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Archive for May, 2005

Coast to Coast and Back

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Whew, I’m back from back-to-back trips to DisneyWorld (ABA Law Practice Management Section meeting) and Palm Springs for the Marcus Evans Legal Technology Summit (my favorite non-LexThink conference of the year). Reflections on those events will be forthcoming, but I had a great and quite productive time.
It was also a grand blogger tour. I got to co-present with fellow Between Lawyers blogger pal Denise Howell and spend time in board meeting and DisneyWorld rides with fellow Between Lawyers blogger pal Tom Mighell. I also got to spend time with blogging pals Fred Faulkner, Jim Calloway, Reid Trautz and Ed Poll.
My wife and daughter thought DisneyWorld was our best vacation trip yet. As I think about walking out of the Magic Kingdom after the fireworks and several rides on Space Mountain with my wife, daughter and Fred Faulkner, and seeing Mickey Mouse wishing everyone a goodnight, I have to agree.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

RMail – Receive the Feed for This Blog Via Email

Monday, May 16th, 2005

I’m such a big fan of RSS and newsreaders (I use FeedDemon) that I sometimes forget that not all of the readers of DennisKennedy.Blog use a newsreader or consume the RSS feed rather than visiting the blog on a regular basis.
RMail from KBCafe is a new service that allows you to enter the URL for the feed for this blog ( and your email address, and you will automatically receive my new posts by email. I still recommend using a newsreader, but this will give you an email option for subscribing to my RSS feeds and blog posts.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Discussing Legal Advertising Ethics

Friday, May 13th, 2005

I kicked off a discussion about the current state of the ethics rules for legal advertising rules over on Between Lawyers. My initial remarks are discussed in a number of follow-up posts and comments. It all makes for a good discussion of these issues and I recommend the entire thread to you.
In the best and worst category, I’ll note that the substantive comments made me think even harder about enabling comments on this blog, while a wavelet of comment spam made me wonder if enablng comments would really be a wise move.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Talking About KM in Law Firms

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Knowledge management is definitely one of the areas of legal technology where I feel like I don’t get as many opportunities to speak, write and work as much as I would really like. It’s a topic I really enjoy and some of the most gratifying responses to my work have come in the area of KM.
So, it was a nice treat today to get the chance to talk with one of my favorite writers who covers KM, Judy Lamont of KM World, about current trends and developments in KM in the legal profession for an article that will appear this summer.
My take on the subject is that there are a lot of new developments giving the area more momentum than many people expect. The reason can be summed up in two words: “practical applications.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
New for 2005 – Dennis Kennedy’s electronic discovery seminar – Preparing for the New World of Electronic Discovery: Easing Your Transition from Paper to Electronic Discovery

Never Too Early to Think About ABA TECHSHOW 2006

Monday, May 9th, 2005

In a few days, I’ll be rolling up my sleeves to start work with the rest of the TECHSHOW board on planning TECHSHOW 2006. 2006 will mark the 20th anniversary of the ABA TECHSHOW.
I know that the question on your mind is: “how can I make Dennis’s job on the TECHSHOW board a little easier?”
Well, I have three answers for you:
1. If you have ideas for session topics, send them to me (denniskennedyblog @
2. If you have ideas for speakers (including yourself), send them to me (along with some supporting info) (denniskennedyblog @
3. If you or your company wants to learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor options, let me know (denniskennedyblog @
Ideas for sessions will be the most useful to me right now.
Thanks for your help.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Tablet PC Train Keeps a-Rollin’ – The Law Practice Version

Monday, May 9th, 2005

From Doug Sorocco of the rethink(ip) crew comes his story of his recent experimentation with a Tablet PC and the noteworthy list of uses he has found for the Tablet PC.
Doug makes an observation that all IP and technology lawyers should think about carefully:
IP lawyers spend most of their time in the trenches with technology and science innovators (well, at least they should be) – any tool that improves interaction and communication is well worth incorporating into the mix.
For my recent thoughts on Tablet PCs, see this TechnoFeature at
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Hot Property – The Book and the Whole IP Debate

