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] 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the names Nick Powell and Nicholls Steel Company Limited
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Nick Powell of Nicholls Steel Company Limited 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...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Wendy Hames
An Illinois firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Wendy Hames 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 for more of an explanation of...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Clinton Akimitsu
A New York firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Clinton Akimitsu looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This is a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Frauds page for more of an explanation...
[Law Technology Today] Changes for ESI Preservation and Spoliation
Some background: in 2006, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure rule-makers developed and put into practice amendments dealing with electronically stored information (ESI) and e-discovery. Great, except that most of those involved believed the amendments didn’t adequately deal with lost or missing ESI or “the spoliation issue.” So, in 2014, the rule-makers proposed Rule 37(e), which deals with the issue of spoliation equally across all federal courts, resolving the issue of inherent...
[Thoughtful Legal Management] Lawyers and Pricing – Part 4
♫ That’s why I fell for (the leader of the pack)…♫ Lyrics and Music by: George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, recorded by The Shangri-Las. In the three prior posts on lawyers and pricing, we have looked at how price is only one part of the 7 components of the legal marketing mix. Part 2 discussed the product mix and how you can change your legal product mix to better meet the needs of your clients in a way that distinguishes your services from those of...