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] Lessons from the Latest Dropbox Security Lapse
A few weeks ago, word circulated that some Dropbox users were being spammed, stoking fears that Dropbox had been compromised.  Dropbox brought in outside experts to investigate the issue, and yesterday they announced the results. According to the Dropbox blog, the root cause of the spam was actually the hacking of a different (and unmentioned) website. Hackers took the stolen credentials from that site and compromised the accounts of a few Dropbox users who happened to be using the same...
[Law Practice Matters] The One Page Business Plan for Lawyers – Part 1
In the course of my job, I meet with a lot of lawyers who are starting law practices. Often as solo practitioners, sometimes in pairs, and once in a while as groups peeling off from larger firms. When we talk about what the new firm will do, what market it will serve, how it will differ from the prior firm, our conversation often steers to business plans. I ascribe to the notion that the chief benefit of business plan (especially for a business as strategically straightforward as a small law...
[Law Technology Today] New Look and New Tips from Law Practice Matters
Law Practice Matters has a new look, and a couple helpful new posts about legal technology to go with it: Should Lawyers Use Encrypted Email? With the amount of sensitive information lawyers send through e-mail, should we be using encrypted e-mail? Avoiding Lost USB Drives Losing a thumb drive can be damaging, but what about finding a thumb drive? Law Practice Matters is published by Erik Mazzone, the Director of the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association.  Erik...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] How Should I Process Refunds for Client Costs?
Law firms sometimes struggle with how to process refunds received from a third party, especially when the client has incurred additional costs or has an outstanding balance.  However, if you receive a refund for a cost the client has already paid, the refund belongs to the client, not to you.  This is true even if the [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Avoiding the pitfalls of social media
Social media and online networking is a new frontier for many lawyers, presenting new opportunities to connect with clients…but also new risks. Dan Pinnington has an article in July 20 edition of Lawyer’s Weekly looking at how family lawyers can take steps to protect themselves when interacting with clients on social media. For further reading on this subject, be sure to also check out Social Media Pitfalls to Avoid from the December 2009 edition of LAWPRO Magazine.
[PA Law Practice Management] Say It Ain’t So: The End of iGoogle
My friend and colleague, David Bilinsky, just enlightened me about the upcoming end to iGoogle in his recent Thoughtful Legal Management blog post entitled “iGoogle *Disappearing* Soon!! “   Yes, folks, what has become the best home page, and the one relied upon by hundreds of attorneys to organize their RSS blog feeds, will be disappearing soon.  According to Google, “iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.”...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Outlook Conversation View
When Google’s Gmail launched in 2004, one of its more notable features was its use of conversational sorting.  That is, Gmail grouped emails–including your own responses–into conversational threads.  With one click, you could view an entire exchange of e-mails that spanned days or weeks. Though few realize it, a similar feature has been available in Microsoft Outlook for years.  The conversation view in Outlook 2003 and 2007 is accessed under: View > Arrange By >...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] 156 Year Old Photo of Osgoode Hall
To mark this past Canada Day, the National Archives of the UK put online hundreds of old photos of Canada, many of which pre-date Confederation. There's some amazing shots in there. Ontario lawyers may recognize this building…
[Thoughtful Legal Management] iGoogle *Disappearing* Soon!! :-(
♫The conductor sings his song again, The passengers will please refrain This train’s got the disappearing railroad blues…♫ Lyrics and Music by Steve Goodman, recorded by Arlo Guthrie. What’s happening to iGoogle? According to Google, “iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.” With respect, this decision appears to be either badly explained or inexplicable.  I imagine that there are thousands...
[Law Practice Advisor] Use Twitter to Learn About Prospective Clients, Employers and Contacts
This week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP. This week's Tip offers some suggestions for using Twitter to learn more about professional contacts. Read the Tip here.