Whenever St. Louis Bloggers Get Together There is Fun

We made it to the very fun gathering of St. Louis bloggers mentioned in the prior post on Friday night. It’s always great to meet local bloggers, and this was an especially cool group. Marijean (STLWorkingMom) Jaggers does a great job of summing things up in her post here. Her post also provides links to the blogs of bloggers there – I ‘ve subscribed to the RSS feeds of all of them, giving my newsreader a decidedly (and welcome) local flavor the last few days. It’s also nice to see the good vibes that the event produced as the different bloggers post their reactions.
Here’s a collection of photos from the event – you’ll see a nice shot of Matt Homann and me in the mix.
A big thanks to the organizers and attendees, especially Michelle Golden who alerted me to the event. We’ll have to do some more of these, and maybe bring together the Friday night group with the blogger lunch group. I’ve long been intrigued by the dynamic of in-person meetings of bloggers and how often blogging makes good friends of people who would have never known each other otherwise.
You might try one of these gatherings with your local bloggers.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Dennis Kennedy’s First ABA Journal Technology Column Now Available

As some of you already know, I’ll be taking over the technology column for the ABA Journal. I consider that an honor – to continue in the tradition of legal tech pioneers, David Hirsch and David Beckman, who wrote their tech column for many years. I was a regular reader and a fan.
It’s also an opportunity for me to write a regular column that specifically focuses on practical ways that individual lawyers can use technology to help them in their practices.
My first column debuts in the November issue of the ABA Journal and is now available online here. The column looks at simple ways to use desktop search engines as simple, but effective, personal knowledge management tools.
If you have topics you’d like to see me cover in future columns, let me know. A special thank you to Reg Davis for bringing me the opportunity to write the column and for being the editor for these columns. And, if you haven’t yet checked out the new redesign of the ABA Journal’s website, you really owe it to yourself to do that now. It’s no longer “your father’s ABA Journal web page.”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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How About 3 EDD Trends Instead of 26?

I had a couple of inquiries about my post yesterday “26 Electronic Discovery Trends for 2008.”
They basically said, “of the 26, which ones do you think are the most important?” A fair question, and one that I answered in my presentation, as you will see if you look at the slides from the presentation in which I mentioned these trends. I realize that 26 is way too many, but, in part, I used that many to give a sense of the Singularity.
Here are the three that I want to highlight.
1. The most important one, to me, is the “EDD Gap” – the growing gap between the lawyers and law firms that “get” EDD and those that do not. That’s the one that I think will have the most impact over time.
2. The most interesting one, to me, is “EDD in the Cloud.” By “cloud,” I mean cloud computing. As data is processed, stored and handled in the cloud, traditional assumptions will no longer apply and new issues will arise.
When I started to work on this list of new trends, I mentioned what I planned to do to Tom Mighell. Tom mentioned that he hadn’t seen much really new in terms of EDD trends and I told him that I’d come up with something new for him. That’s a bigger challenge than you might think. First,Tom is so knowledgeable that it’s difficult to come up with something that he considers “new.”Second, he has the habit of including the notion of “meaningful” as part of determining whether he would accept a trend as being new. For example, my mention of the Singularity probably would not pass with Tom because it’s too theoretical and not practical enough. I decided that if I had 26 items on my list, I had a chance of getting Tom’s approval of at least one. I picked “EDD in the cloud” as the first one to run by Tom,and I got the thumbs up. We might talk about these trends in a future podcast.
3. The one I’ll watch most closely is the trend toward “technology counsel” as an evolution beyond the litigation support manager role. It also plays a part in the EDD Gap trend.
By the way, the reference in trend #24 about standards is illustrated by the announcement today of the EDRM XML standard for the e-discovery industry.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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26 Electronic Discovery Trends for 2008

I greatly enjoyed getting the opportunity last week to give the keynote presentation at the 2007 Lexis Concordance Partners in Excellence. It was a great group of people and I learned a lot about Concordance, its resellers, and related products. I was especially intrigued by the MindTalent Reader / HeadCram program and expect to write about it soon.
I used the presentation as a way to look at some of what I saw coming in the next year or two in electronic discovery. I mentioned 26 trends to consider for 2008 and beyond. These are trends I’m thinking about and, although the list is extensive, I would not say it s complete. I offer a summer of the list to get you thinking about what we might be facing in the near future of electronic discovery. A discussion starter, if you will. These ideas will find their way into my future EDD presentations.
Electronic Discovery Technology Trends for 2008 and (Most Importantly) Beyond
1. EDD as The Tail, Not the Dog – Records Management, Not EDD, is the Driver
2. Underestimating Lawyer Inertia
3. Moving Beyond Metadata and Documents – What is a Document Anymore?
4. Unpredictable Court Decisions – If You Don’t Educate Judges, Judges Will Educate You
5. Technology Outpaces Rules – Problems with Old and New Technologies
6. Changing the Focus to Reasonable Processes and Procedures
7. Data Explosion
8. Court-, Client-, Vendor-, Regulator-, or Lawyer-driven? Are Lawyers the Chokepoint?
9. The New Role of Technology Counsel
10. Unintended and Unexpected Consequences
11. EDD Information Overload and Information Underload – Is It Even Possible to Keep Up with All of This?
12. EDD in the Cloud – Web 2.0, Virtualization, and Beyond
13. The EDD Gap – Some Firms Get It and Many Firms Do Not
14. Who is the EDD Buyer Today and Tomorrow? Who Makes the Call?
15. Will We Reach EDD 2.0 Before Most Get to EDD 1.0?
16. The Coming Singularity – Kurzweil: Does the Pace Only Increase and the Complexity Only Become More Complex (Faster)?
17. The Continuing Shakeout – Expansion from Nontraditional Players
18. Hosted Services and SLAs – Negotiated Agreements
19. Eliminating the Humans? Automated Review and What Belongs in the Human Domain?
20. New Search Frontiers – Foreign Languages, Images, Audio, and Video
21. Unstructured Data – Google Expectations?
22. Outsiders Moving In – Non-EDD Players
23. EDD Goes International – What Happens When Data Located Around the World?
24. Best Practices and Standards – Standards Boards and Guidelines?
25. Integration and Platforms – Open vs. Closed?
26. Collaboration and Workflow – Project Management Gets Bigger
In the presentation, I compared the list above to the 10 items I discussed in my 2006 – 2007 EDD presentations:
1. Records Management, not EDD, is the Driver for Most Clients
2. Toward the One-Stop Shop (or the EDD General Contractor?)
3. Metadata Makes Headlines
4. The Coming Vendor Shakeout
5. Client-Driven and Court-Driven
6. Ethical Wildcards
7. Easy or Scary? Are We Making This Too Hard? Building on What We Know and Analogies
8. Project Management – EDD is All About Project Management
9. Litigation Support Managers – High Growth Area
10. One Big Thing That Must Happen – Communication – Who Must Be Talking to Each Other?
I’ve also put an edited version of my presentation slides up on Scribd.com, if you’d like to see the whole presentation.
For those of you who like to think about these topics (and especially those of you who have to make decisions and take actions about them), I also recommend some recent articles: Monica Bay’s “Defuse Fear and Disarm EDD Vendors” part 1 and part 2 (excellent ideas and quotes, although I disagree with the tone of the title – EDD vendors are some of my favorite (and most knowledgeable) people in the EDD field); Browning Marean’s “E-Discovery Looks Like Risky Business” (I note that both Browning and I use Kurzweil’s notion of the Singularity); and the roundtable article “The New Federal Rules on E-Discovery: The First 180 Days.”
There’s much to think about in EDD as we approach the end of 2007.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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