Why Aren’t Kids Going into IT (or Law) These Days?

Mitch Wagner at Information Week has set off a fascinating discussion that, frankly, has some profound implications, with his blog post “Why Kids Aren’t Getting Into IT.”
The money quote:
“Kids these days are worried about money and survival, in a way that we haven’t seen since before the baby boom. The kids who will enter college in a few weeks are kids who turned 14 when the planes hit the World Trade Center. They spent most of their adolescence, the time when kids get ready to enter the world of adulthood, learning about terrorism, war, the economic downturn, outsourcing, layoffs, increasing deficits, the health-care crisis–am I leaving anything out here? They resemble, in outlook, the generation that grew up in the Depression and fought in World War II. They grew up knowing the world is a scary place.”
I don’t know if Mitch is right, worng or somewhere in between, but his post prompted quite a discussion in the comments section and it strikes me that he raises some questions that we all should be spending a lot more time thinking about these days.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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The Sand and the Sea

I love the title Gerry Riskin chose for his recent post on law firm strategic planning – “38% of Law Firms are the Sand and their Clients are the Sea.”
The post is great, too.
The money quote:
“Planning is about making choices about what you prefer to do. You earn the right to do those things by providing more valuable legal work that the right prospective clients can appreciate.”
Otherwise, as Gerry says, “You just sit there like a grain of sand on the beach and your next work opportunity depends on the the nature of the next wave that rolls in.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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The Most Important Article You’ll Read on Legal Technology This Year?

At the must-read LLRX.com, you’ll find John Alber’s new article “Delivering Actionable Information To Front-Line Lawyers.”
This is a very important article and one that anyone interested in legal technology and law practice management should read and study carefully. . . and then set aside some time to think about its implications. I’ve heard John speak on this topic and his presentation gave me much to think about that has stayed with me ever since.
It’s easy to write off acronyms like KM, CRM and BPM as so much BS, but John’s article drives home the point that there is something of real substance at the root of these technology and business efforts, especially when properly understood and creatively implemented. I’ve long admired John’s ability to combine the creative and the practical.
John’s article is another example of a recent string of articles I’ve read and conversations that I’ve had in which a phrase something like “actionable intelligence” has come up as the focus of the discussion. It’s starting to get my attention. I’m curious to hear from others thinking in the same direction.
The money quote from the article:
“Because we can now model engagements to better understand the impact of alternative staffing and pricing arrangements, we can bid on business that our old rules of thumb would have prevented us from seeking. Our lawyers are also becoming increasingly astute about the impact of their pricing and staffing positions on firm profitability. . . . The more they use these tools, the smarter our lawyers get about economics and the more flexible they become about what pricing and staffing structures they consider.”
Fascinating, perhaps profound and definitely highly recommended.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Marty Schwimmer on Similar Blog Names and Blog Trademarks

Leading legal blogger and Moneyball fan Marty “The Trademark Blog” Schwimmer hits a home run with a great, concise discussion of the issues arising out of similar blog names and blog-related trademark issues.
There are few things that will upset a blogger more than seeing someone start a blog with a very similar name. If you’ve found yourself in that place, you’ll appreciate Marty’s post. And you’ll find a lot of other great material on his blog.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Randy Holloway’s Unfiltered Podcast – Show #2 – Randy and Dennis Talk about Lawyers and Technology

Randy Holloway has made the second show of his Unfiltered Podcast available. I was honored that Randy invited me to be the guest for the podcast. We had a good discussion about the sometimes wacky world of lawyers and technology, including topics like Tablet PCs and OneNote, electronic discovery and the uneasy relationship lawyers have with technology and how vendors might better provide and sell tools to lawyers (or, perhaps even better, to clients of lawyers).
As always, it was a lot of fun to have a conversation with Randy, who is a tech person who really understands the implications for of technology for lawyers (in fact, while we recorded the podcast, Randy admitted that he almost went to law school).
Randy will be involved in the big SQL Server 2005 rollout coming later this year and I think I talked Randy into helping me learning enough about what can be done with SQL Server to do a podcast later this year about the implications for the SQL Server in the legal profession.
I encourage you to listen to the podcast (and Randy’s show #1) and subscribe to the feed for Randy’s blog.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://ww.denniskennedy.com/blog/)
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