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Archive for February, 2004

Judge Paula Bryant

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

I love it when my friends get the recognition and rewards that they deserve. Missouri governor Bob Holden has appointed Paula Bryant as a new associate circuit judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis City.
Paula and I spent some time early in our careers as law clerks for the 22nd Circuit and have been good friends for more years than our youthful appearances might suggest. We got to work with some great judges who were very influential on our later careers.
Paula has always wanted to be a judge and it is so cool that she has attained that goal. I have no doubt that she will be an excellent judge.

Jurist’s Free Legal News Feed

Thursday, February 19th, 2004

Bernard Hibbitt’s is one of the pioneers of legal websites. I wanted to help get the word out on Jurist’s Paper Chase, a legal news service edited at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law by Professor Bernard Hibbitts and a volunteer staff of law students. You or your firm can add this news feed to your website by following these instructions. Be sure to check out the other great features of the Jurist site.

Six Little Rules on WiFi Security

Wednesday, February 18th, 2004

From Wi-Fi Networking News: A short, to-the-point article on sets out a handy list of the basic rules for making a solid effort to secure a wireless home network.
To summarize:
1. Change the System ID
2. Disable Identifier Broadcasting
3. Enable Encryption
4. Restrict Unnecessary Traffic
5. Change the Default Administrator Password
6. Patch and Protect Your PCs
If you want to play wireless networking, consider these six steps to be the minimum price of admission. Anything less is irresponsible.

Happy Birthday to Me and My Blog

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

What do I share with sports legends Michael Jordan and Jim Brown? A February 17 birthday.
Well, today’s my birthday and also a time to celebrate the first anniversary of DennisKennedy.Blog. My blog was my birthday present to myself last year and what a great gift it was – a gift that keeps on giving.
I’ve greatly enjoyed the new vistas the blog has opened for me and thank all all the fellow bloggers and blog readers around the world I got the chance to meet or communicate with over the past year.
For those who wish to celebrate my birthday in a more traditional way:
1. Send me something on my Amazon WishList.
2. Make a donation to one of the charities on my GiveList.
3. I have a growing collection of cool tech giveaway items (you know, like the logoed giveaway items you get in exhibit halls). If you are doing some cool new giveaway items for 2004, you can add me to your recipient list – T-shirt size = Large.
For the upcoming year, expect the announcement of a few changes, some new approaches, more information and links, and, as some have already noticed, sponsors for the blog, starting with Fios, Inc. and CaseSoft.

Abraham Lincoln on the Practice of Law

Friday, February 13th, 2004

David Giacalone’s post “A Lincolnesque Law Practice?” collects a number of excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s writings about the practice of law. Giacalone weaves the excerpts together in a way that makes for a pleasantly educational read for a Friday.

David Giacalone on “Virtual Law Firms”

Monday, February 9th, 2004

David Giacalone has had a couple of very interesting posts recently. The first was called Can We Talk About “Virtual” English? and addressed the important issue of how “early adopters” need to take care with using acronyms and terms that are unnecessarily confusing to the general public.
David used a recent article of mine on “virtual law firms” as an example. Fortunately, I cleverly defined the term in my article, in no small part to avoid the issues David raises. I use the term “virtual law firm” almost exclusively when my main audience will be the lawyers and technologists who have a familiarity with both the concept and the use of the term as short-hand. I don’t think that it makes any sense to use the term when the audience is the public at large. Even in other contexts, I tend to define the term because I use the term in the sense of non-formalized collaborations, almost in the sense of food co-ops in rural areas, but also in the sense of project teams as Tom Peters might describe them.
The use of technology jargon, especially when combined with legal jargon, is both an occupational hazard and a practice to be avoided.
I was also interested in another post by David called Disappeared from eBlawg Cyberspace, which discussed the disappearance of comments and other items from blogs. I must admit that my first reaction was “Hey, it wasn’t me,” but I’ve followed these types of issues with interest for a while.
I have always taken a Reaganesque “I paid for this microphone” approach to allowing comments on this blog. I prefer that people simply email me or comment on their own blogs about my posts. It’s hard enough for me to keep up with email – adding the burden of reading and commenting on comments sounds like no fun whatsoever. And, I’m an email person at heart – I always email bloggers about their posts even when comments are enabled.
With another type of blog, I might well allow comments, but they don’t really fit with what I want to do and, frankly, I would have shut them down after getting the first spam comment in any event. The Megnut 3 question approach is an excellent guide to thinking about comments from my point of view, but question #2 will knock me out of the box every time.

Paperless Home – Brad Templeton

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004

Brad Templeton proposes a simple approach to making your home more paperless.
It’s a simple variation on the “scan everything” approach that incorporates a flash memory card. What’s intriguing is that this addition may well give the approach the necessary little push to make it work. It’s an idea that I want to take a serious look at.
Note to scanner manfacturers: you might want to give some serious consideration to this approach too.

How Appealing Will Big Firm Life Remain for Blawgers

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004

I send my best wishes to pioneering legal blogger Howard Bashman on his recent decision to leave his old firm and start a new practice.
Close readers of my recent article on legal technology trends for 2004 will note that one of the key trends I identified was a movement of prominent big firm lawyers to solo and small firm practices. Bashman’s move is an example of exactly what I expected to see when I made these comments.
This trend raises a number of intriguing questions and opportunities.
Look at the legal talent now involved in blogging. Now think about the notion of “virtual law firms” and elawyering. Is the idea of the “Blawger Law Firm,” with the innovation that term implies, all that far-fetched? Just a thought.