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Dennis Kennedy

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 the ‘Legal Technology’ Category

Law Technology Today Post – LinkedIn Endorsements

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center is now part of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section and I’m on the LTRC board this year. We have some great plans and be sure to keep an eye on LTRC over the next few months as we launch some new initiatives.

One of the things I’ll be doing is contributing at least one guest blog post each month to the Law Technology Today blog, which I recommend subscribing to in Google Reader or your other favorite RSS reader if you have any interest in legal technology at all (which you must, if you are reading this blog).

My first guest post appeared today and it’s called “‘Liking’ Your Connections with the New LinkedIn Endorsements.” Not surprisingly, it’s about the new LinkedIn “Endorsement” feature that makes it it easy to acknowledge the skills of your LinkedIn connections. I like the new feature so far. Check out the post to see why.

There will be a stellar cast of guest bloggers on Law Technology Today, so I definitely recommend it to your attention and to your regular reading list.

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

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Will Lawyers Always Be Late Adopters? – New Podcast

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

I’ve seen and heard a couple of things recently about lawyers using (and not using) technology that left me shaking my head. Tom and I decided that gave us a good reason to talk about whether lawyers are really late adopters of technology in the newest episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. This episode is called “Will Lawyers Always Be Late Adopters?.”

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive new episodes automatically. The show notes site for the podcast is at TKMReport.com.

Here’s the description for this episode:

EPISODE #93

#93. Will Lawyers Always Be Late Adopters?

Lawyers are known as notorious late adopters of technology. Is that a fair characterization? Of course it is. What makes lawyers so cautious about new technologies? Will lawyers always be late adopters? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss some recent experiences that have reinforced the idea that lawyers are late adopters, the reasons people do and do not adopt new technologies, and practical ways for lawyers to think about moving to new technologies. Podcast here

In large part, this episode was inspired by a picture a friend posted of a computer in a law office running a DOS program. We had also seen two recent blog posts about technology adoption that we thought made some good points about technology adoption: Michael Sampson’s “Why is New Technology Not Adopted?” and Jared Spool’s “Why People Adopt Or Wait For New Technology.” I highly recommend both posts and we discuss them in the podcast and offer a few observations of our own. If you are interested in legal tech, I think you’ll enjoy this episode. We hope it starts a few conversations.

If you haven’t listened to the podcast before or in a while, give this one a listen and then subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

If you have topics you’d like us to cover on the podcast or questions we can answer on the podcast, let us know by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

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

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

My ABA Journal Tech Columns

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Someone recently asked me if all of my monthly American Bar Association Journal articles are collected in one place.

They aren’t, but I wanted see if I could create a link to saved search that would, as a practical matter, let people see them all in one place. (Here’s the link.)

When I did that, I noticed that I am fast approaching 5 years of writing the column. It first appeared in November 2007.

I remember how excited I was to get the call from Ed Adams about taking over the tech column. It’s a great list of topics that the columns have covered and my editor, Reg Davis, has been, if I may use the word, awesome to work with over the years.

The idea of the column is to write in a very practical way about a useful technology audience in a way that potentially appeals to all lawyers who read the ABA Journal. That can be a challenge, to put it mildly, but I always have fun writing the column. I’ve also enjoyed the comments most of the columns have generated. Well, except maybe the comments taking me to task for not covering everything about a topic in the 600 words I have to address the topic.

Anyway, here’s a link to a saved search that will take you to all the articles I’ve written for the ABA Journal (link).

I’ve been vowing to update the list of all my articles over the years, but I haven’t made much progress. However, you can go to the “Articles” category archive on this blog to find many of my articles. I’ve also been toying with the idea of putting together a selection of my best articles and blog posts as a low-priced or free ebook. Let me know if you might have any interest in that so I can gauge the potential interest and audience.

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

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Living in a Public Beta – New Podcast

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Does it seem lately like you’re the subject of more and more technology experiments? Tom and I discuss a topic many people have been wondering about lately in the newest episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. This episode is called “Living in a Public Beta.”

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive new episodes automatically. The show notes site for the podcast is at TKMReport.com.

