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 Tips Blog] Lawyers and Their iPads
(UPDATE: After my original post, I received this tweet from Shawnee, Oklahoma lawyer Edward Terry, "Used my iPad in an all-day custody trial for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I love it." I also learned of another...
[SC Small Firm] Time Management
Do you jump from one task to the next without ever finishing? You may want to try the Pomodoro Technique of getting work done. To begin, you’ll need a kitchen timer, a list of tasks and a pencil. Choose a task to be accomplished and set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer). Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your task list. Take a five minute break and begin a new task with the timer running. Every 4 “Pomodoros” take a longer...
[Law Practice Matters] How to Avoid Charging Clearly Excessive Fees
Here's an article I wrote for the most recent newsletter of the NCBA Law Practice Management Section: When the topic of alternative fee arrangements comes up – and it comes up a lot these days – I hear one question more than any other: “if I do flat fees, what is a clearly excessive fee?”Over the past few years, the use of alternative fee arrangements has picked up a lot of steam. In a time of increased competition in the legal marketplace, decreased corporate legal...
[The Last Word] AlaFile Registration is Now Mandatory!!
As most Alabama lawyers are aware by now, the state’s General Fund budget is in proration, which means that funds for the state’s court system have been cut along with everything else. And the current prospects for the 2011-2012 budget, which will go into effect on October 1, 2011, don’t look much better. To help [...]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Trust Accounting: Your Financial and Ethical Responsibilities
The Professional Liability Fund is presenting, “Trust Accounting: Your Financial and Ethical Responsibilities,” on Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Tigard, Oregon. Topics include: Ethical Trust Accounting Procedures with Beverly Michaelis and Dee Crocker: Setting Up a Lawyer Trust Account Selecting a Bank – ORPC 1.15-2(h)-(k) IOLTA Accounts – ORPC 1.15-2(b) Pooled Lawyer Trust Accounts – [...]
[PMATips] 60 Apps for iPhones & iPads – 04/19/11
Jeff Richardson, author of the blog iPhone JD, has posted a list of applications for iPhones and iPads presented during the 2011 TECHSHOW session entitled “60 Apps in 60 Minutes”. Mr. Richardson, Reid Trautz, and Josh Barrett breezed through 61 apps in an engaging presentation before an enthusiastic audience. The blog post also includes links to apps from the 2009 and 2010 TECHSHOW presentations, which provide the reader with a total of 180 applications! If you use an iPhone or iPad, you may...

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[PMATips] Five Easy-to-Remember Keyboard Shortcuts for Word – 04/12/11
The keyboard shortcuts for Cut (CTRL + X), Copy (CTRL + C) and Paste (CTRL + V) are commonly known and used. Did you know that you can also control the line spacing for each paragraph with easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts? Using the following shortcuts will change the line spacing for the entire paragraph where the cursor is located.  CTRL + 1 Single-spaced lines CTRL + 2 Double-spaced lines CTRL + 5 1.5 spaced lines CTRL + 0 (zero) Add or remove one line space preceding the paragraph One...

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[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] TECHSHOW Tips Issue of Law Practice Magazine
I’m just back from a great ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago last week. I learned lots about legal technology and enjoyed the company of fellow technology enthusiasts. Wish you all were there, but as I know many SLAW readers were not, in lieu I offer a great collection of articles from the just released 2011 Techshow Tips issue of Law Practice magazine: Tablet Users Face Off: iPad versus Slate Shootout A Day in the Life of an iPad Lawyer A Look Inside the New Mac Apps Store Must-Have iPhone Apps...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Best of ABA TECHSHOW 2011
Whew! ABA TECHSHOW is in the record books for another year. I enjoyed the Keynote and EXPO – always good to see product demonstrations and meet new vendors. And the weather was a welcome break for those of us who have yet to experience spring. As always, there is much to enjoy in Chicago by [...]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The BlackBerry Playbook: A Sneak Preview From ABA TECHSHOW
On April 19 the new BlackBerry PlayBook will hit the shelves at 20,000 stores and couriers will be busy delivering the pre-orders. Thanks to my old technology friend John Olah (He had a great contact at RIM!), I had the opportunity to spend some time with a pre-release version of the PlayBook at ABA TECHSHOW this week. I was generally impressed with this device, but have some hesitations as well. The PlayBook felt very solid in my hand. It is 1cm thick and the rubberized back and sides let you...