The Search for an Appropriate and Accurate Job Title / Description

It seems like a lot of journalists and writers have been calling me lately to interview for quotes for articles. There always comes a point in the phone call where the writer asks, “So, how should I describe you in the article?”
Most of the time, they want to say something that includes “The Dennis Kennedy Law Firm, LLC,” which leads to a long description that, to me, would interrupt the flow of the article.
Lately, I tell them to describe me as “a computer lawyer and legal technology consultant based in St. Louis.”
Maybe I can do better than that and I welcome your suggestions.
Sometimes, I’ll suggest the term “legal technology expert.” That’s led to me being listed in three of the top ten results for that term on Google.
However, I’ve always felt a little presumptuous (or is it pretentious? probably both) suggesting that someone describe me that way.
Some people also react negatively to the use of the word “consultant” and I’ve tried to think of a better word.
I kind of like the word “authority,” but “legal technology authority” has a lot of syllables.
A while back, I read this post about “industry analysts” and really liked that term. In fact, in 2006, “legal technology industry analyst” probably most accurately describes the bulk of the work I’ve done so far this year. It certainly describes a role that I have in the legal tech world.
“Legal technology industry analyst,” however, has a lot of syllables and, frankly, is not very melodic.
So, yesterday I was listening to National Public Radio and the host of a segment introduced the guest as “humorist Stanley Bing.”
Whoa! That’s a description I’d like to have. I couldn’t even listen to what Bing was saying (something about the Roman Empire being the prototype for the modern corporation) because I was thinking about how cool it was to be described as a “humorist” and what he might have had to do to achieve that description.
What’s cool is that he is referred to simply as “humorist.” Not “business humorist” or any other qualifier. That’s the ultimate. But you have to start somewhere.
“Legal technology humorist, Dennis Kennedy.” “Legal tech humorist.” The human brain, of course, is not wired to deal with the term “legal humorist.” Blogger humorist? Blawg humorist?
I’m still playing around with the idea. I mean, how would you establish your credentials as a legal tech humorist? Maybe write a post where you use the term “legal technology humorist” a bunch of times and then point to the Google search results as your credentials? Or would you create a Technorati tag for ““? I’m just not sure.
On the other hand, the phrase probably wouldn’t get past an editor and be published anyway.
So, I’m continuing the search for the perfect, short descriptor to use to describe me when quoted and I’m more than a little jealous of what Stanley Bing was able to accomplish.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Searching for a Good Topic for a Blog Post – Just Another Day in the Life of a Blogger

Last week at TECHSHOW, a number of people asked me about blogging. There are several common misconceptions about blogging.
Some people asked me not to blog about our conversations or thought that I was going to dash away from whatever I was doing to blog. I never blog about conversations or “live blog” or post during or immediately after an event – not my style.
Others wondered how I found time to do “all that blogging,” and were surprised that my goal has always been to post 3 to 5 posts a week. They would probably have been more surprised to know how much I was looking forward to taking a break from blogging while attending TECHSHOW.
In fact, it’s often harder to decide on a topic to post about than it is to write the post.
Today is a perfect example.
I thought I’d write on some more of my reactions to TECHSHOW. Then Tom Mighell and I decided that it made more sense to talk about our findings from TECHSHOW in our next podcast rather than to write a bunch of posts or a long post.
Then I noticed that I’ve had a couple of articles come out recently and thought I’d mention those and link to them. Unfortunately, the two articles I wanted to link to are not available on the web. The first is called “Increasing Profitability: Moving into alternative billing via technology,” and it appears in the April / May 2006 print issue of Law Office Computing. In the article, I consider the role technology can play in contributing to a lawyer’s or law firm’s profitability.
The second article, which may be available on the web for a limited time soon, appears in the April / May 2006 issue of Law Practice Magazine and is called “Tech Costs Spinning Out of Control?” It’s a roundtable article in which Sharon Nelson, Craig Ball, Jim Calloway, Ross Kodner, John Simek and I discuss ways solos and small firms can get more bang for the buck with technology. It’s also worth getting your hands on this issue to read Tom Mighell’s excellent article on the current state of blogging.
Unfortunately, I don’t like writing a blog post about an article that doesn’t have a live link to the underlying article. That ruled that topic out.
My next idea was to write an initial post on my initial experience with my new MacBook Pro, which, as some of my readers know, came to me when Apple selected me as one of a test group to experiment and evaluate Macs in the legal environment. However, I’d rather use the MacBook Pro and get the hang of it rather than write about it yet. I will say that I’m really liking it so far.
I then thought about either mentioning the free BlawgWorld eBook or the upcoming New Orleans, New Law event that many people I know will be involved with and for which exhibitors and sponsors are still sought. However, I felt I needed to write about them in more depth than I was prepared to do today.
Then I realized that I had taken two good short topics I could have used and posted about them on the Between Lawyers blog. I don’t like to “echo post” my Between Lawyers posts, so I ran into another dead end there.
The result is that common posting trick of bloggers – the metapost – or post about the process of writing (or not writing a post). Rather than writing a complete, developed post, I can allude to a few unrelated topics, talk about process and still have a post.
It takes many tricks to blog on a regular basis.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Back from TECHSHOW – A Few Notes

I’m now back from the 20th edition of TECHSHOW where I had a great time. A number of people have provided some notes (and pictures) from TECHSHOW. Tom Mighell has an especially good round-up here.
I had a great time speaking on computer security with Dan Pinnington and podcasting with Tom Mighell (see one attendee’s reactions here). Tom and I would be more than happy to reprise the podcasting presentation for other groups.
I had a great legal tech moment on Friday when I found myself chatting in a group with Burgess Allison, David Johnson and Ron Staudt – three of the original founders of TECHSHOW and three of the biggest influences on my approach to legal technology. I’ve always appreciated the generosity of the early pioneers in legal technology and modeled my own approach on how they have treated me. It was a pleasure to get the chance to visit with these three and many other great people over the past few days at TECHSHOW and LexThink Lounge.
I’ll report on some of the more interesting things I learned over the next few days, as well as on my upcoming testing of the Macintosh environment.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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LexThink Lounge Photos

A big thank you to Lynn and Rob Robinson for posting on Flickr a collection of photos from the LexThink Lounge event on Wednesday evening. We had a great time!
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Pre-TECHSHOW/LexThink Lounge Odds and Ends

Hope to see some of the readers of this blog at either the LexThink Lounge event or the ABA TECHSHOW over the next few days.
I’m not much for “live blogging” – I prefer to talk to people when I get the chance to be with them in person – so I’m not sure how much posting I’ll do over the next few days.
In the interim, you might enjoy the audio clip I posted over at the Between Lawyers blog or thinking about Kevin O’Keefe’s excellent question about when the legal profession will start to move to RSS. As my friends know, I’ve been waiting to help the legal profession make that move for the last few years.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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