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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

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FeedPass as an RSS Subscription Option

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

I’m always looking for ways to demystify and make easier the RSS subscription process. Marshall Kirkpatrick’s recent post on FeedPass (read the comments, too) got me interested in exploring FeedPass.
Part of what FeedPass does is to create a handy subscription page that is designed to make it easier for people to learn about your RSS feed and subscribe to it.
If you are a new reader of my blog or have been thinking about subscribing to the RSS feed, please take a look at the subscription page and let me know whether you think it makes it easy for your to understand RSS and subscribe to the feed.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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A Better Way for Lawyers to Accept Credit Card Payments? Special Offer for Readers of this Blog

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I’ve always liked to try new ideas on my blog that might benefit my audience. Here’s the latest one.
I was contacted recently by the nice people at “Accept by Phone” about their merchant credit card accounts built with attorneys who bill for their time in mind.
They offered and now actually agreed to do something special for my blog audience for the next 4 days (through March 25).
“Accept by Phone” is one of those ideas that works just like it sounds. You can process payments from a client quickly by dialing a toll-free number, entering your client’s credit card number through an automated system, and then authorizing and processing the payment, all in a few seconds.
The pertinent facts: The system supports Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover cards. Payments will automatically transfer from your Accept by Phone merchant account to your own bank account in about 24-72 hours.
So, what are the advantages, you might be wondering, as I did. It only costs $5.00 a month and 3.95% per sale. There are no equipment leases (that’s an important feature) or other add-on fees, and you can cancel at any time without penalty. Hey, they even include free sales slips.
It’s simple and it might be a good way for you to eliminate the hassles of dealing with bad checks, late payments and accounts receivable – and it could also help some of your clients to pay their legal fees. And you can accept payments from anywhere.
That’s the idea of Accept by Phone. I liked what they told me about the service and said that I’d be happy to publicize the service if they would do a special promotion for readers of my blog. I’m getting no commission. We’re trying this as a blog marketing experiment.
They agreed, and here is the special offer:

Normally, it’s $99.00 to apply for an account. For the next four days, that application fee is waived if you use the codes below. Think of it as a $99 reader appreciation gift.
To take advantage of this offer and bypass the $99.00 fee to apply, you must click on the “Special Offer Login” link on http://www.accept-by-phone.com/attorneys.html (or go directly to http://www.accept-by-phone.com/spec_offer.html. Study the service carefully and see if it makes sense for you and your needs. I’m happy to bring the offer to you, but you’ll need to do your own due diligence.
Then use the following user name and password to apply to receive the application fee waiver.
Username: techlaw
Password: abp7

If you have been considering accepting credit card payments, then be sure to take a good look at what Accept By Phone is offering.
This special offer will only be available until 11:59 PM, Saturday (March 25).
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Caselogistix and Affiliate Marketing Links

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

As I’ve mentioned, my friends at Caselogistix are bringing me to LegalTech NY next week to speak about trends and predictions in electronic discovery. I hope to see you there. I did a run-through of the presentation today and was pleased with how it is turning out.
As I’ve learned more about Caselogistix, I’ve become intrigued about how this tool fits into the whole litigation management / electronic discovery field. If your practice concentrates in these areas, you’ll definitely want to do some research to see if it fits your specific needs. I like their tagline: “Litigation software so easy to use, lawyers actually use it.”
As part of a new experiment on this blog for 2006, I’m trying out an affiliate marketing link on this blog that is designed to produce a small commission for purchases of Caselogistix use the affiliate link. Essentially, I’ll be doing with Caselogistix exactly what I do with book links through the Amazon Associates program.
You would be correct if you assume that I get a lot of requests to mention products on my blog or put links in the Legal Technology Central Section of my website. I’m looking at affiliate marketing arrangements as a reasonable economic approach to handling those requests. I’m interested in your feedback on that approach.
So, I encourage you to learn more about Caselogistix by using this link:

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
This post brought to you by Dennis Kennedy’s half-day electronic discovery seminar – “Preparing for the New World of Electronic Discovery: Easing Your Transition from Paper to Electronic Discovery.” Contact Dennis today for more information and to schedule a seminar for your firm or legal department.

Welcoming DiscoveryResources.org and Fios as Sponsors

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

I’m so pleased to welcome DiscoveryResources.org, the premier electronic discovery resource center on the Internet, as a new sponsor of DennisKennedy.Blog. In addition, Fios, a leading electronic discovery service provider, will be sponsoring the Legal Technology Central section of my website, which I am now in the process of updating and adding resources and new pages.
Please take a look at what’s going on at DiscoveryResources.org and Fios by clicking on the sponsor banners when you see them.
I’m so pleased to see legal technology vendors seeing the potential of using blogs as a way to reach their target audiences and am pleased to be associated with an innovative and forward-looking company like Fios.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

