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Archive for July, 2005

Law Practice Magazine Issue Focuses on Blogging Phenomenon

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Thanks to WisBlawg for the great post summarizing the special collection of articles on blogging featured in this month;s issue of the ever-excellent Law Practice magazine from the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section.
I wanted to highlight two of the articles.
First, Will Hornsby simply knows more about legal ethics and the use of the Internet by lawyers than anyone else and this article relecting his views about the ethical implications deserve wide reading and study.
Second, we hope that you enjoy the roundtable article on the future of lawyer blogging written as a blogging experiment by my colleagues and me over at the Between Lawyers blog.
Note: These articles are now freely available to the public, but I believer that they will become available only to members of the ABA LPM Section in about a month.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Jumping on the Podcasting Bandwagon

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Randy Holloway has pre-announced the upcoming edition of his new podcast in which I’ll be making a guest appearance. We’re planning to record it on Friday and, tentatively, we’ll be covering Tablet PC and OneNote, how lawyers use (or don’t use) software and probably a few surprises. I’d like to re-create with Randy some of the earlier discussions he and I had on electronic discovery issues, but I’m the guest and will be happy to discuss whatever topics Randy wants to cover.
What about my own podcast? Oh, I’ll think you’ll be seeing a few things along those lines happening in the next few weeks. Until then, I’m always happy to put in a guest appearance whenever asked.
My first podcast can be found via this link.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Hey, There is Life in Law Firm KM After All

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Judy Lamont’s article “Law Firms Reinvent KM” may give many people something to think about. I can’t count the number of people who have said to me in the last year that nothing is happening in law firm KM or that KM in law is dead. I’ll admit to having some doubts a couple of years ago, but I’ve seen much lately that really intrigues me and makes me at least moderately optimistic that practical, useful KM efforts are happening in some law firms (and, perhaps more significantly, in corporate legal departments).
It’s a very useful article with several good examples of actual KM projects in firms.
The money quote, to my surprise, came from me:
“Law firms have become more pragmatic in their use of knowledge management technology,” says Dennis Kennedy, a legal technology expert. “They are less concerned about the buzzwords and more focused on what can be accomplished.”
Highly recommended.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Getting More Out of the Software You Already Own

Monday, July 11th, 2005

One of your wisest uses of your legal technology budget is not buying what you already own. How many times have you done that? Are you sure those are the only times?
Let me recommend that you add to your reading list the article, “Maximize the Value of Your Accounting Software Package,” which I found in today’s issue of the SmartPros newsletter.
The article summary says:
“Most companies will spend a significant sum to replace or upgrade their accounting or enterprise resource planning software. But many of those same firms use just a fraction of the software’s many capabilities.”
The money quote:
“In these programs, there are often automatic tools like document imaging systems that will scan an invoice, record it in the system and match it to a purchase order for preapproval,” he says. “But users often bypass that feature — either because they don’t know it’s there or because they don’t know how to use it.”
The article suggest four steps for you to consider:
1. Reassess your primary and secondary needs for purchasing the system.
2. Look for duplicate applications in your office.
3. Take advantage of quick customization opportunities.
4. Support ongoing user training.
That’s a pretty good to-do list for any organization.
Remember the money that you waste on bad technology decisions (and it’s hard to imagine a worse use of your budget than buying something that you already own) prevents you from having money available to implement innovative technologies.
[Originallly posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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More Blog Postings from Dennis Kennedey – Between Lawyers and LexThink

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

This blog is not my only blogging effort these days. Please check out the two other blogs where I post on a regular basis – the Between Lawyers blog and the LexThink blog.
On Between Lawyers, I probably had a little too much fun, along with making some serious comments, while discussing the current Supreme Court vacancy.
On LexThink, I’ve been posting on a variety of recommended readings on innovation and related topics. There’s some great material that I’ve mentioned on the LexThink blog lately.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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The Rethink(ip) Tour – the Trifecta

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

I just had my third in-person meeting in the last few weeks with the three Rethink(ip) guys. This time I met with Matt Buchanan. As I did at the end of each of the other two meetings, I came away very impressed with these three guys, their abilities and their vision. These guys “get it.” And they are a lot of fun to hang out with – they have tons of great ideas.
I encourage you to make a visit to Rethink(ip) and see what Doug, Matt and Steve are doing. I’ll also let the cat out of the bag, slightly, to reveal that the Rethink(ip) group will be working with LexThink to create a LexThink IP conference that will probably take place this fall. It will be similar in approach to LexThink 1.0, except that the focus will be on intellectual property issues, both legal and practical. It will be an invitation-only event, so be sure to let me know if you would like to be put on the list of potential invitees.
I’m intrigued by how the LexThink approach reflects many of the ideas I’ve been seeing recently about “unconferences.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Independence Day Readings

Monday, July 4th, 2005

I’ve gotten into the habit of re-reading the Declaration of Independence on July 4. I have thoughts about that today on Between Lawyers.
I’m not sure why I’ve begun to do this. In one sense, I assume that I do so because I think that it still speaks to me or, at least, that I think that it should still be speaking to me. In another sense, I’m interested in its vitality and the nergy that lives in the words. Lately, I’m fascinated by the act of courage that it embodies and the way that it shows that there are times and places where the course of events makes it imperative that you do things your own way.
Recommended reading if you have a few free moments today. Or, like me, you might decided to make the time and take a few minutes out of your day to read it. Think about it.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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