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] Fan Mail: How to Get It
I have always been a big proponent of obtaining client feedback.  There are ways to do so which are expensive, and ways to do so on a shoestring.  The correct methodologies for your firm will depend as much on your clientele as your budget.  For example, a simple postcard enclosed with an invoice may be perfectly adequate and productive with the firm’s average client.  But a Fortune 500-level client should probably be visited by the firm’s marketing partner once a year for a...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] How to… Customize Site/Blog Links in Your LinkedIn Profile
Did you know you can customize the links for your blog, website and other links in your Linkedin profile to say something other than “company website” or “blog”? Here’s how!
[Avoid a Claim] Breach of share purchase agreement scam by Tsugu Aijirou of Igaka-Shoin Ltd
Two Ontario lawyers and one in California have reported to us that they received the following message from the purported Tsugu Aijirou of Igaka-Shoin Ltd. This scam is very similar to breach of copyright or trademark scams we have seen over the last several months, though this scenario deals with a breach of a share purchase agreement. It is a setup to dupe a lawyer into wiring good funds from a trust account after depositing a fraudulent cheque received in payment of damages. Here is a copy...
[PA Law Practice Management] Does Investment in Social Media Pay Off? You Betcha!
The first thing attorneys ask is whether their investment of time in social media will produce results.  My answer is always a resounding YES!  Here’s proof of concept:  I received a call the other day from an attorney in New York.  I do not publish in New York.  I do not do seminar presentations in New York.  (Well, OK, I did speak at Legal Tech, but that was a decade ago.)  I am not a member benefit of the New York State or City Bar Associations.  So why did this attorney contact me?...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Locking your iPad Orientation
Though it’s become a commonplace feature across smartphones and tablets, the iPad’s ability to automatically adjust its layout based on how it’s being held–portrait or landscape–is a remarkable feat.  Unfortunately, it can also be a nuisance in certain situations.  Imagine, for example, trying to share a document with a judge by handing your iPad across the bench.  If the judge is unfamiliar with such devices, the shifting layout could be confusing or frustrating....
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Asana vs. Trello: Checklist Collaboration Tools Compared
My new article in Attorney at Work: Asana vs. Trello: Checklist Collaboration Tools Compared In his book The Checklist Manifesto, surgeon Atul Gawande asserts that checklists are a “cognitive net,” a mechanism that can help prevent experienced people from making errors due to flawed memory and attention, and ensure that teams work together. Or, as Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame put it, “the [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Heather Kobayashi Brogren
A lawyer in Ontario and one in California have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Heather Kobayashi Brogren 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. Here is the initial email: From: Heather Kobayashi Brogren Subject: Good Morning Date: October 8, 2012 2:39:27...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Social Media Security Basics [Infographic]
We all should do more to protect our social media accounts from being compromised. On an almost daily basis you hear about a celebrity that has had their account or smartphone hacked – and no doubt – there are thousands of otherwise anonymous non-celebrities that suffer the same fate each and every day. So what can you do to protect yourself? Yes, a stronger password is a start, but there is a lot more you can do. A ReadWriteWeb post I came across today has a fantastic infographic that...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] 15 Steps You Can Take Now to Protect Sensitive Data
The October issue of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin contains a must-read article entitled The Data Dilemma: Law Firms Strive to Strengthen E-Security as Potential Threats Continue to Rise.  To understand why you should be concerned, read the article.  To take steps now to protect your firm, read John Simek and Sharon Nelson’s sidebar, “E-Security Pros [...]
[Compujurist] Gizmos, Gadgets and Widgets
Gizmos, Gadgets 7 Widgets is one of my favorite presentations, especially when I get a chance to present it with a great friend and speaker like Bryan Sims, at the 2012 Illinois Solo & Small Firm Conference in September 2012. In this fast-paced conference favorite, Bryan and I share a look at the lighter side of technology, tips and gadgets for your law office and your life. I'ts a fast and furious presentation in person, but even the slides are fun and useful.