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 Tips Blog] Thinking About Tomorrow
I've spend a lot of time thinking about tomorrow-the legal profession's tomorrow. This week at the Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting, I get to spend several hour teaching and learning at a CLE program I organized called Tools for Tomorrow's...
[Law Technology Today] How Layoffs are an Affront to Process Improvement
Unfortunately, but sometimes warranted — process improvement and people or entities associated with it often come with a negative perception. Thoughts of “downsizing” or “rightsizing” often come quickly to mind when a company starts down the path of process improvement. Two well-known companies are closely associated with process improvement, Toyota and Motorola. From Toyota, we can particularly learn that process improvement does not (and perhaps should not) mean...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Lest We Forget
♫ It seems a long, long time ago A young man far away from home Friends made and lost along the way Some memories will stay Those who died – those who live, you will not forget If this year’s your last year – we will not forget…♫ Lyrics and music by Michael Reynolds, recorded by Felicia Urquhart.   This is a guest post from Chris Green of Greenway Legal Centre in Langley, BC.  I have been a fan of Chris’ email newsletter for some time but this post truly struck home for me...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] "Hire Slow, Fire Fast" or "Hire Smarter, Fire Less"?
“Hire Slow, Fire Fast” is an often-used phrase when it comes to hiring new staff. Like many clichés there is a lot of truth in this phrase. In my Practice Management Advice column for the new Law Practice Magazine, I...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Word to WordPerfect Conversion: How to Strip Formatting
If you’re a Corel WordPerfect aficionado, chances are you’ve been frustrated by the “hidden” codes in Microsoft Word documents. While there are various ways to see Word’s “hidden” formatting, sometimes it’s just easier to strip the formatting out.  Here’s how: … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] What Keeps Family Law Lawyers Up at Night? Self-Represented Parties
Like many areas of practice, family law is going through a period of change. Both clients and their lawyers are questioning traditional modes of practice. Economic woes both cause legal problems, and leave clients with limited resources with which to resolve them. Stress – for both families in crisis and for their lawyers – is a constant reality. Still, within this challenging climate, family lawyers are expected to work diligently and professionally in the service of their clients’ interests....
[Law Technology Today] Changing the Default Save Location in Outlook
You can change the default location where you save emails so you don’t waste time navigating to the desired location each time you save an email.  Unfortunately, this is not an option in your Outlook settings.  You will need to do this by editing your Registry. Always be extra careful and pay attention to detail when editing your Registry. Hit Windows key + R (run) and enter “regedit” and then OK. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Office > 15.0 (or your...
[Law Practice Advisor] Buy Your Ticket to the WBA’s Gala TODAY!
If you weren’t already on Excitement Level Ten because today is FRIDAY, this should do the trick: Consider yourself invited to join the WBA at the 2014 Gala! The Gala will be held on November 18th, at The Marriott Copley Place. The Cocktail Reception, Hors d’oeuvres, and Vendor Exhibits will kick off at 5pm. The Awards Presentation, Culinary Fare, and Networking start at 6:30pm. This year, they will be honoring Pamela E. Berman of Bowditch & Dewey and Monica Halas of Greater...
[Avoid a Claim] Ransomware warning for law firms from North Carolina insurance company
Lawyer’s Mutual of North Carolina has posted the following warning about law firms being targeted in “ransomware” scams. We’ve seen firms in Ontario fall victim to this type of cyber attack. You can read more about ransomware and other kinds of malware in this previous post. Put Your Hands in the Air and Give Me Your Bitcoin A few North Carolina law firms have become victims of the latest cyber threat – ransomware. You’ve heard of malware which is software...
[Law Technology Today] 10 Steps to Ensure Data Security at Your Law Firm
Less than a year ago, the only entities that seemed concerned with data security were large corporations and health care organizations. With reports of security breaches making headline news on a weekly basis, data security has become top-of-mind for every business – and for every person who carries and uses a credit card. The threat of a data breach attack is a risk for law firms, too. The threat is reason enough to enact more stringent security policies, but there is another compelling reason...