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Archive for February, 2005

Jerry Lawson is Back in Form and We All Benefit

Monday, February 14th, 2005

The best news in the legal blog world is that Jerry Lawson has increased the volume of his posting to his blogs. It seemed to me that he slowed his pace substantially after a serious car accident a while back (perhaps a year or more) involving Jerry and his wife (I believe that both are now doing well) and a period of heavy work demands.
If you hadn’t heard the story, Jerry was driving around one of the major circles in Washington DC when a tree fell into the circle and hit his car. Jerry’s wife took the brunt of the impact and I know that her recovery has taken a good deal of time.
I’ve known Jerry for many years and had the pleasure of writing columns and articles with him for a good number of those years, as well as the book project we recently pulled the plug on. I’ve never found anyone who “gets” the implications of the Internet for lawyers (and others) more than Jerry does.
Well, I noticed Jerry has been linking to a number of my posts lately with favorable comments about them – that means a lot to me.
Yesterday, Jerry wrote about one of his long-time favorite topics – narrowcasting. It’s fascinating to me how many times I’ll see people grappling with what seem to be new ideas and realize that Jerry spoke and wrote about them in clear, yet sophisticated, ways several years before.
For me, reading Jerry’s blogs is like going to the best school I can find. And it’s free. I recommend that you find time to attend as well.

You’ll Want to Be Sure to Read This New Blawg from Reid Trautz

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

A good number of legal bloggers have been twisting the arm of the DC Bar’s Reid Trautz to start a blog. Our efforts have paid off with the debut of the cleverly-named Reid My Blog!
Like Jim Calloway, Reid is a well-liked and well-respected authority on a variety of law practice management topics and his regular insights will be a welcome addition to the blogosphere. Reid is an excellent speaker and a frequent author who widelyknown for providing great, practical information.
The debut of Reid’s blog ramps up the pressure on a number of other highly-regarded law practice management experts who are very close to launching blogs. Watch for new developments in this area. I’m seeing seeing the faint outlines of the initials “DP” in my crystal ball.
Welcome aboard, Reid.

Colorado Law Firms Have Great Opportunity to Hire Well-known Young Legal Blogger

Friday, February 11th, 2005

From the Math Class for Poets blog:
Tim Hadley, the author of the well-known legal blog, Math Class for Poets, posts about his availability, experience and credentials as he begins his hunt for a new legal position. It’s rare that a young blogger with Tim’s history (blogging since mid-2003) and stature becomes available on the job market. Law firms in the Denver area, especially any law firm contemplating launching blogs in the future, have the chance to pick up a gem.
Check out Tim’s post and, even you you aren’t in a position to interview Tim, let’s see if we can help him out in his search.
[Originally posted by Dennis Kennedy on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

