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] Why Hiring Staff Pays YOU
Last week I blogged about client retention.  I ended that post with the following thought: If we all know what to do to keep clients and cultivate referrals, why is it so hard? Answer: because you’re trying to juggle too many cases without … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Inside the Lawyer’s Mind: Managing Our Traits
Following up on his previous week’s posts on lawyers’ personality traits (autonomy, skepticism,urgency), sociability, and resilience.) Ian Hu (practicePRO and Claims Prevention Counsel at LAWPRO) looks at how lawyers face an uphill battle to keep turnover low, keep colleagues happy, and maintain civility across the profession. I spoke with consultant and lawyerbrainblog.com blogger Dr. Larry Richard, who provided strategies to manage or overcome these problems in his LAWPRO article. Dr...
[Law Technology Today] Navigating Cloud Computing Security in Light of Recent Data Breaches
Five years ago, when most attorneys thought of the cloud, they pictured the white fluffy ones in the sky. Now, many law firms use cloud computing applications to store at least some of their information. The ABA Rules of Conduct, as well as most state ethics rules, have concluded that using cloud computing applications to store client data aligns with professional obligations as long as attorneys practice some due diligence. Yet many attorneys who have become comfortable with cloud computing...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] The Right SEO for Your Law Practice
We hosted attorney Jennifer Ellis for our Digital Edge podcast "Website Wizardry: The Right SEO for Your Law Firm." Jennifer manages the online presence of the law firm where she works and also assists law firms with their websites, social...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine archives: Practice Pitfalls – Wills and Estates
In the September 2010 issue of LAWPRO Magazine, we asked our claims counsel about what they feel are the biggest malpractice hazards in each area of law based on the claims files they work on every day. Here is an excerpt from that article urging lawyers to consider capacity when drafting a will. Click here to read the full article “Practice Pitfalls”. We are seeing increased potential for claims surrounding issues of the capacity of elderly clients and undue influence. The...
[Law Technology Today] Reviewing Catalyst for Your eDiscovery Litigation Needs
The bad news: eDiscovery isn’t going away. The even worse news: eDiscovery projects will keep getting bigger because we live in a world of “big data” and digital packrats. The solution: find a tool that can easily handle the ever-increasing data compilations collected in litigation matters and analyze everything quickly and efficiently. The document review tools developed decades ago, before we even used email, are woefully under-equipped to handle the data onslaught of today’s litigation...
[Avoid a Claim] Long Weekend? Fraud alert!
On several occasions in the past, fraudsters have struck just before long weekends – a time when law firms are short-staffed and banks are closed an extra day. A long weekend creates circumstances that give the fraudsters a better chance of duping the lawyer and getting away before the fraud is discovered. Please be extra vigilant as we approach the Victoria Day long weekend – and be especially cautious if payment arrangements change and become more urgent at the last minute. Make sure you...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Ian Wylie and Wylie Architects
Four Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Ian Wylie of Wylie Architects 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 Page for more of...
[Law Technology Today] Why the iPad is the Best Tablet for Litigators
Most lawyers who listen to The Digital Edge are already aware of many benefits of tablet use in the courtroom. There are apps for note taking, document review, legal research, and, of course, trial presentation. But this is just the beginning! Having a tablet opens up many avenues of convenience for litigators, trial prep and during trial. Why is the iPad preferable to a Windows Surface or Android tablet? In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview The Kennedy-...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO defends lawyers: Opposing inappropriate expansion of lawyer’s scope of responsibility
Advising clients of their rights on a legal matter is a significant responsibility and lawyers have a duty to discharge it with competence and care. But when defending a negligence claim where clients seek to hold lawyers accountable for the unfavourable results of their own business or strategic decisions, LAwPRO’s defence counsel don’t hesitate to draw the line. In 2014, LAwPRO successfully defended lawyers engaged in every field of law. One case especially stands out. The result was not...