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

[The Last Word] Sign up, Plan a Vacation, and Win an iPad2!
The Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting & Legal Expo 2011 (July 13-16) is approaching, and on-line registration is now open. Those who sign up online by Friday, April 29th at 6:00 p.m. will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad2 at the Grand Convocation. You must be present to win, and there are [...]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] How to Interview a Legal Assistant
A few weeks ago, a firm asked me for guidance on interviewing. They were seeking to fill a ”Receptionist/Legal Assistant” position. I was a little perplexed at this particular combination, but shared one of my first blog posts: How to Hire a Receptionist for Your Law Firm. I then directed the firm to these sites: 14 Killer [...]
[Avoid a Claim] Litigation Claims: Errors and Insights
Civil litigation accounts for more legal malpractice claims in Ontario than any other area of law. It is also responsible for the second highest percentage of claims costs, after real estate. From 2000 to 2010, litigation-related claims accounted, on average, for 34 per cent of LAWPRO’s claims count (650 claims per year), and 28 per cent of our claims costs ($17.4 million per year). On average, resolving a litigation claim cost LAWPRO $38,000 over that period. While the annual number of...
[Law Practice Advisor] Local Yoke III: Be Present in Your Community
This week's Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP. This week's Tip, the last in a three-part series on local marketing tactics, offers some thoughts on marketing your practice where you live and/or work. Read the Tip here.
[Avoid a Claim] Business Financial Dispsute Scam by Shi Quen/Shi Yu of Luthai Textile Co. Ltd
In the first three weeks of April several Ontario lawyers have reported receiving an email seeking help on a financial dispute from the purported Shi Quen who claims to be the Chief Financial Officer of Luthai Textile Co. Ltd. Both initial contact emails are very short and are reproduced here: From: Luthai Textile – luthaitextile@sbcglobal.net Subject: Legal Representative Needed LUTHAI TEXTILE CO. LTD. G/F, 24 Poplar Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Attention Counsel: I...
[The Last Word] In Search of the (Legal Technology) Holy Grail at ABA TECHSHOW
Last week I attended the ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, where I made two presentations. TECHSHOW celebrated it’s 25th anniversary this year, and Paul Unger and his planning board put on a great show, with some very interesting CLE sessions as well as a lively reception including a fun look back at past conferences. There was [...]
[Reid My Blog] ABA Journal: A Recap of ABA TECHSHOW 2011
The ABA Journal did a fine job of covering some of the over 60 education sessions at ABA TECHSHOW last week. In case you missed them, take a look at these brief stories that offer some of the wisdom of the thought leaders at the conference:  The Future of Law Practice: Is It What You Think? Lawyers Who Ignore Social Media Equal to Cavemen Who Refuse to Hunt, Techshow Duo Says Regulators Ignoring Internet's Real Effects, Lessig Says, and Free Exchange Suffers In a Google World, Lots of...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Lawyers and Their iPads
(UPDATE: After my original post, I received this tweet from Shawnee, Oklahoma lawyer Edward Terry, "Used my iPad in an all-day custody trial for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I love it." I also learned of another...
[SC Small Firm] Time Management
Do you jump from one task to the next without ever finishing? You may want to try the Pomodoro Technique of getting work done. To begin, you’ll need a kitchen timer, a list of tasks and a pencil. Choose a task to be accomplished and set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer). Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your task list. Take a five minute break and begin a new task with the timer running. Every 4 “Pomodoros” take a longer...
[Law Practice Matters] How to Avoid Charging Clearly Excessive Fees
Here's an article I wrote for the most recent newsletter of the NCBA Law Practice Management Section: When the topic of alternative fee arrangements comes up – and it comes up a lot these days – I hear one question more than any other: “if I do flat fees, what is a clearly excessive fee?”Over the past few years, the use of alternative fee arrangements has picked up a lot of steam. In a time of increased competition in the legal marketplace, decreased corporate legal...