All Request Tuesday Redux – Links to All Posts

Friday, February 11th, 2005

As you may know, I experimented with an “All Request” format on Tuesday and had a lot of fun with it. I’ve learned that some of you who subscribe to my newsfeeds may not have received all of the request posts, for reasons I’m still not clear about.
In this post, I’ve listed all of the “All Request Tuesday” posts, hyperlinked to their locations on my blog, so you can learn about and read any of them that you might have missed.
I enjoyed the experience greatly, and appreciate all of the feedback and emails I have received about the “all request” format.
All Request Tuesday – What’s the Status of LexThink! Chicago?
All Request Tuesday – What Will You Be Doing in Electronic Discovery?
All Request Tuesday – When Are You Going to Write a Book?
All Request Tuesday – What’s Happening with Blawg Channel?
All Request Tuesday – What’s The Mother Teresa Story?
All Request Tuesday – You Joke Around Sometimes, But Are You Serious About The NASCAR Thing?
All Request Tuesday – Why Couldn’t You Have Been One of My Law Professors?
All Request Tuesday – Did You Do Any Other Work Today?
All Request Tuesday – What Are the Most Common Mistakes a New Legal Blogger Makes?
All Request Tuesday – Was That Really You in Trial Lawyer Magazine?
All Request Tuesday – Why Are You Writing Fewer Articles for Print Publications These Days?
All Request Tuesday – What’s The Deal With That Long Post You Wrote All In The Third Person?
All Request Tuesday – What Three Things Should You Resolve Before Becoming a Lawyer?
All Request Tuesday – What Were the Most Interesting Products or Services You Saw at LegalTech?
All Request Tuesday – What’s Kennedy’s Law of Legal Blogging?
All Request Tuesday – Why Doesn’t Your Blog Have a Clever or Latinate Name?
All Request Tuesday – What Types of Posts Do You Like to Make?
All Request Tuesday – What Two Things Will Bloggers Bend the Truth On?
All Request Tuesday – What Software Do You Use for Blogging?
All Request Tuesday – How Many RSS Feeds Do You Subscribe To?
All Request Tuesday – What is the Hardest Thing About Blogging?
All Request Tuesday – Will Your Daughter Be Guest Blogging Again?
All Request Tuesday – How’s Your Sleep Apnea?
All Request Tuesday – Are You More Optimistic or Less Optimistic About the Use of Technology by Lawyers Than You Were a Few Years Ago?
All Request Tuesday – Who Are the Legal Technology Experts You Use and Learn From?
All Request Tuesday – How Was Your Combined Law Firm Annual Retreat with Matt Homann?
All Request Tuesday – Why Haven’t You Written about the Blawger Dinner and Lunch in New York Last Week?
All Request Tuesday – When Are You Going to Fix the Typos on Your Website?
[Originally posted by Dennis Kennedy on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Antitrust Law Blog: Big Law Firm Blogs Continue to Appear

Friday, February 11th, 2005

Comes now Sheppard Mullin’s Antitrust Law Blog, another in the slow trickle of blogs from large law firms.
While I’m generally skeptical about the idea of big law firm blogs, I’m bullish about any initiative that has the talented Tom Baldwin, CKO of Sheppard Mullin, behind it. Tom reports that more blogs are in the works for the firm.
The Antitrust Law Blog fits the model of the Preston Gates Electronic Discovery blog and currently consists of lots of short summary updates of cases and developments. I’m curious how that approach will fare over the long haul when compared to more personal and analytical posts.
For what it’s worth, I remain convinced that an RSS feed strategy will be more important to a large law firm than a blogging strategy, but it’s good to see a few of the leading law firms at least dip their toes into the blogging world.
[Originally posted by Dennis Kennedy on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

I Have Seen the Future of Online Advertising and I’m Not Sure It’s for Me

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

I know that I’m in the extremely small minority of bloggers who believe that a tasteful logo sponsor ad in my RSS feed would be a good thing for “monetizing my blog,” especially compared to the randomly-served ads that cover many blogs these days. I also understand that the gatekeepers of ad-free RSS feed purity are making good arguments and, in some cases, are making good money from traffic-based ads, although that probably plays no part in the position they take on the RSS ads issue.
But, gee whiz, read the first example in the compelling Fast Company article on the future of online advertising called “Search for Tomorrow” and help me understand what’s so terrible about a non-intrusive sponsor logo or ad in an RSS feed that is controlled by the blogger when compared to that example.
Besides, even if bloggers did RSS ads, as pointed out recently about Sieblogs, there seem to be a number of RSS “repurposing” sites that will strip out identifiers and attribution – maybe you can get my ad-laden feed through them and they will have cut the ad out as well as another added service.
Sigh. Until this “ads in feeds” thing gets straightened out, I guess I’ll just have to pass on the “benefits” of randomly served ads on my blog and concentrate on parsing that “make money with blogs” vs. “make money from blogs” distinction. I continue to struggle with that one.
[DISCLAIMER: There may be some use of irony in this post].
NOTE: This post is originally from DennisKennedy.Blog ( Please try to refrain from stripping away this identifying information before you repurpose it and display it, no matter how easy and tempting it may be to do so.

