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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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GC Research Club Interview about Legal Technology

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

William Barns Graham at the GC Research Club interviewed me a while back about technology as it relates to in-house counsel, some of my uses of technology, collaboration and other topics. The interview originally ran in two parts, but has been collected conveniently in one place, as “GCRC Interview: Dennis Kennedy, Vice President, Counsel at MasterCard Worldwide – Whole Interview” on the GCResearchClub.com website, along with other interviews, all of which I would recommend. It’s nice to be able to reach an international audience with this interview.

Ann Page, in her “JANUARY 2014 REPORT – Legal Department Technological Solutions – What To Consider and Where To Start?“, highlighted a quote from the interview:

Because legal work is so collaborative, there’s a push to use new collaborative technologies, communication technologies and specialized practice technologies on an ongoing basis. We’ve still yet to get much past breaking the surface of analytical, automation and knowledge management tools.

In the interview, I talked about:

  • How my experience in law and technology complement each other
  • What technologies in-house counsel can use to better align their work to the demands of their employees
  • Whether lawyers and IT departments work well enough together
  • How big “cyberlaw” might become
  • Some of the technologies I personally use
  • Useful phone and tablet apps for lawyers

I had fun doing the interview and had fun re-reading it the other day. You might also find the interview worth your time and effort, especially if you are an in-house counsel or work with in-house counsel.

Let me know what you think.

Link to full interview.

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

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Happy Eleventh Birthday to DennisKennedy.Blog

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Birthday Cake with PineappleEleven years ago today, with an allusion to Babylon 5 and the ideas that I needed to produce my own RSS feed and experiment with new types of writing, I launched this blog. I called the blog simply DennisKennedy.Blog.

Much has happened with me and this blog over those eleven years. I appreciate the positive responses my blog has always seemed to generate, the many doors it has opened and the great people it has introduced me to.

One of the most interesting criticisms I’ve consistently gotten over the years is that I have a tendency to anthropomorphize my blog. I think that criticism is somewhat overstated. My blog, on the other hand, thinks that criticism is, well, just crazy talk.

Earlier today, my blog and I were discussing where things stood at the 11-year mark. I mentioned that I had been feeling that I hadn’t been paying the blog as much attention as I wanted over the past year or so, even though my intentions were good. In my defense, I noted that it wasn’t like I wasn’t doing any else in my limited spare time – two new books, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (Second Edition) and LinkedIn in One Hour, the Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast (the 120th episode – on living in multiple tech worlds – just released), my ABA Journal tech column (the February column is on social media), speaking (e.g., at the upcoming 2014 ABA TECHSHOW) and webinars (e.g., the upcoming one on Top Tech Trends), the occasional article or interview, helping build the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center (check out the 2013 Tech Report) and Law Technology Today blog, and dabbling in social media. Not to forget the 10th edition of the Blawggie Awards.

That was not the best approach to take with a blog that was already feeling a little neglected.

I certainly got an earful from my blog – most of which would be unprintable – and the stinging and memorable comment that my blog felt it might as well write its own posts rather than wait on me. Message heard and understood. As they say, that opened up the communication channel and we discussed the future direction of the blog, put together an action plan, and made up in time to have some blawgiversary cake.

The plan is to redesign and revamp the website, with my blog becoming even more so the main focus of the site. That will take care of a current bug that affects the ability of users of some browsers to see new blog posts – the best way to read this blog for now is by subscribing to its RSS feed). The other content of the website will be drastically streamlined and updated, all with the idea of making it easier to access all the different things I’m doing, no matter where they are located.

This plan certainly made my blog happier – and me too. I’m talking with my web designer about the path forward and a timeline.

In the meantime, I’d certainly welcome any suggestions readers might have about revamping the site, especially portions that you want to see retained and brought up-to-date. I’m also curious whether there might be interest in a free ebook version of the entire blog archive. Let me know.

