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] LAWPRO defends lawyers: “Lawyer not liable for transaction client completed after lawyer’s retainer ended’
LAWPRO defends a wide variety of cases in any given year. In almost 80 per cent of the claims files we handle, there is ultimately no finding of negligence against the lawyer that was the subject of a claim. Occasionally, our work on a lawyer’s behalf is made easier by having compelling facts on our side. But even where the facts are more balanced, LAWPRO counsel strive to put forward rigorous and well supported defences on the part of our insured − not only to avoid a loss in any particular...
[Law Technology Today] Lawyers: Build Expertise To Stand Out
In this increasingly saturated market, being a successful lawyer means standing out from the crowd and becoming the expert in a specific field. Due to economic pressures, it is now necessary for a lawyer to develop a powerful brand in order to make a good living. This means going above and beyond being a hard worker and a self-aware lawyer. Additional research in the field, networking, and self-promotion to garner awareness are all necessary actions required to thrive in the legal community. In...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Start the Year off Right
♫ All of these lines across my face Tell you the story of who I am So many stories of where I’ve been And how I got to where I am But these stories don’t mean anything When you’ve got no one to tell them to It’s true… I was made for you Oh yeah, well it’s true… that I was made for you…♫ Lyrics and music by Phillip John Hanseroth, recorded by Brandi Carlile.   The beginning of September is always the start of the new year for me.  Perhaps it...
[Law Practice Advisor] Law of Inertia: Change Management Within Law Firms
Boulder-juggling (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every business travels upon a strong current, built of inertia. As work gets done, and as business picks up, ways to do things develop, and become processes — even if those ways were never meant to be formalized processes, but only introductory placeholders. Most small law firms travel along with the current for their entire existence, even if the strategies, choices and workflows that are adopted become essentially inefficient methods. Think...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Reading Online News Items (2014 Edition)
How many times do you see "Visit my blog!", "We have great news articles online here" or "See our website for more"? How often do you actually follow up just to see what is there? My guess is the honest...
[Law Technology Today] BernieSez: A User’s Story
I first learned of BernieSez.com while listening to a local radio show and thought the idea behind it was very interesting. A few months later I received a traffic ticket while traveling through a small town a few hours away. I have a very busy schedule and don’t have time to travel to appear in traffic court or seek out legal services in a town I have never been to before. After doing a search for information on BernieSez.com, I sent them my ticket info and the details of my case. After a few...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] eCourt Mandatory in Oregon Effective December 1
The following announcement was posted yesterday on the Oregon Judicial Department Web site: Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer, Oregon Supreme Court, has approved a plan for the move to a mandatory eFiling requirement for attorneys filing cases in Oregon’s circuit … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam using the name Rivka Esther Pollack
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Rivka Esther Pollack 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Jerry Janke and Janke Engines
A New Hampshire firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Jerry Janke of Janke Engines ooking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Frauds page for more...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Kasuko Mai and Sinochem Co Ltd
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Kasuko Mai of Sinochem Co Ltd looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Frauds page for more of...