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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 November, 2010

Recent Microblog Posts – November 17, 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 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:

Umair Haque: Why You Should Focus on “Worst Practices” – http://bit.ly/aO0Vdz

Charlie Bess: “Public vs. private clouds – What’s the difference? Why care??” – http://bit.ly/9emdHo

The Lawyers of the Future: How To Educate Them Today – http://bit.ly/9jOjGc [My new Legal Skills Prof Blog post]

Open Culture: 200 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Film Noir & More – http://bit.ly/bliL1X

Jim Levy: ABA curriculum survey now available helps track legal skills movement – http://bit.ly/bpS9RF

New blog post: Integrating Practice Management Tools in Law School – http://bit.ly/chOmer

Darla Jackson: “2010: The Year of the iPad?” (pdf) – http://bit.ly/b5SXj6 hat tip: Legal Skills Prof Blog – http://bit.ly/dzKgPk

Jack Newton: Macs in Law Offices: A Rising Trend? http://bit.ly/aUKURl

Mike Melanson: Facebook’s “Not Email”: Simpler, Stickier & Bound for Success – http://rww.to/aZhllr

Gwynne Monahan: Reputation Observations from #MILOfest – http://bit.ly/c0oqEV

Alexia Tsotsis: The Phone Call is Dead – http://tcrn.ch/ag7J24

Dan Frommer and Leah Goldman: Everything You Need To Know About How People Use The iPad – http://read.bi/9YFzLv

Bruce Schneier on Changing Passwords – http://bit.ly/d25FAb – “The answer depends on what the password is used for.”

New episode of Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – Integrating Practice Management Tools in Law School – http://bit.ly/bMZD5t

Rick Borstein giving a can’t-miss free Acrobat X for Legal Professionals eSeminar on November 16 – http://bit.ly/curFfo

Lifehacker: How to Craft the Perfect Computer Spec List for Your Needs – http://lifehac.kr/bcmMeF

Walt Mossberg’s latest guide to picking a new computer – http://bit.ly/bDiYZ5

Kate Peters: 3 Ways to Keep the Clock from Ruining Your Vocal Impact – http://bit.ly/ctYKWL

Alan Cohen: Cloudy Forecast in the Am Law Tech Survey 2010 – http://bit.ly/dARbLI

New blog post about presentation for artists I’ll be giving tomorrow evening – http://bit.ly/d0OCS3

Ron Friedmann: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes from the 2010 Futures Conference – http://bit.ly/96GhLt

Rick Borstein sums up what’s new in Adobe Acrobat X – http://bit.ly/b2ohoM

Rick Klau shows how to add your blog to your Gmail signature – http://bit.ly/cMdt2p

Dennis Kennedy’s first post on the new Legal Skills Prof Blog – http://bit.ly/d6EJOI

New blog post: “Mapping Your Return to Useful Websites – Podcast” – http://bit.ly/aV7ald

Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast Listener Appreciation Meetup on Oct 22 in DC. RSVP: http://bit.ly/cI3bGe #kmrmeetup

RT @tommighell RT @bobambrogi: Prominent e-discovery lawyer and blogger Mary Mack is leaving Fios to join ZyLAB: http://twurl.nl/0m60qm

RT @TomMighell: Latest Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast is about bookmarking: “Mapping Your Return to Useful Websites” – http://j.mp/cFA9XC

Donna Papacosta: “Do you have a voice for podcasting?” – http://bit.ly/acD9sf

New blog post: “Presumptuous Computing – Podcast” – http://bit.ly/bRpdGM

Dan Bricklin: “Is the iPad Really ‘Magical’?” – http://bit.ly/ahXIag

Luigi Bennetton: “Online tools can deliver, but choose wisely” – http://bit.ly/9bCJyJ

New blog post: “Using PowerPoint as a Tool, Not as a Necessary Evil” http://bit.ly/bL6Nu8

New episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast: “Presumptuous Computing: But I Didn’t Ask for That” http://bit.ly/cLybAO

New blog post – “Does Poor Technology Equal Poor Morale?” – new Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast – http://bit.ly/d85hYk

Tom Mighell: No Lawyer Left Behind: a modest proposal for improving practice management education – http://bit.ly/ctitbQ

RT @TomMighell: Check out the latest Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast: Does Poor Technology Equal Poor Morale? http://j.mp/cyoX7m

New blog post – “Managing Your Online Presence – Upcoming Webinar” – http://bit.ly/9swUfu

Greatly enjoyed 250th episode of Lawyer2Lawyer podcast – http://bit.ly/bN8o99 – congrats Bob, Craig and Legal Talk Network

New blog post – “Where Everyone Knows Your Name AND Location – Podcast” – http://bit.ly/9Xkuva

RT @ABAesq: Upcoming CLE session on managing your online presence (w/@denniskennedy, @jimcalloway & @kevinokeefe) http://bit.ly/axVi4K

Posted a new collection of microblog posts on DennisKennedy.Blog – http://bit.ly/9qxBCQ

RT @TomMighell: 2010 ILTA Member Technology Purchasing Survey: A Year to Remember http://bit.ly/b2s24D

[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

Integrating Practice Management Tools in Law School

Monday, November 15th, 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 “Integrating Practice Management Tools in Law School” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – consider trying out an episode or becoming a regular subscriber through iTunes or our RSS feed.