Here’s the description for this episode:

EPISODE #92

#92. Living in a Public Beta

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about what many see as Apple’s stumble with its maps application in iOS 6. Bryan Wolfe on AppAdvice.com recently asked “Did I Miss The Memo From Apple Making Us All Beta Testers?” From operating systems to software to apps to web services, we often find that new products and services don’t’ quite feel finished. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss changing expectations in a world of fast and frequent software releases and updates, the challenge for lawyers wanting stability with their technology, and ways to cope with what feels like living in a giant public beta test. Podcast here

Bryan Wolfe’s post raises some interesting questions about our expectations about software and web services, our expectations about completed versions, the evolution of software, need for upgrades, and today’s software development methods and processes. Tom and I don’t have any definitive answer (although I felt like I used the word “tolerance” quite a few times). It was a fun episode to record and we hope it starts some discussion. As always, let us know if you have questions or comments.

If you haven’t listened to the this one a listen and then subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

If you have topics you’d like us to cover on the podcast or questions we can answer on the podcast, let us know by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

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

View Dennis Kennedy's profile on LinkedIn

Follow my microblog on Twitter – @dkennedyblog. Follow me – @denniskennedy

Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Twitter Talk – My Latest ABA Journal Column

Monday, October 8th, 2012

My latest ABA Journal tech column is called “Twitter Talk: Its Search and Trends Can Keep You Up to Speed.” The column provides some practical pointers on ways lawyers can benefit from using Twitter without the need to learn how to “tweet.”

In my experience speaking to lawyers, Twitter is the social media platform lawyers have the most difficulty seeing where the value might be. In this column, I focused on the non-tweeting side of twitter – search and trends.

I cover the basic details and highlight ways lawyers have used and might use Twitter search and trends. I’ve long used these tools and have always found them valuable. I always encourage lawyers to experiment with search and trends before they write off Twitter as something that makes no sense for them. You should do that too – you might be surprised at how much you can learn by using Twitter without actually tweeting.

Money quote:

Even if tweeting does not make sense for you, Twitter Search and trends as monitoring tools might.

Read the entire column at Twitter Talk: Its Search and Trends Can Keep You Up to Speed.

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

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available. Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

“Legal Tech Surveys Say . . .” – New Podcast

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Tom and I talk about two recently-released surveys of legal technology on the newest episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. This episode is called 2012 Legal Tech Surveys Say . . ..

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive new episodes automatically. The show notes site for the podcast is at TKMReport.com.

Here’s the description for this episode:

EPISODE #91

#91. 2012 Legal Tech Surveys Say . . .

We hear a lot of stories about lawyers using (and not using) technology. It’s always been difficult to get good data on what is actually happening in the ground. The release of results from two major annual surveys about the use of technology by lawyers gives us some data to assess trends and draw conclusions. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look at highlights of the 2012 ILTA / Inside Legal Technology Purchase Survey and the 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report from the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center, the trends the surveys show, and some practical implications of the survey results. Podcast here

A tip of the hat to JoAnna Forshee at InsideLegal and to ILTA for putting together the 2012 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey and to Joshua Poje of the ABA for his great summary of ten highlights of the 2012 Legal Technology Resource Center survey. Tom Mighell and I will be serving on the Legal Technology Resource Center’s board this year, so I’d appreciate hearing any feedback or ideas you might have for the Legal Technology Resource Center.

If you have topics you’d like us to cover on the podcast or questions we can answer on the podcast, let us know by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

If you haven’t listened to the podcast before or haven’t listened for a while, give this one a listen and then subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Also, as a follow-up to my recent post about the webinar on Facebook for Lawyers I presented as part of Avvo’s legal marketing webinar series, here’s a link to the replay of that webinar.

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

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available. Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Facebook for Lawyers Webinar on September 27

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

On Thursday, September 27 (at 10:00 AM Pacific; 12:00 PM Central; 1:00 PM Eastern), I’ll be speaking on “Facebook for Lawyers” for an hour as part of Avvo’s Free Legal Marketing Seminars series. You can sign up for the webinar here.

