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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 January, 2010

Recent Microblog Posts – January 31, 2010

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Here’s the latest collection of posts from DennisKennedy.Microblog, which 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:

Adam Singer on “Workforce Darwinism” – 70% of surveyed US HR pros have rejected candidate due to online reputation info http://bit.ly/dpS8R8
Kevin Meyer: Swimming Through the Information Clutter – http://bit.ly/cB0cpS – impact of information flow on leadership
Fraser Speirs: “What you’re seeing in the industry’s reaction to the iPad is nothing less than future shock.” http://bit.ly/bYQSsk
Rex Hammock: “When it comes to the future, you have two choices” http://bit.ly/boWlTN – watching no longer an option
Adam Thierer: Some Amazing Numbers Re: Growth of Net & Social Media – http://bit.ly/7oGMNR Amazing, indeed.
Dave Winer: What happens to our blogs when we are gone? http://bit.ly/8EGVHt [I'm working on article on related topic.]
RT @InsideLegal: Pamela McDevitt has been named the new director for the ABA LPM Section. http://bit.ly/84J0Bt
Steve Nipper’s Law Blogs 101: http://idaholawreport.com/?p=258
RT @TomMighell: Our latest Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast: From Early Adopters to Late Adopters and Everyone In Between http://is.gd/6C5Oj
RT @collabtools: Jack Vinson on Jordan Frank and the “Responsibility to collaborate” – http://bit.ly/61slWP
Renee Blodgett: Constant Builds Brands, Passion Builds the Long Tail – http://bit.ly/4nwEW5 – flipping the 80/20 rule
Steve Barth revisits his ground-breaking article on Personal KM: http://bit.ly/4ADy6a; inspired my article: http://bit.ly/6oDAhf
RT @JavaSTL: Help Twitter: I’m looking for 2 local STL lawyers (ideally corporate counsel) actively involved in social media.
Mary Abraham on the value of checklists – http://bit.ly/5cKJqO – why professionals are reluctant to use checklists
JP Rangaswami on the Facebookisation of the enterprise – http://bit.ly/7vNQKD – rethinking IT departments
Mary Abraham: How Failure Leads to Epiphany – http://bit.ly/7Fd62s – “no substitute for constant experimentation”
Marty Schwimmer on “High Security Zones” for Internet commerce safety and “comfort” – http://bit.ly/6QdFvd [Great ideas]
Nick Morgan on the future of conferences – http://bit.ly/5ABbd1; http://bit.ly/6Sghmh
Rex Hammock: “‘The channel’ is what matters. The gizmo is secondary.” – http://bit.ly/83KKVD
Bob Lefsetz; “What the customer wants” – http://bit.ly/5M5bYr – “The consumer wants music.” Ideas apply elsewehere, too.
RT @ronfriedmann: David Maister retires http://bit.ly/5nJzdA || An important voice in professional services and great presenter.
New Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – Looking Forward: Legal Tech in 2010 – http://bit.ly/4yoCnQ
RT @econwriter5: Pleased with my Texas Bar Journal article on Open Source for Lawyers (PDF link): http://tinyurl.com/y939szm

Check out the latest episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast on the Legal Talk Network – From Early Adopters to Late Adopters and Everyone In Between http://is.gd/6C5Oj
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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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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MLK Holiday – 2010

Monday, January 18th, 2010

I have a tradition on this blog of writing a post on celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday (here, here, here (especially) and here). The holiday is special to me for a number of reasons that I go into in the earlier posts on the topic and it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.

I enjoy reading blog posts and other materials posted on the holiday, and today is no exception.

I especially liked Curt Rosengren’s Martin Luther King Day: 4 steps to making it personal.

The money quote:

This year, instead of just thinking, “Whoo-hoo! I have the day off,” or “Hey, there’s a sale at the mall,” spend some time exploring one simple question. “What could this day mean to me?” You can do this with any special day, but since today is MLK Day, that’s a good place to start.

Curt’s four steps:

1. Explore what it means to you.
2. How does this relate to my life?
3. What action does this suggest?
4. What is the first step, and when will I take it?

A great exercise.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2010

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read.

Last year, I decided to try to do the 52 books in 52 weeks meme (and encourage others to do so). I made it to 63, which seemed pretty good. Here’s the post with the 2009 list.

