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] First Timer’s Review of the Clio Cloud Conference
I mentioned in a previous post that Clio is the software I use to manage my solo practice. This year (for the first time) I attended the second annual Clio Cloud Conference, lovingly nicknamed and tagged #ClioCloud9. It was held in Chicago at the Radisson Blu Hotel downtown. When I first heard about this Clio Cloud Conference, I didn’t know what the heck it was all about. I mean, Clio has some of the best customer support over the phone that I have ever experienced, so why would I fly to...
[Law Practice Advisor] Closing a Small Law Practice – The Short List
Credit: F Delventhal, Flickr.com Whether you are changing careers, retiring, or merging with another firm, there are many reasons why you might need to close up your law office.  Even if you don’t have plans to do so any time soon, it is prudent to prepare a succession plan for when the time comes (particularly if due to unforeseen circumstances) to make the process as seamless as possible.  With a plan in place, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it within the confines of...
[Avoid a Claim] Cultural competence: An essential skill in an increasingly diverse world
With each passing day, the legal profession becomes ever more diverse. That diversity brings challenges and opportunities. LAWPRO turned to diversity specialist Ritu Bhasin, Founder and President of bhasin consulting inc., for practical advice about the steps that lawyers and firms can take to welcome lawyers regardless of their personal and cultural identity characteristics, and to foster productive and creative collaboration. What is cultural competence? Bhasin defines cultural competence as...
[Law Technology Today] Quick Hits Friday: Reviews! Reviews!
In between the three steps to producing powerful passwords and how to predict and set fees, we’ve had some app and product reviews you might have missed. Abacus Private Cloud James A. Farr, a solo lawyer in Alaska dealing primary with criminal and traffic ticket defense, takes us through his switch to Abacus Private Cloud. What’s interesting about his story is that he tried to hack together a system himself, starting with a business laptop he bought before progressing to servers and...
[Law Technology Today] In Brief: Android 5.0 Lollipop
Remember the song by the Chordettes, “Lollipop” and its simple phrase: “Lollipop, lollipop oh lolli lolli lolli lollipop lollipop”? Try not humming that to yourself the rest of the day! Android 5.0, or Lollipop, is Google’s updated Android OS that runs various smartphone and mobile devices made by the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola, to name a few. ReadWrite calls Lollipop Android’s transformation from “glitchy experiment to mature commercial...
[Avoid a Claim] Title insurance policies are like a box of chocolates – No two policies are the same
“The lawyer should be knowledgeable about title insurance and discuss with the client the advantages, conditions, and limitations of the various options and coverages generally available to the client through title insurance,” states Rule 2.02(10) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. This obligation was brought home in a recent malpractice case where the lawyer did not properly address the protection title insurance would afford the client and did not fully investigate the issue at hand. In...
[Law Technology Today] Kennedy-Mighell Talk Online Tools for Learning Things Quickly
Because lawyers often need to get up to speed on a topic quickly, most find that they can learn almost anything on the Internet, provided they can find the appropriate tools and resources. In the short term, lawyers often need to do quick research for a speech, webinar, or to talk to a specialist about a subject. More lasting knowledge is needed for specific case and client knowledge, starting a new position or job, or learning about new technology. With all of the online resources available,...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Lawyers and Pricing – Part 5
♫ I want you Do you want me too? I have one question Can I help you? Now watch me, what I do Now thank you for coming through my drive-thru..♫ Lyrics and Music by: Julian Casablancas, Santi White, Pharrell Williams, recorded by Julian Casablancas, Santigold, and Pharrell Williams. In the four prior posts in this series, we look at how price is just one of seven components of the legal marketing mix. Part 2 discussed the product mix – and how changing your product mix may result in a...
[Law Practice Tips Blog] Alternative Billing Comes to Main Street
I was very pleased to have been interviewed for the cover story of the October 2014 Illinois Bar Journal titled Alternative Billing Comes to Main Street. It is available online. Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group in Chicago, the author...
[Avoid a Claim] Does your firm have a social media policy?
So your firm has one or more social media accounts they use to deliver its message. But do you have a social media policy for your employees to use? In this day and age, many of your employees have personal (Facebook) and professional (LinkedIn) accounts that may be effectively associated with the firm, based on the employee’s sharing of information. It’s best to have a general guideline to help the lawyers and staff at your firm know the risks and to guide them through how their online...