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

[Oregon Law Practice Management] How to Fire a Client
Do you have a file in your office that you can’t stand to look at?  One that sits languishing on your desk or credenza with a deadline fast approaching, yet you can’t seem to start working on it? Unwanted files … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] I’m a Believer! Speech Recognition with Dragon
Over the years, attorneys have asked me what new technology they could use to improve their practices. The concept of speech recognition would come up frequently and be quickly dismissed. They would complain that they tried it a few years ago and it never really worked for them. It was expensive, they spent too long trying to train it to work, and then it only “sort of” worked.  I smiled, nodded, and moved on because as a legal technology consultant I had run into the same issues supporting...
[Reid My Blog] Posts of Distinction with Tom Goldstein and Carolyn Elefant
I am pleased to be participating in Professor Walter Effross' symposium on blogging in the legal profession this week at American University Washington College of Law. Posts of Distinction: Starting, Sustaining and Showcasing a Blog on Legal/Policy Issues is aimed at law students and lawyers who want to start a blog to help establish their expertise and authority in an area of law and public policy. My co-panelists are Carolyn Elefant of MyShingle, Harold Feld of Tales of the Sausage Factory,...
[Law Practice Advisor] Windows Ex-P: Popular Operating System May Become Hackers’ Paradise
Recently, guest poster Jeffery Clark covered the impending demise of Microsoft’s extended support for Windows XP, which will sunset on April 8, 2014. In his thoughtful and detailed post, Jeffrey relayed a number of options for moving on from XP. Not that folks are actually getting a move on . . . It’s estimated that 30-40% of the world’s computers still run XP as an operating system. If you’re an attorney, and you’re still using XP, you’re likely to be putting your systems (and your client...
[The Last Word] Free Email Accounts: Surefire Ethics Violation for Lawyers
The last time I checked, 986 practicing lawyers in Alabama have an “” address registered with the bar and published in the bar’s online database as their office email address.  Many more are likely using a free Gmail account which is customized to their own internet domain.  This means that it is likely that more […]
[Law Practice Matters] Practice Management and Legal Tech Tips from Around the Web
Some great stuff from the LPM-o-sphere this week: The importance of social media for lawyers continues to fuel conversation. Ernie Svenson of Ernie the Attorney offers a pointed counter argument to the risk-avoidance-above-all strategy of social media non-participation; Real Lawyers Have Blogs notes that social is now the most important factor for high search results; and Allison Shields offers a couple of good tips on avoiding ethics issues on LinkedIn. There was a terrific article on metrics...
[Avoid a Claim] TitlePLUS Tips: Keeping up with the changing nature of condominiums
This article is by Bruces Heakes, underwriting counsel in the TitlePLUS department at LAWPRO. Over the past two decades, as the popularity of condominiums has increased, the legal concept of the condominium has changed and expanded dramatically in various parts of Canada. The definition of “condominium” is no longer limited to the commonly held perception of a stand-alone residential apartment building. In Ontario, for example, the Condominium Act, 1998 created several new ways of structuring...
[Law Technology Today] The Finance Issue: Law Practice Magazine September/October 2013
Every other month, the ABA Law Practice Division (formerly LPM) publishes an issue of Law Practice Magazine featuring insightful articles and helpful tips regarding marketing and client development, finance, legal technology and practice management. The latest issue focusing on finance explores how to develop a strategy to measure your firm’s finances, get and stay on track, and revisit your billing practices. This entire issue is rich with great articles, but here are a few highlights:...
[The Last Word] Does Your Firm Need Cybersecurity Insurance?
As seems to be happening more and more frequently, my credit card company recently cancelled my current card and sent me one with a new number because the old one had been compromised in a data breach. Hackers had gained access to the computer system of one of the merchants I charged something with and, […]
[Avoid a Claim] Considering the deductible for your professional liability insurance?
Did you know that many Ontario lawyers have options with respect to the deductible applied to their mandatory professional liability insurance? The standard deductible is $5000; but there’s a wide range of deductible options available (from a nil deductible right up to $25,000) for lawyers who meet certain eligibility criteria. See our deductible options chart for a summary of the details. How does my deductible affect my premium? As with most kinds of insurance, the cost of coverage decreases...