Monday, May 9th, 2005

I was at my public library the other day and found a new book called Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization, by Pat Choate.
I recommend the book for your summer reading list on intellectual property because it tells so well the stories that led to the evolution of today’s approaches to intellectual property protection.
Although I suspect that most peoples’ reaction to this book will reflect their political persuasion, this review in Business Week strikes me as a fair one, even though I think that the reviewer underestimates the final third of the book, in which Choate suggests that the U.S. textile industry (and perhaps a million jobs) was sacrificed to an attempt, as yet unsuccessful, to bring the world to a more United States-like regime of intellectual property protection.
I’ll note the following:
1. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more thorough and well-stated defense of strong intellectual property laws. The most interesting question is, given that, will you find it convincing?
2. You’ll get just a hint that our IP laws favor businesses that own IP rather than individual inventors.
3. You’ll notice that the stories of inventors we got in school left out all of the most interesting parts of the stories.
4. You’ll question the sanity of an approach to IP law that throws lots of resources and effort at high school and college students sharing music files when billions of dollars worth of IP is systematically pirated in other countries.
5. You’ll wonder, if just for a moment, whether our government has been involved in the biggest giveaway of this country’s intellectual property legacy while our representatives busily work to earn the contributions of the entertainment industry.
It will make you think, and that’s a good thing. Put this one on your summer reading list.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Hey, It’s Dennis Kennedy’s First Podcast – Reflections on LexThink

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

With a big thank you Zane Safrit of ConferenceCalls Unlimited, I’ve made my podcasting debut.
Zane, who attended the first LexThink conference, enjoyed the conference so much that he did a series of podcast interviews with the LexThink founders, Matt Homann, Sherry Fowler and me.
Zane has put together a way to create podcasts that is so simple that even Matt Homann was able to figure out how to do it. Seriously, though, we recorded the podcast via a phone call and then Zane’s tech people processed it. Conference Calls Unlimited is also hosting the podcast and they sent me the original .wav file. It all was produced, performed and went live in about 24 hours. It could not have been easier. And Zane is a gracious host and interviewer.
Here’s the best part for would-be podcasters like me – Zane will do the hosting for your podcasts, too! No more fears of the $3,000 web hosting bill for bandwidth usage the first month you launch a podcast. This is exactly the type of service I’ve been looking for since I first thought about podcasting.
I had a great time talking with Zane in the pre-interview and I hope that some of that feeling carries through in the podcast. I think that I covered the whole waterfront in terms of what we talked about, from LexThink to infinity and beyond. If you listen to the set of podcasts from Matt, Sherry and me, you’ll get a great insider’s view of LexThink, what it’s like to collaborate on a big when people don’t live in the same place, and the thought process involved in trying to decide what the next step should be after something like LexThink. And, if you do listen to these podcasts and have some ideas for where we can take LexThink, by all means send them to me.
I like Zane’s post about the interview with me because it makes me seem so learned and erudite. Unfortunately, I think I trash that image in the first few minutes with a mention of the A-Team TV show.
Take a listen. I didn’t hold much back and had a lot of fun, so I hope you enjoy it. If you are podcasting, or thinking about podcasting, get in touch with Zane to talk to him about the podcasting services he’ll be providing.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Between Lawyers – Multiple Views of the Future of Legal Blogging

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

OK, I’m probably a little biased, but I’m a big fan of the Between Lawyers blog.
Over the past few days, we used the blog to create a roundtable discussion article about the future of legal blogging. Reading the posts and the comments will give you some good ideas about where all this blawg stuff might be taking us. The article is done, but you can still join in the discussion by posting comments.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Bizz Bang Buzz – Great Bizz Info

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Anthony Cerminaro’s blog Bizz Bang Buzz (feed) is a great example of a lawyer blog that consistently bring you great practical information. It’s also a good model for a way you can use a blog to provide useful info that your clients and other lawyers will appreciate – guaranteeing that they will keep you in mind.
Recent postings for just one day included items on questionable employee interview questions, tips for managing a patent portfolio, a summary of business changes in the new bankruptcy act, the Sedona Guidelines for managing information and records, passion and business plan cover sheets. All of it was great. The title fits.
Highly recommended.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]