X1 Licenses Are Almost – Get Yours Now

Friday, December 30th, 2005

As I mentioned here, the nice people at X1 are providing fifty licenses for the X1 Desktop Search tool for readers of this blog who email me with a request for the URL for the download. My rough estimate is that there are around fifteen of them left, so if you would like one be sure to email me (denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com) with your request for the down load URl soon. I appreciate it when you include comments about this blog with your request. As any blogger will tell you, it’s fascinating to see who reads your blog.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www/denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Free X1 Desktop Search Licenses as Gift to Readers of this Blog (Limit of 50)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

The nice people at X1 have graciously agreed to provide up to 50 of the readers of my blog with a free license to the X1 Desktop Search tool ($75 regular price). I wanted to used this offer as a way to say thank you to readers of my blog.
There’s been no category of software hotter in 2005 than the desktop search category. X1 is one of the leaders in the category. The tool will let you swiftly search files and email as if you have a search engine for your hard drive. I can tell you that Microsoft Outlook seems like a completely different program once you use a desktop search tool for searching your email.
All you need to do is to be one of the first 50 people to email me (preferably at denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com) with a request for the URL you’ll need for the download and I’ll get you the info you need. The URL has a built-in counter that will cut things off at 50 or at an expiration date in January, so I’ll simply ask you to download one copy only. Once the 50 downloads happen, the offer will end. If you’d like to pass along some comments or suggestions about my blog, I encourage you to do so.
By the way, although I am, of course, interested in sponsor inquiries, I’m also happy to talk to vendors about doing promotions like this one that provide benefits to readers of this blog (without requiring any more effort from me than this one does) or other discount / affiliate marketing arrangements.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
This post brought to you by Dennis Kennedy’s legal technology consulting services, featuring RSS and blogging consulting, technology audit, strategic planning and technology committee coaching packages especially for medium-sized law firms (15 – 100 lawyers) and corporate legal departments. More information on the “Second Pair of Eyes” packages for legal technology audits and strategic planning may be found here (PDF).

The Last(?) “By Request Day”of 2005, the Blawggie Awards and Other Housekeeping Matters

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

I had an appointment for tomorrow cancelled and thought it might be a good day to run another “By Request Day” on this blog, possibly the last one of the year. You know the drill – leave your questions in the comments to this post or email me at denniskennedyblog @ gmail . com with your question and I’ll try to answer the questions I get, plus a few I’ve been holding.
A number of people have been asking me when I’ll announce the 2005 edition of my annual “Blawggie” awards for excellence in legal blogging. I noticed that I did those on December 26 last year, but that seems like a busy day and I think that I’ll do them before Christmas this year – tentatively on December 22nd.
As the end of the year approaches like a freight train, you can expect to see on this blog an effort to finish the job of reposting my articles, which has proven to be a popular feature. My goal is to finish by the end of the year – I was surprised by how many articles I’ve written over the years. I’m nearly finished with the legal tech articles and will be mixing in some more of my technology law articles.
The 2006 version of my annual legal technology predictions article is in draft form and that will be published this month, perhaps in a long version and a short version. Details to come. The crystal ball was quite interesting in its revelations this year.
I’m also looking for a few volunteers to participate in a roundtable article on Web 2.0 tools for the next issue of Law Practice Today. Let me know if you are interested.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/
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The Unique Legal Technology Needs of Medium-sized Law Firms

