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

[The Last Word] Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers
If you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for that lawyer in your life or, even more importantly, looking for things you can drop hints about to help your significant other more fully experience the joy of giving – to you! – then you need to check out Reid Trautz‘s ninth annual Reid My Blog […]
[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud summary for November 2013
The month of November saw the pace of fraud reporting keep up with the previous month. We got 406 emails and posted on 22 new frauds. 51% of the emails this month came from the U.S., 44% from Ontario, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 2% from overseas. Here is the latest that map showing where emails to ‘fraudinfo@lawpro.ca’ orginated. (click to enlarge) In addition to the usual bad cheque email scams, we saw two different kind of fraud attempts in November. In one case fraudsters...
[The Last Word] Ten Items or Less?
Wouldn’t it be great if the circuit courts had an express lane that would let you check out quickly if your case didn’t involve a large sum and more witnesses than the cast of characters in Downton Abbey? That seems to be what the Supreme Court has in mind with the proposed Alabama Rules of […]
[Law Technology Today] The End of the Year is Coming – What Equipment Should I Buy?
Now is the time of year when your firm can evaluate their equipment and make purchases that will benefit your firm into the New Year. What will give you the most bang for your buck? Here are some suggestions: Multiple Monitors – What is better than one monitor? Two monitors! Studies have proven that productivity increases 33% with an addition of a second monitor. Invest in multiple monitors for both staff and attorneys and see your productivity skyrocket. Don’t go overboard with three or more...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook
In the 1990s and the earlier part of the last decade, computer security problems were mostly attributable to internal failings (mistakes in computer configuration, accidental loss of laptops, and some employee malfeasance), and to a lesser extent, malicious actions by outsiders. Most of these early security failures had limited impact. Back then, there were few organized, systematic, or sophisticated attacks on corporations’ computer security, and legal exposure, including that of law...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] A Checklist for Avoiding Conflicts on Lateral Lawyer Transfers
Lateral hiring of partners or associates occurs at firms of every size, and is becoming far more common. In addition to reviewing the transferring lawyer’s credentials and suitability, the transferring lawyer and firm will need to identify and deal with potential conflicts of interest that may arise with respect to clients at the transferring lawyer’s previous firm, and in particular, clients for whom the transferring lawyer worked. This critical task is not as easy as it might seem on first...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Kayano Kikuna and Kikuna Electric Co.
A West Virginia firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kayano Kikuna of Kikuna Electric Co. looking to retain them with regards assisting on corporate matters, but in reality is likely a lead-up to a commercial debt collection scam or similar kind of scam. 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Lee Masamoto and Kubota Industry Group
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lee Masamoto of Kubota Industry Group looking to retain them with regards assisting on corporate matters, but in reality is likely a lead-up to a commercial debt collection scam or similar kind of scam. 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...
[Law Technology Today] Dealing With Tech Frustrations
We wish Dine Law* had a nickel for each time tech support responded to our problems with, “Did you try turning it off and on?”  If you have ever asked an IT person for help with a technology problem, chances are you’ve heard this response in one form or another. Phones down . . . Did you try unplugging it and plugging it back in? Document Management not working . . . Did you try restarting your computer? Bluetooth not connecting . . . Did you try turning off the device off and rebooting?...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Mei Russell
Three U.S. lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Mei Russell 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...