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

[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Best Books Law Books Every Student Should Read (?)
Last summer the law section of The Guardian newspaper in the UK asked readers to submit their ideas for "books every law student should read". The response included everything from Charles Dickens to Richard Susskind, with many more suggestions appearing in the comments section. Here's the article. Do Slaw readers agree with the choices? What books do you think are essential for Canadian law students?
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] What New Lawyers Need to Know About LAWPRO
The FAQs below answer some of the more common questions we hear from newly called lawyers. The answers will help you determine if you need insurance coverage (or whether you’re exempt) and which steps you need to take to get your LAWPRO insurance coverage in place. What is professional liability insurance? Professional liability insurance is designed to indemnify lawyers against the consequences of a lawyer’s liability for a client’s loss. For this reason, only lawyers in private practice are...
[Law Technology Today] Is Social Media Worth It?
Years after Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn debuted, social media remains a hot topic of discussion for lawyers and legal professionals.  How should it be used? Which sites are best? How do you get started–or should you get started at all? We’re happy to welcome this guest post from Victoria Santoro exploring the value of social media. Victoria is a litigator with Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. in Boston, MA. I’ve had enough people ask me if social media is really “worth...
[Avoid a Claim] In the practicePRO Lending Library: Through the Client’s Eyes
Every time we shop, eat, travel or visit a web page, it seems the company we deal with wants to know how their service was and how they can do better. So why don’t law firms ask this question more often? Henry W. Ewalt’s book Through the Client’s Eyes, sets out to make the case that they should, from both a business perspective and in terms of lawyers’ job satisfaction. His book demonstrates that by treating clients like people rather than cases, lawyers can develop more profitable (...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Art of Effective Communication
Are you a good communicator?  Or do you find yourself struggling to get your point across?  If you fall in the latter category, it could be that you are focused on your message to the exclusion of other important attributes of effective communication: listening skills, tone of voice, body language, and empathy. In Effective Communication, Shari Gregory relates [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collectin scam by Sebastian Aksel
An Ontario lawyer has notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Sebastian Aksel looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds. Here is the initial email: From: Sebastian Aksel [] Sent: April-08-13 10:17 AM...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Student Edition of LAWPRO Magazine
For over 10 years LAWPRO Magazine has provided Ontario lawyers with a wealth of practice management and claims prevention content. It is delivered (in paper or electronic format) to every practicing lawyer in Ontario. In 2012 LAWPRO decided to extend the reach of the magazine beyond lawyers already in practice to the law schools on Ontario. At first it was a magazine stand featuring the LAWPRO brand and the latest regular issue of the magazine, but the idea quickly evolved to creating a student...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] practicePRO's New Lawyer Resource Page
There is a lot to think about beyond substantive law when you are starting a law practice. With that in mind, under the practicePRO banner LAWPRO has created the New Lawyer Resource page containing what we feel are the best resources we have to offer to new and soon-to-be-lawyers. The page has two aims: 1) to help newly minted lawyers understand more about things like managing a practice, client relations, practice finances, marketing, and legal technology; and 2) its an introduction to the...
[Law Practice Advisor] Restoring Your Computer System and Recovering Data in the Event of the Unthinkable
Backing up your files is essential!  But, if you don’t know how to restore and recover your data in the event of a data loss, then your backup is worthless.  I’ve written a post for the ABA’s Legal Technology Today blog that covers how to restore and recover data. You can read my post here.
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Voicemail tips
Although not everyone likes it, voice mail is an essential tool. Used properly, it can help you better communicate with and serve your clients. To avoid frustrating clients, consider the following points for handling incoming calls from our Managing a Better Professional Services firm booklet,: Give callers the option to leave a traditional message: If your calls go through a receptionist, give the caller the option of leaving either a traditional message or a message on voice mail, so that...