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The North Carolina Bar Association’s Center for Practice Management (CPM) is the starting point for NCBA members seeking information about technology, practice management, and law firm start up. CPM provides resources to help NCBA member attorneys, paralegals and legal administrators improve efficiency, reduce risk and improve client relations in their law firms.


The Center for Practice Management is also pleased to offer events and training across the state. For more information on our upcoming calendar, click here.







Center for Practice Management Media

    [Slaw: Dan Pinnington] The Dangers of Social Networking and How to Avoid Them  - April 23, 2014  4:09:23 PM

    Although social networking tools offer lawyers many interesting new ways to interact with people in both personal and work spheres, there are some risks associated with using them. Before you venture into social networking, consider Section 5.5 of the Law Society’s Practice Management Guideline on Technology (“Technology Guideline”). It states, “Lawyers should have a reasonable understanding of the technologies used in their practice or should have access to someone who has such understanding.”

    Don’t talk to or about clients or their matters

    Social networking tools have complex and confusing privacy settings and most people are not entirely sure who can . . . [more]



    [Oregon Law Practice Management] The State of Oregon’s Legal Industry  - April 23, 2014  2:31:52 PM
    Where can we learn about the state of Oregon’s legal industry?  Data about demographics, employment, supply, and demand can hard to find – especially in one convenient location.  Now a new resource is available, thanks to the hard work of … Continue reading

    [Avoid a Claim] Breach of license agreement scam using the names Allen Chen and Bioway Corporation  - April 23, 2014  12:32:24 PM
    Lawyers in Ontario and South Carolina reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Allen Chen of Bioway Corporationwith regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of a copyright agreement. This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this […]

    [Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Common Practice Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  - April 23, 2014  12:14:21 PM

    Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) was created to insure lawyers against legal malpractice claims. Most (though not all) claims are brought by a lawyer’s own client and include an allegation that the lawyer made a mistake or did not meet the standard of care expected of him or her when delivering legal services.

    No lawyer is immune to a claim; in fact, our records suggest that four out of every five lawyers will be the subject of a claim at one point in their career. Malpractice claims can be stressful, can hurt your reputation, and can be costly (even if . . . [more]



    [Avoid a Claim] Protecting Yourself from Cybercrime Dangers: Secure Your Mobile Devices to Protect the Data on Them  - April 23, 2014  12:00:57 PM
    Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their […]

    [Law Technology Today] A Tech Support Manual for Problems with People Part 1  - April 23, 2014  8:30:34 AM

    What do you do when the frustrations that bring you to a boiling point stem from people problems? Here's one tool, of three, to help.

    The post A Tech Support Manual for Problems with People Part 1 appeared first on Law Technology Today.



    [Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Student to Lawyer: 20 Tips for a Smooth Transition  - April 22, 2014  4:56:21 PM

    This is an abridged version of the LAWPRO article: “20 tips for a successful transition” – a guide for law students through the transition from student life to legal practice. See practicepro.ca/20tips for the full article.

    Honestly assess your strengths and preferences to identify what makes sense for you in terms of the type of firm and area of law you want to practice. Consider all the options: big firm, small firm, solo practice, government, in-house. Don’t just pursue the opportunities everyone else is pursuing – reflect on what is the best fit for you. Create and prioritize a list . . . [more]

    [Law Practice Tips Blog] Coping with the Heartbleed security flaw (and future Heartbleeds)  - April 22, 2014  3:40:01 PM
    Surely you have heard of the Internet security threat Heartbleed by now. But the explanations seem a bit complicated and advice to change all of your passwords yet again seems so “been there, done that.” This is a serious matter....

    [Avoid a Claim] LAWPRO Magazine practice tip: Steer clear of real estate claims by asking these five questions on every deal  - April 22, 2014  3:11:53 PM
    The real estate lawyer’s job is more than just conveying title, and not every matter will be straightforward. Communication errors and inadequate investigation are the biggest causes of real estate claims at LAWPRO, respectively 41 per cent and 26 per cent of claims reported between 2001 and 2011. Busy, high-volume practices often lead to situations […]

CPM CONTACT INFORMATION

Erik Mazzone, Director
8000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 657-1580 direct
(919) 428-3737 mobile
(800) 662-7407 toll-free
emazzone@ncbar.org

Joyce Brafford, Assistant Director
8000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 657-1566 direct
(919) 521-6907 mobile
(800) 662-7407 toll-free
jbrafford@ncbar.org

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