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] Gadgets and Gizmos of the Year – Technolawyer NewsWire’s Top Products of 2014
The year 2014 brought us major products like Apple’s iPhone 6 and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, but what about legal-specific products? Well, fortunately, Neil Squillante of TechnoLawyer (TL) has that covered. Published by Squillante and staff, TechnoLawyer is a premier publication for lawyers interested in learning about and incorporating technology in their practices. TL offers a variety of free newsletters, a blog, and paid subscription options, including a massive article repository....
[Avoid a Claim] Avoiding ‘Inadequate Investigation’ Claims in Plaintiff Litigation
Back in 1998, “inadequate discovery of fact or inadequate investigation” was the fifth most common cause of a claim when we looked at the top five reasons a claim was made against a lawyer. Since then the claims cause of “inadequate investigation” has climbed steadily upwards to the number one spot: By 2014, this category of errors had more than doubled in frequency. Moreover, claims resulting from inadequate investigation or discovery of facts also increased proportionately in terms of all...
[Law Technology Today] Law Practice Magazine, Law Practice Today 2014 Retrospective
The ABA Law Practice Division, under which this blog falls, also runs two flagship publications: Law Practice Today and Law Practice Magazine. We reached out to the editors, and asked them to pick through their 2014 archives for the most thought-provoking or otherwise interesting pieces. Here’s what you might have missed from Law Practice Magazine, and Law Practice Today. Law Practice Magazine “The 21st-Century T-Shaped Lawyer” R. Amani Smathers describes the T-Shaped lawyer ...
[Avoid a Claim] British Columbia law firm’s computer network hacked by cyber-extortionist
The Law Society of BC issued a warning to its members to be vigilant about their firm’s cyber security after a BC firm’s files were held captive by a hacker who encrypted them and tried to extort payment in return for restoring access: …the firm found that its computer system was hacked and paralyzed by a computer virus known as the Cryptowall Virus when the staff showed up for work on Monday, December 29, 2014. Notices appeared on some of the firm’s computer monitors stating...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Adapt to New Technologies
♫ Oh won’t you show me the way, every day I want you to show me the way…♫  Lyrics, music and recorded by Peter Frampton. The CBA’s Practising Ethically with Technology guidelines, published by the CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, has identified five areas where lawyers most often face ethical issues using technology. These are: Confidentiality Security Marketing Providing services electronically, and Accessibility There is a lot of information poured...
[Avoid a Claim] Avoiding ‘Inadequate Investigation’ Claims in Real Estate
Back in 1998, “inadequate discovery of fact or inadequate investigation” was the fifth most common cause of a claim when we looked at the top five reasons a claim was made against a lawyer. Since then the claims cause of “inadequate investigation” has climbed steadily upwards to the number one spot: By 2014, this category of errors had more than doubled in frequency. Moreover, claims resulting from inadequate investigation or discovery of facts also increased proportionately in terms of all...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Kioshi Nakahara and Wu Lee Steel Co. Ltd
Firms in Michigan, Washington state and California notified us that they received an email from the purported Kioshi Nakahara of Wu Lee Steel Co. Ltd looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This is a classic 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 debtor (who is part of the fraud...
[Law Technology Today] Microsoft Surface Pro 3: The Tablet That Really Can Replace a Laptop
The ads popped up often during the holidays, even set to music like “Winter Wonderland.” You’re forgiven if you thought the Microsoft Pro 3 should be compared to an iPad rather than a MacBook (we were, initially, equally confused). The Surface Pro 3, however, is the tablet that can replace the laptop. The Digital Edge host, Sharon Nelson, purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 recently and has put it through the test of whether this tablet can actually replace the laptop she uses...
[Law Technology Today] Choosing and Setting Up a Domain Name
A domain name is the address you type in a web browser to get to a specific website. The problem at this point is that many of the good domain names are taken; you might have to use some creativity to find one that works for you. There are several steps that go into choosing and checking a domain name before you begin to use it as the brand for your website. Picking a Good Domain Name A good domain name is extremely important. You should choose a domain name that is part of the overall branding...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Dale Farley
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Dale Farley looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is a classic 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 debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an...