Collaboration Tools for Lawyers: The Book

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell are pleased to announce that they will be writing a book on collaboration tools that will be published in early 2008 by the American Bar Association. The book is tentatively titled: “Collaboration Tools for Lawyers: Essential Ways to Work Together with Colleagues, Clients and Even Opposing Counsel.”
Nearly every lawyer finds that colleagues, co-counsel, clients and even opposing counsel use the Internet and technology to collaborate and work together on documents, projects and cases. In the simplest scenario, lawyers and clients use the “track changes” feature in Microsoft Word to work together on a document. Technology today lets lawyers take collaboration to the next level. Many legal technology tools now include collaborative elements.
At the same time, lawyers increasingly use the Internet in many ways to work together. From document sharing to videoconferencing, there are more tools than most lawyers can imagine for working together, online.
Two key trends are at play here. First, for years lawyers have understood the clear benefits of collaboration and working together as a routine matter. Second, the availability of simple, inexpensive (even free) collaboration technology has created an environment where working together makes sense to nearly every lawyer in nearly every firm. The push forward on both trends is likely to continue.
Two other important factors also come into play. First, business clients are routinely using technology to collaborate and will expect their lawyers to follow. Therefore, collaboration tools illustrate a classic example of a client-driven technology. Second, events in the world from increased travel costs to possible pandemics make it even more likely that these tools will be adopted by necessity.
To the extent lawyers have experimented with these tools, they may have the nagging feeling that they are simply touching the tip of the iceberg of what might be available to them and how they might use these tools to their benefit. We believe that they are right to feel that way, because it is undoubtedly true.
The book will provide intensely practical advice for lawyers and law firms wanting to take better advantage of these tools and the benefits they bring. It will take a look at how to use these tools wells, focus on both categories of tools and specific individual tools, and provide concrete action steps and techniques so that even the least tech-savvy lawyer can catch up with the early adopters and successful innovators.
Collaboration Tools for Lawyers: Essential New Ways to Work Together with Colleagues, Clients and Even Opposing Counsel, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell (expected publication date: early 2008)
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Idea Market: Meet Me in St. Louis to Talk About Blogging

I don’t get to speak about blogging nearly as much as I’d like to these days, but Matt Homann has given me the chance to lead a discussion about blogging at his Idea Market event on Monday evening, March 19. Matt wants you to reserve a spot (it’s free) by joining this site. The Idea Market starts at 6:00 pm at the Lucas School House in the Soulard area of St. Louis. Keep an eye on Matt’s blog for more details.
I understand that some of the other longtime St. Louis bloggers (like Randy Holloway) will also be there, so we might turn this into a St. Louis blogger meet-up.After all, St. Louis is Blawg City USA.
If you are a St. Louis blogger, a blogger who can get to St. Louis, or a blogger-to-be (i.e., some who is not already blogging), then it’d be great to meet you on Monday night and participate in what I’m sure will be an informative and knowledge-sharing conversation about many aspects of blogging. If you want to send me questions or topics that you want me to cover, that’d be cool.
And, as usual, there will be other fun stuff happening at the Idea Market too. Record “24″ and get out the house on a Monday evening for a change.
See you there.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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By Request Week at DennisKennedy.Blog

One of the things I do every year for the blogiversary of this blog is to give readers the opportunity to submit questions that I’ll try to answer.
If you’ve always wanted to ask me a question about this blog, blogging, legal technology, or any other topic then either email me at denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com or leave the question as a comment to this post. Unless you indicate otherwise, I will not identify you as the author of the question. And, of course, I reserve the right to answer your question with an answer to a different question that I’d prefer to answer.
I’ll try to answer as many of the questions as I can as blog posts.
Request lines are now open.
Blogiversary gifts are always welcome.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

Meet Me in St. Louis to Talk About Blogging

For those readers in St. Louis, I’ll be speaking about blogs, podcasting and RSS at the meeting of the Computer Consultants of St. Louis next Tuesday evening (January 9) at 6:00 at Screenz in University City.
The focus will be the novice to intermediate user, with a lot of Q & A. I’d enjoy getting the chance to meet some of my St. Louis readers in person.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Electricity is Back

Thank you for your support and good wishes during the recent ice storm and electrical outage in St. Louis.
We finally got our electricity back yesterday afternoon and moved back home from my father-in-law’s house. Yesterday morning, I checked the house and the thermostat read 37 degrees.
Glad to see Evan got his power back too.
Still more than 100,000 without electricity, with another cold snap coming.
I don’t think anyone can overestimate how difficult and dangerous the job of restoring power in this ice and cold really is. My gratitude and respect goes out to the workers out in the field trying to bring things back to some kind of normalcy.
A special thank you to my father-in-law for taken us in for a few days.
This was a tough one for me, especially after the long outage this summer. It’s easy to get frustrated in this kind of situation.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]