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

[Oregon Law Practice Management] Oregon Adopts Social Media Jury Instruction
Last year I blogged about a new jury admonition adopted by Ohio on the use of social media. With today’s release of the 2010 Supplement to the Uniform Civil Jury Instructions (UCJI), Oregon is the latest jurisdiction to explicitly address this issue. Due to copyright privileges, I am not able to reproduce the new language here, [...]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Perils of Privilege and Client Email
“The e-mails sent via company computer under the circumstances of this case were akin to consulting her lawyer in her employer’s conference room, in a loud voice, with the door open, so that any reasonable person would expect that their discussion of her complaints about her employer would be overheard by him,” the court said. [...]
[PA Law Practice Management] Beware the Kama Sutra PowerPoint Presentation
I’m a long-time reader of Woody’s Office Watch. Over the years I’ve gotten many tips and tricks on how to do — or undo – things in Microsoft products. More importantly, I have always gotten the straight scoop about Microsoft products, the good, the bad, and on occasion the unbelievably ugly. Woody’s is one of the sources I trust to help me determine when a new version of Microsoft software is relatively stable enough for my clients to install. A recent post...
[Avoid a Claim] New on the practicePRO Lending Library shelf: Social Media for Lawyers
One of the new additions to the practicePRO Lending Library is Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier by Carolyn Elefant and Nicole Black. This book addresses the legal marketing challenges and opportunities facing lawyers in the new world of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It aims to offer a practical approach to using social media in a law practice and will help lawyers decide what programs are a good fit for them, and how they can be used effectively and ethically. It contains...
[PMATips] Positive Turn Offs – 01/25/11
Turn off the alerts on your cell phone, stay focused on your work and then focus on your e-mail. Turn off the e-mail pop-up notifications on your computer, schedule specific times to check your e-mail. Turn off I’ll do that tomorrow, do it now. Tomorrow might be the filing deadline. Turn off negativity, lead with a smile. Regardless of your role in the office, make yourself the force for change. Turn off your fear of change, look for innovative ways to increase productivity, decrease stress and...

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[PA Law Practice Management] Improving Computing Security with Stronger Passwords
By all accounts, a PC is lost or stolen every 12 seconds. Most contain confidential or sensitive information. But PCs aren’t the only devices which can contain confidential information. Virtually all mobile devices and removable media can expose the typical law firm to embarrassment and even serious ethical breaches if they fall into the wrong hands. Flash drives, also known as thumb drives, present big exposures. And alas, all these web sites on which we’ve registered with a logon and...
[The Last Word] Friday Reading: Time for a New Computer?
Lately I’ve had several people tell me that they are in the market for new computers and ask me to recommend something. I’m not an IT expert and computer specifications change so quickly now that I always sidestep the question and, instead, try to get the person focused on their own specific computing needs. Do [...]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Using Quicken 2011 for Trust Accounting
Years ago my friend and colleague Dee Crocker developed instructions for using Quicken for lawyer trust accounting. Granted, Quicken is not a full-fledged accounting program – no dispute there – but it is often the only affordable solution for lawyers opening a new practice. Recently I updated our detailed instructions for setting up a trust account in Quicken 2011. [...]
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Good Risk Management: Use An “I Am Not Your Lawyer” Letter
On occasion you will meet with people who are connected with a matter but not otherwise your client. For example, where you have met with several people during the creation of a business and will end up acting for the business but not for one or more of the individuals. Or, where you meet with the children of an elderly couple in the course of doing estate planning work. In these cases an “I am not your lawyer” letter can serve to make it crystal clear for which individuals you are and are not...
[PA Law Practice Management] 7 Free Apps to Turn Your iPad Into a Useful Writing Tool
The iPad isn’t a replacement for a laptop computer. But there are more apps becoming available on what seems a daily basis designed to increase the business uses of your iPad. And many are free. Take a moment to read the post entitled ”7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects” which appeared on the blog. ========== To return to the main page of the blog, click here. To return to the blog Index, click here.