
Technology has become essential in today’s law practice. Not only does it increase internal efficiencies, but it offers a competitive advantage to firms that leverage it properly. This month on our Lunch Hour Legal Marketing webinar, Casey Flaherty and Professor Andrew Perlman joined us to discuss the importance of technology competency to the 21st century lawyer, and in particular, how it can be used to generate and sustain business. For more information on the development of the audit,...
[Law Technology Today] General Legal Research Apps
App is short for software application. Apps are designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers, and other mobile devices, not on desktops. They are usually obtained from the Apple App Store (for iOS mobile devices—iPads, iPhones, and sometimes iPod Touch), Google Play (for Android mobile devices—phones and tablets), or the Windows Phone Store. Sometimes there are also Apps for Blackberry devices. For each App listed below, we will indicate if it is currently available for iOS or Android ...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Uniformity vs. Creativity
Are uniformity and creativity two competing concepts? Does striving for uniformity kill creativity? My column in the February 2015 Oklahoma Bar Journal is titled Uniformity vs. Creativity and I argue that law firms, especially small- to mid-sized firms, need to...
[Avoid a Claim] The Law Society’s Historic Discipline Data Project
In 2011 the Heritage Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada began a project to document the disciplinary records in the LSUC archives (which go back to 1797). The aim is to make these records available to future researchers, and record such information (where available) as the nature of the complaints, the name of the person against whom the complaint was made and the outcome of the matter. A chronological listing of the disciplinary matters from 1879 to 1913 has now been published, with...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud report for February 2015
The pace of fraud emails and posts slowed somewhat in February compared to the previous month. We received 166 emails from lawyers (down from 187) and posted on 9 new fraud attempts (half the posts of January). The could partly be the result of a shortened month. 54% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 45% from Ontario, and only 1% from elsewhere in Canada and overseas. 6 of the 9 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the remainder being business debt collection and...