TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 29, 2015
With more Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – deciding to “hang out” their own shingle and begin a solo or small firm practice, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. Each issue of E-DICT this year will spotlight one of the toolkit’s 12 sections. This month we look at resources for solos.

In the Additonal Resources section, the Solo in a Box Toolkit offers suggestions for materials, books and videos that lawyers in a small or solo practice may find helpful.

These include:

TBA Lending Library – As a benefit of TBA membership, lawyers can access a range of books and materials available for borrowing. Titles include How to Start and Build a Law Practice, Flying Solo – A Survival Guide for the Solo Lawyer, Solo by Choice and The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration. See the full list of offerings. The toolkit also includes a list of other materials recommended by TBA member attorneys.

Video Programming – The TBA makes a number of resources available in video format. Through the TBA All Access Network, lawyers can view videos in three categories: Going Solo, which covers several aspects of starting a law practice; Practice Points, which provides a primer on specific areas of the law; and Professional Development, which provides tips for advancing a legal career. The service is provided free of charge!

In addition, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission has developed a series of videos designed to help attorneys gain a better understanding of common legal problems and court procedures. Videos cover topics such as the basics of domestic violence, debt collection and foreclosure law as well as an introduction to general sessions court, getting ready to handle a court case and providing legal services to persons with disabilities.

Management Tips – Finally, this section provides tips to help solo and small firm practitioners manage their law practices. Topics include preparing an annual cash flow budget, determining profitability, setting hourly rates, delegating work, interacting with administrative staff and maintaining trust account records.

Up Next: CLE for Solos