Matt Homann Interview in Law Practice Magazine

There’s a great interview with Matt Homann in the current issue of the ABA’s Law Practice Magazine. Matt talks about many things: innovation, big thinking, his views on the practice of law, LexThink and his recent move to Xplane, the visual thinking company. The article also includes two sets of helpful tips from Matt for lawyers and their clients.
The money quote:

What’s driving innovation in law firms now?
MH: That’s a particularly difficult question to answer because the forces driving innovation in firms (if innovation is happening at all) are varied. In large firms, big clients have wised up and begun to demand businesslike efficiency, accountability and technology from their counsel of record. Midsize firms have recognized that innovation allows them to compete for previously unattainable clients and work.
For their part, small firms have always innovated out of necessity—and that’s never been more true than today. The lack of institutional friction inside a nimble small firm gives that firm a tremendous advantage in trying new things. What’s driving much of the innovation in small firms now, however, is that a much more educated and Internet-savvy clientele is not only expecting better service, better technology and better pricing, but is also not afraid to find a lawyer who will deliver it.

If you are in St. Louis this evening, I see that there are (as of now) a few openings left for Matt’s latest Idea Market event tonight. Check it out if you have the chance.
In any event, read the interview with Matt. But read it quickly, because, despite my suggestions to change this policy over the past few years, this article will disappear behind the magazine’s members’ only firewall and not be available over the Internet in a few weeks. That might be a good reminder to join the Law Practice Management Section and get the print version of the magazine (with a nice picture of Matt), but I’ve always preferred the open, always available on the Internet approach. We might see a change in that policy soon, but it hasn’t happened yet. Lots of other great articles in this issue too.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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CityTech’s Global Tech Leaders Top 100

Karen Jones, editor of London’s CityTech, has posted the Global Tech Top 100 Leaders list for 2006 (pdf here). The focus is on technology in the legal industry, and it’s a list determined by the choices of 2,000 people involved in legal technology. It’s an impressive list determined by peers and I’m quite honored to be on the list, along with so many people whose work I admire.
I’m pleased to be singled out for three things that are important to me – blogging, innovation and “for talking about Law 2.0.”
Today, JoAnna Forshee, Matt Homann and I were talking about the next LexThink event, which we are calling Litigation 2.0. Matt’s also on the Top 100 list and JoAnna has been on the list as well (she helped with it this year). To me, Litigation 2.0 is a piece of Law 2.0, and perhaps the piece of it that will arrive the earliest. (By the way, nothing official yet, but we’re thinking of early spring 2007 in New York City for the Litigation 2.0 event.)
As I think about Law 2.0, the one thing I know for sure is that if you took the 100 people on this list, brought them together to brainstorm, and turned them loose on the question of what Law 2.0 would look like, you’d get something pretty amazing. And that would be one heck of a LexThink conference. Matt and JoAnna, there’s an idea for our next conference call.
Thank you to Karen and CityTech for putting together this great list and recognizing the people and their contributions.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Litigation 2.0

Litigation 2.0. So it begins.
I told the audience at my presentation on electronic discovery trends last June at the Legal Tech West Coast conference that on the morning of my presentation I had a bit of an epiphany about where electronic discovery was going as it moved toward its next evolutionary stage. I sketched out a few notes that morning on where I saw it going. Then I had a near “Jerry Maguire” moment and, until my better judgment prevailed, nearly scrapped my prepared presentation and rewrote something new called “Electronic Discovery 2.0.”
I set aside the notes and haven’t yet returned to them, although you will pick up some of the ideas here and there in my recent writings on electronic discovery. They are, to me, some of the most interesting ideas on legal tech that I’ve had, but haven’t yet written about.
Litigation 2.0
In the last few days, however, these ideas have come back to me with renewed life. In part, that’s because of a conversation I had with John Thickett of the Tusker Group about their approach to outsourcing electronic discovery work and processes, and the implications of that outsourcing. In part, it comes from podcasts I’ve listened to featuring Andy Kessler, the author of The End of Medicine (podcast link), and C.K. Prahalad (podcast link).
But, mainly, it’s from the recent conversations Matt Homann, JoAnna Forshee and I have had about the next public LexThink! conference, which have focused on the topic of a new kind of conference on electronic discovery.
Litigation 2.0
In keeping with the LexThink approach, we wanted a conference that was innovative and different, that was both intensely practical and allowed people to consider the big picture and deeper implications. Ideas moving to action.
I kept pushing us to look at what was happening in the trenches. Let’s face it, the most interesting things happen at the points where different fields intersect and with the people working at those intersections. To me, that’s the world of litigation support and litigation support managers – right at the point of intersection of IT, client concerns and the practice of law.
So, we’ve been turning over that idea and working it into form.
Litigation 2.0
Yesterday, we decided that this area would be the focus of the next public LexThink conference in early Spring 2007.
We absolutely did not want to do another electronic discovery conference that academically covered Zubulake and the new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. There’s plenty of room for those and many of them are quite good. But that’s not our territory.
We want to explore what the changing environment means for people who need to make decisions and get things done in the real world and have excellent insight into where all of this is taking us. It’s best to focus on these topics in ways that help people do their work better, make their lives easier, and help them learn together and form communities with people facing the same issues.
That’s a discussion that has to happen. And it needs to involve lit support managers (in law firms and corporations), lit support and electronic discovery vendors (the tool makers), the helpers and consultants, the clients, judges, and lawyers too. I’ve long wanted to participate in that discussion, but now I believe that we can facilitate it as well.
Litigation 2.0
As usual, the discussion came down to deciding on a name that was big enough and broad enough (and short enough) to hold what we wanted. Using “electronic discovery” or “lit support” is too limiting. We’ve always had the idea of “summit” floating around this project, but, yesterday, even that didn’t feel right.
It’s a big change in the process of happening – not necessarily moving into new territory but recognizing that the territory we inhabit has already begun to change. Think of “paradigm shift” in the classic Thomas Kuhn sense of the term.
Announcing Litigation 2.0 – the conference, the concept and the conversation.
Details to come.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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St. Louis Idea Market II – Redux

I had a great time and met some cool people at the second St. Louis Idea Market last night.
I’m fascinated each time I see Open Space (and the other creativity exercises Matt Homann like to try) in action.
I was tired when I got there and planned to lie low and keep quiet. However, there was a great energy in this group and Dave Gray of Xplane managed to get me thinking and talking about creativity.
It was funny to find myself talking about my recent thinking about the iPod shuffle feature (what I now think of as my iPod shuffle trilogy), and then to see how the group discussion brought me back to thinking about Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit, which always gets my highest recommendation. I ended the evening by re-reading a chapter of the book.
That may or may not have led to something I’ll post tomorrow, which I consider among my more creative efforts in a while.
A great time – hope to see you at the next one.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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