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

[PA Law Practice Management] What’s Your Fraud Vulnerability Score?
There are a lot of pervasive myths regarding fraud in law firms.  Most of them have been around so long that lawyers believe them to be fact.  The more of them you believe, the higher your vulnerability score.  Over the years I have written and spoken quite a bit about Fraud Prevention.  And having done accounting work for many years in the corporate world before joining my first law firm, I feel I have a particularly insightful perspective.  Truth be told, were I not an innately honest person...
[Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO CPD Premium Credit is now the LAWPRO Risk Management Credit
In 2002 practicePRO launched the LAWPRO CPD Premium Credit. It was a way to encourage lawyers to attend programs we felt had a strong risk management component by rewarding them with a $50 credit (up to $100 in any policy year) on their insurance premium. In that first year we approved 12 CPD programs with a combined attendance of 2,200 lawyers. Ten years later, and with the advent of the Law Society’s mandatory CPD requirements, we approved 213 CPD programs with a combined...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] To Bring About Change Take the Train
♫  All waitings up I’m on that team That says go forward With a Head Full of Steam…♫ Lyrics and music by Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, recorded by The Go-Betweens.  This is a guest post by my friend and colleague Robert Denney.  This time he has chosen to write about one of my favourite subjects, namely change management.  Here are Bob’s thoughts on change: There’s an old adage, “The only constant is change.”  This has certainly been true in the practice of law as well...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Ditch the Laptop Bag
Stand on a crowded train platform in any major city and you won’t have much trouble spotting the people carrying laptops.  The giveaway is usually their bag: bags made by companies who only produce laptop bags and computer accessories; backpacks emblazoned with computer brand names or logos; over-sized designer handbags with laptops or expensive tablets clearly protruding. Unfortunately, these conspicuous containers are beacons for thieves, declaring that the owner has something worth...
[Avoid a Claim] Administrative dismissals: Don’t be caught standing when the music stops
This article by Nora Rock (corporate writer and policy analyst at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the August 31 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Like fossil fuels and the saber toothed-tiger, judicial patience is a non-renewable resource. We at LAWPRO are especially mindful of the limits of judicial forbearance in the context of motions to overturn the administrative dismissal of an action as permitted under Rule 48.15(1) of the Rules of Civil Procedure. The...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Chan Cheu Leong of Wah Seong Corporation Berhad Ltd
Two lawyers in Ontario have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Chan Cheu Leong of Wah Seong Corporation Berhad Ltd 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: Group [mailto:groupcontact8@gmail.com] Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 4:29 AM To: lawyer email Subject: Legal...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] LAWPRO's Map of Frauds Targetting Lawyers Continues to Grow
Back in April practicePRO released a map that showed where emails to our fraud reporting database (fraudinfo@lawpro.ca) were originating from. The aim was to show how widespread the problem of email scams was. Despite being an Ontario-based insurer, almost half of our emails had come from elsewhere in Canada, the US and overseas. We recently updated the map, and it shows that the pace of email fraud attempts hasn't slowed. In five months we've had nearly 1,000 more emails, posted 57...
[Law Technology Today] Best Billing Practices
Tracking time and expenses, drafting invoices, and then trying to collect unpaid fees—these are tasks many lawyers dread and avoid.   As a result, billing practices at many firms are inefficient and confusing, leading to frustration for lawyers, staff and clients. Technology can reduce billing headaches by improving time capture, making invoices easier to generate and send, and by providing better, easier collection methods.  By leveraging technology to improve billing practices, firms can...
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of IP agreement scam by Hiroaki Miyahara of Gakken Co Ltd
Two lawyers in Ontario and one in Oregon have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Hiroaki Miyahara of Gakken Co Ltd with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. This is similar to other IP and copyright frauds we’ve seen. For details on how this scam works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email. From: Hiroaki Miyahara [mailto:gakken.co.ltd@gmail.com] Sent: 12...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Opening Social Security TIFF Records
To obtain the medical information used to make a decision on a Social Security claim, the claimant or claimant’s lawyer must request a copy of the claimant’s medical file.  These records are maintained electronically and provided to the claimant or her lawyer on a CD in TIFF format.  Once received, the next challenge becomes accessing the CD. [...]