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

[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Tips for Litigators to Avoid Communications Claims
This article by Jordan Nichols, claims counsel at LAWPRO, appears in the December issue of LAWPRO Magazine. It can be found at Claims against litigation lawyers often involve allegations of communication errors. In this article, we consider steps that lawyers can take to avoid such claims right out of the gate – at the outset of their retainers. When we attribute a claim to a communication problem, what exactly do we mean? Here are some examples: failure to warn...
[Compujurist] Untagging yourself on Facebook
Great article from my friend Dan Pinnington at LawPRO in Toronto on How to untag yourself on Facebook (and why you might want to) . This is definitely something that all Facebook users need to understand and know how to do. As Dan says in his article:
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Outlook Tip: Zoom Setting for Email Messages
This is an incredibly small thing, unless it happens to you and you’re wondering:  What the What? If the text of your e-mail messages in Outlook suddenly appears very small or VERY LARGE and you don’t remember changing any settings, you are probably the victim of your mouse wheel.  I unwittingly did this the other [...]
[Law Practice Advisor] Writing Requirement: As of January 1, Written Fee Agreements will be Required in Most Cases
This week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP.  In this week’s tip, we address some important coming ethics rules revisions that will affect most attorneys and law firms in Massachusetts. Read the tip here.
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Jessica Johnston of BP Global
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Jessica Johnston of BP Global with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet. Here is the initial email: From: BP Global Oil [] Sent: November-24-12 3:08 AM Subject: RE:Legal Representation Attention:Counsel, We...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Tip: Your Facebook Profile Through Another’s Eyes
Navigating Facebook’s privacy settings and friend lists can be a challenge.  Whether you’re looking for clients, networking with your peers, or simply staying in touch with friends and relatives, it’s important to know exactly what you’re sharing on Facebook.  Thankfully, Facebook includes a simple tool that lets you check just that: how your profile looks to your friends (and to the public). To start, navigate to your Facebook timeline by clicking on your name at the...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Reinventing Legal Education
Failing Law Schools by Brian Z. Tamanaha was published in June 2012. Among the most startling assertions in that book was that law schools will produce 45,000 new graduates annually while only 25,000 openings for lawyers are projected each year...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Library: Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers
This was the week we launched the LAWPRO Facebook page, and some lawyers may be wondering how they can create a similar Facebook presence for themselves. To help with that we now have Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers in our lending library. This book is written for both novice and advanced Facebook users, and covers every step you’ll take: from creating a page, to ajusting the all-important privacy settings to reaching out to others of Facebook. Other topics covered include: Managing...
[Law Technology Today] Working with Electronic Records at Mediation, Arbitration, or Trial (An Excerpt from “Electronic Discovery for Small Cases”)
Adapted and excepted from Electronic Discovery for Small Cases: Managing Digital Evidence and ESI by Bruce A. Olson and Tom O’Connor, now available from LPM Publishing. At the end of the day, after you have gathered all of your electronic records, analyzed them, and determined which are truly relevant, you must be able to use them to help bring about some resolution to the litigation in which you are involved. Whether it is in mediation, arbitration, or trial, you must have a method of...
[PA Law Practice Management] Deadbeat Clients: Exact Your Revenge for Bad Debt!
You can follow all the right procedures, but sometimes clients still stiff you.  What can you do?  How about revenge?  Does that appeal to you? Let’s say you have a strong engagement agreement.  You got a decent retainer.  And at first the client kept up when the retainer ran out.  By the time you realized that the client was falling behind, you were too far in, or too close to the end, to extricate yourself.  It happens all the time.  You follow up with calls and letters, but the client...