See You at ILTA?

I’ve been working on the finishing touches for the slides Tom Mighell and I will be using for our presentations at the ILTA conference next week and noticing that I’m getting excited about going to the ILTA conference – one of the biggest and best legal technology conferences every year. If you’re interested in legal technology and haven’t yet been to ILTA, you simply have to find a way to attend it at some point – like this year.
Tom and I are pleased to get the chance to do presentations on two topics related to our new book. Here are the details:

Communications and Collaboration Tools Track
Collaboration Tools and Technologies for Lawyers 8/26/2008
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Collaboration technologies and tools are the most important current developments in legal technology and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. During this session, the speakers discuss collaboration technologies for law firms, review tools and explore alternative platforms.

Information Management Track
Legal Aspects of Collaboration Tools (Blogs, Wikis, MashUps, IM, Text Messages, Social Networks and More) 8/27/2008
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Collaboration technologies help promote information sharing, efficiency, cost reduction and can provide competitive advantages. How does the legal environment deal with the information overload and the security of confidential information escaping the realm of the organization? What aspects of legal information need to be considered to help determine how collaboration tools should be utilized in the legal world (and when they should not)? What policies must be in place to protect the shared information?

Please note that the two sessions will be quite different in focus and you can happily attend both sessions without much overlap in material. We’re also working on a way to give away a copy of our book at each session.
I can already tell that I’ll have my usual hectic schedule at ILTA, but, as always, would be more than happy to get the chance to meet and visit with readers of this blog at the conference. Please feel free to tap me on the shoulder and say hello. Or email me to let me know you’ll be there.
For everyone attending the conference, I highly recommend the new ILTA blog, ILTA08Conference’s Weblog, which already has some great practical information and should be a great way to keep up with what’s happening at the conference.
I’ll try to post a time or two from ILTA, but I’m notoriously a bad liveblogger at events.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. See the companion site for the book.
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With a big thank you to our friend Kevin O’Keefe and LexBlog, Tom Mighell and I are pleased to announce that the companion blogsite for our book,, is now live.
I recommend that you check out the initial welcoming post to see what’s in store at the site. We’re excited about how the blogsite and the companion wiki will extend and update our book.
If you are attending the ILTA conference next week, please be aware that Tom and I will be speaking at two sessions on the topic of our book on August 26 and 27. Hope to see you there and maybe even try to put together some kind of blogger meetup.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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See Tom Mighell’s Presentation on Collaboration Tools at ABA Annual Meeting

Readers of this blog who will be in New York City on Friday (August 8), either for the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting or otherwise, will definitely want to attend Tom Mighell’s presentation, Working Together, Wherever You Are: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools (Friday, August 8, 2008, 2 :00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Conference Room D, Executive Conference Center, Sheraton New York).
The presentation is based on our book. I’ll not be able to be there, but Tom will do an excellent job, and we’re trying to see if I can participate briefly during a demo of one of the online collaboration tools.
From the program description:

Lawyers and firms are increasingly seeking new ways to collaborate with colleagues, clients, opposing counsel, and others. This program will focus on the practical ways every lawyer can use existing and new tools to work better and smarter with others. [This session] will emphasize how to select and use various collaboration tools and technologies. This session is equally useful for both “techies” and “non-techies.”

We’re also hoping to unveil the new book companion site ( at the session.
This will be a great opportunity to explore some of the ideas in our book and see some of the tools we like in action. It’s one session from a series by the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section at the Annual Meeting and learn more about the benefits of membership in the LPM Section.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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My New Laptop Computer is an iPod Touch – Part 4 – Purchase and Out-of-the-Box Experience

Here’s the next installment in my multi-part series on my decision to buy an iPod Touch as my new laptop computer. The focus of this part is on my actual experience making the purchase and my first day with the iPod Touch.
As I mentioned, I had essentially made my decision to buy an iPod Touch as my new laptop computer as I drove home from the Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference and then cemented my decision after talking in great detail with an employee at my local Apple Store.
However, I didn’t buy the iPod Touch right then – for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is that I’m just not that spontaneous. I wanted to spend a little time thinking about it. I was also running way late for the family Father’s Day party and my daughter was telling me that we had to get going. Also, my salesperson told me that it made sense to wait until July 11 because the new operating system software would be out and I’d save the ten dollars on the updated software by buying later. More on that later.
I also decided that my salesperson had spent so much time with me that I really needed to buy the iPod Touch at the Apple Store and not look for a discounted price, say, at Amazon. And that would let me walk out of the store with instant gratification.
So, my plan became to buy the iPod Touch on July 12 (Saturday morning). I was a little surprised that I didn’t shake in my resolve in the least, but I was thinking about the whole “Best is the enemy of the good” concept.
The apparent fiasco of the July 11 launch of the iPhone did give me some pause. When I went onto the website for my Apple Store to check the store hours, I saw that I could actually set up an appointment. That seemed like a good idea.
It was easy enough to set up an appointment and I get an email confirmation. So, I was all set. I also updated my iTunes.
Saturday morning, however, I got an email from the store confirming a different time for my appointment and suggesting that there would be no guarantee that I’d get my appointment.
Undeterred, I printed out my appointment confirmation from the night before and headed out to the store. One thing I’ll always remember from that morning was that when I parked at the mall, I saw for the first time an instance of someone parking in a way that effectively took four (not just two) parking places (making them a candidate for this probably NSFW site).
I strolled through the mall and saw a line off a hundred or so people outside the Apple Store. I took my appointment confirmation to the head of the line and security let me right in, after I assured them that I wasn’t there to buy an iPhone.
The purchase experience could not have been better, and the (new to me) salesperson told me that I was smart to have bought my iPod Touch after the 11th because I’d save the $10 on the software update. Apparently, the system would associate my serial number with the purchase date and I would be charged.
The Out of the Box Experience.
As with my other Apple experiences, I have to say that the boxing of the product was a thing of beauty. My only complaint, as always, is the assumption that no one really needs any kind of manual to get started – we all must be able to intuit what to do. I recommend buying a book or planning to find out some basic information on the web before getting started.
After determining that I had found the way to turn it on, but that it needed to be charged first, I started charging it and went off to the bookstore with my daughter where I picked up a new book on iPods and iTunes, with a chapter on the iPod Touch.
Later, I decided to start by updating the software, which, of course, the iTunes store charged me $10 for. I “reported a problem” with the charge, but noticed that it showed up on my credit card bill. Oh, well, at least I can whine about that in a blog post a lot of people will read.
I will note, as have others, this update takes a very long time. Unfortunately, it also failed about 2/3 of the way through it. I wrote down the error message, said a little prayer, and started the install again. It took another very long time, but successfully completed.
I got the iPod Touch synched and loaded, and started exploring it. I was very impressed. Connecting it to my home network was a piece of cake, and I was on the Internet. I posted on Twitter and Facebook, checked my email, and read newsfeeds in Google Reader. I checked out my website, viewed some videos and listened to some music.
At the end of day one, I was (1) very glad and relieved to be done with the setup and update process, and (2) convinced that the iPod Touch could actually do what I thought it could do for me.
Coming in Part 5 – observations about my experience to-date.
I’ve also noted a number of other people writing about iPhones and iPod Touches as alternatives to laptop computers:
Can you travel without a computer, and just take an iPhone?
Can the iPhone or iPod Touch Replace Your Laptop?
Forget the iPhone–The iPod Touch is Good Enough
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Join the book’s Facebook Group here Now available on Amazon, too.
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