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 Warm Call: Using Social Networking Connections to Break the Ice of Cold Calls and Introductions
This week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP. In this week’s tip, we’ve got some socially acceptable ideas for crafting better icebreakers. Read the tip here.
[Avoid a Claim] practicePRO Resource: Vulnerabilities assessment chart
Accidents or disasters that have the potential to interrupt or destroy a law practice can come in many forms. They can be natural, technology related, or man-made (both intentional and accidental). They may affect just a single person, everyone at a firm, or even a whole city or region. practicePRO has created a spreadsheet chart that you can use to help identify and assess your firm’s vulnerabilities. It is available in either PDF format or Microsoft Excel format (664 KB file)....
[Law Technology Today] Featured book: “Cloud Computing for Lawyers” by Nicole Black
As more businesses move their IT systems into the cloud, lawyers need to ask if cloud computing is right for their firm. Cloud Computing for Lawyers features a discussion of cloud computing fundamentals, an overview of legal cloud computing products, and step-by-step instructions for implementing cloud computing in your practice–including practical tips for securing your data. This book will help you: Understand the current state of cloud computing technology Weigh the risks and benefits...
[Law Technology Today] Digital Cameras in Lawyer’s Hands
The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Episode 95 Photography is one three fields that Steve Jobs wanted to reinvent. Cameras built into smartphones have already dramatically changed the way we take photos and use cameras. How might the ubiquity of digital cameras affect lawyers and the practice of law? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss digital cameras and smartphone cameras, how lawyers are using these cameras, and ways digital photography and camera...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Stop Scams With Fraud Protection Services
Posted today on the Professional Liability Fund Web site for your consideration: Don’t Get Scammed!  Consider Fraud Prevention Services If you are concerned about fraudulent activity on your IOLTA or business bank account, ask your bank about fraud prevention services like Positive Pay and Automated Clearing House (ACH) “block and filter” for automated transactions. Do [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] Teaching an 89 y.o. about Social Media
I’m amused when someone thinks they’re too old to learn to use a computer, social media, or whatever.  One is never too old to learn if willing.  The reality is that they don’t care to learn.  Ok, I get it.  We all have varying interests.  But there are some skills that should be required.  And in fact a lawyer is required to keep abreast of the proper usage of technology in the practice of law, both in service of clients, as well as in the efficient management of their...
[Law Technology Today] Video: Managing Information and Interruption Overload
For most lawyers, managing information is a daily struggle. Between email, research, documents and the considerable administrative work of an active law firm, it can be all too easy to become overwhelmed. To make matters worse, technology and the aggressive pace of modern practice mean already-busy days are filled with a steady stream of interruptions, adding stress and decreasing productivity. In this video, Brett Owens from Chrometa discusses some ways that you can start  tackling these...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Akira Hiraishi of Shizuku Electronics Corp
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Akira Hiraishi of Electronics Corp with 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: Date: 02/02/2013 5:39 AM (GMT-07:00) To: Subject: Dear Counsel Dear Counsel, I am Akira Hiraishi,...
[Avoid a Claim] Seperation agreemeent scam by Cynthia Taisu
A lawyer in Ontario and one in Pennsylvania have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Cynthia Taisu with regards to a 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. After responding to an initial email, the lawyers received this response and fake documentation: From: Ms Cynthia Taisu [...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] In Defense of Lawyers Who Write Letters
Is there anything more “old-fashioned” than writing a letter?  I remember posting a Tweet a few years back in which I stressed the importance of documenting your file with a letter to the client if the client chooses to act against your advice.  I was chided by a few followers who asked what a “letter” was.  (In [...]