The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technology: Now Available for Preorder

As Tom Mighell announced today, our upcoming book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, is now available for preorder at the ABA Web Store. There’s a 15% discount if you preorder now.
The “official” launch of the book will be at the ABA TECHSHOW, where Tom and I will be speaking on the topic of collaboration tools, and will be happy to sign your copy of the book. There’s still time to register for TECHSHOW or grab an Exhibit Pass and spend a day at the show.
Here’s the book description from the ABA Web Store:

This first-of-its-kind guide for the legal profession shows you how to use standard technology you already have and the latest “Web 2.0″ resources and other tech tools, like Google Docs, Microsoft Office and SharePoint, and Adobe Acrobat, to work more effectively on projects with colleagues, clients, co-counsel and even opposing counsel. In The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, well-known legal technology authorities Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell provide a wealth of information useful to lawyers who are just beginning to try these tools, as well as tips and techniques for those lawyers with intermediate and advanced collaboration experience.
Collaboration technologies and tools are the most important current developments in legal technology and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Explained with minimal technical jargon, the book focuses on highly practical and usable ideas that you can put to work straight away.
With practical advice on how to use specific tools and concrete action steps to take, lawyers and law firms at all levels will benefit from working together better.
You’ll learn:
+ The basics of collaboration and collaboration tools
+ How to select and implement tools and strategies
+ The best ways to collaborate on documents, cases, transactions, and projects
+ How to collaborate inside and outside the office
+ How to collaborate using tools you already have or own
Technology now makes it easier than ever to work with others — this is the first guide dedicated to the special requirements of the legal world with the practical steps it takes to do it right.

It’s great to be reaching the point where all of our hard work will be appearing in book form. We’re very pleased with the final version of the book and think that it is packed with solid, practical and helpful information. I encourage you to preorder now and take advantage of the 15% discount.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Coming Soon: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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8 Legal Technology Trends for 2008

For many years, my favorite place to publish new articles I write for my my own enjoyment (not on assignment) has been LLRX.com. My favorite article I like to write for fun is my annual legal technology trends article, which Sabrina Pacifici usually publishes on LLRX.com.
2008 once again again brings my legal tech trends article and LLRX.com together in this month’s issue – yet another great collection of articles.
This year’s article is called “Eight Legal Technology Trends for 2008 – Good Times, Bad Times or Hard Times in Legal Tech?” and you can find it here.
I like to use the article both as a way of pulling together my observations about what I think is happening in legal tech and as a discussion-starter. I suspect that some of my comments will start some conversations and not everyone will agree with me. But I wrote what I saw.
A quick overview:
1. Making Better Use of What You Already Own.
2. Lawyers Win Round 1 in the E-discovery Battle . . . by a Wide Margin.
3. Security Begins to Matter . . . Really.
4. The Death Throes for Email?
5. Going Mobile.
6. Opening Audio and Video Channels.
7. Dancing with a Recession.
8. Smart Ways to Work Together – Collaboration Tools.

Take a look. Agree? Disagree? Let me know. Or, better yet, start talking about these issues and they might affect you.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Coming Soon: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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Really Simple Competitive Intelligence

In my last post, I was whining about how I’ve grown impatience at waiting for articles I’ve written for print publications to appear in print.
Today, my latest technology column for the ABA Journal appeared on the online version of the magazine. In that column, I want to write about simple, practical and inexpensive ways lawyers can use technology in ways to make their lives a little easier.
In this column, called “Really Simple Competitive Intelligence,” I wanted to give a gentle introduction to RSS feeds, but in the context of how you can use them (and email alerts) to bring you information about yourself, your firm, your clients and other topics of interest with little effort and potentially big results. See what you think. This article will be a good lead-in to an article I’m involved in on competitive intelligence that will be coming out soon.
I also wrote (on a very short deadline) a sidebar for the feature article in this issue on Mac vs. PC for lawyers (by Rick Georges and Ben Stevens), where I was asked to do some quick recommendations/descriptions of three Macs and three Windows PCs (it’s after the main article). Of course, new products have come out since I wrote this. I’m intrigued by the new MacBook Pros with multi-touch and I’m starting to be influenced by Ernie the Attorney who seems to be ditching his old girlfriend Google (inside joke) for the Mac Air.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Tom Collins on Law Firm Management Blogs

A special welcome to first-time visitors who found this blog via Tom Collins’ post on Recommended Blogs for Those Involved in Law Firm Management on the More Partner Income blog.
It’s always nice to have your work recognized and I appreciated Tom adding this blog to his very useful list of recommended blogs. It’s great to find my blog on such an impressive list and I appreciate Tom’s nice comments about me.
I’ve definitely noticed more interest than ever before in blogs on the part of law firm management types in the last year or so. In large part, that’s due to the large amount of high quality and timely information and commentary about law firm management topics you find every single day on blogs that cover this topic.
Tom’s list is an excellent place to start, but don’t stop with his list. Be sure to explore on your own and find some more great blogs that will bring you great, practical and timely info on the subjects that matter to you.
Hmm, I notice that I keep mentioning timely information. As a writer, one of the greatest things about blogging is instant publication and getting your written immediately in front of your audience. I currently have several articles (and very good article, if I say so myself) written from more than a month to several months ago that are still waiting to come out in print. Since I usually don’t write on the same topics until an article I’ve written appears it print, it bothers me not to have that article and other thoughts on the same topic out. I’ll also be very happy when the book is out – I’ve never ever had so much material written for so long that hasn’t appeared in print or on the Internet. That will change soon, though, with the book release in a couple of weeks.
If you haven’t seen Tom’s post on recommended blogs for law firm management, then what are you waiting for? Head on over and check it out.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Coming Soon: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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KM for Legal Apps

Judith Lamont’s KM World article “KM for Legal Apps: Time is Money” gives a good picture of some of the practical uses law firms are making with knowledge management applications. Conflict-checking, integrating paper and electronic document management and enhanced full-text search are some of the uses highlighted in the article.
The article also highlights a number of KM and other tech tools being used, including Microsoft SharePoint, something on which I’m quoted in the article. As Judith points out, “Kennedy also expects the various products used in law firms to work better together, more as an integrated whole than a series of functionally unrelated products.”
An interesting theme that the article covers is the move by law firms to find integrated search tools inside the firm and how KM products (sometimes already owned by firms) offers the potential to fill that need.
The money quote:

It’s one thing to fail to locate a document on the Internet using Google, but when in-house resources cannot be accessed effectively, time is wasted and complaints are loud.

There are some very good ideas in this article. Highly recommended.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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