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 Technology Today] Capturing Webpages as Evidence
Attorneys looking to capture and admit online content must consider the ephemeral nature of the Internet and the authentication challenges specific to web-based content. Explore the different approaches courts have used to evaluate the admissibility of online evidence.   Gain insight on: Admissibility risks with capturing online evidence Ways to authenticate webpage evidence under the Federal Rules of Evidence Pros and cons with different methods to capture online content Best practices...
[Law Technology Today] Ethical Pitfalls in Social Media Research, Discovery, and Communications
The New York City and State Bars,30 the Philadelphia Bar31 and the San Diego County Bar32 Associations have provided a number of relevant Discovery of Social Media guidance opinions surrounding issues related to performing research using social media. General Research First, it is perfectly acceptable to search and access social media sites that are freely accessible. The New York Guidance Opinion states, “[an attorney] may access the public pages of another party’s social networking website (...
[PA Law Practice Management] Increasing Emotional Intelligence
The concept of emotional intelligence — EQ — hit my radar screen about 25 – 30 years ago while attending a seminar presentation by Dr. Larry Richard, who at the time was a consultant with Altman Weil.  He is now with LawyerBrain, a consulting practice which helps law firms tackle their most important people issues related to leadership, motivation, talent management, and  managing change. Back then, the concept of emotional intelligence was not on the radar screen of law firms...
[Avoid a Claim] New practicePRO resource: The litigation malpractice claims fact sheet
Created to coincide with the release of our Rule 48.14 Transition Toolkit, the litigation claims fact sheet is the latest in practicePRO’s series of fact sheets. They includes quick claims facts, the main causes of claims against lawyers, hot topics in the particular areas of law, tips for avoiding claims and links to practicePRO resources. The sheets can also be used as program inserts in their own right. The other fact sheets released so far are for criminal law, wills & estates...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Eden West and Dredging & Marine Equipment
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Eden West of Dredging & Marine Equipment looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our...
[Law Technology Today] Why Law Firm Websites Need Structured Search Engines
Have you ever typed a phrase into Google only to end up with wildly unrelated results? For example, searching for “plot of 1984” yields a line graph showing that y =1,984. That probably doesn’t help students who are looking for a synopsis of their summer reading. If you’ve experienced something like this, you know how frustrating it can be. But if it happens when clients use the search bar on your firm’s website, it’s more than an inconvenience—it could actually hurt your business. Why Your...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Ontario Lawyers: Rule 48 Transition Toolkit Helps You Avoid Administrative Dismissal Claims
Effective January 1, 2015, a new Rule 48.14 brought significant changes to the administrative dismissal regime in Ontario. After several hundred claims and almost $10 million in claims costs in three and a half years, LAWPRO is happy to see old Rules 48.14 and 48.15 revoked. While the new rule may help stem the tide of claims, the changed deadlines, processes and transition provisions introduce new claims risks that may trap the unwary lawyer. LAWPRO encourages all lawyers to familiarize...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Windows 10 Upgrade -- Should I do it now or later?
NOTE: A group asked me to give them some comments on whether to upgrade to Windows 10 now or later. I did some research and and provided them a short paper with some links included. Word got out and I...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: iPad in One Hour for Litigators, 2nd edition
iPads have changed the way lawyers present their cases in the courtroom, at mediation, and beyond. But tablet technology changes quickly. What was cutting-edge just months ago could now be outdated enough to damage your case. This updated and revised edition of bestselling ABA author and iPad expert Tom Mighell’s iPad in One Hour for Litigators will help you stay informed on the latest hardware and apps that will ensure your iPad is a powerful legal tool. The book will show you how to:...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Windows 10 – Must-Change Default Settings
In my last post I discussed specifications and compatibility issues relating to Windows 10.  This week the focus is default settings.  Before you click away, consider the following: During installation, “express settings” permits Microsoft to collect data about you By default, … Continue reading →