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

[ABA Site-tation] Available now - Volumes 5 & 6 of the 2011 ABA Legal Technology Survey
Body: The final volumes of the 2011 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report - Online Research (Vol. V) and Mobile Lawyers (Vol. VI) - are available for purchase. Online Research (Vol. 5) addresses the use of technology, particularly web-based technology, when conducting legal research. Report data are based on tabulation of 891 completed Online Research questionnaires. In 2011 we ask how often tablets, netbooks and other new technologies are used to perform the traditional task of legal research...
[Avoid a Claim] Litigation retainer scam by Edward Williams
An Ontario lawyer reported receiving an email from the purported Edward Williams with respect to a scam litigation retainer. Virtually identical messages using other names can be found all over the internet. Here is the message: From: “edward willams” edwardwillams2000@gmx.com To: Date: 17/07/2011 01:29 PM Subject: HELLO, I NEED AN ATTORNEY I am sending you this email through the internet with reservations, basically because you may perceive my intentions wrongly. The issue...
[Avoid a Claim] Collections scam by Albert Liu of Lankom Electronics Co Ltd
Today, an Ontario lawyer advised us of a collection scam by someone purporting to be Albert Liu from Lankom Electronics Co Ltd. The initial contact email the lawyer received is reproduced below. We have seen this exact scam before, once in March of 2011 and three times in September of 2010. Some of the messages include phone numbers and a website address for Lankom Electronics (www.lankomelectronics.com/). As of today there is nothing at this URL. There is a real company that goes by that...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Five Activities Generally Not Covered by Your Malpractice Policy
On occasion, lawyers have engaged in activities that have made them front-page news, subject to embarrassment and possibly lawsuits or discipline complaints. Not only can this kind of attention be bad for a lawyer’s reputation, it can also damage or even destroy client relationships. That’s reason enough to be aware of and avoid activities that could lead to these types of outcomes. But there is another – equally if not more compelling – reason to avoid them: In some instances, it may be the...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Six Mistakes Lawyers Make with Staff, Part I
In my career as a legal recruiter and law practice management advisor, I have witnessed some regrettable decisions involving staff. I’m not referring to hiring, evaluating, or terminating employees. I’m talking about day-to-day choices made by lawyers – those decisions that seem reasonable at the time, but have a way of coming back to bite [...]
[ABA Site-tation] Friday PMA Blog Roundup - 07/15/11
Body: The law practice management advisors have been busy since the last PMA roundup. Here's a sampling of what they've had to say about technology and law practice management: Jim Calloway offered a detailed look at TrialPad 2.0 for the iPad, shared a list of recent helpful technology and practice management articles, and discussed legal career considerations moving forward. Ellen Freedman examined some of the rumors about the next generation of iPhone, discussed general concerns regarding...
[Just Oregon Lawyers Blog] Most Important Checklist: Security of Your Gizmos and Gadgets
Here at the PLF we are fond of checklists as a tool for loss prevention. Busy lawyers and their staff will find lots of checklists among the 41 different categories of practice aids and forms. www.osbpf.org. Here is an important checklist you may not have written down. 1. Check that your cell phone – especially Smart Phone– has a password to access it and use it. 2. Check that you have a remote device tracking and data-wipe application installed for your phone and your laptop. 3....
[Avoid a Claim] Part-time job outsourcing scam by Stephen Wei Cheng
Four Ontario lawyers have been contacted in the last two months with regard to becoming a “third party service provider” for debt collection matters. While the name, Stephen Wei Cheng, and the email format is new, its a varation on the many commercial debt collection scams we have seen in previous months. For a full description of how those frauds work see our Fraud Fact Sheet. The message is reproduced below: From: To: swcheng@schenglawoffice.com Date: 14/07/2011 10:20 PM...
[Avoid a Claim] Separation agreement scam by Natsuki Wilford
An Ontario lawyer has received a email that has all the red flags (including being sent to multiple undisclosed recipients) of the divorce and collaborative family law agreement frauds we’ve seen under such names as Zaira Hoshiko and Elizabeth Nakamura. For a full list of names attached to this scam see our list of Confirmed Frauds. The message is reproduced below: From: Natsuki Wilford toni@aquaripaper.com Reply-To: Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 03:34:11 +0200 (CEST) To: Subject:...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] LinkedIn Phishing Scam
If you receive a message entitled “LinkedIn Security Notice” informing you that your LinkedIn account has been closed for lack of activity, it is a known phishing attempt. I suspected as much and contacted LinkedIn. If you receive a potentially fraudulent email appearing to originate from LinkedIn, DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS WITHIN THE EMAIL MESSAGE. Promptly notify [...]