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

[PMATips] Document Assembly Tools – Free PodCast – 06/12/12
Legal Talk Network’s “The Un-Billable Hour” host Rodney Dowell and State Bar of Michigan Practice Management Advisor Diane Ebersole explain how document assembly applications have advanced in the last few years and how these applications can increase the bottom line for your law firm. Listen to the free podcast (34 min) and download the accompanying list of resources to explore the many ways a lawyer can increase productivity, particularly for document intensive practices.

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[PMATips] Adobe SENDNOW – 06/20/12
Adobe® SENDNOW If you need to send large files and have struggled with different solutions, spend a few minutes exploring Adobe® SENDNOW. This service provides a way to send large files, convert the files to PDF prior to sending, limit the amount of time the recipient has to retrieve the file, provide an email receipt when the file has been retrieved, attach personal branding items, and supply detailed tracking. Functionality options vary according to pricing plan. Plan versions ranges are Free...

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[Law Practice Advisor] Use War Stories to Make Better Fee Estimates:The Third & Final Part of a Series on Legal Project Management
The latest Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section LOMAP Tip discussed using legal project management tools to make better fee quotations. Read the Tip here.
[Law Technology Today] ABA/LPM Annual Meeting 2012
The ABA/LPM Annual Meeting is taking place in Chicago from August 2-4, 2012, at The Drake Hotel and there is much to look forward to. LPM is hosting four CLE sessions at the Hyatt Regency Chicago that focus on efficiency in law practice. Advancements in technology change how we practice law, and while lawyers continue to use technology to assist them, we struggle to manage time, don’t understand the benefits of cloud computing, and use iPads and iPhones primarily for browsing the Web.  LPM is...
[Law Technology Today] Is That Facebook Status Update an Advertisement?
When does your social networking qualify as attorney advertising? That’s the question the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct addresses in Draft Formal Opinion Interim No. 10-0001. The opinion centers around a hypothetical attorney who uses a social media site (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) and connects to a mixture of personal and professional acquaintances, “including some persons whom Attorney does not even know.”  Using...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam by Ronald Stevenson of Clarkwood Equipment Inc
Three Ontario lawyers received an email from the purported Ronald Stevenson of Clarkwood Equipment Inc 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: Ronald Stevenson [] Sent: June 20, 2012 12:17 PM To: lawyer name Subject: re:urgent I am writing on behalf of my...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] New “How To…” and CLE Archives Available
New archives available: May 15, 2012: How to… Use Adobe Acrobat As a Litigation Tool (webcast and slides, training, no CLE) May 24, 2012: Using Technology to Communicate with Clients (webcast/materials, CLE) May 29, 2012: How to… Manage Calendar and Tasks in MS Outlook (webcast/materials, training, no CLE) June 12, 2012: How to… Create a LinkedIn Company Page (webcast/materials, training, no CLE) Did you [...]
[SC Small Firm] Disaster Planning
June 1st was the official start of hurricane season. Those of us from South Carolina still remember Hurricane Hugo. With Katrina and other disasters in the not so distant past, it’s amazing that many businesses still don’t have a disaster plan in place. It’s particularly important for lawyers to have a disaster plan so that they can keep meeting client obligations even when their business is interrupted. Now is a great time to update your firm’s disaster plan or...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission Seeking Comments on Lawyers Having Virtual Presence in Another Jurisdiction
The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 is seeking comments on a newly released Issues Paper entitled "Issues Paper Concerning Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5 and the Limits on Virtual Presence in a Jurisdiction." They are seeking comments to assist their consideration of the issues that come up when lawyers establish a presence and practice virtually in a jurisdiction that is away from their physical location. Responses are requested by July 31, 2012. See the above link for...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Washington Approves Limited Licensed Legal Technicians
While I understand the premise behind this Order (expanding access to justice, addressing gaps in service to low-income/modest means/pro se litigants), I am still surprised. New APR 28 – Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLTs) goes into effect September 1, 2012.  It draws a distinction between LLLTs and paralegals or legal assistants “who [...]