Here’s the episode (#42) description:

With law firms cutting back or eliminating summer internships and law schools focusing on teaching theoretical legal concepts, law students find themselves in a difficult position in a difficult market. How can law students learn needed practical skills, including how to use legal technology? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk to Professor Clark D. Cunningham from Georgia State University College of Law, Jonathan Call, law school student at GSU College of Law, Jack Newton from Clio and Andy Adkins from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, about the exciting and innovative efforts to bring practical skills training, including legal technology, to law schools and law students.

Tom and I have long had an interest in ways education about legal technology can be improved for lawyers and law students. I especially enjoy the chances I get to talk to law students about legal technology. In addition, Tom and I are contributing editors for the new Legal Skills Prof Blog, part of the great Law Professor Blogs Network.

When we learned about the experiment the Georgia State University College of Law was doing with our podcast sponsor, Clio, we decided that it was a perfect topic for the podcast. A big thank you to Christy Burke and the great team at LegalTalkNetwork (especially the fabulous Kate Kenney), we put together a big show with four guests to talk about the project, put it in context, and, we hope, point to ways other schools might try similar experiments.

We divided the episode into two segments. In the first, we get an “on the ground” report on the Georgia State University School of Law experiment from Professor Cunningham and Jonathan Call. In the second, Jack Newton of Clio gives us his observations and insights from the vendor perspective and our good friend, Andy Adkins, adds his vast knowledge and perspective to talk about where this experiment fits into the history of bringing technology to law students, law professors and law schools.

This is exciting stuff. And it’s important work. If we are going to significant change in the use of technology in the legal profession, it is likely to evolve from these types of experiments to get the next generation of tools into the hands of the next generation of lawyers.

The one great insight I got from this conversation, and I should have thought of this before, is that because cloud-based tools can be used in schools without the need for additional computer infrastructure, it’s possible to move quickly on these types of initiatives.

A big “thank you” to all our guests. Let us know what you think about this episode.

We end the podcast with a Parting Shot about our involvement with the Legal Skills Prof Blog and how we are excited to be part of that project. Check out the blog here.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

[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

Top Tech Tips for Today’s Travelers – Podcast

Thursday, November 11th, 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 “Top Tech Tips for Today’s Travelers” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – consider trying out an episode or becoming a regular subscriber through iTunes or our RSS feed.

Here’s the episode (#41) description:

Traveling with technology today has, simultaneously, gotten both easier and harder. On the road, you need to be resourceful and give yourself plenty of options to meet unexpected challenges. At the same time, you still want to “pack light.” In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their notes and experiences from a recent trip, offer some of their best travel tips, and make a few predictions about where traveling with technology is headed.

Tom and I had just returned from a great trip to Washington, DC for the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section’s fall meetings. We had compared notes with other attendees about what we have learned about traveling with technology over the years. We thought it would be fun and instructive to share some of our favorite travel tips and observations with our listeners.

We talked a bit about how our traveling styles differ. It’s essential to have a good understanding of your own style, what technology you actually use, and what you really want to accomplish. From that base, you can make smart choices about what you need for each trip.

Tom and I joked a bit about how your bag is really the most important “technology” tool you need, but it’s clear that your choice of computer bag (or backpack) can be important. My big observation from my recent trip was how valuable a sportscoat with lots of pockets can be.

We talk about Internet connections, power cords, the rise of smartphones and much more. Tom also gives his opinion on whether you can travel with an iPad and no laptop. We also talk about software and Internet services we find useful while traveling.

When traveling, I’m a big believer in giving yourself a number of options while still consolidating what you take down to the acceptable minimum. You have to be resourceful and be prepared for the unexpected. In the podcast, you’ll hear lots of our practical tips, both those that we have learned the hard way and what we’ve learned as helpful advice from travelers we know.

In our “stuff Tom and I have been talking about” segment, we discussed the upcoming 25th anniversary of the ABA TECHSHOW, the promotional video we shot for TECHSHOW, and the value of attending legal technology conferences.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom recommended Google’s Gmail Security Checklist. I like a post from Dave Taylor that explains how to download your personal information from Facebook.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

[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