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] He/she who has it all figured out… falls behind
When approached by new lawyers just starting out in practice, we often recommend finding a mentor: A senior lawyer who knows the ropes, who has “seen it all”, and who can explain aspects of practice that the mentee would otherwise only learn via trial and error. But learning does not always have to flow downhill, from senior lawyers to juniors. It’s the wise lawyer who understands that it’s dangerous to assume that he or she already “knows it all” and has nothing to learn from peers. Italian...
[Law Technology Today] Tech Book Roundup: Google apps, social media, the iPad, and more!
Wondering how you can use your iPad in the courtroom? Stymied about using social media as evidence? And how about Gmail and Google Calendar–can they be used by law firms? Brand new technology books from LPM are here to answer these questions–and more! Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers   Millions of corporations, small businesses, solo lawyers, large and small law firms, and government agencies have “gone Google.” Find out why these organizations moved from hosting...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] [For Ontario Lawyers] OBA Survey on the Provision and Delivery of Pro Bono Services
In an effort to better understand sole and small-firm involvement in providing pro-bono legal services, the Ontario Bar Association is conducting a very short survey. Completing the survey should take no longer than two or three minutes and the information will be used in assisting the OBA’s Pro-Bono Task Force to determine what role the OB Amight play in the provision and delivery of such services. Click here to take the survey.
[Avoid a Claim] OBA survey on the provision and delivery of pro bono services
In an effort to better understand sole and small-firm involvement in providing pro-bono legal services, the Ontario Bar Association is conducting a very short survey. Completing the survey should take no longer than two or three minutes and the information will be used in assisting the OBA’s Pro-Bono Task Force to determine what role the OB Amight play in the provision and delivery of such services. Click here to take the survey.
[Avoid a Claim] Personal injury settlement scam by Eva Harvey
An Ontario lawyer notified us that she was contacted by the purported Eva Harvey with regards to a personal injury settlement scam. This is a new scenario involving a dog attack, but the essense of the fraud is similar to other settlement scams we’ve seen, such as employee injury or unfair dismissals. The aim is still to have the lawyer cash a counterfeit settlement cheque and wire funds from the trust account. For a full description of how those frauds work see our Confirmed Fraud Page...
[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...