I’m doing the same thing in 2010. My approach is the same as last year – I’ll simply update this specific post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

December

52. Social Media Strategies for Professionals and Their Firms, Michelle Golden
51. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
50. Million Dollar Speaking, Alan Weiss
49. Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows

November

48. Awareness Through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais
47. The 39 Steps, John Buchan
46. Seven Days in May, Fletcher Knebel and Charles Bailey

October

45. Beyond Code, Rajesh Setty
44. The Pale Criminal, Philip Kerr

September

43. March Violets, Philip Kerr
42. Zero History,William Gibson
41. The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, Clifford Nass
40. The Shape of Things to Come, Greil Marcus

August

39. The Good Son, Michael Gruber
38. The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, Barbara Strauch
37. Priceless, WIlliam Poundstone
36. Intelligence, Susan Hasler

July

35. The Nearest Exit, Olen Steinhauer
34. The Rembrandt Affair, Daniel Silva
33. The Bourne Objective, Eric Van Lustbader
32. The Cabal, David Hagberg
31. Doors Open, Ian Rankin
30. Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, Terry Brighton
29. A Quiet Flame, Philip Kerr

June
28. The One from the Other. Philip Kerr
27. The Tears of Autumn, Charles McCarry
26. The War That Killed Achilles, Caroline Alexander
25. Mariposa, Greg Bear
24. The Bell Ringers, Henry Porter
23. Point Omega, Don DeLillo

May
22. Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend, Bill Russell and Alan Steinberg
21. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, Kurt Beyer
20. Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Henry Adams
19. Talking about Detective Fiction, P.D. James
18. The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons

April
17. WordPress for Dummies, Lisa Sabin-Wilson
16. The Wayfinders, Wade Davis
15. The Midnight House, Alex Berenson

March
14. Light at the Edge of the Word, Wade Davis
13. The Department of Mad Scientists, Michael Belfiore
12. The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

February
11. Burned, David Hagberg
10. Last Snow, Eric Van Lustbader
9. Lawyer’s Guide to Working Smarter, Marc Lauritsen

January
8. Unclutter Your Life in One Week, Erin Doland
7. The Guide for Inclusive Leaders, Joerg Schmitz and Nancy Curl
6.Can You Hear Me Now?, Kate Peters
5. Just Kids, Patti Smith
4. Freedom, Daniel Suarez
3. Trust Agents, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
2. Vicious Circles, Otto Penzler
1. Whole Earth Discipline, Stewart Brand

[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. Twitter: @tkmreport

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Looking Forward: Legal Technology in 2010

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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 “Looking Forward: Legal Technology in 2010” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Bill4Time. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – we’re very pleased with the growing numbers of downloads the podcast is getting.
Here’s the episode description:

In part two of this two-part series on legal technology trends, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell peer into the crystal ball to find the key trends and storylines to expect in legal technology in 2010. Will the economy keep a lid on significant developments? What role will Internet and mobile technologies play? What should lawyers, law firms and other legal organizations be putting into their strategic technology plans? In addition, Dennis and Tom make predictions about technology in general and legal technology in particular.

Tom and I boldly look into the crystal ball to highlight some key trends for 2010. It’s a wide-ranging conversation that covers the continuing role of the current economic situation on technology decisions, cloud computing and mobile technologies, real-time tech, the maturation of social media, and WIndows 7 and Office 2010.
[By the way, despite what I've read recently on blogs and in Twitter, Dennis Kennedy definitely does NOT believe that Windows 7 will bomb in law firms. I'll probably need to set the record straight in a blog post soon. In the meantime, you might listen to our earlier podcast on Windows 7 to get my perspectives on Windows 7. I'm also working on my annual legal tech trends article.]
In our audience questions segment (we always welcome your questions for any podcast), we made a few quick predictions in couple of legal tech areas. We didn’t discuss our individual predictions in advance and I was able to catch Tom off-guard with some of my predictions.
We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom raves about LogMeIn Express, a simple screensharing application that can be used for collaboration and other things. I point people to the new iPhone App from Dragon that lets you do speech recognition through an iPhone or iPod Touch nicely illustrates the mobile and cloud computing trends we discuss in the podcast.
Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are at here.
And try some of the back episodes as well.
THE KENNEDY-MIGHELL REPORT PODCAST IS NOW ON TWITTER. You can now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.
Just a note about the experiment we want to try with a public “wave” for the show we’ve opened up in Google Wave. If interested in joining the wave, you can either ask us to add you or, assuming you are already a Wave user, search for it in Wave using “with: public” “Kennedy-Mighell Report”. Among other things, we’ll use it as a way to gather questions for our audience Q&A segments and also use it as an experiment in how Google Wave might be used.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Recent Microblog Posts – January 4, 2010

