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Archive for June, 2005

Lunch with Randy Holloway

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

I was interviewed this morning for an upcoming article about lawyer blogging and ended the interview with my usual comment that the coolest thing about blogging is being part of the community of bloggers and getting to talk with, meet and become friends with other bloggers.
I got off the phone from that interview and had lunch with St. Louis blogger and star Microsoft employee, Randy Holloway. It was great fun and Randy has posted some very nice notes about our conversation on his blog. After those flattering comments, which make me blush, I’ll think I’ll be buying lunch next time. We have a mutual admiration society going because he is very talented and impresses the heck out of me – and he’s fun to hang out with.
I was thinking after Randy and I spoke about some of the difficulties in the field of legal technology. Often, I speak with lawyers who don’t quite get technology or the benefits it can bring. More often, the technology people don’t understand what lawyers do. It can be quite a disconnect.
That’s why it was fun talking with Randy today. He spent a bit of time working at a law firm on a big case with lots of discovery (in the pre-electronic discovery era) before his Microsoft career. He obviously knows the tech side, but he has an uncommon grasp of what lawyers do and how they work. He asks great, insightful questions and has a lot of useful comments and ideas for me. Plus, we get to talk about blogging, podcasting and stuff like that.
I’m also looking forward to getting the chance to see Randy speak at an upcoming SQL 2005 rollout event this fall.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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New Issue of Law Practice Today is Out and Has Podcasting Resources for Lawyers Article

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

As you know, I confess to a little bias because I am an editor and board member of the ABA’s Law Practice Today webzine, but the new issue is out, with a solo practitioner theme, and it’s great. Lots of good articles and columns.
I must especially recommend Tom Mighell and I’s “Strongest Links” column, called “MP3s, Podcasts and Internet Audio Resources for Lawyers,” which points to a variety of great resources for lawyers interested in podcasting, either as consumers or producers.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Answering Your Questions About Internet Telephony

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

I’ve been thinking a lot about Internet telephony (VoIP, Skype, et al.) after seeing a great presentation on VoIP and demo by Christian Na of Mitel in May.
One of the most helpful intros to Internet telephony I’ve seen is James Gaskin’s “Top Ten Questions People Ask About Switching to Internet Telephones.” For more reading, you can grab a chapter from his forthcoming book on the subject – Talk is Cheap: Switching to Internet Telephones – on the O’Reilly website (PDF).
As he says, “Everyone leaves home sooner or later, and thousands of people just like you are weaning themselves from Ma Bell every week.”
Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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A Great Primer on Collaboration Tools

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Denham Grey has a great, short primer on the various types of collaboration tools out there today and when, where and why you might find each of them useful. Very helpful, as are the other recent posts on Denham’s blog, making it well worth your while to visit.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Springsteen on the Floor – Part 2

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

For those of you who were curious . . . .
Doctor Jeff and I had great luck on Saturday, landing sixth row, orchestra pit tickets for the St. Louis Springsteen show. These are the best seats I’ve ever gotten for a Springsteen concert. Our results for the Milwaukee and St. Louis shows almost make up for the terrible luck we’ve had for the last few tours.
For those of you who like to keep track of these things, my best reserved seats for concerts have probably been:
second row, right in the center, for John Cougar Mellencamp; second row for the Joe Strummer version of the Clash; second row for Neil Young on his great tour with the country band, the International Harvesters; fourth row for Midnight Oil; and fourth row for Neil Young’s “grunge” tour. I’m probably forgetting something that a friend of mine will remind me about.
This doesn’t count the results of various efforts to work my way to the front of shows, especialy in the days of festival floor seating before the Cincinnati Who concert tragedy (like others of my age, I do know someone who was knocked to the ground in that incident, but fortunately was not hurt). I’m also not counting shows in very small venues.
There are, of course, plenty of not-so-good seats on my concert list.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Is CaseMap’s New ReportBooks Feature a Secret Weapon to Improve Client Relations?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

