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 Magazine archives: Social media pitfalls to avoid
Although social media sites offer lawyers many interesting new ways to interact with people in both personal and work spheres, there are some risks associated with using them. Some of these risks are obvious, some are not. Before they venture into social networking, lawyers should consider Section 5.5 of the Law Society’s Practice Management Guideline on Technology (“Technology Guideline”). It states, “Lawyers should have a reasonable understanding of the technologies used in their practice or...
[Law Practice Advisor] Tech-ish Delight: Is This the Year You Hit ABA TECHSHOW?
It’s a straight-up fact that you should never accept Turkish delight from a stranger offering it for free.  Horrible, horrible things are bound to happen.  (I feel like a British person would say ‘horrible’, rather than ‘terrible’.  I’ve been conscripted into watching ‘Downton Abbey’ lately; and, I hate it.  Back home, we called it DonwtoWn Abbey, and the British were unwelcome.)  In fact, it’s one of my mottos that one should ‘Never accept Turkish delight from a stranger offering it for free...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Alvin Berdon
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Alvin Berdon 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: Alvin Berdon [mailto:laser@tchcvs.tc.edu.tw] Sent: March-12-13 8:38 AM Subject: Urgent Case Dear Attorney, We are seeking for a lawyer to assist in a...
[PA Law Practice Management] Technology Inches into the Sixth Circuit
The Sixth Circuit issued a new policy on the use of electronic devices by counsel during oral argument.  Prior to the policy, the Sixth Circuit generally prohibited the use of any electronic devices at oral argument.  A recent Squire Sanders blog post by Pierre Bergeron entitled “Sixth Circuit Issues Policy on the Use of Electronic Devices During Oral Argument” provides details and a link to the new policy. I recall presenting “High Tech Courtroom Presentation Tools” for...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] How to Untag Yourself on Facebook (And Why You Might Want To)
During a recent phone call with one of my colleagues, we had a bit of a chuckle over a rather risqué and NSFW (notsuitable for work) article that one of our mutual friends had apparently just read online. Think clothing-optional antics by a celebrity in Vegas. As it happened, a few minutes before our call, we had both seen a Facebook update telling us that our friend had just read this particular article. The critical fact here is not what happened in Vegas, but rather that our friend likely...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: The Lawyer’s Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging & Closing a Law Practice
This book is a valuable resource for information on things to consider before and during the process of buying, selling, closing, and merging a law practice. The guide provides advice and tips on: the advantages of buying and selling a law practice; the ethical aspects of acquiring a law practice; valuation of a law firm; tax consequences of retiring a partner’s interest in a law firm taxed as a partnership; merging law firms; selling a niche practice; business responsibilities in...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Document Assembly for Real Lawyers
“You’ve heard it from just about anywhere technology advice gets spread: Document assembly systems save time, boost productivity, reduce errors—and all while helping to eliminate reinventing the wheel when drafting documents. Sounds fabulous. But are real-life lawyers actually adopting document assembly in their practices? For insights into that—and, better still, tips on how to get the benefits without taking a wallop to the wallet—here’s the scoop from some folks in the know.”...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Acrobat XI: Tips and Features
Still learning the ins and outs of Acrobat XI?  Here is yet another nifty post from Rick Borstein, author of the Acrolaw blog, explaining how you can change redaction properties in bulk via the Comments panel.  (If you have ever mistakenly marked text for redaction, then noticed that the fill color was not what you wanted [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Wendy Tadaharu
Five Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Wendy Tadaharu with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. 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: Wendy Tadaharu [mailto:mhyang@nccu.edu.tw] Sent: March-10...
[Law Technology Today] Countdown to Backing Up Your Data
My favorite maxim regarding computer backups is Peter Krogh’s oft-quoted “3–2–1 Rule”. A proper backup of important information consists of three copies of you data, on two different types of media, one of which is off-site. Let’s take a look at how you can implement this system at home or at your law firm. Three Copies of Your Data The first of Krogh’s three maxims is to have three copies of your important data. With inexpensive external hard drives, very large internal hard drives, and...