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

[Avoid a Claim] Monthly fraud report for July 2015
July has been even quieter than June for reported email frauds. We received 87 emails from lawyers in July (down from 147 in June) and posted on 7 new fraud attempts (8 in June). 42% of the emails this month came from Ontario, 48% from the US, 1% from elsewhere in Canada and 9% overseas. 6 of the 7 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the other being a business loan scam, spousal support collection fraud and an IP fraud. Click here to read about the various email fraud...
[Law Technology Today] How Did She Do That? Women and Marketing Inside the Law Firm
One of the often-ignored venues for business development is the internal one, in your own law firm and with current clients. If cultivated properly, internal referral sources of business can be the low-hanging fruit of business development. Because the other members of your firm and current clients presumably know, like, and trust you, you are already ahead of the curve when it comes to these groups making referrals or choosing you for work. The fundamentals of business development still apply...
[Law Technology Today] PC to Mac and Back Part Deux
This article should really be subtitled “I Haven’t Looked Back.” Last year, I wrote about my switch from a PC to a Mac, and then back to a PC. In the last thirteen months, I’ve been happily working away on the Samsung Series 9 I purchased in May of 2014. It has honestly fulfilled my initial requirements by being lightweight, having a bright monitor, and to my ongoing surprise it continues to start-up and respond quickly. I’ve never gotten 10 hours of battery life as promised (and the battery...
[PA Law Practice Management] Upcoming Seminar Presentations by Ellen Freedman
I am often asked how to find out when and where I will be presenting a seminar.  And I repeatedly promise to blog about my upcoming presentations.  But usually I am too busy actually doing the presentations to take the time to write about them beforehand.  I know, do as I say and not as I do! August, September and October are going to be busy MCLE months.  I will be on the road presenting in many venues.  Most of the courses qualify for ethics credit.  For additional information or to register...
[Law Technology Today] Capturing Webpages as Evidence: Risks and Best Practices
Today, the collection of online evidence is a crucial aspect of many cases. Even before litigation begins, both plaintiff and defense frequently scour the Internet to build a case for or create a defense against an anticipated lawsuit. 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...
[Law Technology Today] 5 Law Firm Management Reports You Should Be Running and Why
As a law firm, you’re collecting data every moment of every day. You may not even know what you have or how to take advantage of the data you’ve collected. If you don’t know how to analyze the information you’re gathering, you’ll never know how to get better, or be more responsive, or where to find new clients. Join us on Thursday, August 13th for “5 Law Firm Management Reports You Should Be Running and Why” to discover the law firm management reports you should be running right now...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Oregon Civil Procedure – Amendments Coming to UTCR 5.100
Out-of-cycle amendments are coming to UTCR 5.100, which governs submission of proposed orders and judgments.  The amendments will affect conventional filers and eFilers, but are designed to address the following concerns raised by judges who sign proposed orders and judgments … Continue reading →
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Informed, Documented Plea Instructions Protect You From Claims
Though the rate of malpractice claims flowing from criminal cases is lower than in other areas of law, the number of claims in this area is on the rise of late, and for many of the same reasons we see in other areas. The most important cause? Issues with lawyer-client communication. An area of particular vulnerability to error is the plea conversation. Consider the lawyer’s and the client’s different perspectives on the client’s account of the facts: The lawyer: has listened to dozens, perhaps...
[Avoid a Claim] New in the practicePRO Lending Library: iPad in One Hour for Lawyer, 3rd edition
The bestselling ABA book iPad in One Hour for Lawyers has helped thousands of lawyers learn to use the iPad in their law practices. Fully revised and updated to reflect the newest versions of the iPad and the latest apps available, iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Third Edition, will help lawyers get more out of their iPad. Ideal for lawyers who want to get up to speed fast, this acclaimed book presents the essentials so you don’t get bogged down in technical jargon and extraneous features...
[Avoid a Claim] 7 Cartoon Clients to Avoid
The best cartoon characters exaggerate the real-life quirks and failings we all have. But would you want any of them for a client? Jay Reeves, in the Lawyers Mutual blog, looks at some of the traits of popular cartoon characters and imagines what they would be like coming to you for legal advice. In a nutshell: what’s funny on Looney Tunes is a lot less amusing when they are sitting in your office! If you find yourself with Yosemite Sam pulling his guns on you because his file isn’...