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 Practice Advisor] The Utility of Futility: Your Return on Investment Post Mortem and the Resurrection
My monthly contribution to Clio’s (award-winning) Small Firm Innovation group blog (on the January theme of ‘measuring goals’) is a thinly-veiled pep talk for those who may believe that failures are the final word, with recourse to some of my favorite underdog stories. (No Tebow references -- he was a first round draft pick . . . . Well, one.) You can read more, here.
[PA Law Practice Management] Wash Hands Before Using Phone
Once in a while I read something that just makes me outright laugh.  I especially love when it concerns our use of technology.  This is one of them. A recent article on C-Net Daily News entitled “‘Reverse smudge engineering’ foils Android unlock security” explains how an Android user with greasy fingers left his unlock pattern visible for others to hack.  Fortunately, they were colleagues, because it took them only minutes to bypass his security thanks to his greasy...
[PMATips] When Do You Send Out Your Bills? – 02/14/12
Billing is probably the least favorite task on an attorney’s to-do list. This often leads to an erratic billing “system” with unintended consequences. One factor you may not have considered is when it’s best to send out your statements. If you bill once a month, when should the bills be mailed to your clients? Ed Poll, author of The Business of Law, recommends that “Billing statements should be mailed so that they reach the client on or before the first day of the month.” Since many...

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[Oregon Law Practice Management] Welcome to the New OAAP Web Site
We are proud to announce a new and improved Oregon Attorney Assistance Program Web site: The new site offers improved navigation, quick links to our Attorney Counselors, and new content for judges and law students. The OAAP is a confidential service providing assistance with and referral for Problem Alcohol, Drug, and/or Substance Use; Stress Management; Time Management; [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Debt collection scam by Lobo Lau
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Lobo Lau looking to retain them with regards to collecting on a breach of contract. This is similar in wording 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 load frauds. Here is an example of the email: From: Mr. Lobo Lau mrlobolau@yahoo.com.hk Date: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM...
[Avoid a Claim] A checklist for avoiding conflicts on lateral lawyer transfers
The following article by Dan Pinnington appears in the January 2012 issue of LAWPRO Magazine. Lateral hiring of partners or associates occurs at firms of every size, and is becoming far more common. In addition to reviewing the transferring lawyer’s credentials and suitability, the transferring lawyer and firm will need to identify and deal with potential conflicts of interest that may arise with respect to clients at the transferring lawyer’s previous firm, and in particular, clients for...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Is This the Job You Want? How to Find the Right Fit and Then Sell Yourself in an Interview
The following article by Wendy L. Werner appeared in the January 2012 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 sounds both logical and easy. But throw the words “job interview” into the mix and a whole new paradigm emerges. With seemingly...
[Avoid a Claim] Real estate bad cheque scam by Yuang Thomas
An Ontario lawyer has been contacted by the purported Yuang Thomas with regards to what looks like a real estate bad cheque scam. Another lawyer received an identical email from this person in June of 2010. For details of how this scam works see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the email: From: mryuang@yahoo.com.hk [mailto:mryuang@yahoo.com.hk] Sent: February-10-12 9:58 AM To: I am Mr.Yuang Thomas,am currently in China. I will be retiring soon and as such intend relocating to Canada...
[Avoid a Claim] Collaborative family law agreement scam by Stephany Kiyoshi
A lawyer in Ontario and one in the U.S. have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Stephany Kiyoshi with regards to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the initial email: First Name : Stephany Last Name : Kiyoshi Email : stephany.kiyoshi@gmail.com Mobile...
[Avoid a Claim] Collaborative family law agreement scan by Hillary Tiachi
An Ontario lawyer notified us that he has been contacted by the purported Hillary Tiachi with regards to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the email received after the initial contact is made, along with the documentation that was sent: From: Hillary Tiachi To: lawyer name Sent:...