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

[PA Law Practice Management] The Run For The Door
We’ve all heard stories, watched it in action, or been in the middle of what I refer to as The Run For The Door — the point at which partners determine their firm no longer has sufficient mass to cover overhead and debt, and the mass exodus begins. Those who move too slow are left to turn off the lights, and are often left holding the proverbial bag. It’s an ugly thing to watch. In some cases it’s led to some undesirable career detours. In some cases it’s led to...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Ways for Managers to Inspire Employees to Embrace Change
♫ A bright light A new position A new conviction…♫ Music, lyrics and recorded by The Appleseed Cast. This is another great guest post from Beth Flynn from the Ohio State University Leadership Center: Beth Flynn This post deals with ways to Inspire employees to embrace change in your organization: 1. Awareness: The manager is responsible for generating awareness of the proposed change. 2. Value in awareness: The manager is also responsible for providing employees with supportive...
[PMATips] The 2/3’s Rule and Slaw – 03/08/11
Dan Pinnington, Practice Management Advisor and practicePRO Director for Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company, Toronto, Canada, recently posted “The 2/3 Rule Will Make you a Happy and Successful Lawyer” on the Slaw weblog. Dan’s post describes a concise concept to help you decide whether or not to take a case. “Slaw is a cooperative Canadian weblog on all things legal.” Posts are written by a wide variety of bloggers from around the world, not just Canada. Recent posts include: David T...

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[Thoughtful Legal Management] IT Knowledge as a Practice Standard
♫ You’re the hidden cost and the thing that’s lost In everything I do … ♫ Music, Lyrics and recorded by: Jackson Browne. A recent quote by my friend and notable practice management consultant Gerry Riskin caught my eye: “[T]oo many lawyers pride themselves on their IT incompetencies believing that it makes them somehow charming and brilliant. I say they might as well be sneaking into the firm at night and taking cash out of the safe. The costs associated with that...
[ABA Site-tation] Receiving and Sending SMS Text Messages in Gmail
Body: There's an easy way to send and receive SMS text messages in your Gmail account other than setting up Google Voice. This can be helpful if you want to quickly forward some text messages from your phone to your Gmail account or send a text message to someone's non-e-mail enabled cellphone from Gmail.   To enable SMS features in Gmail, click on the Options icon, then select the "Mail Settings" link, then click on the "Labs" link. Click the radio button to enable "SMS (text messaging) in...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Great Reading for the Week of March 1, 2011
Lots of great reading this week. Trial Division Internet v. Courts: Googling for the perfect juror http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/us-courts-voirdire-idUSTRE71G4... iPad Use by Lawyers and Judges Continues to Grow http://lawyertechreview.com/2011/ipad-use-by-lawyers-and-judges-continue... Using the Internet as a Tool for Cross-Examination http://tinyurl.com/4cjr5kt General Division iPhone business...
[Busy Lawyer's Guide to Success] Ten Tips to Supercharge Your Online Presence . . .
is the title of my article I co-authored with Jim Calloway and Nerino Petro in the February issue of Law Practice Today that was just published last week. Jim, Nerino, and I selected these tips from our presentation 60+ Best Marketing Practices for Lawyers in 60 Minutes. The tips focus on web-based marketing, including social networking and refurbishing law firm websites. Most of the tips can be implemented quickly and at low-cost. I believe a quick read of the article will be a worthwhile use...

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[Reid My Blog] New Google Formula Changes Search Results for Your Law Firm Website
Be sure to Google your law firm website and your name, as Google has just made significant changes to the algorithms that power their search engine results. The changes are meant to improve the quality of search results, but it may have a negative impact on many sites. A search on my name, Reid Trautz, showed some positive changes for me, including a higher result for my book and an on-line CLE seminar recording that I didn't know was available for free on-line. This is also an opportunity to...
[PA Law Practice Management] A Proactive Marketing Strategy
I have long espoused that major clients should each receive a free on-site half or full day visit each year by their relationship partner. The purpose is to gather strategic intelligence which will enable you to better anticipate their needs, understand their concerns, examine their risks and opportunities, and generally just learn more about how their business operates. While at first it seems to be a money-losing proposition, those who have taken this approach have quickly discovered it is...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Great CLE in The Big Easy
Later this week I'll be heading south to New Orleans for the Louisiana Bar's 4th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Here's the schedule of programming. I think it is beneficial for small firm lawyers to review schedules for these...