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Archive for January, 2006

Do You Have Any More Good Resources about What Lawyers Need to Know about Metadata in Documents?

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I’ve found two good articles on metadata this week that I wanted to highlight.
The first is an excellent, detailed article by Craig Ball called “Understanding Metadata” that goes into many of the specific details about metadata in Microsoft Office documents, as well as explaining two descriptive categories of metadata – system metadata and application data. If you want a great “under the hood” look at metadata, this article is the place to start. Evan Schaeffer is also a fan of the article.
The second article focuses more on the evidentiary and procedural rules and case law to-date addressing metadata issues. It’s called “Uncertain and Unseen” by Todd Nunn, of Preston Gates, and a great primer on these issues.
For a good overview primer that points you to some good resources, I still like the Thinking E-discovery column called “Mining the Value from Metadata” that Tom Mighell, Evan Schaeffer and I wrote about a month ago.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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When and Where is the Blogger Meetup at LegalTech NY?

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Tom Mighell and I have put together the details for the Sunday evening blogger meetup we’re putting together while we are in New York for the LegalTech conference.

This is going out to everyone who expressed interest in meeting up (bloggers or otherwise) on Sunday night in NYC. Rather than try to find a restaurant that would fit all of us, we decided that you’re on your own for dinner. Let’s meet for drinks at 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton New York’s Bridge Bar. The address is 1335 Avenue of the Americas. It’s just off the lobby. The Hilton is where LegalTech will be held, so hopefully you’ll all be somewhere in the neighborhood. See you Sunday night!

There’s no need to RSVP for the meetup, but you can let Tom or me know that you will be joining us so we can look for you. My guess right now is that there will be ten to twenty people there, but we’ll be happy to have as many people join us as are available. And, no, you don’t have to be a blogger (or a legal blogger) – just pretend that you are thinking about starting a blog.
Just a reminder that I’ll be speaking about Top Trends in Electronic Discovery Technology on Tuesday, January 31 at 3:30 PM as the guest of my friends at Caselogistix.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog)]
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How Do You Think Nonprofits Can Benefit from Blogs and RSS?

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Marshall Kirkpatrick interviewed me via Skype IM last night about this question and a wide range of other technology, blogging, RSS, OPML, legal and nonprofit questions. It was a lot of fun.
He’s posted the interview, Communication, Law and Web 2.0, on the Netsquared.org site, where there is a lot of great stuff happening at the intersection of nonprofits and technology, including a cool upcoming conference.
I encourage you to read the interview, of course, but I also hope that you spend some time on the site and see what they are doing and whether there might be ways that you can help.
Net2 - share build collaborate
Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Was That Just Your One Thousandth Blog Post I Saw?

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Hey, it was! That’s cool. One thousand posts. As some wags who think I write long posts might say, “That must be, what, five million words?”
The third anniversary (or, as some bloggers like to say, the start of my fourth year of blogging) is fast approaching. Since my blog’s birthday is quite close to my birthday, I’m thinking over having another blawgiversary event on my blog this year. Details to come.
Speaking of birthdays . . . earlier this week I became an uncle again, time two, when my wife’s sister and my brother-in-law, Mike and Maureen McLean, became the parents of twins, Ava and Marissa. Everyone is still in the hospital, but it sounds like all is going well. Pretty exciting.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Can You Tell Us More About the “Surviving the Email Avalanche” Webinar You’re Speaking at on February 14?

