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] 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...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Six Steps to More Powerful Conversations
♫ I feel connected (connected), protected (protected), it’s like you’re standing right with me all the time. You hear me (you hear me), you’re near me (you’re near me), and everything else is gonna be alright…♫ Music and lyrics by: Amy Powers, Guy Roche, recorded by: Katharine McPhee.   This is another “Leadership Moments” guest post by Beth Flynn of the Ohio Leadership Center. This particular post is taken from A. Christiansen (2010): The...
[The Last Word] Polish Up Client Relationships
Generally we lawyers long to ask our clients “How am I doing?” But often we dread hearing the answer. If your client base isn’t improving, or at least holding steady, I’d say you’ve already got your answer. So what can you do to change things? It’s time you sought feedback on your work from those [...]
[ABA Site-tation] Hiring a Help Desk
Body: Even the most tech-savvy attorney may find that his or her time is better spent serving clients than updating software or troubleshooting PC error messages. Once considered a big firm alternative, hiring your own help desk is increasingly feasible and affordable for firms of all sizes. System backup and restoration is critical, but access to day-to-day support for your law office technology and network systems is a necessary evil. While many "geek squad" support specialists are...
[The Last Word] Are You Going to Wear That?
With this gentle chide many wives signal to their husbands that they ought to select something different to wear. Unfortunately, right now many students at the University of Alabama School of Law don’t have much of a choice when it comes to a change of wardrobe. Many law students, and some business students, too, lost [...]