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] Commercial debt collection scam by Nakamura Kazuhiko of Ishizuka Electronics Corp
A lawyer in Louisiana has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Nakamura Kazuhiko of Ishizuka Electronics Corp 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: Nakamura Kazuhiko [mailto:kazuhikonakamura@yahoo.com.hk] Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 8:24 PM To: lawyer name Subject...
[PA Law Practice Management] Is It Time to Change Jobs?
A terrific, short article on a FindLaw Blog lists “5 Signs You Need to Leave Your Law Firm Job.”  I’ve added five more reasons to change jobs, based on experience: 6.  Banging your head against a wall.  You feel like you’re fighting the same battles repeatedly.  Each time, you’ve run into the same wall, and you don’t see any change coming in the foreseeable future.  It’s probably time to throw in the towel. 7.  Kicking the dog.  Your frustration and stress level is so high you...
[Avoid a Claim] Valentines Day: Candy, flowers, diamonds… and contracts
Valentine’s Day is a favourite for marriage proposals, but here at AvoidAClaim, we’re in the business of asking the question “what could go wrong?” Please forgive us for pointing out that while February may be all hearts and flowers, January is the most popular month of the year for relationship breakdown. While it’s very unromantic to think about planning for the end of a relationship that’s just beginning, for some parties – notably those with significant assets – it MAY prevent at least...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Bar Dues Scam
This alert appeared today on the Oregon State Bar Web Site: FRAUD ALERT: We have received recent reports of fraudulent attempts to collect bar fees. The OSB does not solicit or accept credit card payments by phone, nor do we ask for your SSN or other sensitive information when processing online transactions. If you have [...]
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Five Ways to Send a Better Email Message
We all know that person who constantly sends emails that lack a subject line. Or who sends rambling, lengthy emails that don’t seem to have a point. And there are those who send emails with open ended questions that require a game of email ping pong. You would never do any of those things – would you? Sending a clear, concise and actionable email is the best way to get a proper response. Here are five ways to make sure your recipients open, read, and respond to your messages. Read the article...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Showing PowerPoint Presentations on the iPad (Part 2)
In Part 1, of Showing PowerPoint Presentations on the iPad, we focused on a few apps used to present in the courtroom or to clients. In Part 2, we are focusing on the hardware.  Specifically, we are going to address the Apple TV wireless setup.  This wireless setup is particularly helpful if you are doing courtroom presentations using PowerPoint, Keynote, or courtroom-specific apps like TrialPad. Apple TV The first thing to note is Apple TV is not a television or monitor.  It is a device (small...
[PA Law Practice Management] Beware: Office 2013 Has NON-Transferable License
Normally Microsoft Office software is transferable from one computer to another, as long as it is uninstalled on the old computer.  No more!  Is MS really this greedy, that they would make you buy new software every time you replace a computer?  Apparently, yes. Thanks to Woody’s Office Watch — to which I have subscribed for years — I have been alerted that the Software License Agreement (the SLA is the newer name of the EULA –End User License Agreement) has changed...
[PA Law Practice Management] Use of Criminal Records in Hiring Decisions
I was instructing a class of 2L and 3L students at Drexel’s Earl Mack School of Law this past Monday, and included was my recommendation to use a credit and criminal records check for any potential new hire who would be handling client money, as a fraud prevention strategy .  In passing I indicated that there are certain legalities which will apply in order to do it properly, so as not to discriminate or violate privacy rights. Today I received a Labor and Employment Alert from Ballard...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine Archives: Simultaneously acting for members of same family is more risky
Many lawyers assume that simultaneously acting for members of the same family and their business or corporate entities is relatively safe from fraud and conflicts issues. After all, the parties all know each other and everyone is on good terms. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. An analysis of LAWPRO claims files tell us that there is actually a greater likelihood of a fraud or conflicts of interest issue when clients are related to or know each other. Understanding when and why...
[Avoid a Claim] Go to ABA TECHSHOW for just $500 on the Canadian Superpass
The American Bar Association’s annual ABA TECHSHOW is on April 4-6, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago. This is the best conference for learning more about legal technology: 15 different tracks and 50 sessions focused on the latest technology trends. See a full session grid here. More than 100 legal technology vendors in the expo hall. This year, as in past years, we are assembling a group of people to attend the show on a Superpass – 10 people can attend for $500. This represents a major savings. If...