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

[Compujurist] Can I Turbocharge My Office for $5,000
So you have technology in your office that is at least five years old (if not older) and saved $5,000? Is it best to replace everything or replace some items and upgrade or keep others? The answer is, it depends.
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] 60 Takeaways from ABA TECHSHOW materials
CBA LPMT Committee chair and President of Betadac Media Dan Saavedra, Associate Director of Educational Programs at the Center for CLE at the American Bar Association Skip Harsch and I shared 60 sites, tips, and resources we learned during the ABA TECHSHOW in March with the CBA LPMT Committee. Materials are available for logged in CBA [...]
[Law Practice Advisor] Achilles’ First Stand: LOMAP Hires New Practice Advisor
As is our wont, we have hired someone new in April. (Seriously, we’re like the Easter Bunny of the U.S economy.) As is also our wont, we will be making our official introduction of our new practice advisor through the medium of a blog post. This one, in fact. So, I asked Scott, whom you’ll meet below, to draft up some aspects of his life in a publishable format. (Well, given that we’re posting these here, let’s call it a ‘semi-publishable’ format.) And, my intention has been to introduce...
[SC Small Firm] 60 Sites in 60 Minutes!
The popular “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” session did not disappoint at this year’s ABA TECHSHOW®. The list included a little bit of everything – both useful (the Harvard Business School Elevator Pitch Builder) and silly (Why, Siri, Why?).  There were sites that help you monitor current scams, examine your social media privacy, or commission a design for your law firm logo. If This Then That is a site that shows you how to automate tasks or create triggers between applications that you use...
[PA Law Practice Management] Who Owns the Social Media Account?
We know that much of the world of social media is like the Wild West of yore.  Eventually laws were developed which tamed the west.  We’re waiting for lawsuits, current and future, to wind their way into and through the courts to tame this new frontier.  Until that happens, there’s no telling what complexities and conflicts will arise, and how it will resolve.  Beware, it’s a dangerous landscape without forethought. My partner, Jennifer Ellis, is widely known for her expertise...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] 14.5 Personal Attributes and Qualities of a Winning Coach
♫ Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today; Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today; Look at me, I can be Centerfield…♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by John Fogerty.   This is a guest post from Beth Flynn at the Ohio Leadership Center.  Increasingly today, younger lawyers are looking for mentorship and support from the more experienced members of the bar.  However, not everyone is familiar with how to be a good coach.  Accordingly I thought Beth...
[PA Law Practice Management] Hiring? Hire a Qualified Veteran and Get a Tax Break
Did you know your firm can get a tax break by hiring a veteran?  It’s not always easy to find the right job candidate, and adding another qualifying factor makes it even more difficult.  But the potential tax break is worth the extra effort.  And let’s not forget that a lot of the veterans seeking jobs have a myriad of skills which are suitable for law firms — technology, administrative, and lawyers as well. In November 2011, Congress enacted the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which...
[PMATips] Mac Trojan “Flashback” – 04/10/12
If you are a Mac user, you may have noticed that the trojan Flashback, a malicious software program, is making the news. The difference between Flashback and earlier Mac attack applications is the way your machine becomes infected. Flashback is known as a drive-by download–all you have to do is visit a website that is hosting Flashback and the application can install itself. Macword magazine has published a very thorough article outlining the steps to take to minimize the risk of...

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[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] So You Think You Are Profitable: 10 Ways to Assess Your Law Firm's Cash Flow
How do you assess how you are really doing? You need to look at much more than just billable hours. The key is cash flow management: You must understand what monies are coming into your practice, and where money is flowing out. Most modern law office accounting systems can give you reports that will give you a much better understanding of the cash flow of your practice. On a monthly basis, you should review the following ten reports from your accounting system: #1 – Overall and projected...
[Avoid a Claim] Is this the job you want? How to find the right fit – and then sell yourself in the interview
The following article is by Wendy Werner, owner and principal of Werner Associates LLC, a career coaching and law practice management consulting firm. It originally appeared in the 2012 Student Issue of LAWPRO Magazine. On the face of it, interviewing should not be all that difficult – particularly for lawyers. As members of a profession who primarily make their living either writing or speaking, the idea that having a conversation about your interests and abilities in your own profession...