Electronic Discovery Predictions and Trends Presentation at LegalTech WestCoast 2006

Thanks to the very nice people at Caselogistix, I’ll be speaking at the LegalTech Westcoast 2006 show on the afternoon of June 5 about electronic discovery trends and predictions. The panel for this presentation consists of me, so you’ll get a lot of my favorite ideas, for better or worse. I guarantee I’ll give you plenty of things to think about.
This presentation will be an update of the presentation I gave back in January at LegalTech New York that was one of my best-received presentations, so I’m excited to get to give it again. There will be changes from the earlier version. In fact, quite a bit is changing in the world of electronic discovery these days.
If you are attending the show, it’d be great if you would attend my session and say hello. I’ll be around the show as well and don’t have much in the way of specific plans. If there’s a group of bloggers who might like to get together, let me know and we can get the word out. Otherwise, I’ll probably focus on seeing what’s going on with vendors these days.
After LegalTech, I’ll give two presentations at the always great Missouri Solo and Small Firm Conference – one on email management and information overload (and the role of blogs) and the other on inexpensive technology choices for litigators (where I’ll get the chance to co-present with my friend Bob Wiss from CaseSoft).
Then . . . I looked at my calendar and saw that I have no other presentations scheduled for the near future. Of course, that means that I should be reminding you that this is a GREAT time to schedule me to speak for your group or event. However, I must admit that it’s nice to have a little break from speaking this summer.
In any event, I hope to see you in Los Angeles or Missouri next week. Be sure to say hello if you see me.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Special Offers from Conference Calls Unlimited for Readers of DennisKennedy.Blog

Zane Safrit, CEO of Conference Calls Unlimited, has put together some special offers for readers of DennisKennedy.Blog and I’m offering them to you as another blog reader appreciation gift (like the recent X1 offer).
I met Zane at the original LexThink event and saw him again at the LexThink Lounge event. He also recorded my first podcast when he interviewed me last year. I’m a regular reader of Zane’s blog and I always enjoy talking with him and hearing about his insights.
I’m always on conference calls lately where someone conferences people in and asks, “Is everyone still on?” Or people apologize in advance in case they drop someone while trying to conference someone in.
The conference call services at Conference Calls Unlimited just plain work. It’s a pleasure to use the service.
If you are considering a conference call service, or reevaluating an existing one, take a look at the offers from Conference Calls Unlimited for readers of this blog. Thanks again for reading my blog.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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NY Times on Employee Blogging Issues – With a Quote from Dennis Kennedy

Check out the article in today’s NY Times called “Interns? No Bloggers Need Apply” by Anna Bahney, which explores the intersection of blogging and employment.
Anna and I spoke earlier this week while she was working on the article and there’s a quote from me in the article toward the end of the piece. Our conversation was quite interesting and I may return to some of the ideas we discussed in future posts on my blog. I thank Anna for including me.
I’ve written quite a bit on blogging policies and blogging and employment/expression issues on the Between Lawyers blog. Our archive of posts on blogging policies is an excellent collection of writings on these topics.
As they say, there’s nothing like being able to drop casually into a conversation, “oh, I was quoted in the New York Times this morning.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Testing the MacBook Pro – Report #1

As many of my regular readers know, Apple recently selected me for a special program to evaluate the MacBook Pro in the context of the legal profession.I’ve been busy putting it through the paces, with some invaluable help from my daughter and Steve Nipper and Doug Sorocco of the RethinkIP group.
Other than a thorny network connection problem that related more to my ISP’s instructions than anything else (thanks to Doug Sorocco for some very valuable help and then not stopping me from trying something I know he disagreed with), my experience has been great so far. It’s a beautiful machine and it takes me back to the late 80s and early 90s when I was the happy user of a Mac SE and regular attendee of the Gateway Mac User Group meetings in St. Louis.
Earlier this week, I wrote a new, long article from scratch on the Mac and thoroughly enjoyed the writing experience. The keyboard feels great and this is the first touchpad I’ve used in a while where I don’t accidentally drag my thumbs across the surface and send the cursor all over the place while typing. The best part about the keyboard, however, is how it lights up in low light. Awesome.
Based on my experience so far, I’ll make a couple of observations for those lawyers thinking about making the shift from Windows to Mac (which is the focus of the Apple evaluation program).
1. I never realized how important the notion of right-clicking my mouse had become to me. Macs have a one button mouse (although you can easily add a two-button USB mouse). Once I learned and got used to the fact that control-clicking accomplshed the same thing as right-clicking, I was in good shape.
2. Similarly, Macs use the “option” key rather than the “control” key for a number of actions. No big deal, but it takes a little getting used to.
3. I’m as comfortable in Microsot Office for Mac as I am in Windows.
4. I haven’t yet started to experiment with running Windows programs – that’s on my to-do list – maybe with the brand new release of CaseMap 6 (congratulations to Bob, Greg and everyone at CaseSoft on the sale to Lexis!).
5. I did a lot of copying of files to the Mac in a variety of ways (USB drive, Bluetooth and, after I got the networking going, over a network). As of now, I still somewhat prefer Windows Explorer to the Mac Finder, but that’s largely because of familiarity. There are subtle differences to me that probably will not matter much to other people.
6. Oh, yeah. It does get hot, but so does my Tablet PC and most recent notebook, depending on how and where I use them. I’m not sure that anyone would want to place any notebook on his or her lap for any extended period of time. Like others, I’m following the discussion on the heat issue.
That’s a down payment on my progress report. I’m very positive about the Mac and my experience so far. My main glitch was a home networking issue – connecting to WiFi networks at restaurants and elsewhere has been a breeze. I’ll also note that I have the 17″ model, which has an amazing screen, but it is a little big for me. I’d see it more as a desktop replacement with some mobility rather than a travel notebook, but I’ll do more testing on that.
However, the real reason I wrote this post was to point you to a great review of the MacBook Pro by Brett Burney in the new issue of the ever-excellent LLRX.com. I agree with what Brett has to say and the way he says it.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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DennisKennedy.Blog Reader Appreciation Gift – Free X1 License Download Offer

The nice people at X1 have graciously agreed to provide up to 50 of the readers of my blog with a free license to the X1 Desktop Search tool ($75 regular price). The downloads are my way of saying “thank you” to the readers of this blog.
There is no software that will improve your daily life as a computer user more than a desktop search tool like X1. I use X1 to search both my local hard drives and, most importantly, as the fast, effective search tool that I’ve always wished that Microsoft Outlook would have had. I can tell you that Microsoft Outlook seems like a completely different program once you use X1 a desktop search tool for searching your email.
How often do you have trouble finding a file or wish that you could find all of the documents that contain a certain word or phrase. Now you can do that. It’s fast and it works very, very well — across your entire desktop as well as your enterprise network.
There will be a limited number of these licenses available. Simply click on the link here and you can download your copy. When the licenses run out, you won’t be able to download a copy. So, if the last time we did a promotion like this is any example, you will want to act quickly.
Thank you again for reading my blog. A special thank you to Gregg Coapman and Ann Kuo of X1 for making this happen.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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