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] Should You Upgrade to Windows 8 OS Software?
I never advise clients to be one of the first to deploy a new version of software, unless they’ve been waiting for a bug fix. This is no exception.  From the pushback in the technoworld, it seems that Windows 8 is getting very mixed reviews.  Now I’m not saying it’s a disaster like Vista was.  Nothing Microsoft produces will likely be as bad ever again as Vista was.  But it seems that preliminary reviews indicate there is minimal gain, and the user interface is so dramatically...
[Reid My Blog] The 8th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers is Coming November 19
I have been receiving dozens of emails asking if I am preparing the 2012 edition of my holiday gift guide, and I am pleased to announce the ReidMyBlog Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers will publish on Tuesday, November 19—just before Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday shopping season. As in past years, the 2012 guide will feature great gift ideas for the lawyer(s) in your life to make sure you stay away from trite gifts featuring “lawyer motifs” that most of us have grown to despise...
[Law Technology Today] Video: Effortless Searchability
Learn about making documents from multiple disparate sources searchable via keywords and phrases in your legal practice management software.  This webinar, presented on November 7, 2012, focused on: Why document searchability is beneficial A brief overview of Infinite Innovation’s PDF Analyzer and Search Tool How one Portland law firm is using the technology This webinar was hosted by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center and sponsored by ABBYY and Infinite Inovations, Inc. Learn...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The October issue of In Brief is Now Online
The October issue of In Brief is now available on the Professional Liability Fund Web site.  Articles and announcements include: ABA Techshow 2013 Adjusted Tort Liability Limits Against Public Bodies Check Scams Become Even More Sophisticated and Generally Have No PLF Coverage Data Breach Coverage Added to 2013 PLF Excess Coverage Immigration Law Resources In [...]
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Sandy Confirmed the Need for Emergency Plans
♫ Without a warning, you’re outta control. The ground shakes and the oceans roll- This is the big one, there’s no way to run…♫ Lyrics and music by: Gerry House, Devon O’Day, recorded by George Strait.   This is a wonderful guest post from Robert Denney.  While the east coast was being hammered by Sandy, the west coast was experiencing earthquakes (fortunately the impact was minor and there were no tsunamis). In either case, these events only brought to the...
[Law Technology Today] Tech E-book Roundup
From mobile security to Facebook to iPad apps, LPM has an e-book to answer all your pressing technology questions. LPM e-books are available on the ABA Webstore (for reading on all your devices and readers) and the iBookstore or iTunes (for Apple devices).  Here’s a handy list of the latest tech e-books now available for download. Be sure to check them out–your law practice will thank you! (Next week, we’ll be discussing even more essential e-books from LPM.)   iPad in...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Use Automatic Screen Lock
With the profession changing rapidly, many lawyers find themselves practicing in non-traditional settings: from their homes, from shared office spaces, or from a client’s office just to name a few examples.  This change in setting can mean less control over who has physical access to your computer. One simple way to protect yourself is to enable automatic screen locking.  Once enabled, your device will automatically block access after a certain period of inactivity.  The user must input a...
[PA Law Practice Management] Law Firms on the Edge
Loans to law firms used to be a “no brainer” until some spectacular failures created losses in the millions.  Now, law firms are watched and analyzed carefully by banks.  An article entitled “Consultant Has ‘Somewhat Robust’ Watch List of Law Firms in Possible Danger” which was appeared in ABA Journal Law News Now, included a video of an interview of Dan DiPietro, chairman of the Law Firm Group at Citi Private Bank.  I was impressed with the interview, and...
[Avoid a Claim] Informed, documented plea instructions protect you from claims
This article by Nora Rock (corporate and policy writer at LAWPRO) originally appeared in the Oct 19 issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. Though the rate of malpractice claims flowing from criminal cases is lower than in other areas of law, the number of claims in this area is on the rise of late, and for many of the same reasons we see in other areas. The most important cause? Issues with lawyer-client communication. An area of particular vulnerability to error is...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Altman Weil 2012 Chief Legal Officer Survey – a Must Read for Law Firms
For the thirteenth year in a row, Altman Weil, Inc. has surveyed Chief Legal Officers or CLOs on the issues of importance on the management and operation of their corporate law departments. These surveys capture current thinking of Chief Legal Officers and give lawyers in private practice a good indication of what corporate clients are think about and want from firms that do work for them. Survey Findings Corporate law departments report that they are re-negotiating outside counsel fees,...