It’s been eleven great years. My blog and I hope to keep it going for many more. Thanks for being a great audience.

- Dennis and DennisKennedy.Blog

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

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52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2014

Monday, January 27th, 2014

For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read exactly 52 books. Or, more accurately, I listed exactly 52 books that I read. I “read” many business books in the form of getAbstract summaries and I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. 2013 was an unusual year for me, too, in the significant number of books I started and gave up on before finishing.

I’m doing the same thing in 2014. My approach is the same in previous years – I’ll simply update this post from time to time sporadically throughout the year as I finish books.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

As Bill Taylor says, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” Challenging yourself to read 52 books is probably a good way to start to answer that question.

December

November

October

September

August

July

June

27. Jony Ive, Leander Kahney

May

26. Any Other Name, Craig Johnson
25. Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Eduardo Galeano
24. How to be Danish, Patrick Kingsley
23. Pitch Perfect, Bill McGowan
22. A Short Guide to a Long Life, David Agus
21. George Washington’s Secret Six, Brian Kilmeade
20. The Janson Option, Paul Garrison
19. The Vikings, Neil Oliver

April

18. The Haunted Monastery, Robert Van Gulik
17. Night Work, Laurie R. King
16. Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone
15. The Mongolian Conspiracy, Rafael Bernal

March

14. The Bourne Retribution, Eric Van Lustbader
13. Judge Dee at Work, Robert Van Gulik
12. Wild Fermentation, Sandor Ellix Katz

February

11. The Chinese Lake Murders, Robert Van Gulik
10. The Chinese Gold Murders, Robert Van Gulik
9. Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, Robert Van Gulik

January

8. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams
7. Europe Between the Oceans, Barry Cunliffe
6. Feldenkrais:The Busy Person’s Guide to Easier Movement, Frank Wildman
5. A Short History of the Twentieth Century, John Lukacs
4. Spirit of Steamboat, Craig Johnson
3. A Man Without Breath, Philip Kerr
2. A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain
1. Italian Ways, Tim Parks

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

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Celebrating the Tenth Blawgiversary of DennisKennedy.Blog

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Ten years ago (February 15, 2003), I launched this blog and it’s striking how much that has happened to me since can be traced to this blog.

The original post started with a reference to my favorite science fiction TV series, Babylon 5, and said:

And so it begins . . .

I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech predictions article. As I was working on updating my web site (http://www.denniskennedy.com), I finally decided that I had to have my own blog. Thanks to people like Jerry Lawson, Sabrina Pacifici, the Support Forum at MovableType.org, it’s finally here.

This blog, which I named DennisKennedy.Blog, was my early birthday present to myself in 2003 (my birthday is actually in two days, on the 17th). I saw it as a place to experiment with my writing and the best way to generate my own RSS feed (the feed was something I wanted much more than just a “blog” and blogging software was the easiest way to generate an RSS feed). Both of those reasons remain true today.

I also remember how, at the time, I had the feeling that whole blog thing had already happened and that I’d missed it. I’m always surprised by how much time it took me after I had started speaking and writing about blogs to launch my own blog.

One of the annual traditions on this blog is to have an extravagant blawgiversary (or blogiversary) celebration. Another thing I tend to do (which some have even criticized me for – little do they understand how close you can get to a blog after a few years) is to anthromorphize this blog.

I mention both things, because my blog has made it clear that it wants just a low-key, stay at home, no presents please blawgiversary for number 10. The blog is feeling a little introspective and contemplative on this occasion, as am I.

I will say, on my blog’s behalf, that it’s been a great ten years and we look forward to many more. There are so many people to thank and we appreciate all the readers over the years, especially those who have been reading since the beginning. We also want to give a big welcome to new readers.

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

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52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read 56 books.

I’m doing the same thing in 2013. My approach is the same in previous years – I’ll simply update this post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

As Bill Taylor says, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” Challenging yourself to read 52 books is probably a good way to start to answer that question.

