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] Is It a Bird? A Train? Lawyers Who Leap Buildings in a Single Bound
There are so many designations nowadays for lawyers.  Super Lawyers is at the top:  those who wear a cape and are able to leap over buildings (or at least adversaries) in a single bound.  Best Of Lawyers.  AV rated lawyers.  A dizzying array of seemingly distinguishing designations.  The question of ethically advertising them, though, is still being asked.  As recently as yesterday, in fact.   And the answers are being largely ignored.  Mostly because so many attorneys have already ignored the...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Ken Moore
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Ken Moore 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 email: From: Ken Moore To: lawyer email Date: 09/20/2012 10:08 PM Subject...
[Law Technology Today] Wisconsin Weighs in on Metadata Ethics
As we wrote earlier this year, metadata — the hidden information in electronic files — is a significant concern for lawyers.  Metadata can contain important and revealing information ranging from the document’s origins to detailed records of changes and comments left during the document’s creation.  If proper care isn’t taken, a lawyer can easily reveal confidential information to opposing counsel and/or third parties by circulating metadata-laced electronic files...
[Law Technology Today] Brainstorming, Tablet Style: An Excerpt from “iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition”
Adapted and excerpted from Tom Mighell’s iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Edition, now available from LPM Publishing. Lawyers do a lot of brainstorming—strategizing on trial tactics, laying out an action plan for an upcoming transaction, or just developing a business plan for a law practice. In recent years mind-mapping software has become a popular way of facilitating the brainstorming process. Mind map is defined by Wikipedia as “a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or...
[Avoid a Claim] Fraud emails now referencing the “Lawyer Referral Service”
The Law Society of Upper Canada has advised us that at least one Ontario lawyer has been targetted with a tradtional bad cheque scam that indicated that the fraudster found the lawyer through the “Lawyer Referral Service”. This may be a new tactic to convince Ontario lawyers that the emails are legitimate. This particular fraud was the Abraham Yuzuki business debt collection scam, though there may be others we haven’t seen yet. The Law Society points out that the name...
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection scam by Abraham Yuzuki
A lawyer in Ontario and one in North Carolina have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Abraham Yuzuki 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 email: From: ABRAHAM .J. YUZUKI [mailto:abraham_j_yuzuki@yahoo....
[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...