Where are the Lawyers at Legal Technology Seminars These Days?

The nice people at IKON put on a great legal technology seminar in St. Louis yesterday. I learned a lot and took a lot of notes. Among other things, there was great coverage of electronic discovery, records management and legal tech from the corporate law department point of view (something I call “client-driven technology”).
It was well-attended (more than 70 people), but when they “qualified the audience,” there were only a handful of lawyers in the room.
The rest were IT staff, paralegals and legal administrators. I’ve noticed this trend over the last several months as I’ve attended legal technology and electronic discovery seminar sessions that are increasingly made up of IT people rather than lawyers.
Maybe I’m off target, but I feel that lawyers should want to hear a representative from the legal department of a major corporation talk about where they would like to go with their technology and how their law firms could help them. They might also like to know where their clients feel that their law firms are not responsive enough.
If you want one “take-away” to consider carefully, it was this: corporate legal departments are increasingly being called on to be part of the business team in terms of budgeting and other standard business approaches. Law firms that do not help them do that should expect to find a growing impatience. Electronic billing is one way to help.
I learned a good deal about the current state of affairs in electronic discovery, compliance and records management, and other things as well, but, looking back on my notes, I can’t help but notice this comment – “What is the mix of this audience and where are the lawyers?”
If you are one of those lawyers who seem to be staying away from good educational events on legal technology, let me encourage you to attend ABA TECHSHOW 2006. Hope to see you there. I guarantee that you’ll get a competitive advantage over the lawyers who seem to be isolating themselves from learning about the leading technology issues of the day that are front-and-center for their clients.
My thank you goes out to IKON for inviting me to this seminar and I’m glad I had a gap in my schedule to attend it. Well worth it and, if this show comes to your town, I recommend it.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Keeping Your Mobile Phone or PDA with You For Always

Martin Geddes at the Telepocalypse blog reports on a “just when you thought you had heard of everything” story of people being buried with their cell phones at their sides in their caskets.
No reports yet of people being buried wearing those headsets with the bright blue LEDs. However, there are apparently stories of people being buried with extra batteries.
Hey, if you consider what ancient pharoahs and royalty have been buried with, maybe it’s no so strange.
Well . . . yes, it is strange.
In my case (thank you Verizon), my reception six feet underground probably cannot be any worse than the reception I get on my cell phone at my house.
By the way, I like how Martin turns this weird story into a lesson that he draws about the telcom industry. I met and had dinner with Martin last year after the Chicago BlogWalk and was greatly impressed with his knowledge of the telcom industry and its trends and challenges. Be sure to read his whole post.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Congratulations to Evan Schaeffer on a Year of Podcasting Legally

I listened today to Evan Schaeffer’s Legal Underground Podcast #47, which is his un-anniversary podcast honoring his first anniversary of podcasting.
As always, it’s well-produced, witty, insightful and very professional. If you wondered what podcasting is and how lawyers might use it, this is a great podcast to check out. It’s just over 8 minutes long, so it’s an easy one to get on your to-listen list.
Longtime readers of this blog, especially those with sharp memories, will recall that Evan’s podcast won my 2005 Blawggie Award for Best Legal Podcast.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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BlawgWorld 2006 eBook Now Available for Public Download

TechnoLawyer’s BlawgWorld 2006 is a great sampler of useful, thought-provoking and enjoyable blog posts from more than fifty of the many law-related blogs out there these days, including two posts from me – one from this blog and one from the Between Lawyers blog. Download it for free here.
BlawgWorld 2006 gives those new to the world of blogging a great sampling of the range and nature of the law-related blogs. It’s not comprehensive, or even designed to be, but it’s a very nice sampler, especially for those who have heard about blogs, but haven’t really read any blogs yet.
Although it’s easy for people these days to over-think and over-discuss the whole “blogging phenomenon,” I will note that if you read through BlawgWorld 2006, you’ll see why I’ve begun to describe blogs as “online newspaper or magazine columns without the newspaper or magazine.” Don’t think so much about the items in the eBook as part of “blogging,” just view them as short, informative and enjoyable articles.
Download it for free here.
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[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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National Sleep Awareness Week 2006 Starts Today

I’ll be ringing in National Sleep Awareness Week this evening by taking a follow-up sleep study tonight. As some of you know, I’m among the estimated 18 million Americans trying to deal with sleep apnea. My condition has lasted several years and is characterized as mild-to-moderate (but still difficult). I have made some significant improvement and have gotten praise from my doctors for doing everything they suggest.
As a result, I’ve become a big advocate for getting sleep-tested when the symptoms are apparent (male, over 40, snorer, 17″ neck size, to name a few). For more info, check out this article and Wikipedia entry.
If you have sleep apnea or know someone who does (or might have), the best resource I’ve found is Paretz Lavie’s excellent book, Restless Nights.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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