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

As many of you know, I’ve spent the better part of my legal career at The Stolar Partnership, a medium-sized law firm of roughly 40 – 50 lawyers when I was there.
My legal tech career probably began on the morning when I got into my office early and found a large manila envelope on my chair. I opened it and found a set of keys, a pager and a memo from our then one-person IT department that began: “As you have probably guessed, this is my resignation letter.” It went on to say that that he gave me the memo because I was the only one in the who could understand the importance of and what to do with the info in the memo.
For better or worse, he was right and it made for an interesting day and next few months, to say the least.
So, I’ve always had a special understanding of the unique legal technology needs of medium-sized law firms. By medium-sized, I mean firms of roughly fifteen to maybe one hundred lawyers.
I’ve noticed, as have many others, that there are lots of great consultants and other resources for small firms and solos, and, of course, for large law firms.
However, there seems to be a gap when it comes to help specifically tailored for medium-sized law firms. As a local St. Louis sportscaster likes to say, they are kind of caught betwixt and between.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time talking with lawyers in medium-sized firms over the past few years. I have an affinity and an affection for this group – we have a lot in common.
Firms in this category have a difficult time evaluating legal technology options and face an overwhelming, sometimes paralyzing, number of choices. I often hear that these firms simply do not know what options they really have.
I’ve also found that these firms have two overriding concerns. First, they want to be sure that they are not wasting money they are spending or making truly bad decisions. Second, even with limited budgets, they want to identify a few technology projects that will be good projects that really help them. I absolutely agree that those are the big two concerns for firms of this size.
So, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about this group of firms and have decided that I want to make this category of firms my primary focus in my consulting. It’s the category of firm or corporate legal department I can understand well and probably help the most.
As a first step down that road, I’m introducing some new, I hope reasonably-priced, consulting packages that focus specifically on the two biggest concerns decision-makers in medium-sized firms have expressed to me over the years. I described the packages as “A Second Pair of Eyes” and here are some of the details:
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A Second Set of Eyes: Legal Technology Audit and Strategic Planning Packages from Dennis Kennedy
Too many law firms and corporate legal departments flush away a surprising amount of money on poor technology choices and implementations. Maybe you work at one of them. Poor buying decisions, wasteful and duplicative projects, failure to take advantage of volume licenses and many other factors result in the waste of dollars firms actually spend. Failing to plan or put together any kind of cohesive approach to technology spending in the future will result in missed opportunities, misspent funds and mistaken priorities.
No one likes the terms “audit” and “strategic plan” these days, but the fact is that, whatever you want to call these processes, failing to do them will waste time and money, make people unhappy, and leave your firm unprepared for client demands.
In most cases, law firms have good people at work on these projects, but they are stretched too thin and simply do not have the time to become familiar with everything in the world of legal technology.
In many cases, what is needed is not a full-blown, expensive top-to-bottom consulting project, but simply a “second set of eyes” to look at your situation and help you set priorities, redirect projects appropriately and make better decisions.
Dennis Kennedy offers three standard packages designed to give you that “second set of eyes” from one of the most highly-regarded authorities in legal technology today.
1. Legal Technology Audit Package. Dennis Kennedy takes an overview look at your existing technology and your current projects based on telephone interviews and documentation you provide. Using his experience and knowledge of the industry, he provides you with a report of what you are doing right and what you can do better, with a focus on identifying places where you are wasting money or spending money in unproductive ways. You get a report, with a set of action steps for you to consider as ways to save or better spend your technology dollars. Price: $2,500.
2. The No-nonsense Quick Strategic Technology Plan Package. Dennis Kennedy will review your current technology plans, discuss your strategies, ideas and wish lists, and do a high-level review of your current technology set-up based on telephone interviews and documentation you provide. He will then produce a report that recommends three to five strategic technology goals tailored to your firm and action steps for working toward those goals. Price: $3,500.
3. The “Second Set of Eyes” Combined Package. The “audit” and “strategic plan” pieces fit together like hand in glove. You can combine both phases into a single package. Price: $5,000.
I’ve put a flyer (PDF) on my website here.
If you’d like to talk in more detail about these packages or other medium-sized law firm issues, contact me.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
This post brought to you by Dennis Kennedy’s legal technology consulting services, featuring RSS and blogging consulting, technology audit, strategic planning and technology committee coaching packages especially for medium-sized law firms (15 – 100 lawyers) and corporate legal departments. More information on the “Second Pair of Eyes” packages for legal technology audits and strategic planning may be found here (PDF).

Another By Request Day Tomorrow

Monday, September 26th, 2005

It feels like it’s time once again for a “By Request Tuesday.” I’ve got a couple of questions in the hopper and encourage any of you who have questions that I can answer on my blog to email the questions to me at denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com. I’ll try to answer them (or at least some of them) on the blog tomorrow.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog)]
This post brought to you by Dennis Kennedy’s half-day electronic discovery seminar – “Preparing for the New World of Electronic Discovery: Easing Your Transition from Paper to Electronic Discovery.” Contact Dennis today for more information and to schedule a seminar for your firm or legal department.

New Missouri Ethics Rules Require Disclaimer Language, I Think

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

The Missouri Supreme Court has recently approved changes to the advertising and marketing rules for Missouri lawyers.
Unfortunately, despite efforts made to clarify the rules, I find the rules impossible to interpret or to understand how they are intended to apply to my website and blog.
Although I maintain that my blogs and website are not intended to be and are not an “advertisement” or “solicitation” for legal services, I have determined that my only option is to load up my website and this blog with the disclaimer language that seems to be required under this new rule.
Until I get further guidance on how to comply with the new rules, my best guess is that I must include the following language on my website.
REQUIRED STATEMENTS UNDER MISSOURI SUPREME COURT RULES IF THIS WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION OF IT IS DEEMED TO BE AN ADVERTISEMENT OR SOLICITATION. This website is not intended to be an advertisement or solicitation for my legal services. However, under recent changes in Missouri Rules, it may be deemed to be so, despite my intention. Therefore, the following statements may be required on this website and I have included them in order to be in full compliance with these rules. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Disregard this solicitation if you have already engaged a lawyer in connection with the legal matter referred to in this solicitation. You may wish to consult your lawyer or another lawyer instead of me (us). The exact nature of your legal situation will depend on many facts not known to me (us) at this time. You should understand that the advice and information in this solicitation is general and that your own situation may vary. This statement is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
For a story about this new rule, please read .
The money quote from that article:
Levison said it was unclear how this rule will be carried out.
That is quite an understatement. I simply do not understand changing rules in ways that make it clear how you should comply with them. I’m trying to do my best and I hope that will be taken into account.
I believe that these rule changes will become textbook cases for the law of unintended consequences and I fervently hope that, as advertised, they are intended to address specific concerns related to television commercials and litigation practices and not as traps for the unwary.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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