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Archive for April, 2005

Surprised by Surprise over Lack of Awareness about RSS Uses

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

When Tom Mighell and I were working on BlawgConnect 2005, I was struck by how difficult it was to find the names of some legal bloggers on their blogs, let alone their contact info. I take some criticism for the name of my blog, but people at least whose blog it is.
I wanted to credit the author of the Legal Search Marketing Blog for the post called “Track Your Firm’s Key Information via RSS Feeds,” but I could not find the author’s full name. So, chris at, I enjoyed your post, even though I started to get the feeling that “search marketing” had a different meaning for me than what you intended.
Be that as it may, Chris points to a post by Kevin O’Keefe (great new picture Kevin on his blog!) lamenting the total lack of awareness he found recently about the ways law firms (or anyone else for that matter) might make better use of readily-available RSS tools to track information.
I’m surprised by the surprise. Tom and I talked quite a bit about this topic in our session on RSS feeds and news aggregators at ABA TECHSHOW 2005 (and I felt like I was seeing lightbulbs going off over peoples’ heads during that part of the session, but that might have been Bob Ambrogi snapping pictures). Anyone who is brave enough to ask me the question “Why are you so enthused about RSS?” is likely to get a few minutes on this very topic.
I thought the potential uses of RSS were much more obvious than they seem to be. The points mentioned in Chris’s post reflect just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.
Look for announcement very soon about a new focus for me on a line of RSS-related and advanced blogging consulting services.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Interesting Top 20 Legal Thinkers Research Project

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

As my long-time readers know, I tend to shy away from controversy on this blog.
I was struck today by the post “The Women of IP Law & Policy” on Copyfight.
I don’t have any free time to do this research project, but someone who does might compare the instances of overlap between the Copyfight list and the recent Top 20 Legal Thinkers list. I suspect that they might reach some interesting conclusions.
On what might be a related note, kudos to Lisa Stone, et al., for putting together the upcoming Blogher Conference.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Homann Not Named One of Top 20 Legal Thinkers

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

With considerably less fanfare than the original announcement of the poll, Legal Affairs, apparently an important magazine covering legal issues, has released its list of the top 20 U.S. legal thinkers, containing most of the usual suspects.
I’m disappointed to report that Matt Homann’s valiant write-in candidacy was unsuccessful. You would think that his involvement in LexThink might have helped his candidacy.
As expected, the publication did not rectify the embarrassing omission of a category for practicing lawyers, presumably because they believe that practicing lawyers are not thinkers. Just kidding – I’m sure that they just forgot that we exist and no slight was intended. As the announcement says, “Our list lists to the right a bit, but it also interestingly betrays a presumably non-partisan bias among voters toward judges and academics over journalists and other commentators.” Practicing lawyers must be included in “other commentators.” I’m sure that’s the case.
Congratulations to the winners – I’ll let others run the stats on diversity, political leanings and the like.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Blogs: Can They Help Your Growing Business?

Friday, April 15th, 2005

I’ve had the good fortune of having some excellent writers interview me about blogging and then use my quotes as part of the great articles they write. I’m grateful to them for including me in the articles and making me appear to be wiser than I am.
The most recent example is Ron Ameln’s very useful introduction to blogging called “Blogs: Can They Help Your Growing Business?” The article appears in the always useful St. Louis Small Business Monthly, which includes a couple of high quality articles from Ron every month.
I’m in fast company in this article, which includes quotes from some of the business bloggers I admire most. In fact, I’d be happy to be able to carry the notebook computers of these bloggers around for them for a day, let alone be quoted in the same article with them.
How good a journalist is Ron Ameln? He wrote the story and it motivated him to start his own blog. It’s called the Business Growth Weblog and his description is quite apt: “Helpful tips and strategies to take your small business to the next level. In this blog, Ron Ameln, small-business journalist, shares some of the secrets to business success.” That makes him a darn good journalist in my book.
Read Ron’s article – check out Ron’s blog. I’ll mention to Ron that he needs to get an RSS feed going.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

I’m Speaking on Transitioning to a Solo or Small Firm Practice Next Week

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

I’ll be speaking at a seminar in St. Louis on April 19. The seminar is called “Transitioning to Solo & Small Firm Practice: How to Make It a Success.” I’ll be speaking at a session called “Technology for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner – Lawyer’s Perspective” and participating in a panel discussion.
If you get the chance to go to the seminar, please say hello.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Something to Add to Your Electronic Discovery Requests?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Josh Rubin’s Cool Hunting isn’t just a great resource for learning about cool new products. Litigators can also use it to find new places to seek electronic information in their cases.
Here’s a great example: what might you find in the chip embedded in the new adidas _1? I don’t know, but it makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Advice to Young Lawyers #28

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Posts like “Advice to Young Lawyers #28” give Evan Schaeffer a lock on the title of funniest legal blogger. For those interested in discussing billable hours, this post is must reading. For those who ponder where “thinking like a lawyer” can take you, this post may give you a clue. For those who’d like to find time to read more blogs, Evan does the math. Highly recommended.
Hey, Evan, thanks for the coffee mug. But I really liked the post that prompted you to give me the mug. Would you autograph it for me so I can sell it for more money after you become a famous Hollywood screenwriter?
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – “What do you think about the law professor blogs getting LexisNexis sponsorship money?”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

I wrote some of my thoughts on this sponsorship announcement on Between Lawyers today.
It’s almost impossible for me to be opposed to anything that earns bloggers money, although I find some irony in this since I’ve taken some heat from professors (none of the law prof blog network profs) when I’ve written favorably about bloggers making money from ads and sponsorships.
I truly doubt that any blogger is getting anything close to the value of the exposure that his or her blog brings to advertisers or sponsors. I think people will look back on these early blog sponsorships as some of the greatest marketing bargains ever.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – “What Will Be the Impact of the Between Lawyers Blog on DennisKennedy.Blog?”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

First of all, I’m already very proud of what we’ve done at Between Lawyers. It’s a fantastic group to be part of.
I suspect that the main effect that you will see is that most of what I write on technology law issues will appear on Between Lawyers. I’ll probably focus my writing on DennisKennedy.Blog on the legal technology and other musings categories. That’s not set in stone, however.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

By Request Tuesday – “Is it my imagination or are your posts getting even longer?”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Is this Marty Schwimmer? That’s an inside joke.
I try to vary between long posts and extremely long posts. Seriously, though, I do try to mix short and long posts.
Ironically, it’s often quicker and easier to write long posts than short posts. Short posts often take more time to edit and polish.
I also like to write long posts since the “experts” often pronounce that bloggers should never write long posts. I didn’t get a copy of that rule book.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]