Law Practice Management
Gain Knowledge in Law Practice Management. The Knoxville Bar Association is here to help you and your law firm. Find information regarding practical education, tools and assistance to the business of practicing law by focusing on issues of law office marketing, finance, management and use of technology to enhance your law practice.
Law Office Management & Technology Mentors
Overview of Lawyer Advertising
Donald Capparella, a writer for the Tenenssee Tort Law Letter, provides lawyers with an overview of ethical rules that apply to lawyer advertising.
Need help determining which Case Management Software is best for your firm? What about Litigation Support Software? Check out this resource from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center explaining and comparing various hardware, software and unique technology issues for the legal profession. This additional resource from the ABA also contains helpful comparison charts on various items.
Search for Legal Technology in the list of online CLE courses. Members who do not need to want the CLE credit can take any online CLE course for FREE. The KBA's Law Practice Today Expo each spring offers more than a dozen CLE courses on legal technology and law practice annually.
Library on a Credenza
In Kevin Miles' article, Library on a Credenza, he talks about the "Deskbooks" (some refer to them as "Desk Copies") that attorneys have on their credenza to help them in their day-to-day practice. Whenever most librarians I know speak of Deskbooks, they usually cringe and think of the giant hole in their budget each time a new attorney comes in and asks for a complete set for their specific practice area. Miles, on the other hand, actually looks at the Deskbooks in a much more measured and practical way and wonders if there is a better way of delivering the information housed in the Deskbook.
Deskbooks can cost the firm hundreds of dollars a year in upkeep, so with that much of an investment per lawyer, shouldn't we be asking ourselves (both librarians and lawyers) a few questions about our best practices when it comes to Deskbooks? We should be asking ourselves the following:
- What is the value of a deskbook?
- What is the best practices model for a deskbook?
- Should a best practices model be taught in Library or Law School?
- Should they be the starting point in a research project?
- Should deskbooks migrate over to eBooks?
- How should an eDeskbook collection be managed?
Are you addressing these issues when it comes to Deskbooks, or are you simply processing them and routing them to the attorneys year after year? Are there other best practices questions we should ask? Most of us think of Deskbooks as a "necessary evil" in the practice of law, but does it really have to be evil? Perhaps thinking of Deskbooks in a new way may provide value in ways we hadn't thought of before.
Article provided by AALL Spectrum. Kevin Miles is a librarian at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in Dallas.
Resource Material provided by BPR
Check out helpful resources and rules on the Board of Professional Responsibility's website. Learn about Ethics Opinions, Rules and Opening, Managing and Closing a Trust Account.
Bill and Phil's Gadgets
Phil Hampton, President of LogicForce Consulting, LLC and Bill Ramsey, Neal & Harwell, P.C. will keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in technology. Read helpful tips from the Bill and Phil Show: Tech News and Reviews.
Learn from Bill and Phil on topics such as:
- Federal Bar Presentation
- Make Your Smart Phone Smarter
- Trial Touch for iPad
- And much more in the KBA DICTA magazine each month!
Does Technology Help or Hurt Client Service?
For many practitioners, too often we think technology has not positively affected client service and client relations. If that has been the case for you and your client base, I say that the problem is not the technology but how we use it or do not use it. Read more . . .
Facebook Pages: No Cost, Low Effort, High Exposure
Frequently, Bar members ask about using social media effectively in law firms. Facebook has particularly ruled that arena with over 900 million users worldwide and the second most accessed website in the U.S., behind Google. And your firm can connect to that community entirely for free with Facebook's Pages. Read More . . .