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 Matters] Ethics of Cloud Computing in NC - Take 2
    On April 21, 2011, the Ethics Committee of the North Carolina State Bar revised its previous proposed opinion on cloud computing (2010 FEO 7) and reissued it as Proposed 2011 Formal Ethics Opinion 6, Subscribing to Software as a Service While Fulfilling the Duties of Confidentiality and Preservation of Client Property.  If you practice law in North Carolina, you need to look at this opinion now. In general, the Ethics Committee did a good job of walking a center line between...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] ioSafe Portable is Here…
♬ Because it keeps on working …♬ Lyrics and Music by Peter Kingsbery, recorded by Cock Robin. ioSafe Portable Hard Drive I have been a big fan of the ioSafe line of disaster proof external hard drives for some time now (back in October I wrote about the ioSafe Solo Pro hardened hard drive). I use a 1.5 terabyte SoloPro to back up my MacBook (using TimeMachine) regularly. I even replaced the internal hard drive using the SoloPro/TimeMachine back up and the data transferred perfectly...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] MSBA Trust Accounting Guides for Mainstream Accounting Software Products
In an April 18, 2011 post on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Practice Blawg, it was announced that the MSBA trust accounting guides are now available to non-MSBA members. In the past these guides were behind a members-only wall. These guides help lawyers work with trust accounts in the several commercially available mainstream accounting programs. There are 5 guides including: Keeping Client Trust Accounts with GnuCash 2.2.4 Keeping Records for Client Trust Accounts Using Microsoft...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Supercharge Your Law Practice
During my almost fourteen years with the Oklahoma Bar Association as the practice management advisor, I have planned or helped to plan quite a few CLE programs, including our OBA Solo and Small Firm Conference. (This year's Solo & Small...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Business Essentials
Your business plan serves as a roadmap for the future. It describes your reason for going into business, why you are entering into (or continuing) a particular type of practice, your projected income and expenses, how you will market yourself and how your business will be structured. It requires research, organization and reflection. However, it [...]
[Law Practice Matters] How Profitable Is Your Law Firm?
     If I had a nickel for every law firm that has called me in the last six months wanting to discuss law firm profitability, I'd have... well, I don't know what I'd have but it would be at least several nickels.  Law firm profitability is a topic near and dear to the hearts of to most lawyers in private practice. Whether you think of practicing law as a privilige, a profession, a calling or just a job, it's nice to be paid for your efforts and to know you are not wasting...
[The Last Word] Microsoft Office Got You Stumped?
If you are struggling with upgrading to Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010, or struggling with Office 2003 because you still haven’t learned how to use all of its features yet, you’ll be excited to learn about a blog I just became aware of today. It’s Legal Office Guru. Written by Mobile-based freelance marketing copywriter and [...]
[SC Small Firm] Choosing Software
“It’s what my friend who practices law uses.” That sounds like an innocuous sentence. And it can be, if it’s in reference to a credit card, or a copier. But if it’s the basis for purchasing case management or other law office software, it sets my teeth on edge. Why? Because you’re admitting that you really don’t know what to buy and you haven’t bothered to research it further. Take a step back and think: how similar am I to that lawyer? Do we have the same level of tech expertise? Do we...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Customer Service Is Not a Marketing Strategy
♫ We have the right combination, we got everything. And to strike faster than lightning, we raise what we bring. We have the right combination, .. Give it all! Give it all! Give it all! Give it all! Do it! Do it! All right! ♫ Lyrics, music and recorded by The Go! Team. This is another guest post by Drago Adam (drago@AdamAdGroup.com). This one really struck a nerve with me since lawyers have to try to define value by delivering the intangible. This post on how to make your strategic...
[Law Practice Advisor] A Once-In-A-Hundred-Years Event (Literally): The MBA's Centennial Conference
This looks like a pretty big deal to me: The MBA’s Centennial Conference. It can only happen once every century; the name says so. So, clear your calendar, as best you can, for Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th, on which dates you will want to get in on the action that decades and decades of serving the public, the profession, and the rule of law has led up to, and that will go down at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. As you may have predicted, the conference will feature CLE tracks, three...