See you at ILTA?

Hey, I’m going to be spending a few days at the big ILTA legal technology conference next week (had a great time last year). I’d love to say hello and visit with any readers of my blog. We can also try to get the bloggers there together for a drink. Let me know or look for me there.
[Originally postedon DennisKennedy.Blog (]

The Big Firm to Solo Practice Route Becomes Less Attractive?

I read a fascinating article today (couldn’t find an online version to link to) about a survey that asked lawyers in big law firms whether they would leave their firms to start a solo practice if they were guaranteed sufficient capital to do so.
93% of the respondents said “NO” they would not do so, even with the necessary capital in hand. This number represents a significant increase from the surveys of the last two years.
Given the general sense that generation X is more entrepreneurial than the baby boom generation and the number of big firm lawyers who’ve complained to me over the years that lack of capital to start their own practice was the only thing keeping them at a big firm, I find the results quite surprising. I’m curious to see what others think of these results, even accepting that they probably are not scientifically valid results.
For those 7% who might want to make the jump, let me note the new 4th edition of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s Flying Solo book has just been published and it is a treasure trove of information for any lawyer in or planning to start a solo practice. Bill Gibson did a masterful job of editing the new edition. I was a co-editor of the Technology section and wrote three chapters. Check it out.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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From Vulnerability Announcement to Exploit in the Wild in Less than A Week – Living in the Modern World

Yikes! Lest you forget that keeping Windows constantly updated is a basic requirement of computer security, here’s a story from PC Magazine that illustrates the point that you shouldn’t dawdle in applying updates. From the PC Magazine Security Watch email newsletter:
“It didn’t take long. Less than a week after Microsoft revealed a serious vulnerability in the Plug and Play service, worms were out on the Internet exploiting it. See how to identify the worms in this week’s Top Threat section.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Intel’s New Info Tool on Mobile Computing for Lawyers

I really believe that way too few lawyers take advantage of the benefits of wireless Internet access with a notebook computer or Tablet PC. This combination makes so much sense for lawyers at a zillion different levels. It pains me when I hear about firms that are seriously talking about taking notebook computers away from lawyers and giving them only desktop computers and BlackBerries.
This only makes sense to me if you want to drive your most tech-savvy lawyers out of your firm in a short time. That may well be the plan, for all I know.
A while back, some of my friends in Intel’s Centrino group asked me about an idea to create an informational website or tool that would help explain to lawyers the tangible benefits of mobile computing. Obviously, the site would focus on the Centrino technology.
[By way of disclosure, longtime readers of this blog know that I have made two videos with and for Intel's Centrino group about the ways lawyers can use mobile computing to improve their work and their lives and I have received the use of two Centrino computers in return. So, factor that in when considering my comments, but I've been making the same points on mobile computing for many years.]
We had a couple of good discussions and they went off to their creative people.
I heard today that the Wireless Advantages for the Legal Profession tool is now available. It’s pretty cool and very well done. It gives you a good education about the key tangible benefits lawyers can gain from mobile wireless computing, including better client service. Let me repeat that – better client service.
It may be just the tool you need to convince your firm to allow you to get a new notebook computer or Tablet PC or to permit you to hang on to the one you have. I’m also surprised by the number of lawyers (OK, even one of them would have surprised me) whose firms will not let them get a notebook with a wireless card or Centrino. Hey, wake up – every kid in high school has wireless computing these days.
But, you don’t need me to tell you about it. You want to look at the cool tool Intel has created.
Here’s what you do. Go to In the right column, under step 2, you will see a section on “Law.” Now click on the link that says “Explore the legal demo” and voila, you are there. Do some exploring and then some thinking before you make your next computer decision or have your next computer decision made for you. You’ll find a lot of good ideas there.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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UsingTablet PC for Productive Purposes

Marc Orchant points to a great article from Michael Linenberger called “4 Tips for Improving Tasks at Work” that shows you ways you can use a Tablet PC to be more productive in your work. In a case of a picture being worth a thousand words, you’ll see from the illustrations what you really can do with a Tablet PC.
I get a lot of genuine interest in my Tablet PC from lawyers when I show them my HP Tablet PC. However, the lawyers seem universally to say that they won’t be able to get their firms to buy them a Tablet PC. I’ve always wondered if, pathetic as it may seem, a lawyer could set up an arrangement with his or her firm to provide 10 – 15 extra billable hours in exchange for being able to get the technology that best helped them get the job done.
For more of my views on the Tablet PC, see my TechnoLawyer article called “A Field Report on the Tablet PC” and listen to my comments about Tablet PCs for lawyers in Randy Holloway’s Unfiltered Podcast #2.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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