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Technology Law and Legal Technology. Dennis Kennedy is one of the few technology lawyers who is also an expert on the underlying technologies. Dennis an award-winning leader in the application of technology and the Internet to the practice of law. DennisKennedy.com gives you access to a wide variety of Dennis Kennedy's resources on legal technology, his writings, his well-known blog, DennisKennedy.Blog, and information about how you can have Dennis speak to your organization or group.

Dennis Kennedy is one of the most knowledgeable legal technologists you will find. - Michael Arkfeld.

Dennis Kennedy, a lawyer and legal technology expert in St. Louis, Mo., has been a significant influence in the ever-evolving relationship between lawyers and the Web. - Robert Ambrogi

Archive for September, 2009

Fighting Flabby Files – Reducing the Size of Files You Send

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

My latest technology column for the ABA Journal is out. It’s called “Fighting Flabby Files” and it focuses on the growing (pun intended) problem of people sending large files as email attachments.
I show how some low-cost and free alternatives can alleviate daily hassles large files can cause.
With corporate inbox caps, ISP limits and more people receiving email on mobile devices, large attachments can result in difficulties for your recipients.
I focus on two simple approaches – reducing the size of the files you send and sending large files outside the email system.
The article includes some tips on shrink large files, especially PDF files. Effective use of PDFs can really help address the large attachment problem.
I also point out some free file transfer sites that allow you to upload your file, send an email that contains a link to the file, and let your recipient download the file from the Internet with almost no burden on the email system.
Simple tips, simple approaches and great results that will reduce your email burdens.
As I say in the article, “It’s a great example of small, simple technology improvements that have a big impact on the daily practice of law.”
The details about the tips are in the article, of course, which you should now check out here.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools
Listen to The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network.
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Law Firms and Legal Technology: Trends and Challenges – New Podcast

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Law Firms and Legal Technology: Trends and Challenges” (show notes website) and here’s the episode description:

Most discussion of the use of technology by law firms tends to be anecdotal. That’s why the annual release of the InsideLegal / ILTA Member Technology Purchasing Survey is welcome news for those looking for the numbers on which to base decisions and spot trends. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will dig into the survey and draw a few conclusions of their own.

In the episode, Tom and I take a look at the recently-released 2009 Inside Legal / ILTA Member Purchasing Survey, probably the best resource available for getting hard data on what law firms are actually doing in the area of legal technology. While the results might not be all that surprising, it’s good to see the numbers that back up our hunches. We discuss our perspectives on the most interesting aspects of the survey results and what the implications of these trends might be. We consider this survey to be required reading for anyone involved in making legal technology decisions.
In our audience questions segment (we always welcome your questions for any podcast), we answer a question about recommending specific books and resources for learning Word 2007 (see show notes page for our answers)
We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. I recommend that everyone read Dan Bricklin’s recent post, Signals and the Ubiquity of New Carriers, which I believe has implication for the future of the delivery of legal services. Tom talks about data freedom and the new Data Liberation Front.
Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think.
And try some of the back episodes as well.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools
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Recent Microblog Posts – September 16, 2009

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

DennisKennedy.Microblog is a supplement to this blog that can be found on Twitter at @dkennedyblog. I invite you to become a follower. An explanation of the microblog can be found here.
Here are recent posts from the microblog:

Sept. 25: speaking on Web 2.0 & Legal Ethics with @internetcases and Jim Dimos at Wabash College – http://bit.ly/1biYrl - see you there?
If you are a Babylon 5 fan (and you should be), 2 hours of J. Michael Straczynski video lecture and Q&A – http://bit.ly/ycJ1d – ’nuff said
Dan (@danb) Bricklin’s Signals and the Ubiquity of New Carriers – http://bit.ly/lUkTe – a must-read [Note: Expect a future blog post on this one.]
“Tartan noir” – http://bit.ly/6dnB1
Open Culture’s awesome list of free audio versions of great books – http://bit.ly/18qlm8
Jim McGee: “Will organizational leaders accept the evidence about incentives and creative work?” http://bit.ly/Yoh3X
RT @allisonshields: Does your practice need a mini marketing makeover? http://bit.ly/1xDHn5
Lawyer2Lawyer: The Legal Rebels Project: http://bit.ly/jemBx – great pic of legal podcast pioneer Bob Ambrogi at the mike
RT @LegalTalk: Email Management: Part Two | Legal Talk Network http://bit.ly/1L6rAo

Jordan (@jordan_law21) Furlong on the electric (not electronic) law firm – http://bit.ly/3gxYcn – might “hybrid” metaphor also apply?
RT @matthomann: 100 Tweets: Thinking About Law Practice in 140 Characters or Less: http://tr.im/yN4d
Richard McManus’sTop 5 Web Trends – links to all 5 in one place – http://bit.ly/xF95g + our podcast on real-time web – http://bit.ly/e2KvZ
The How-to Geek explains how to access Gmail when it’s down – http://bit.ly/cEw1b

