Document Assembly at the Tipping Point?

My first real foray into serious legal technology involved putting together a document assembly application for estate planning documents at one of my former law firms over 15 years ago. I’ve written about document assembly in a number of articles over the years.
Two of the most enjoyable and enlightening conversations I’ve had on the topic have been with Jamie Wodetzki of Exari.
If you have any interest in document assembly and the current state of the art, check out Jamie’s post “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Precedent Automation,” in which Jamie describes a recent online conference that featured a list of many of my favorite document assembly experts.
Consider carefully Jamie’s question: “So, are we facing a revolution in the delivery of legal documents?”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Great Lists of Software Utilities

I’ve found a couple of useful lists of free/low-cost software utilities recently and I recommend them to you.
First, although it’s a few months old, PC Magazine has a feature called “14th Annual Utility Superguide.”
Second, there’s the Ultimate List of Free Office Software from Microsoft – 150 of them.
Third, there’s 150 more at Ultimate LIst of Free Windows Software from Microsoft.
Fourth, there’s the top ten Open Source programs for Windows list on LifeHacker.
Fifth, for Mac users, take a look at 10MacApps on GigaOM and, especially, the comments.
Sixth, a top ten list of Open Source programs for the Mac.
Happy downloading.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Dennis Kennedy Profiled in Law Practice Magazine

Mark Tamminga interviewed me for a little featurette in the current issue of the ABA’s Law Practice magazine (note: the article will be available for a short period before it disappears behind a “members only” firewall). We cover a range of topics and you’ll learn a bit about my background and story. I also talk about my perspective on blogging and RSS, legal technology and other topics. Check it out. Thanks, Mark and Law Practice magazine. Lots of other great articles in this issue.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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CityTech’s Global Tech Leaders Top 100

Karen Jones, editor of London’s CityTech, has posted the Global Tech Top 100 Leaders list for 2006 (pdf here). The focus is on technology in the legal industry, and it’s a list determined by the choices of 2,000 people involved in legal technology. It’s an impressive list determined by peers and I’m quite honored to be on the list, along with so many people whose work I admire.
I’m pleased to be singled out for three things that are important to me – blogging, innovation and “for talking about Law 2.0.”
Today, JoAnna Forshee, Matt Homann and I were talking about the next LexThink event, which we are calling Litigation 2.0. Matt’s also on the Top 100 list and JoAnna has been on the list as well (she helped with it this year). To me, Litigation 2.0 is a piece of Law 2.0, and perhaps the piece of it that will arrive the earliest. (By the way, nothing official yet, but we’re thinking of early spring 2007 in New York City for the Litigation 2.0 event.)
As I think about Law 2.0, the one thing I know for sure is that if you took the 100 people on this list, brought them together to brainstorm, and turned them loose on the question of what Law 2.0 would look like, you’d get something pretty amazing. And that would be one heck of a LexThink conference. Matt and JoAnna, there’s an idea for our next conference call.
Thank you to Karen and CityTech for putting together this great list and recognizing the people and their contributions.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Electronic Discovery on my Mind

I had a great time this morning recording a panel discussion with Tom Mighell and Ron Friedmann on the new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the changes they will bring to electronic discovery. Thanks to Toby Younis of Merrill who came up with the idea and will soon put the discussion up on the Merrill website. Ron moderated with insightful questions and added some great comments. Tom had his usual excellent insights and I offer my usual non-traditional perspective – there’s a lot to think about. If you are a litigator, I hope that you have started to put your thinking cap on.
I’ll also be presenting a seminar session tomorrow on the new amendments and trends in electronic discovery.
I must admit that my initial reaction to the amendments was that there didn’t seem to be much there. In fact, I didn’t even single them out as a specific trend in my EDD trends presentations earlier this year, covering them as just a part of “court-directed pressure to change.” Over the past few months, I’ve come to see how these amendments will likely prompt a sea change in how law is practiced in the U.S. Let’s face it, most lawyers have successfully avoided electronic discovery until now, but things are about to change drastically. Or, at least as drastically as anything in law is likely to change.
I’ll post a link when this roundtable is available.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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