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Surviving the Email Avalanche is a “must-hear” teleconference and webinar presented by the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association on February 14, 2006. The details are available at http://www.abanet.org/litigation/cle/02_14_06.html.
Todd Flaming, Ted Banks, Nancy Flynn and I will be your faculty presenters. To be honest, with this group even the preliminary brainstorming conference we had was highly educational – I learned quite a few new things.
Usability expert Jakob Nielsen wrote in 1999 that, when surveyed, everyone said that they were overwhelmed by the amount of email they received – whether it was 10 or 100 emails a day. Nielesen said, “No matter how much email you get, it is too much and too stressful – and you are behind in dealing with it.” Isn’t it quaint to think back to 1999 when 100 emails seemed like a lot?
In the session, we are going to take a highly practical approach and offer you ideas for dealing with your overflowing inbox at the personal, organizational and policy levels. You will get some great ideas and nothing will help you more with your personal productivity than getting your email under control.
So, get on over the registration site and see if you can attend. We’d definitely enjoy having you be part of the audience.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Did You Write a New White Paper about Lawyers and Time-keeping?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Sharp eyes. Thanks for noticing. Yes, if you go to the AIRTIME-Manager website, you can get a free download of a white paper I wrote on the idea of “time capture” and ways time-keeping and time sheets can be handled in ways that work the ways lawyers work.
Interestingly, this was the first white paper I’ve done. I’ve recently had several companies approach me about whether I’d write white papers for them. I’ve really enjoyed my experience doing this and I definitely welcome inquiries about doing more of this type of writing.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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How is the Relationship between Lawyers and IT Departments Changing Because of Web 2.0 and Other Developments?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

I’ve really been enjoying the SLAW blog lately and recommend that you check it out.
Here’s a great example why. Patrick Cormier writes a post called “The Uneasy Lawyer and IT Dialogue” that gives us much to think about in the dynamic of the lawyer-IT relationship and how Web 2.0 (or Law 2.0) concepts affect that relationship. Highly recommended.
The money quote:

Web 2.0 matters for the legal profession, because it promotes an information environment in which lawyers can simplify access to material of precedential value. The difficulty consists in selecting and optimizing the right mix of these technologies; finding how to leverage them and especially how to carefully deploy them within an integrated information management (IM) framework.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Can You Recommend a Good Introduction to Web 2.0 Tools for Lawyers?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Jim Calloway has a great new article called The “Next Generation” of the Internet? – Web 2.0, that gently introduces lawyers to the ideas and potential of Web 2.0 tools and concepts. Highly recommended.
Jim also recommends two introductory articles that I had a hand in – Does Web 2.0 Point Us Toward Law 2.0? and The Strongest Links: Web 2.0.
I learned that Jim is finally going to fulfill his longtime wish to attend LegalTech New York. I’m definitely looking forward to spending some time with Jim there.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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What Are Some Good Ideas for Updating a Law Firm Website?

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

I just read some great ideas on updating law firm websites from Fred Faulkner, one of my favorite people to work with (especially after the two years or so we worked together on Law Practice Today). Fred knows his stuff – he’s now the webmaster for the American Bar Association.
I recently got the chance to co-present with Fred (and Kevin O’Keefe – anyone else think that Kevin looks like Jack Bauer on 24 in his picture on his blog?) at BlawgThink, which was a lot of fun for me – and I learned a lot.
Fred has started a new column called “Faulkner’s Practical Web Strategies for Attorneys” on LLRX.com.
This month’s column is called “New Year’s Resolution: Update Your Website.” It takes you through some great ideas for updating your website in the easy, moderate and difficult categories. Read the article and pass along a copy to your web designer. Great job, Fred.
I’m the process of putting together a couple of simple flat-fee website and blog consulting packages that will focus on improving content and the overall success of law firm websites and blogs. Let me know if you might be interested in learning more about the packages.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Caselogistix and Affiliate Marketing Links

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

As I’ve mentioned, my friends at Caselogistix are bringing me to LegalTech NY next week to speak about trends and predictions in electronic discovery. I hope to see you there. I did a run-through of the presentation today and was pleased with how it is turning out.
As I’ve learned more about Caselogistix, I’ve become intrigued about how this tool fits into the whole litigation management / electronic discovery field. If your practice concentrates in these areas, you’ll definitely want to do some research to see if it fits your specific needs. I like their tagline: “Litigation software so easy to use, lawyers actually use it.”
As part of a new experiment on this blog for 2006, I’m trying out an affiliate marketing link on this blog that is designed to produce a small commission for purchases of Caselogistix use the affiliate link. Essentially, I’ll be doing with Caselogistix exactly what I do with book links through the Amazon Associates program.
You would be correct if you assume that I get a lot of requests to mention products on my blog or put links in the Legal Technology Central Section of my website. I’m looking at affiliate marketing arrangements as a reasonable economic approach to handling those requests. I’m interested in your feedback on that approach.
So, I encourage you to learn more about Caselogistix by using this link:

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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