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 Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Add-on: SimplyFile for MS Outlook
There are many MS Outlook add-ons that mimic functionality that is already built into the application. Though Techhit’s SimplyFile would seem to fall into that category since MS Outlook has a strong rules function and has added the “Move” group in the Home tab, it is actually amazingly useful despite some overlap. SimplyFile is an “intelligent filing assistant for Microsoft Outlook” and costs $50US. So, is it worth it? Find out in my new post “...
[Law Technology Today] Holiday Gift Ideas for Lawyers
Trying to find a good gift for a lawyer (or perhaps yourself) this holiday season?  Good news: Reid Trautz recently posted his annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers. This is the eighth year that Reid has assembled his gift guide, and each year features a few interesting gadgets and tools to appeal to the tech-oriented lawyer.  This year’s recommendations include the Apple TV and a suggested source for gadget covers/cases. Check it out: ReidMyBlog’s 8th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Mission Impossible? Working as an Independent Contractor in Oregon
For those of you who like to use “independent contractors” (contract lawyers, contract paralegals, freelance legal secretaries) take heed.  Your contractor may well be an employee. The latest case to interpret ORS 670.600 is Compressed Pattern, LLC v. Employment Department Tax Section. In Oregon, an independent contractor must be “customarily engaged in an independently established business.”  [...]
[The Last Word] Never Miss Another Deadline
I love this time of year because my new calendar arrives and I get to start filling its clean pages us with appointments and activities for the next year. I use both Outlook and Google Calendar, respectively, to keep my work and home lives on track, and I feed both into the calendar of my [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] PA Lawyers Who Made the 6th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100 List
Thousands of law-related blogs vie for attention from peers and prospects.  Only 100 make the coveted ABA  list each year.  Congratulations to those from PA.  To achieve this level of recognition  requires consistent effort and dedication.  The payoff is a decided elevation in name recognition.  Does it pay off in clients?  Let’s hear from those of you who’ve been nominated.  How Appealing As Nicholas Wagoner from Circuit Splits points out, Howard Bashman not...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] What’s Hot and What’s Not
♫ Ooh-hoo-hoo, I feel my temp’rature rising Help me I’m flamin’, I must be a hundred and nine Burnin’, burnin’, burnin’ and nothing can cool me, yeh I just might turn to smoke but I feel fine… ♫  Lyrics and music by Dennis Linde and Arthur Alexander, recorded by Elvis Presley. (Photo: Oscar/Wikimedia Commons) This is my friend Bob Denny’s latest report on WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION: This is our 24th annual report on what’s...
[Law Practice Advisor] Alexander the Great: LOMAP Hires a New Practice Advisor
People like free stuff, which is great for the people -- but, sometimes, not-so-great for the free stuff.  As LOMAP takes on more and more clients, and continues to work with its existing clients, our staff gets stretched ever-thinner, attempting to effectively manage a fast-growing caseload.  In determining that a couple more hands on deck would go a long way to increasing our responsiveness, we have recently hired a new practice advisor, Heidi Alexander.  You can learn more...
[Law Technology Today] “Liking” Your Connections with the New LinkedIn Endorsements
LinkedIn has added a number of new features recently, but the one that seems to be getting the most attention, and is certainly the most noticeable, is the new “endorsement” feature, which was introduced in late September. LinkedIn has always had “recommendations.” Recommendations allow your connections to write a short note about how much they liked working with you or highlighting something positive about you. Interestingly, for lawyers, these recommendations might bring into play ethical...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Lawyers Moving to Windows 8?
Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8, released on October 26, 2012.  It is optimized for touch screen computing and completely revamps the user interface. Recently a CBA member asked me if I was aware if law firms were switching to Windows 8.  My response, in part: “I haven’t heard of any firms switching to Windows 8, though it will become more difficult to order new computers, especially from big box retail stores, without the new OS. I would recommend against it until we...
[The Last Word] CLE – Take Your Office Paperless and More!
If you are struggling to develop the skills and procedures needed to implement the recent order mandating e-filing, or if you just want to improve your existing technology skills, this program is for you. On Tuesday, December 18th, the Alabama State Bar will present Legal Technology Show and Tell: Skills to Make E-Practice Painless, with [...]