The title of this post is a rhetorical question, as you’ll see in my article called “Revolutionizing Client Relations with CaseMap’s New ReportBooks,” just published on the fantastic LLRX.com site. As usual, there are a number of great articles in this edition of LLRX.
I often hear people saying that there’s not much “new” or “cool” happening in legal technology. I just smile at them. They ain’t looking in the right places, if they that’s what they think. There’s a lot of cool things out there, You just gotta know where to look.
I’ve become such good friends with Bob Wiss and Greg Krehel of CaseMap over the years that I don’t really pretend to be objective about CaseMap, but I encourage you to read my article, think about the ReportBooks feature with an open mind and fresh eyes, and I think you’ll see ways to give your clients some of the things they really want from their lawyers.
The money quote for lawyers:
“I suggest that you get to ReportBooks before either your clients tell you to start using them or your clients stop calling you and move their work to competitors who do use them. As always, the choice is up to you, but this choice is much clearer than most of the technology choices you have these days.”
The money quote for clients of lawyers:
“If you are a client of a law firm, or a client of many law firms, as many corporate general counsel are today, then pick up the phone and find out why your firms haven’t told you about ReportBooks yet. In today’s world, the bill for that call from your lawyer might be more than the upgrade price for CaseMap, but it will pay for itself many times over if you improve the quality of information about your matters as much as ReportBooks can do for you.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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WSJ Grokster Roundtable Illustrates Benefits of Blogs for Serious Discussion of Legal News

Monday, June 27th, 2005

The traditional model: Supreme Court decides major case and 6 to 12 months later (or even later) serious discussion of the case and its implications appear in law review articles.
The new model: Supreme Court decides major case and immediately serious discussion of the case by a stellar panel of experts appears on a group blog set up for the purpose.
Check of the WSJ Grokster Roundtable and see which approach you prefer and ponder the future of the traditional approach.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Like Burningbird, We’re Burning in St. Louis

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Shelley Powers accurately captures the today’s summer feeling here in St. Louis in her post “Don’t Visit St. Louis.” It’s demoralizing and a little dangerous. This afternoon, My daughter and I drove over to the bookstore and passed two banks with signs indicating the temperature was 105 degrees. And it’s that wet, humid kind of heat. Apparently no relief in the forecast.
Steve Nipper was in town yesterday at the rethink(ip) tour made its second stop in St. Louis in recent weeks. Doug Sorocco was here a few weeks ago. We got a few hours to have a great conversation, but I think that Steve experienced enough summer weather to be in hurry to get back to Idaho.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

My eBooks Now Available at the Professional Marketing Store

Friday, June 24th, 2005

A big thank you from me to Larry Bodine for making my eBooks available for purchase at the Professional Marketing Store.
There are three eBooks for you to consider purchasing (and remember buying the eBooks is a great way to support this blog).
1. Preparing Your Law Firm for the Internet Era: 150 Steps Toward a 21st Century Practice of Law – 150 tips, action steps, key questions and other insights in the best ways to prepare your firm for and help it thrive in the Internet era.
2. Dennis Kennedy’s Legal Technology Primer – a collection of more than one hundred of my articles articles on a wide range of legal technology topics. From the blurb: “My approach to technology has always been to focus on what helps lawyers and users. I always try to focus on the practical aspects of how a technology can be used rather than on esoteric technical details. I also have the point of view of a practicing lawyer. This combination has, I believe, accounted for the longevity and popularity of many of my articles.”
3. Unlocking the Secrets of Legal Technology and Technology Law: Finding Your Way in the First Internet Era – A “best of” collection from all of my writings on legal technology, technology law and other musings, including some of my favorite blog posts, all in one collection.
Check out the eBooks, consider buying one or more to supoprt this blog, and take the time while you are there to browse the other offerings at the Professional Marketing Store.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

Summer Reading Recommendation – Stealing History

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

I finished reading Roger Atwood’s Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World last night and recommend it as a good book to add to your summer reading list.
It’s a sad and compelling story about the staggering level of looting of ancient graves and archaeological sites, giving both some history and a glimpse at the unprecedented level of plundering of cultural heritage of countries, the loss of knowledge of ancient civilizations and the trade that facilitates it all. What are we doing to ourselves? This is stuff that we all need to know about.
A rain forest here, a previously unknown civilization there – pretty soon it adds up to something tragic.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]