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2010!
Here’s the latest collection of posts from DennisKennedy.Microblog, which 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:

David Allen offers great questions for completing and remember 2009 and creating your 2010 – http://bit.ly/6k8IbZ
Julia Kirby at HBR sets out top management ideas of past decade – http://bit.ly/5lQCBf – coming to your organization soon?
Hey, that’s @denniskennedy named in “Friend of the North” category of 2009 Clawbies awards – http://bit.ly/8rsHmM

Bruce MacEwen offers solid insights into the impact of digitalization on the practice of law – http://bit.ly/7gPW2Q
Louis Gray offers a good chronology of Apple Tablet rumors – http://bit.ly/83koL6 – can you remember all of them?
Jeremiah Owyang: “Matrix: Social Technology Adoption Curve Benefits –and Downsides” – http://bit.ly/5OFLhw – useful chart
George Lenard – Law Blogs and How the Online World Has Changed (III and IV) – http://bit.ly/8HeflC; http://bit.ly/4q84vA
Chuck Newton: 10 Trends Lawyers Need To Follow In The New Decade – http://bit.ly/4O3C4s
Scott Ginsberg: 7 Ways to become Your Own Authority Figure Without Using Pepper Spray – http://bit.ly/6aWOAY

Mark Sirkin and Lisa Rohrer on creating urgency for change in the legal profession – http://bit.ly/5xoswM

Dave Winer: Marrying RSS and Twittter – http://bit.ly/79HIfL

Denise Graveline: 2009′s great examples of women speakers – http://bit.ly/7Y5XAZ
RT @collabtools: Oliver Marks: A Selection of 2009 Collaboration Posts – http://bit.ly/4D0eXV
Jolie O’Dell: 8 Things Every Geek Needs to Do Before 2010 – http://bit.ly/6uR0o1

Bob Lefsetz – “What used to work, works no more. . . . Don’t fight the future, accept it.” – http://bit.ly/4DWyDx
Amit Agarwal: The Best Twitter Apps for your Mobile Phone – http://bit.ly/73uyLq
Mitch Joel: “Blog Secrets Revealed” – http://bit.ly/5sG7jQ – Pay attention to early posts of your favorite bloggers
Sebastien Rupley: USB 3.0’s Ramp-up: Can’t This Happen Faster? http://bit.ly/85LuJo
New on DennisKennedy.Blog: Windows 7 for the Legal Profession – My New ABA Journal Tech Column – http://bit.ly/8MfUWV
Kevin Purdy: Top 10 End-of-Year Office Upgrades (You Can Probably Write Off) – http://bit.ly/8BvkRI
Robin Wauters: 370 Passwords You Shouldn’t (And Can’t) Use On Twitter – http://bit.ly/6ZcmyZ – good lessons here
Henry Blodgett – Amazon Sold More Kindle Books Than Physical Books On Xmas – http://bit.ly/6T4cgV – Kindle book prices to drop?
Richard McManus: Top 5 Web Trends of 2009: Structured Data – http://bit.ly/3aVGKF – “Web of Data, not documents”
Yikes! Lifehacker survey has email as “best” collaboration tool. Google Wave close second. http://bit.ly/8GilU6 @collabtools has work to do
New episode of Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – “Looking Back: Legal Technology in 2009″ – http://bit.ly/7d4AQI
The Wired GC debuts Lawriver – http://www.lawriver.com
2009 Blawggie Awards – Congratulations to all winners and runners-up – complete post at http://bit.ly/6CHTC4 #blawggies
Andy Oram’s great blog series – “Being online: identity, anonymity, and all things in between” – http://bit.ly/4LDyHz

Check out the latest episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast on the Legal Talk Network – “Looking Back: Legal Technology in 2009″”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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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. Twitter: @tkmreport
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