Here’s the description:

Facebook is rapidly approaching 1 BILLION users. Now the largest – and most active – social media platform in the world, long gone are the days of it being a network for college kids. Instead individuals, professionals and businesses alike use the site to connect with each other and share information every day. Increasingly Facebook profiles and pages are also showing up in search results. But what does this all mean for the legal industry? Lawyers may understand how Facebook works, but are hesitant to participate for a variety of reasons. Others are excited to jump in, but aren’t sure where to start or what it will take to be successful. In this webinar Dennis Kennedy, lawyer and co-author of the new book Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section, will provide attendees with strategies, lessons and tips for using Facebook to achieve personal and professional goals.

Lawyers who attend this webinar will learn about:

- How to determine if Facebook is right for you and your practice
- How to set up a personal and a professional Facebook presence
- The ever-evolving security and privacy settings
- Content creation, making connections and growing your network
- Facebook’s latest announcements and advanced features

I’ll cover some of the main topics and themes of the new book, Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, Allison Shields and I wrote, including quite a few of the practical tips in the book. The webinar will be appropriate for Facebook beginners, although I’ll touch on a number of topics and strategies for more advanced users. Also, while the focus will be on use of Facebook by lawyers, I think that the potential audience extends beyond lawyers.

If you plan to attend the webinar and have any questions or topics you’d like me to address, let me know. Register for the free webinar here.

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

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Follow my microblog on Twitter – @dkennedyblog. Follow me – @denniskennedy

Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available. Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

LinkedIn for Legal Professionals and Other Recent Podcasts

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

It’s time to get caught up on recent episodes of the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal talk Network.

In our most recent episode, Allison Shields was our guest to talk about LinkedIn for Legal Professionals.

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive new episodes automatically. The show notes site for the podcast is at TKMReport.com.

If you have topics you’d like us to cover or questions we can answer on the podcast, let us know by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

RECENT EPISODES (#86 – #90)

#90. LinkedIn for Legal Professionals

Lawyers consistently tell us that LinkedIn is the social media platform that makes the most sense for lawyers and other legal professionals. They like the professional and business focus of LinkedIn as compared to the “personal” focus of Facebook and other platforms. However, lawyers also always tell us that they wish they could use LinkedIn better than they do now. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell and special guest Allison Shields discuss the new book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, how lawyers can make better use of LinkedIn, and some practical tips lawyers and others can implement right away with LinkedIn. Podcast here

#89. Technology-enhanced Television

As rumors of a game-changing new Apple TV begin to swirl, we wonder whether technology will start to change the way we watch television. Or maybe it already has. Does technology always need to have “productive” uses? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell turn to a “non-serious” technology topic for the end of summer, explore ways technology, especially tablets, can enhance your TV viewing experience, and find some surprisingly serious conclusions about where technology is taking us. Podcast here

#88. Putting the Web to Work for You

Have you ever wanted one action on the Web automatically trigger another action? For example, if you post a tweet, it automatically becomes a LinkedIn or Facebook update or if you star a blog post in Google Reader, it automatically gets added to your Evernote account. IFTTT (If This, Than That) is a web service does exactly that. In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss web automation and IFTTT, how it might make your life a little easier, and the role this type of service might play for the busy lawyer. Podcast here

#87. I’ll Tumblr for Ya

While Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter draw the lion’s share of social media attention, there are many other social media platforms available to lawyers. Tumblr, Pinterest and Foursquare are just a few of the alternatives. How can you evaluate which of these tools might be worthy of your time and effort? On The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell survey the lesser-traveled landscapes of the social media world, identify some tools that might make sense to some lawyers in some scenarios, and speculate about the future of specialized social media tools. Podcast here

#86. The Lost Art of the Online Discussion

For many years, we used email and listservs for private and public discussions. Today, the last thing we want to do is add a high-volume email list to our overloaded email inboxes. Yet, we still have the need for discussions of all kinds. What are good ways to have discussions using technology today? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss today’s options for discussions, how to select the right forum for discussions, and whether we can improve the quality of the discussions we have with others. Podcast here

If you haven’t listened to the podcast before or haven’t listened for a while, give one or more of these a listen and then subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available. Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Lex Port 2012 – Legal Tech Conference in St. Louis

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Lucas Boling of the Missouri Bar called me a few months ago to discuss an idea he had to put on a low-cost continuing legal education seminar on legal technology topics inspired by the ABA TECHSHOW. I thought it was a great experiment to try and Lucas and the great people at the Missouri Bar have outdone themselves in putting together a conference called Lex Port 2012.

