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] Free Browser-based Speech to Text Software
Once again I must tip my hat to Gizmo’s Freeware for clueing my in on the latest free tools.  Glad someone else is out there monitoring the world wide web for the latest and greatest!  We know that no speech-to-text (voice recognition) software is perfect.  So I’m amused when attorneys look at the accuracy percentage of various packages, (Dragon NaturallySpeaking by Nuance is not up to 99% accuracy), and quickly calculate the number of errors per thousand words, whereupon they turn...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Mine Your Own Business
My new article in Slaw.ca “Mine Your Own Business“: An almost overwhelming amount of information is generated and stored in disparate places in our digital world. Email, documents, tweets, posts, status updates, reports, and other data flow through our computers, tablets and smartphones. Cataloging and retrieving this information is a challenge. Fortunately there are a [...]
[Law Technology Today] How Do You Archive Your Social Media Activity?
We were actually surprised to hear this question when we lectured last week at the Indiana Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. It’s not surprising that large firms feel the need to archive postings, but it was striking that a solo attorney should feel the need. Not only did a member of the audience bring up the possible ethical need to archive postings (I am unaware of any state that requires this but am willing to be educated if I’m wrong), but they wanted to know how they...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Several Active Frauds Now Targeting Real Estate Lawyers
[This is the text of a LAWPRO Alert sent to real estate lawyers in Ontario June 13, 2012.] Do any of these names ring a bell: Kin Hang Cheung, Haru Hayate or Hideki Kazuhiro? OR – is someone from overseas asking you to act on a real estate matter? Is a real estate agent you know sending you new business from an offshore client? Be wary: Real estate lawyers like you (as well as real estate agents) are being targeted all over the continent by a new fraud scam. To date we’ve heard from...
[The Last Word] Are You E-Verifying?
Although the Beason-Hammon immigration act was signed into law over a year ago, questions about it’s requirements continue to come up, as evidenced by a call we received from a lawyer this week, so I thought it would be worthwhile to post about the act’s application to lawyers providing indigent defense services. Under the terms [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Real estate lawyers: This fraud is for you!
Do any of these names ring a bell: Kin Hang Cheung, Haru Hayate or Hideki Kazuhiro? OR – is someone from overseas asking you to act on a real estate matter? Is a real estate agent you know sending you new business from an offshore client? Be wary: Real estate lawyers like you (as well as real estate agents) are being targeted all over the continent by a new fraud scam. To date we’ve heard from lawyers in Toronto (purchase of a Niagara property), Ottawa, London, Barrie, Orillia,...
[Avoid a Claim] Trademark infringement scam by Elias Machta
Two New York lawyers have just reported to us that they received the following message from the purported Elias Machta. This scam is very similar to other breach licence scams we have seen over the last several months. 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 of the message the lawyers received: From: Elias Machta [mailto:eliasmachta@balenoapparel.com] Sent: Tuesday, June...
[Avoid a Claim] Real estate bad cheque fraud by Hideki Kazuhiro
A number of U.S. lawyers (in Florida and Texas) have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Hideki Kazuhiro to act on real estate transactions that look like an attempt at a bad cheque fraud. As with scams of this type, it appears that this fraud is a set-up for a request to return real estate deal deposit monies paid with a bad cheque. For a full description of how this fraud works and a list of names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page. Here is the email:...
[Law Technology Today] Digital Dictation and Transcription Primer
Managing time can be a challenge in the best of circumstances, and the changing dynamics of the profession in recent years only seems to be making matters worse. While lawyers employ many strategies to deal with the time crunch, dictation is one of the most traditional—and for good reason. When used carefully, dictation allows lawyers to save time drafting simple documents, reduce lengthy meetings into useable transcripts, or simply to organize their thoughts as they jump from matter to matter...
[Law Technology Today] Comparison of Metadata Ethics Opinions
By now, most lawyers have at least a passing familiarity with the term “metadata,” which refers to the hidden layer of information embedded in most electronic documents.  Metadata is often described as “data about data” because it largely consists of information regarding a document’s origins, including who created it, when it was last opened, and what software was used. But metadata can also contain more consequential data, like the record of changes made to a...