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

[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Mitsuro Ohtsuka of Life Stage West Co.
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Mitsuro Ohtsuka of Life Stage West Co (apparently a real company) with regards to a commercial debt collection scam. For full details of how this fraud works and a list of other names attached to it, see the Commercial Debt Collection Fraud page in the Confirmed Fraud section of the blog. Here is the email that was received: From: “Mitsuru Ohtsuka” Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 1:42 PM Subject...
[ABA Site-tation] Document Assembly for the Mac
Body: While devotees claim that anything Windows can do Mac can do better that’s often not the case when it comes to law office applications, though Document Assembly may be an exception.  The 2011 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide explains that “…document assembly software automates the creation of legal documents that are used repeatedly, including such documents as wills, leases, contracts, and letters. You can think of document assembly as templates that can be used over and over...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan fraud by William Brock
Several Ontario lawyers have received emails from the purported William Brock looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement with Trimar Steel (a real company whose name and contact details have been hijacked for this fraud). 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 load frauds. Here are some of the...
[ABA Site-tation] Gmail Tools and Timesavers
Body: Twenty-five percent (25%) of respondents in the ABA 2011 Legal Technology Survey Report: Mobile Lawyers (Vol. 6) check law-related e-mail using a web-based e-mail (e.g., Yahoo!, Gmail).  Gmail, by tech giant Google, is a powerful web based e-mail application.  Instead of limiting you to traditional folders, Gmail uses stars as one of several easy ways to categorize messages that you want to find quickly.   To activate Stars, simply click the star icon located immediately to the left of...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Privacy Commissioner Launches Handbook to Help Lawyers Apply Privacy Law to Their Practices
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has announced the release of a handbook called PIPEDA and Your Practice — A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers. According to the release, the handbook “describes best practices in managing the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, responding to requests for access to personal information, and the potential application of PIPEDA. The Handbook covers practical privacy issues that arise in the course of managing a law firm and...
[Law Practice Matters] Beware Conflicts of Interest
Another look at conflicts of interest (in this case, scientific ones) and how they sometimes sneak up on us, from psychologist and author Dan Ariely:  
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Offer a Free Legal Check-up
When was the last time you personally contacted a former client to see how she or he was doing? This year?  Last year?  Never? As the kids head back to school, perhaps we should take a cue and revisit “Client Development 101.” Here are the undisputed facts in evidence: Satisfied former clients are a great source for [...]
[Thoughtful Legal Management] I’m a MacBook Air…
♬ Love Is In The Air Love is in the air everywhere I look around Love is in the air every sight and every sound …♬ Music and Lyrics by Harry Vanda, George Young , recorded by Tom Jones. MacBook Air 2011 This is a guest post by my friend Sherry Katz, a recovering lawyer and now computer forensics consultant.  I loved reading Sherry’s articles on technology when she was a lawyer/technologist and now I love her articles as a forensics consultant.  Her advice on the new MacBook...
[ABA Site-tation] Security Outside of the Office
Body: Technology used to be firmly anchored in the office: bulky desktop computers, closet-filling servers, fax machines, and so forth. But as laptops have surged in popularity, and new technology like smartphones and tablets have emerged, lawyers are increasingly carrying their technology--and their clients' data--with them outside of the office. So how can you secure your technology on the go? Here are a few suggestions: You Can't Lose What You Aren't Carrying Just because you can fit...
[ABA Site-tation] Attorneys and Apps
Body: According to the ABA 2011 Legal Technology Survey Report, 88% of lawyers use a smartphone for law-related tasks while away from their primary workplace (usually the office). Among these users, 20% regularly use mobile-specific research apps on their smartphones compared with 16% in 2010 - Mobile Lawyers (Volume 6).   While lawyers are increasingly using and downloading apps, a cutting edge group that includes Dallas family law specialist Michelle May O'Neil, Texas divorce lawyer Jimmy...