I understand that the registrations have already exceeded expectations, but there’s plenty of room for more to attend. So, if you happen to be in the St. Louis area September 13 – 15, I invite you to join us at the Ameristar in St. Charles, MO for what looks to be a great set of educational sessions and a chance to meet other St. Louis area lawyers interested in the application of technology to the practice of law. The value is excellent – up to 10+ CLE credit hours (including 1.5 ethics hours) for $179.

The agenda is also excellent with a great variety of topics and local and national speakers, including speakers and sessions from TECHSHOW 2012. Attendees have a lot to choose from.

I’ll be speaking at three sessions.

On Friday, September 14, at 3:40 PM, Marc Matheny and I will present:

YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU: YOUR MOBILE OFFICE

Would you like to practice law from the beach or while on an extended trip overseas? Is it safe and ethical to do that? Two practicing attorneys who’ve done just that describe the mobile office technology they use including tablets, SmartPhones, and the essential hardware and software to comfortably conduct business remotely in a solo/small firm environment. The approaches they’ve used can be implemented in a virtual or home office setting or almost anywhere outside of a traditional office setting.

On Saturday, September 15, at 8:50 AM, I’ll present:

LINKEDIN FOR LAWYERS IN 50 MINUTES

Do you have a profile on LinkedIn? Do you know how to effectively harness the power of the largest online professional network to boost your practice? This practical program will show how to use features of LinkedIn that go beyond simply adding connections. Learn how to make this social media tool work for you in your practice.

And, on Saturday at 11:00 AM, I’ll join Melissa Glauber and Lucas Boling for:

60 APPS IN 60 MINUTES

Over 700,000 iPhone and iPad apps, more than 600,000 Android apps, and 100,000+ Windows Phone apps — with so many choices, how do you find apps relevant to your practice and your busy life? You will not want to miss this fast paced session that highlights 60 of the best apps for the legal professional.

There’ll be exhibitors, giveaways (including Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers and LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers books), networking opportunities and a great chance to meet other lawyers in the St. Louis area who are also interested in legal technology.

Help us make Lucas’s idea into a successful experiment (and experience). Hope to see you there!

Registration and other information can be found here.

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

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available. Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

The Arrival of Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers

Monday, August 27th, 2012

When I got home from work this evening, I found a package that had been delivered today. I opened it and found:

A closer look:

Yes, the new book from Allison Shields and me, Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, has arrived. For me, my books only really seem real when I get my personal copies in hand.

This book is our “sequel” to LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, which was published earlier this year. In fact, what I mainly remember about the publication of the LinkedIn book was how fast the deadline for the first draft of the Facebook book was approaching.

We’re quite pleased with the way Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers turned out, although we stretch the concept of “in one hour” well past the breaking point. You’ll get a lot of value in this book. I did prove that it is possible to read the main section of this book in one hour, but I’m a really fast reader.

I believe that the book is still technically in the pre-order period and is available with a 15% discount as a pre-order. We’re excited about this book and think you will be, too. If your firm or organization might consider using the book for social media training efforts, let me know and I can put you in touch with our publishing contacts for info about volume discounts. If you might be interested in a review copy (and have an audience that will appreciate the review), let me know. And, of course, don’t forget about LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers.

Although, frankly, I expect the only book Allison and I might consider next would be “Resting Up after Writing Two Books in Less Than a Year in One Hour for Lawyers,” I have grown fond of the “in One Hour” format and I think it has a lot of potential. I’ll be the Vice-chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s Publishing Board this year and would be happy to hear any topics for an “in One Hour” book that you know that you would definitely buy.

Here’s a link the ordering page for Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers – I hope you enjoy the book.

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

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The book Allison Shields and I have written called “LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers” is now available and also as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.