December

52. Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett
51. Seeing What Others Don’t, Gary Klein
50. Decisive, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
49. The Lawyer’s Field Guide to Effective Business Development, William Flannery
48. The Sports Gene, David Epstein
47. Learnings from the Long View, Peter Schwartz
46. The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker

November

45. The Legal Side of Blogging: How Not to get Sued, Fired, Arrested, or Killed, Ruth Carter
44. The Investigator, Terry Lenzner
43. The English Girl, Daniel Silva
42. Sleepless in Hollywood, Lynda Obst
41. The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
40. Beloved Enemy, Eric Lustbader

October

39. Slow Getting Up, Nate Jackson
38. The Art of Thinking Clearly, Rolf Dobelli
37. Letter to a A Young Scientist, Edward O. Wilson
36. The Consummata, Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
35. The Map of Innovation, Kevin O’Connor

September

34. WordPress Websites in One Hour for Lawyers, Jennifer Ellis
33. Big Data, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
32. Lawn Gone, Pam Penick

August

31. Tea Lover’s Treasury, James Norwood Pratt
30. Revolutionary Summer, Joseph Ellis
29. The Shanghai Factor, Charles McCarry

July

28. A Serpent’s Tooth, Craig Johnson
27. Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes

June

26. Foreign Influence, Brad Thor
25. Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified, Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster
24. The Expats, Chris Pavone
23. The Signal and the Noise, Nat Silver

May

22. Frozen Heat, Richard Castle
21. How Georgia Became O;Keeffe, Karen Karbo
20. Dreamland, David Randall
19. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for Dummies, Vanessa Williams

April

18. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Maria Konnikova
17. The Utopia Experimment, Kyle Mills
16. The Aden Effect, Claude Berube

March

15. The March of Folly, Barbara Tuchman
14. The Aden Effect, Claude Berube
13. iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell
12. Why Grow That When You Can Grow This, Andrew Keys
11. Mission to Paris, Alan Furst

February

10. Among the Islands, Tim Flannery
9. Spy the Lie, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero
8. Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, Geoff Dyer
7. Garment of Shadows, Laurie R. King

January

6. Naked Heat, Richard Castle
5. Heat Wave, Richard Castle
4. Trust Me I’m Lying, Ryan Holiday
3. Death Without Company, Craig Johnson
2. How Music Works, David Byrne
1. Bruce, Peter Ames Carlin

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

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Announcing the 2012 Blawggie Awards

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of Dennis Kennedy’s annual Best of Law-related Blogging Awards, affectionately known as the “Blawggies.”

The Blawggies, which honor the best law-related blogs as determined from my personal and highly-opinionated perspective, were first unleashed on an unsuspecting blogosphere in December 2004 and are an annual tradition here at DennisKennedy.Blog.

This ninth edition of the awards makes them the longest running annual awards list for law-related blogs selected by a lawyer named Dennis Kennedy living in St. Louis, Missouri. What was originally just a crazy idea turned into a bit of an institution in the world of law-related blogging.

I’ve included some explanatory and historical information about the Blawggies at the end of this post. As I’ve said before and explain in more detail at the end of this post, the Blawggies are not based on any popular votes, surveys or, God forbid, objective criteria. I choose the winners from only the blogs I read regularly. They are highly-opinionated choices made by me alone as I write this post.

Executive Summary.

Spoiler Alert In this era of short attention spans, many people, especially lawyers, do not like three thousand word posts such as this one. Even fewer like long introductions to long blog posts, or reading through commentary to learn the award winners. What follows is the executive summary list of winners. If you’d like to keep up the level of suspense, you’ll want to scroll quickly past the summary list. If all you really want to know is whether I mention you or your blawg, hit control-F (or command- F for Mac users) and search for your name or your blawg’s name.

