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] Legal Project Management by Nana: A Stitch In Time Saves Nine -- Part One of a Series on Legal Project Management
Last week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip came from LOMAP. Last week's Tip discussed using a legal project management technique to reduce drafting times. Read the Tip here.
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] A Systematic Approach to Law Firm Risk Management
Risk is an inevitable reality of law practice. The only way to eliminate risk is to stop practising law – an option most readers of this article are not yet contemplating. A more realistic option is to actively mitigate risk through structured, systematic risk management. This approach is particularly helpful at the law firm level, where risk management can sometimes be seen to be contrary to the perceived self-interest of individual lawyers in the firm. A systematic approach – that begins with...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Mr. Marsden of Alfa Construction Ltd
Three Ontario lawyers have received an email from a “Mr Marsden” of Alfa Construction Ltd asking to retain their services. The address given looks to be a residential address in North York, ON, though a Google search of the company name finds a similar company entry in Nepean, ON and California. There may or may not be a real company with that name. It would appear to be a setup for a debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Avoid Committing Malpractice With Your Mouse
In February I gave readers a brief preview of Zero Tolerance for E-Filing Error, my latest article in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.  The published article is now available on the bar’s Web site, but if you prefer a version with the hyperlinks intact, read on: Managing Your Practice Zero Tolerance for e-Filing Error: Avoid [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] President Obama Appears on Jimmy Fallon
The political issue is whether or not to increase the interest rate on student loans.  A large segment of our young population has a stake in the outcome.  Our president makes effective use of social media to take this matter to the public for support.  This is not a new strategy for President Obama.  He ran an effective campaign by utilizing this powerful communication medium far better than his opponents.  And it’s clear he has not lost his edge in this regard.   The video, entitled “...
[Law Practice Advisor] Improve Your Practice FAST: Attend the MBA's GP, Solo & Small Firm Conference and Networking Event on May 10
Leading Massachusetts legal professionals will offer solutions to the daily challenges of running a solo or small general practice. Popular and provocative attorneys such as Robert J. Ambrogi, Gabriel Cheong, and Jared D. Correia will share practical tips and best practices. Conference attendees will enjoy cutting-edge information on: The best (and sometimes free) ways to make your information and documents available anywhere Running  your small office lean & mean, but accessing...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the Lending Library: Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers
In the paper world keeping client data confidential was easy and cheap. In the digital world, its difficult and expensive, and the job is never truly done. The authors of Locked Down (Sharon D. Nelson, David G. Reis and John W. Simek) believe that law firms are not doing enough to protect electronic client data. The reason for this is a combination of ignorance of the IT world, expense and a belief that “it can’t happen to us”. As a result, law firms are being...
[Compujurist] Google Announces Google Drive – Finally!
Thanks to liliputing for being one of the first to announce that Google has finally released it's much rumored and awaited Google Drive. For years, users of Gmail and Google Docs waited for the ability to use their accounts to store more than just email and documents. That day has finally arrived with Google's official introduction of the service on it's blog. You know can store up to 5GB of not only the documents you create using Google Docs, but your videos, photos, PDFs and more.
[SC Small Firm] Keep your flash drive safe
Since flash drives can easily be lost or stolen, it’s critical that you adequately protect any important data you have saved on one. You can make sure your data is safe by saving it on a flash drive that is encrypted. There are several programs designed to encrypt drives. DiskCryptor is one such program that encrypts both internal and external drives. Truecrypt is another free program that allows you to encrypt flash drives. Another option for protecting data on flash drives is simply...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Post-Matter Client Service Survey
The following is adapted from practicePRO's Managing a Better Professional Services Firm, and it and the other Managing booklets are available here. A post-matter client survey is one of the best ways to collect information about what clients thought about the services you provided to them. Make sure your survey is structured to help you identify specific areas for improvement. Ideally, it should include some open-ended questions. For major or top-billing clients, consider sending a...