TechnoLawyer, The TechnoLawyer Blog and Keeping Current on Legal Technology

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

I’ve long been a huge fan of Neil Squillante and the TechnoLawyer email lists. It’s played a major role in helping lawyers learn about technology and in helping tech-savvy lawyers connect with each other. I’m grateful to Neil for the role he and TechnoLawyer have played in letting people know about me and in providing a forum for my writing. I finally got to meet Neil in person last week at LegalTech New York and had a great time hanging out with him.
Subscribing to the TechnoLawyer list is a MUST if you have any interest in the use of technology in the practice of law, as a lawyer, a client or a vendor.
As part of Neil’s continuing quest to improve the already-great features of, Neil is in the process of launching the Technolawyer Blog, which will have an RSS feed, and you might like to take a sneak peak before the official launch to whet your appetite.

My Blog Family Tree

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

I gave a talk a year-and-a-half or so on “Websites for Missouri Lawyers” at the Missouri Bar Annual Meeting. For several months, I felt that there had been no reaction to it whatsoever. It was like the pebble thrown in the pond that caused no ripples.
Evan Schaeffer in a post today reminded me that my talk that day actually inspired (I love that word) him to start blogging. Evan, of course, has inspired many others to start blogging, especially law students.
He reminded me that there are family trees in blogging that you can trace back to root sources.
In my own case, my blog grew out of several years of reading Dave Winer’s Scripting News email newsletter. Even though Dave and I have never spoken, it’d be difficult for me to attribute the start of my blogging to anyone other than Dave. I’d be honored to place my name under his blog family tree if he would allow me to do so.
In addition, Ernest Svenson and Denise Howell were important role models and their blogs were influences on mine from the beginning. Jerry Lawson was another big influence on the start of my blog, and is fond of reminding me that I first mentioned that lawyers should think about using blogs two years before I started my own blog. Sabrina Pacifici also shared her invaluable experience and expertise with me before I started.
Thank you, Evan, for making me feel like that talk was one of the most important presentations I ever gave and let’s keep the ripples flowing.

All Request Tuesday – What’s the Status of LexThink! Chicago?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

Well, I’m now convinced that Matt Homann is a marketing genius. The response to LexThink has truly been overwhelming. The list of confirmed attendees is amazing. We have a waiting list and Matt’s already talking about LexThink 2.
We’ve had sponsor inquiries before we were even ready to start looking for sponsors. I think that LexThink coincides with what I think of as Blog 2.0, the current phase in blogging where we are beginning to see bloggers look into collaborative efforts.
I’m usually low-key on this stuff, but the Catalyst Ranch space is perfect, the list of attendees astonishes me and the possibilities of the results from this conference are almost unlimited.
Who would have thought that Matt and I’s little idea over lunch a few months ago would turn into this freight train of momentum and potential? This is going to be very cool.

All Request Tuesday – What Will You Be Doing in Electronic Discovery?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

I was a little surprised last year to find myself considered as an “authority” on electronic discovery. As many people explained to me, and I’ve gradually learned from observation, my unique skill is the ability to explain the technology aspects of electronic discovery in ways that lawyers can understand. I also routinely talk to more people in the field of electronic discovery than I would have ever imagined possible.
So, what am I going to do in electronic discovery? I’m not going to do any consulting or other electronic discovery work. I’m only going to do what I do best and what people believe is unique. I’m putting together a half-day Crash Course in Electronic Discovery and Computer Forensics seminar that I’ll offer to law firms and other audiences for a reasonable fee. I’ll create an audio product based on the same materials. I’ll also do some paid keynote or other shorter talks and continue to do webinars, on behalf of electronic discovery vendors, like Fios, or others.
I’ll continue to talk to the players in the field and, because I have no intention to angle for my own consulting work, I’ll just be an “authority” on electronic discovery without a dog in the hunt. But, I’ll be an authority who can explain things in ways that lawyers can understand and that, I believe, is a huge thing.