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

[Oregon Law Practice Management] The Clock is Ticking! October is the Time to Report Unclaimed Funds
Are you holding unclaimed or abandoned client funds in your trust account?  If the answer is yes, October is the month to pay the funds over to the bar and send the paperwork to the Department of State Lands.  Consider … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Kennedy-Mighell Dissect iOS 8, Apple Pay and Apple Watch
A quick and dirty summary of Apple iOS 8 is here, and in this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell dissect the usefulness of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the other, often overlooked Android-based phones that have been on the market. There is an argument to be made that Apple steals its features from Android. Other vendors have also announced new editions of their phones, as well as some interesting new gadgets. With new options like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus...
[Law Practice Advisor] Be That Boss: Get Together for Better Meetings
#104821108 / gettyimages.com With apologies to Jan Glassman of Daily General Counsel, for this partial conversion of the title for her excellent #DontBeThatBoss series, my intention this week is to write about methods for improving law firm staff morale via the execution of effective and regular meetings. Effective communication from supervisors is essential to the maintenance of a standard of workflow. Most managing attorneys are very busy, and wish for communication to move from below to...

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[Avoid a Claim] Changes to LAWPRO’s Risk Management Credit program
Convocation’s approval of the 2015 LAWPRO insurance program on September 25 has brought two changes to LAWPRO’s Risk Management Credit (RMC) program that will affect the 2016 premium credit. These are summarized as follows: 1. Paralegal licensees who work in partnership with lawyers are now eligible, as of September 16, 2014, to earn the Risk Management Credit for attending approved Continuing Professional Development programs. Please note, this is not all paralegals, it is just the...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Oregon eCourt: eFiling UTCRs Amended
On September 29, 2014, the following Uniform Trial Court Rules (UTCRs) were amended out-of-cycle pursuant to Chief Justice Order 14-049: UTCR 21.040, 21.050, 21.70, 21.080, 21.090, 21.100, and 21.120.  The changes are summarized below: UTCR 21.040(2) Simplifying the rules for … Continue reading →
[Avoid a Claim] Paths to Success: ‘Seeing Beyond Challenges With Discipline, Honesty, Honour & Courage’
“Diversity” describes the characteristics of a group. When we examine how diversity influences the profession as a whole, it’s easy to lose sight of the experience of being an individual lawyer, with specific identity characteristics, practising law in Ontario. While cultural sensitivity benefits all lawyers, what is it like to practice law when, at least with respect to some aspect of your identity, you are in the minority? We posed that question to the four lawyers profiled...
[Law Technology Today] Joseph Morin Explains Bestlaw
I’m getting acclimated to getting pitched. Most of the time, the pitches are press releases that follow the conventional template. Joseph Morin didn’t send the conventional template. Instead, he sent a short email about Bestlaw,  stating he’s a 3L at the UC Berkeley School of Law, and editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He built Bestlaw, a Chrome extension, to add features to Westlaw. Sounds useful, and I was curious to know the last straw that made him...
[Avoid a Claim] Failure to communicate barriers to enforcement of terms of preferred lending practice
In his article “Manage Malpractice Risk by Recognizing Cultural Diversity“, Lorne Shelson (Litigation Director & Counsel in the Specialty Claims Department at LAWPRO) gives five ‘culturally-based’ claims scenarios loosely based on real LAWPRO claims. Here is one scenario: A woman needed to refinance her home to raise funds for her business. Due to her religious beliefs, she wanted to finance the loan through the Islamic mortgage system rather than with an interest-...
[Avoid a Claim] Corporate merger scam using the names Yasuo Hirose and Mitsumi Electric Co.
Firms in California and Tennessee have notified us that they received an email from the purported Yasuo Hirose and Mitsumi Electric Co. looking to retain them with regards to arranging a merger between two companies. 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 one of the “merging companies...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Leechan Yamato and Atem Medical Equipments
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Leechan Yamato of Atem Medical Equipments 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). See our Confirmed Fraud Page...