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

[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Juliana De Francesco
Eight Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Juliana De Francesco looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Ken Yoshiro and Kombaa Dredging
Eight Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Ken Yoshiro of Kombaa Dredging looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud...
[Law Technology Today] Rebuttal: Lawyer as Word Processor
Second of a two-part series on the Suffolk/Flaherty Legal Tech Assessment. In this post, Casey Flaherty, creator of the Legal Tech Audit, argues for the importance of testing lawyers on technology competence, and word processing skills. It is ever so convenient to address real problems via theoretical solutions. While my good friend Dan concedes that, in reality, “lawyers’ skills with Word, Excel, and Acrobat are abysmal,” he speculates this may not need to concern us because if...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Don’t Let Personal Issues Lead You to Bend the Rules
At least two of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s discipline decisions in the last few months referenced a lawyer’s “loss of moral compass.” Even honest and well-intentioned lawyers have, when under pressure or when suffering from illness, addiction or a personal crisis, succumbed to the belief that it’s perfectly fine to bend the rules “just this once.” Unfortunately, bending rules and getting away with it has the effect of weakening a lawyer’s scruples over time – especially when the...

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[Compujurist] Thinking about deleting your law firm website? Think again….
Most lawyers forget that their websites are viewed by disciplinary authorities as a form of client communications. Firms that update their website or delete it for whatever reason may run afoul of ethics rules if they do not maintain a copy of it. Anna Massoglia over at Lawyerist.com has a good post on this topic Deleting Your Website Can Come Back to Bite you in the Assets . Some folks believe that since the Internet Archive Wayback Machine grabs snapshots of websites that they do not need to...
[Law Practice Management & Technology - Chicago Bar] Enter a Medical ID on your iPhone for Emergencies
Many ER patients arrive at the hospital without anyway for medical staff to know who they are or how to reach their emergency contact. The iPhone solves this problem with their “Medical ID” feature. When an emergency worker finds your phone, they can see your name, date of birth, medical conditions, blood type, and emergency […]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Fresh Strategies and Ideas for Marketing Your Law Firm
Are you looking for fresh strategies and ideas for branding and marketing your practice?  One excellent resource is marketing advisor and social media consultant Nancy Myrland. I’ve followed Nancy on social media for several years.  I learned quickly that she is a wealth … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Lawyer as Word Processor
First in a two-part series on the Suffolk/Flaherty Legal Tech Audit. In this post, Dan Lear argues the validity of testing lawyers on their word processing skills over, or instead of, “soft” skills for business. Look for a response from Casey Flaherty, creator of the Legal Tech Audit, tomorrow. In the year between undergrad and law school, I worked at the Seattle office of the law firm Perkins Coie as a records manager. I was impressed by how adroitly a word processor in our group...
[Avoid a Claim] Attempted real estate fraud by John Biko on Vaughan property
Yesterday, a TitlePLUS subscriber reported a deal to us that appears to be an attempt at a fraud. Someone purporting to be John Biko wanted to purchase a property in Vaughan. The deal came to the lawyer on a referral from a real estate agent. Biko said his previous lawyer was going on vacation and couldn’t handle the deal. The deal was to close Sept. 2, but when the lawyer met the client, an extension agreement was prepared that moved the closing to Oct. 8. Biko requested the extension as...
[Avoid a Claim] 10 Tips to Better Manage Your Inbox
The LAWPRO Magazine article The day-to-day stresses and challenges of being a lawyer discusses how technology contributes to today’s frantic pace of practice. And if there is one technology that adds to the stress of a harried lawyer’s day, it’s their email inbox. Clearing out emails often feels like Hercules cleaning out the Augean stables. Here are 10 tips to help you both better manage and reduce the number of messages in your inbox. Some tips apply to specific programs, and some are...