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Archive for May, 2005

David Coursey Explains Recent Military PDF Fiasco

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

You have to be careful with electronic documents or you might get surprised by the surprises in them.
The most recent example comes from the U.S. military’s recent embarrassment after giving the media a redacted version of a PDF document that wasn’t properly prepared and secured, leaving the blacked out portions quite revealable. Oops.
David Coursey’s article, U.S. Military’s PDF Fiasco Was Avoidable, gives a crystal clear explanation of how the problem arose and, even better, what you can do to avoid the problem. Highly recommended reading.
A few days ago, I was working on a Word document prepared by someone else. When I tried to save a copy, I got the alert that the document contained tracked changes. You haven’t turned on that setting in Word? Shame, shame, shame. I checked to see what was causing the alert and found the document contained headers prominently using the word “CONFIDENTIAL” and clearly came from a document previously done for a third party. Oops. Fortunately for the author(s), this did not happen in a legal document, but it was embarrasing.
The next day, someone who knows all about these issues sent me a set of PowerPoint slides whose document properties indicated an author with a different name. Oops.
It’s probably impossible to completely prevent these types of things from happening, but a few changes to your settings and a little training can go a long way.
I’d like to tell you what settings to change and other steps to take, but then I wouldn’t have as much fun when you sent documents, would I?
Read the Coursey article. That’s a mistake that you don’t want to make and one that is all too easy to make.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

ANNOUNCEMENT – My New Electronic Discovery Seminar Offering

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

Here’s the essential information about a new half-day electronic discovey seminar I’m offering:
Preparing for the New World of Electronic Discovery:
Easing Your Transition from Paper to Electronic Discovery

Many electronic discovery seminars are impossibly technical or deal only with zillion dollar cases with terabytes of information. This seminar focuses on the practicing lawyer who knows that electronic discovery is coming and wants to learn what he or she realistically has to do to be prepared and take advantage of opportunities.
Dennis Kennedy is highly regarded as an electronic discovery authority who can explain the topic in “ways that practicing lawyers can understand.”
This seminar is designed to make your transition to electronic discovery easier. In this half-day seminar, your group will receive a solid grounding in the practical and technical issues that matter most to litigators. Kennedy will highlight the key issues that you must understand to make a successful transition into an era of litigation where electronic discovery becomes the norm, not the exception.
By the end of the seminar, you will have a good understanding of:

  • Basic tools and approaches used in electronic discovery and whether they apply to your cases
  • Offensive and defensive uses of electronic discovery and new opportunities
  • A solid set of simple strategies and tactics for taking your first (or later) steps into the daunting world of electronic discovery
  • Practical ideas for making your life easier, winning more cases and keeping your clients happy

The seminar is divided into two sections. The first covers some necessary computer forensics fundamentals. The second takes a look at what electronic discovery will mean for you in your practice.
Part 1. Overview and Computer Forensics that Matter to Practicing Lawyers

  • Paper Rules Collide with an Increasingly Digital World
  • A Little Knowledge is a Whole Lot of Dangerous
  • Is Every Step You Take Traceable?
  • Copies Everywhere – How Windows and Other Programs Make Lots of Copies of Everything
  • The Potentially Embarrassing World of Metadata
  • The Many Places Information is Kept Today
  • Is a Computer Forensics Expert Always Required?
  • Making Good Decisions About Computer Forensics

Part 2. Transitioning to Electronic Discovery

  • What is the Current Landscape in Electronic Discovery? A Billion Dollar Business?
  • It’s Not a Pretty Picture When Paper Rules and the Digital World Collide, Is It?
  • When Should Electronic Discovery be Considered?
  • Strategic and Tactical Planning
  • It’s a Team Game – Making Good Decisions about Getting Good Help
  • Observations and Predictions
  • Best Tips and Action Steps

Standard Package Presentation, plus handout materials. $5,000 (plus reasonable travel fee, if applicable).
Premier Package. Presentation, plus handout materials, extended question-and-answer period, right to audiotape and/or videotape session with license to use for your internal business purposes. $10,000 (plus reasonable travel fee, if applicable).
Terms: 50% of fee due with agreement, balance due on date of presentation. 10% discount for full payment in advance.
For more information and scheduling, call 314-963-9798.
For a preview of Dennis Kennedy’s approach to these topics, visit one or more of his free on-demand electronic discovery presentations provided by Merrill Corporation.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

New Blogs Begin to Bloom from LexThink

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

Pat Lamb, one of the attendees of our first LexThink conferences, has launched two new blogs inspired, he says, by the discussions of blogging at LexThink.
The first relates to his law practice and is called Legacy Liabilities ( It’s a good example of using a blog to cover a niche area of practice.
The second blog is called Perfect Service ( It focuses on law practice issues. Pat’s anecdotal style and wise counsel a must-subscribe addition to the 2005 bumper crop of blogs covering law practice issues.
Be sure to check out Pat’s blogs. Maybe they’ll inspire you to consider blogging.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]

Previewing Firm360

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

One of the fun things I’ve been able to do this year, even though I usually can’t write about it, is to get the grand tour of some new legal tech programs and services that are still in beta testing.
Thanks to Doug Hoover and Kyle Christensen I got a Webex look at Thomson’s new Firm360 service that will be unveiled later this year and permission to write a little bit about it.
To the extent that category descriptions are useful, Firm360 will be Thomson’s entry into the world of competitive intelligence, market intelligence or one of the other catchphrases for this area of information services.
However, I don’t like to get too hung up on categories.
What I saw was a service that can give a lawyer or a law firm the kinds of information I’ve always wanted to have about my firm, competitor firms, clients and potential clients to make solid business decisions based on facts and not speculation.
Of course, the service gives you access to a combination of Thomson and public databases, but what got my attention is the way you can look at information in a variety of different and useful ways, look at trends as well as details and put information together in ways that actually help you make decisions.
At the end of the demo, Doug and I were talking about getting “actionable intelligence,” which, of course, is as incomprehensible a term as “competitive intelligence” or “knowledge management.” However, by the end of a demo, you might appreciate why we thought that term really explained the benefits of what I saw.
One of the most interesting applications of this service is to take advantage of easy-to-produce reports to provide exactly the kinds of information that corporate counsel are always saying they want. The ability to quickly assemble reports in a few minutes that might take a hundred or more hours to produce by hand is very attractive to me and will probably catch the attention of law librarians and others who are now producing these types of reports.
Firm360 has a website, but the offering is really more at an alpha, not even a beta, stage. Doug Hoover, Director of Marketing for Firm360, is the person to contact if you want to get more information about this service.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]