and My New Column with George Socha

As my friends know, I have a hard time turning down the chance to write a column, but the recent opportunity I got to start a new column for, one of if not the premier Internet resource on electronic discovery, was an offer I simply could not turn down. You see, the column gives me a chance to write with one of the most knowledgeable and tech-savvy lawyers I’ve ever met – George Socha, who has been my “go to” person on electronic discovery issues for several years.
We’re doing the column (see the first column – called “The Electronic Discoverers” – in which we take an overview of the e-discovery landscape) in the conversation style, which gives us a great structure to include guests as well as to take several views of an issue.
I invite you to try out the column and let us know what you think. If you have ideas for topics, let us know.
As an aside, George is doing some cool things that he’ll probably announce soon that will be invaluable to those working in and following developments in e-discovery. You’ll get a little glimpse of some of those things in this first column.
For those thinking – “But Dennis doesn’t even do any litigation . . .” You are right – I’ll focus more on the tech, management and trends aspects of these issues and George will brilliantly cover the technical discovery issues in more detail.
Thanks especially to Julia Wotipka for putting this idea together.

Eric Mack Online

Another blog related to David Allen and organization/productivity approaches is EricMackOnline (blog with feed). Mack’s blog tells the story of launching Allen’s blog and appears to be chock full of useful tips and information. Thanks to Tanny O’Haley for pointing me to Eric’s blog and the background on the startup of David Allen’s blog.

David Allen – URL Updates

One of the things I love about blogging is how you get to meet people doing cool things.
I posted recently about organization guru David Allen’s new blog and how it and some related resources would become must-visit places for those of us practicing Allen’s great system.
I got a thank you note from the operator of one of those resources, Jason Womack, who wanted to update me on the new URLs for David Allen’s blog – and Jason’s Getting Things Done blog – Both have feeds and I highly recommend them.

Still Time to Register to Attend or Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor at TechShow 2004

The American Bar Association’s TechShow 2004 takes place in Chicago next week. Even if I weren’t totally biased by being a member of the TechShow Board, I’d still call it the premier legal technology seminar and show for lawyers.
My rule is “the more the merrier,” so I wanted to remind people that it’s not too late to register to attend or for your company to exhibit or sponsor.
There’s a great roundtable discussion about TechShow 2004 and the expected highlights in the current issue of Law Practice Today.
Please be sure to introduce yourself and say hello if you see me at TechShow. I’m speaking at three sessions, so I’ll be a little frantic, but I’d be glad to meet you.

Support Our Sponsors – CaseSoft and Fios

Keen-eyed vistors to this blog have already noticed the logos of the blog’s first two sponsors – CaseSoft and Fios. I’ve put together some sponsorship options to highlight some of my favorite vendors and give them exposure to the blog’s audience. Because I’ve decided to limit drastically the product reviews I write anymore, this approach has become an avenue to expand what I can do with this blog.
I’ve been a huge fan of CaseSoft’s products, CaseMap, TimeMap and NoteMap, since they were first introduced. In fact, the story of how Bob Wiss (one of the founders of CaseSoft) and I first met and my first article on CaseMap are part of the lore and history of CaseSoft. For those unfamiliar with CaseMap, think of it as a litigation knowledge management tool. We have also worked out an arrangement to benefit the readers of this blog. If you visit the CaseSoft website and download a trial version of NoteMap, CaseSoft’s outlining tool, and let them know that you learned about CaseSoft products from, CaseSoft will give you one free license for NoteMap. If you were already planning to buy a license for CaseMap, this deal is pretty irresistable. If you like great free software, it’s also pretty irresistable.
The second sponsor, Fios, also provides great litigation software tools and a premier web resource on discovery – I’m enthused by what Fios is doing. In fact, I’ll be joining e-discovery guru George Socha to co-wrote a monthly column on electronic discovery that will appear on the website. Because I have the benefit of already seeing the first column, I can tell you that this column will be a must-read for those interested in electronic discovery.
If you think this blog’s sponsorship program might make sense for your company, please contact me and I’ll get you the information you will need to consider opportunities in this blog and my website. Worldox, maker of a great document management software package in common use in the legal profession, and Tabs 3, premier financial and practice management software, are a new sponsor and advertiser on my website.
If you attend the upcoming ABA TechShow 2004 next week in Chicago, you will have a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the offerings of these great companies and talk with the principals of these companies.
Please support these sponsors. I am grateful for their help in allowing me to get the word out on how lawyers can use technology in better ways.