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 Practice Tips Blog] Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - the 3rd time is the charm!
They say the third time is the charm. And everyone I know who has tried the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 says it is a really great machine. My podcast teammate Sharon Nelson has one and she loves it. Sharon is...
[Law Technology Today] Podcasting Fundamentals: Listening and Subscribing
If you’ve heard the word “podcast” recently, there’s a good bet it’s in relation to NPR’s Serial. While many claim a “podcast renaissance” thanks, in part, to Serial, there are so many to choose from. See for yourself. So, with all of these options—and the potential for “I can’t even,”—how are we to find and listen to the podcasts that are right for us? How have these processes changed, and why are some people not listening to...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Craft Your Future One Hour at a Time
♫  Inch by inch, row by row, I’m gonna make this garden grow All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground…♫ Lyrics and music by: David Mallett, recorded by: Peter, Paul & Mary. Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying: “The best way to predict your future is to create it” Brian Tracy in his blog talks about the Golden Hour – a time that you set aside at the start of your day to work on the most important task you will have for your lifetime –...
[Law Practice Advisor] Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 3: Technology Solutions
  #174457155 / gettyimages.com   In Part 1 in our series on time management, we covered some basic solutions. In Part 2, we addressed some email management techniques. Now, we’ll consider a variety of technology solutions that will answer for tracking your time, saving your time, and, ultimately, increasing your efficiency. Technology Conventions One of the simplest technology upgrades you can implement is to add a screen to your workstation, or to buy or use a large enough screen...
[Law Technology Today] What Is, and Is Not, an Alternative Fee Arrangement
The phrase “alternative fee arrangements” raises a question: alternative to what? The obvious answer is “to the billable hour.” But lawyers—creative lot that they are—have bastardized the phrase to mean “alternative to stand rack rate hourly billing,” meaning that any discount off a firm’s standard hourly rates is an “alternative.” Interpreting the idea so broadly surely helps a firm’s statistics when it brags on how much of its revenue comes from alternative fees. But that kind of statistical...
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Tis’ the Season for Embezzlement
Embezzlement season is upon us. Why? Because the Holidays are a time of overspending and stress from trying to meet expectations. More, more, more. How to pay for it may sadly be with your firm’s money. Here is a checklist to help you prevent Fraud and Embezzlement: All law firms should adopt an effective, documented system of internal controls to protect against acts of dishonest lawyers and staff. Incorporating the following procedures can greatly narrow if not eliminate windows of...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Hu Jutters and Ma-ashan Iron & Steel
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Hu Jutters and Ma-ashan Iron & Steel 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Motonori Toshinari and Kaga Electronics
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Motonori Toshinari of Kaga Electronics 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...
[Law Technology Today] How I Use Wunderlist to Get Things Done
If you don’t know GTD and you are an attorney, you ought to. GTD stands for Getting Things Done, a method founded by David Allen to handle task management. The premise of his method might be described as “out of sight, out of mind,” that is to get information and ideas out of your head quickly and into a reliable system to alleviate stress and facilitate a clear focus on the present. In the age of uber connectedness and remote possibilities, multitasking is more than just tempting,...
[Reid My Blog] The Best Gifts for Lawyers All in One Place
There's definitely been an increase in the number of bloggers suggesting gift ideas for lawyers since I launched my first holiday gift guide for lawyers in 2005. This year there seems to be a good number of ideas in addition to mine, so I thought I'd highlight the best ones: My friends Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway at The Digital Edge have been suggesting gift ideas for a long time too, focussing on tech gifts for lawyers. Lots of great ideas in their 2014 edition including the Nod, Microsoft...