Microsoft Word Team Blog – Co-authoring (i.e. Simultaneous Editing) in Word 2010 – http://bit.ly/8U7Hd
Devin Coldewey makes the case for “iTunes Lite” – http://bit.ly/Grsaf
Rick (@rklau) Klau finds iPhone apps for home automation – http://bit.ly/2i5jRf
Don Reisinger has a list of iPhone apps for keeping up with H1N1 news – http://bit.ly/3VCPZj
Is it Time to Get Real About the Real-time Web? New episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – http://bit.ly/e2KvZ
Paul Caron’s great series on (law) student debt crisis. Part III is latest – http://bit.ly/G0JH4 – note cost vs earning potential comment
Richard McManus on Top 2009 Web Trends: 2. Real-time Web – http://bit.ly/3E1jtL – Hey, that’s topic of new Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast
Celine Roque on giving projects a final polish with standard checklist – http://bit.ly/SZOLa – good advice for lawyers too.
Vicky Gordon on rewriting your invisible resume – http://bit.ly/7bTiM
Paul Unger lists 5 great new enhancements to expect in PowePoint 2010 – http://bit.ly/pvqXB – like the built-in screen capture tool
We’re looking for a few reviewers of the 2009 update to our collaboration tools book – http://bit.ly/mXUip

Check out the latest The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast on the Legal Talk Network.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools
Listen to The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on Legal Talk Network. Latest episode: “Is It Time To Get Real About the Real-time Web?
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Is it Time to Get Real About the Real-time Web? – Podcast

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes. The episode is called “Is it Time to Get Real About the Real-time Web?” (show notes website) and here’s the episode description:

Are you suffering from information overload? Soon you could be inundated by instantaneous updates and some are calling the next-generation Internet the “real-time web.” In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will take you on a guided tour of this new stage in web evolution and discuss its implications for lawyers and others already overburdened with flow of information.

In the episode, Tom and I take a look at what’s starting to be called “reat-time. From Twitter Search to rssCloud to pubsubHubbub,” there is a growing movement twoard delivering data on a real-time basis. We offer a primer on the real-time web, survey the developments and talk about ways lawyers might want to use real-time resources. Oh, we definitely see potential, but we have a concern about turning up the pressure in the firehose of information we all seem to try to drink from these days.
We also have a “stuff we’ve been talking about lately” segment in which we start from Tom’s recent post called “SMADD – Social Media Attention Deficit Disorder” and discuss how “self-correctling” the blogosphere and some of recent experiences to track the way information flows across blogs and Twitter.
We’ll probably do a question-and-answer segment in the next episode. We welcome your questions.
We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. I comment on the way that good bloggers occasionally get into the “flow” and post a string of great posts. My recent example is Jim Calloway, who has been posting great things on his blog and in podcasts. Tom pointed to the new podcast, The Paralegal Voice, on which he was a recent guest.
Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Tom already has show notes up.
And try some of the back episodes as well.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools
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Recent Microblog Posts – September 7, 2009

Monday, September 7th, 2009

DennisKennedy.Microblog is a supplement to this blog that can be found on Twitter at @dkennedyblog. I invite you to become a follower. An explanation of the microblog can be found here.
Here are recent posts from the microblog:

We’re looking for a few reviewers of the 2009 update to our collaboration tools book – http://bit.ly/mXUip
Dion Hinchcliffe on how the Web OS has begun to reshape IT and business – http://bit.ly/3RqMTR – a must-read
Marshall Kirkpatrick on WordPress, RSSCloud and Real-time Web – http://bit.ly/lVdwu – I’m talking to my web guy about moving to WordPress
Stephanie West Allen has been blogging about law schools adding practical skills to curriculum – http://bit.ly/oyViQ – good stuff
Are law firms ready for transparency – another great Mary Abraham summary post on recent #ilta09 conference – http://bit.ly/4orTQn
Richard McManus on Top 2009 Web Trends: 1. Structured Data – http://bit.ly/3aVGKF – we’re in a web of data, not a web of documents
Jeremiah Owyang on what to do if your boss wants to friend you on Facebook – http://bit.ly/xfZIB – hint: groups and filters
Richard Granat on “good enough” legal solutions – http://bit.ly/KpStd – important post from one of the true pioneers
Jim Hacking has launched Blawg St. Louis – http://blawgstl.com “Helping to connect the St. Louis legal community.”
RT @douglassorocco: Twitter’verse – chill out. Duct tape your head. Google patent not first sign of the apocalypse. http://tr.im/explode
Tom (@tommighell) Mighell does the math on how many law blogs fail and how quickly – http://bit.ly/12v1AM – the answers might surprise you
“Help law firms deliver value” – Mary Abraham’s excellent summary post on recent #ilta09 conference – http://bit.ly/6lQIw
RT @econwriter5: New Blog Post: The Usefulness of Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/nqphp7
Amber Riviere: Your blog is your mothership – http://bit.ly/6cixA

Check out the latest The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast on the Legal Talk Network.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Follow my microblog on Twitter – @dkennedyblog; Follow me – @denniskennedy
Now Available! The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell. Visit the companion website for the book at LawyersGuidetoCollaboration.com. Twitter: @collabtools
Listen to The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on Legal Talk Network. Latest episode: “Online Reputation Management
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