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] The Secret to Secure Data in the Cloud? Know What You’re Up Against
The issues of data security and sovereignty have become hot topics in recent years as increasing amounts of sensitive, confidential and personal information is stored in the cloud. With these concerns have come revisions to laws in many countries and jurisdictions to keep up with the changing landscape of data privacy. The trickiest thing to legislate is managing the exchange of information across borders, simultaneously allowing the transfer of data while maintaining the maximum level of...
[Avoid a Claim] Know the Rules of Professional Conduct: changes are coming
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada approved a Model Code of Professional Conduct to standardize professional and ethical conduct across Canada. The Model Code has been implemented in a number of jurisdictions and is being adopted in Ontario effective October 1, 2014. Some key changes to note: New numbering scheme New definition of “client” New definition of “consent” New Chapter 2: Integrity Confidentiality Conflicts of interest Withdrawal from representation Undertakings and trust...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] When Waiving a Search Comes Back to Haunt You
How a client perceives a lawyer’s role in a transaction often depends on the client’s experience. At one end of the spectrum, a new homebuyer may believe that the lawyer will not only navigate the process, but will also personally shield the client from all risks. At the other extreme, a sophisticated businessperson may urge a lawyer to “rubber stamp” a deal the client has brokered. The wise lawyer will, however, refuse to be either insurer or pawn. When it comes to doing due diligence − and...
[Avoid a Claim] The need to respect a client’s cultural traditions
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 lawyer appeared on behalf of a client on a criminal matter. During a break in the proceeding, the lawyer made a flippant comment related to the client’s background in an ill-conceived attempt at...
[Avoid a Claim] Commercial debt collection scam using the name Li Yang
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Li Yang 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 how...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Michelle Williams
Firms in Ontario and Nevada notified us that they received an email from the purported Michelle Williams looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. 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...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] IOLTA Accounts and Partnerships – Dos and Don’ts
Forming a partnership? Among the many issues partners must address is responsibility for the IOLTA account.  Presumably, you and your partner or partners will use a common lawyer trust account – this would be the norm.  If this is the case, … Continue reading →
[Law Technology Today] Reconnecting with Your Passion for the Law
Tom, a corporate lawyer, was ready to jump ship. He hated his life. In particular, he couldn’t stand his job. He felt his work was meaningless, serving no greater good. Elizabeth was exhausted by years of big law time demands. She loved the idea of practicing law—working to help clients move through difficult life situations—but her passion was being crushed under the weight of pressures placed on her by a few toxic coworkers and opposing counsel. Chris had an audible tremor in his voice when...
[Avoid a Claim] Cautionary tale of a lawyer targetted for fraud by a paralegal of the same cultural backgrounf
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 lawyer was both a member of a racialized community and first licensed as a lawyer in her late 50s. She had difficulty securing employment with a law firm, and so established herself as a sole...
[Avoid a Claim] Business loan collection scam using the name Lachi Green
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Lachi Green looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. 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...