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 Advisor] LOMAP Introduces LinkedIn Page
In our continued quest to be on social media, in what has become an undisclosed plot for world domination . . . (. . . Damnit! Forget you read that last part, okay.) We are introducing our LinkedIn page. We feel as though it would be hypocritical to state often, and often at great length, our belief in the usefulness of social media for marketing your law practice, and then not to be on social media ourselves. First, it was Facebook. Now, it’s LinkedIn. Maybe next, it’s Zoosk. I don’t know. I...
[Avoid a Claim] Transcript of amazing lawyer/fraudster email conversation
In an earlier post we alerted lawyers to a collaborative law agreement fraud involving the purported Rika Takahashi (or Rita Takahashi). You should not under estimate how persistent and convincing these frauds are. A California lawyer has sent us a copy of a long series of back and forth emails which culminated in a fraudulent cheque (this was confirmed by the bank) for $189,600 being mailed and bank deposit instructions sent to the lawyer. The firm was also called several times from a...
[Law Practice Matters] An MBA for $20?
One of my long-standing gripes with law school education is that it dumps an enormous percentage of graduates into private practice without, in most cases, providing even a cursory attempt at educating them in the business skills they'll need to succeed in private practice. Today I came across this book, courtesy of John Jantsch at Duct Tape Marketing. I haven't had the opportunity to read it yet but it is now added to my ridiculously long reading list (which would not be quite so long if I...
[PMATips] Battle of the Smartphones: iPhone v. Android – 04/05/11
 If you find yourself weighing the differences between the iPhone and an Android phone, as you shop for your first smart phone or a replacement, this webcast may help you make that decision. The discussion on the Legal Talk Network Lawyer2Lawyer program provides an animated discussion by attorneys whose points of view were developed through their use of the phones. Attorneys and co-hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams invited Attorney Richard M. Georges, blogger for FutureLawyer and...

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[The Last Word] Need Practice “Essentials?” Catch Them This Friday!
The Alabama MCLE rules now allow you to earn CLE credit by watching a live seminar offsite in real time, using your computer. And CLE Alabama has a great one, titled “The Essentials,” coming up this Friday, April 8th, if you’d like to try it out. The seminar, which will take place at the Winfrey [...]
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Reinvention Has Never Been Easier
♫Cause there’s something inside of me I left behind And there’s something inside of me I just, I just got to find It’s reinvention re-i-n-v-e-n-t-i-o-n (I’ll say it again) It’s reinvention re-i-n-v-e-n-t-i-o-n …♫ Music and lyrics by: Hazel O`Connor – A. Karner. I have been a bit wrapped up lately in getting ready for presentations at ABA TECHSHOW and the Ethics 20/20 – Globalization, Technology and Transforming the Practice of Law...
[Avoid a Claim] Significant increase in bad cheque frauds targeting North American lawyers
LAWPRO has seen a significant increase in bad cheque frauds targeting lawyers all over North American over the last two months, and over the last week several new names are being used on the ongoing collaborative agreement frauds. We are also seeing more activity in the last few weeks on frauds involving a real estate purchase deposit and a settlement of an employment related personal injury claim. Over the last few months several hundred lawyers from across North American have reported...
[Law Practice Matters] Talking to Law Students About Starting a Law Firm
  I am getting ready for a presentation I am doing today at the Wake Forest School of Law. I'll be talking to a group of law students (I presume mostly 3L's, but I won't know until tomorrow) about starting a law firm. My talk leads with the topic of "Plan B: the virtue of jumping in with both feet." I meet a lot of lawyers who are starting a law practice out of a dearth options. They don't really want to start law firms, but they can't find legal jobs and aren't ready to look for...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Spring Cleaning for Office Systems
When is the last time you did a thorough review of your office systems? Two years ago? Five years ago? Never?!!! Office systems should be audited annually or in conjunction with significant changes in your practice. Thorough audits evaluate the following: Calendaring Docketing File Tickling Time and Workflow Management Case and Client Screening File Management Conflicts [...]
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Enjoying Wordle