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] Information Security Threat: Social Engineering and the Human Element
This is the second of four articles brought to you by an information security attorney aimed to help corporate counsel understand threats, mitigation, and legal nuances relating to information security. Read the first article on what inside counsel needs to know about information security. When we think of information security breaches, technology is often the source we blame. However, some of the largest and most damaging security breaches in the world haven’t been so successful based solely...
[PA Law Practice Management] Why You Need a Real Lawyer -4
  Beware!!  Before you replace a lawyer with an internet-based “legal service” provider, consider that the results can be disastrous. What they do is provide quick forms for legal needs.  They advertise their availability on television.  They provide forms for business formation, wills, divorce, Powers of Attorney, estate plans, and more.  In the story related below, the forms were for franchises. No doubt you’ve heard or read that Bar Associations in most states have...
[Law Technology Today] Business of Legal: Return on Investment
In the last two articles, we explored some of the metrics important for attorneys to measure success using key performance indicators. Cost of customer acquisition and lifetime customer value are two of the key performance indicators (KPIs) that were examined previously. Our focus has first been on business development or marketing KPIs because the financial or firm operational KPIs have been covered extensively by other authors. However, now we are going to examine the overall return on...
[PA Law Practice Management] How Quickly Do You Follow Up on Prospect Calls?
Time is of the essence when you are contacted by a prospective client. How can you improve your response time to the prospect?  Law firm marketing guru Stephen Fairley recently wrote A study on the lifespan of sales leads conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that leads contacted within one hour are 7 times more likely to be converted than if the contact was two hours later – and 60 times more likely to be converted than if the contact was 24 hours later. He offers valuable...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Family Leave for Solos and Small Firm Lawyers
How do solos and small firm lawyers plan for extended leave when a new member is about to join the family?  It can be hard enough to take a vacation! Fortunately, there are some answers and good resources to draw … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] 20 Red Flags of Bad Cheque Fraud You Should Recognize
Lawyers in all areas of practice continue to be the frequent targets of bad cheque scams. These scams involve debt collections, business loans, IP licensing disputes or spousal support payments. While it appears Ontario lawyers are increasingly aware of these frauds, occasionally some are being duped into disbursing funds on a bad cheque they have deposited in their trust accounts. Don’t be complacent and think you will never be fooled. These frauds are getting ever more sophisticated. The...
[Law Technology Today] Keep Your Audience Engaged with Apple’s Keynote for Presentations
Whether you make presentations in the courtroom, to educate other attorneys, or to cultivate new business, you need the right tool to prepare and deliver your presentations. Previously, I’ve written about SlideShark, a mobile presentation app which I’ve used for presenting PowerPoints with mobile devices. It worked so well, I even upgraded to the premium version to increase my storage space. While the premium version does provide limited editing functionality, SlideShark is not for building...
[Avoid a Claim] Dealing with Stress
The nature of our work is stressful. We deal with demanding clients and tough opposing counsel. Our expectations of what goes into a good day can be so low that an experienced lawyer once told me “it’s a good day at discoveries when everyone is cordial”. In any other field of work that would be the bare minimum. We all know a colleague or friend that has crumbled under the pressure of  the practice. They may turn to alcohol or other harmful outlets. They lose sight of their...
[Law Practice Advisor] Block Letters: Time Management for Lawyers, Part 4: Systemic Solutions
View image | gettyimages.com   This is the fourth of six installments in our series on time management. To recap: part 1 covered basic solutions, part 2 email management approaches and part 3 technology tools. Now, we come to part 4: systemic solutions. To that end, I mean ‘systemic’ in both senses of the word; it is ‘of or relating to a system’, and should be pervasive, i.e.–when you choose a system, or combination of systems, it should permeate everything you do, the entirety of...
[PA Law Practice Management] Job Opening – Associate Attorney
Cipriani & Werner PC is a regional law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware. They are currently searching for a full time associate attorney with 4-6 years of litigation experience to work in their Blue Bell, PA office. Strongest candidates will have extensive experience defending clients through all phases of the litigation process.  Experience taking depositions is a must. The firm offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, life and...