The Semi-Standard Sweet Spot of Document Assembly

Things that make me go hmm.
Some of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had about document assembly have been with Jamie Wodetzki. Read The Sweet Spot of Document Assembly and I think you will see why I say that.
Money quote:

Advanced, web-based, document assembly systems now make it possible – and practical – to automate many more business contracts, as long as they follow predictable patterns of negotiation. Businesses are now seeking out these semi-standard sweet spots, so that deals can be closed quickly, without the costs and delays of manual drafting.

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Using Open Source Software in Law Firms

I’m looking for a little help on an article I’m writing about the use of Open Source software in law firms.
If you use Open Source software and would like to share your experience, prognostications, and favorite programs, and would consider being quoted in the article, please email me at denniskennedyblog @ today or tomorrow.
I’m especially interested in lawyers who might be using OpenOffice and legal-specific Open Source programs, and what larger law firms might be doing with Open Source programs.
I’d also like to post a list on this blog of the programs lawyers seem to be using these days.
Thanks for your help.
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Law Department Technology 2007 – Survey Says . . .

Anthony Paonita has a good article called “Legal Departments Tell Firms: Get on the Tech Train” about the role law departments are taking in driving technology in law firms. I’ve sometimes referred to this a “client-driven technology.” Definitely an area to watch and the article will give you something to think about. It’s a companion piece to the results from Corporate Counsel’s fourth annual survey of law department technology. There’s also a small quote from me in the article.
Highly recommended.
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Great List of the Best Free Software

Some might suggest that the title of this post falls into the category of linkbaiting. However, one of the things I try to do during my blogiversary is to come up with free software and other gifts for my regular readers.
Fortunately, PC Magazine has helped me out this year with its recent mammoth list of best free software programs. Dive on in and see if you can find some helpful free programs for yourself. I suspect that you will find a few. Enjoy.
As a side note, I’m working on a new article discussing Open Source programs that would be helpful to lawyers. Leave a comment or send me an email (denniskennedyblog @ gmail . com) to let me know about your experiences using Open Source programs in the practice of law and/or your favorite Open Source programs.
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By Request: Desert Island Feed Reader

Q: If you were stranded on an island with only one feed reader, which one would it be?
A: FeedDemon.
This question came as a comment on my recent somewhat pessimistic post speculating about whether lawyers would ever adopt RSS readers.
I’ve essentially used three feed readers over the years. I started with Amphetadesk, leaving it after no new version came out after late 2002. I moved to FeedDemon, in part because I like the three-paned Outlooky interface and the useful set of tools – flagging, saved searches, newsbins, browser integration, podcatching . . . the list goes on and on. I also like Nick Bradbury, the creator and lead programmer of FeedDemon, with whom I’ve exchanged an occasional email over the years. About a year or so ago, I experimented with simultaneously running FeedDemon and the Omea Reader. I liked the Omea Reader for some of the personal knowledge management tools it had, but Nick keeps adding features to FeedDemon and been been using exclusively FeedDemon since last summer. I don’t use my Mac to read my RSS subscriptions, but, if I did, I’d stay in the Newsgator/FeedDemon family and use NetNewsWire.
I greatly prefer the standalone readers to the online readers. Online readers require that you be, well, online and connected to the Internet. I’ve also found that they get clunky and cumbersome when you subscribe to a large number of feeds and try to manage and save individual items. Lots of people I know swear by online readers, so my sense is that we are talking about my personal preferences, but I like the standalone readers’ ability to let you grab feed items while connected and read and deal with them later. You also have great features, like those in FeedDemon, to store and work with the information you gather. I’ve tried a number of the online readers, including using NewsGator Online to sync subscriptions with FeedDemon on several computers. Unfortunately, that was not very successful for me and I kept finding that feeds I read regularly would occasionally disappear from my subscriptions.
On a desert island, clearly regular Internet access and even electrical power would be issues (sort of like St. Louis in the last year), so the standalone reader would be the preferred route.
I’d like to compliment Nick Bradbury for his continued personal involvement in supporting and improving FeedDemon. It makes it easy for me to be loyal to the product.
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