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

[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Use Automatic Screen Lock
With the profession changing rapidly, many lawyers find themselves practicing in non-traditional settings: from their homes, from shared office spaces, or from a client’s office just to name a few examples.  This change in setting can mean less control over who has physical access to your computer. One simple way to protect yourself is to enable automatic screen locking.  Once enabled, your device will automatically block access after a certain period of inactivity.  The user must input a...
[PA Law Practice Management] Law Firms on the Edge
Loans to law firms used to be a “no brainer” until some spectacular failures created losses in the millions.  Now, law firms are watched and analyzed carefully by banks.  An article entitled “Consultant Has ‘Somewhat Robust’ Watch List of Law Firms in Possible Danger” which was appeared in ABA Journal Law News Now, included a video of an interview of Dan DiPietro, chairman of the Law Firm Group at Citi Private Bank.  I was impressed with the interview, and...
[Avoid a Claim] Informed, documented plea instructions protect you from claims
This article by Nora Rock (corporate and policy writer at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the Oct 19 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Though the rate of malpractice claims flowing from criminal cases is lower than in other areas of law, the number of claims in this area is on the rise of late, and for many of the same reasons we see in other areas. The most important cause? Issues with lawyer-client communication. An area of particular vulnerability to error is...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Altman Weil 2012 Chief Legal Officer Survey – a Must Read for Law Firms
For the thirteenth year in a row, Altman Weil, Inc. has surveyed Chief Legal Officers or CLOs on the issues of importance on the management and operation of their corporate law departments. These surveys capture current thinking of Chief Legal Officers and give lawyers in private practice a good indication of what corporate clients are think about and want from firms that do work for them. Survey Findings Corporate law departments report that they are re-negotiating outside counsel fees,...
[Law Technology Today] Tech Mysteries: How Did My Hard Drive Shrink?
You buy a new 2 TB external hard drive at the store, plug it into your computer and notice that the hard drive properties list the size not as 2 TB but as something a bit less — 1.9 TB. There are two reasons that this can happen: pre-installed software and marketing. Some hard drives today, particularly external drives marketed as backup devices, ship pre-loaded with special software ostensibly designed to make backing up your computer easier. Depending on your practice and your level of...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Searching Online Court Calendars
As Oregon eCourt continues to transform how we conduct business at the courthouse more services are available via the Web.  OJD Courts ePay allows parties to pay most traffic citations and many civil and criminal fees online.  Jurors, attorneys, and case participants can retrieve information about courts, including hours of operation and directions.  The best [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] Law Firms and Disaster Recovery
Following disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, community residents struggle to get back on their feet.  They are in need of all sorts of assistance, including legal services.  Will you be one of those who step up to the plate?  Sure, you probably already have a ton of your own issues to deal with.  But at times like this I am reminded of Bradford County lawyer James R. Carroll Jr., who received special recognition at the May, 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Association Annual Meeting.  The Special...
[Law Practice Advisor] Guest Post: Lawyers Doing Business in Massachusetts: Must I File a D/B/A?
Today, we’re pleased to publish a guest post from Boston attorney Sofia Lingos, who represents small businesses and entrepreneurs, as the principal of the Lingos Law firm.  Sofia is also an adjunct professor at the Northeastern University School of Law.  For more information about Sofia and her practice, visit her bio page at her website, as well the section of her website describing her firm’s legal services.  Sofia, below, will provide the answer to a frequently asked question...
[PA Law Practice Management] More on Social Media and Privacy Legislation
While the connection of the phrase social media with the concept of privacy may seem to be an oxymoron, there are some fundamental constitutional principles which cement them together.   Think about free speech, freedom of association, and freedom from self-incrimination. In my last post entitled “Keep Your Nose Out of Employee Posts”  I mentioned the passage of new legislation in California designed to protect employee privacy rights regarding their social media accounts.  In today...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Berlin Miller
A lawyer in Ontario and one in Arizona have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Berlin Miller with regards to a 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: Berlin Miller [mailto:millerlberlin@gmail.com] Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:46 AM To: undisclosed-recipients Subject: Re: Legal...