Here’s the list of the award winners. I will encourage you to read the whole post for details and the runner-up choices, and my thoughts about the blawgs. And I definitely encourage you to add the RSS feeds to all of these blogs to your Google Reader (or other RSS reader) or “regularly-visited blogs” list.

2012 Blawggie Award Categories and Winners.


1. Best Overall Law-Related Blog – Jordan Furlong’s Law21.ca

2. The “Marty Schwimmer” Best Practice-Specific Legal Blog – Marty Schwimmer’s The Trademark Blog

3. Best Law Practice Management Blog – Steven B. Levy’s Lexician Blog

4. Best Law-related Blog Category – Law Librarian Blogs

5. The “Kennedy-Mighell Report” Best Legal Podcast – Lu Ann Reeb’s Legal Talk Network

6. The “Sherry Fowler” Best Writing on a Blawg Award – Evan Schaeffer’s Beyond the Underground

7. Best Law Professor Blog – Paul Caron’s The TaxProf Blog

8. The “DennisKennedy.Blog” Best Legal Technology Blog – Jeff Richardson’s iPhone J.D.

9. Best New Blawg – MoFo Tech Blog

10. Best Blawg Aggregator – Pinhawk Law Technology Daily Digest

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I encourage you to keep reading this post to learn about the winning blogs (and why I felt that they were winners) and about the runners-up.

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THE 2012 BLAWGGIE AWARDS

1. Best Overall Law-Related Blog – Law21.ca

Jordan Furlong’s Law21 blog was the runner-up in the “best overall” category and it just made sense to move it up to the top spot this year. As I said last year, Jordan covers law practice and the legal professions with insight, creativity and a willingness to challenge business-as-usual approaches. The typical post is a thoughtful, well-written meditation on the changing landscape for the practice of law. He makes you think. This year, Jordan has offered great perspectives on legal education and many of the trends lawyers and law firms must come to terms with – soon. Always a pleasure to read, I can’t recommend this blog highly enough.

Runner-up – Ride the Lightning – I’ve really enjoyed Sharon Nelson’s Ride the Lightning blog this year. Sharon’s a longtime friend of mine and I like the way her writing captures her voice. She focuses on computer security and ediscovery, but has branched out in privacy and other areas. Her post on digital estate planning got a lot of deserved attention and got many people thinking about that important subject.

2. The Marty Schwimmer Best Practice-Specific Blog – The Trademark Blog

Perceptive readers will note that this category is named for Marty Schwimmer, whose The Trademark Blog, has long been my gold standard for what a practice-specific blog should be. As I thought about this category this year, I came to the conclusion that Marty’s blog really is the best practice-specific blog this year. Marty is one of the original lawyer bloggers (blogging for more than ten years) and The Trademark Blog continues to have great energy and wit, while providing great information about trademark and related issues and developments. It’s a great example of a blawg that can be enjoyed by those who don’t even practice in the trademark field. If you are writing a blawg, you’ll want to read Marty’s blawg to get ideas about how improve your blawg. If you have trademark questions or want to learn more about trademarks, you will quickly realize that Marty is the go-to-guy on trademark.

Runner-up – The Contracts Guy Blog – I wanted to recognize the good work of a fellow lawyer in St. Louis. Brian Rogers’ The Contracts Guy Blog is a great example of a niche practice blog that provides useful and practical information on a specific topic, in this case contracts law with a Missouri focus. Brian has a corporate law practice and, as an in-house counsel, I appreciate how his blog reflects the concerns of corporate counsel and business people. It’s another good example of how to create an effective practice-specific blawg.

3. Best Law Practice Management Blog – Steven B. Levy’s Lexician Blog

There are so many great law practice management blogs out there that it’s difficult for me to choose just one. However, Steven B. Levy’s Lexician Blog emerged as my winner. Steven focuses on the very important area od legal project management and incorporates his technology experiences and insights gained from working at Microsoft earlier in his career. This blog has the consistent posting of thoughtful and though-provoking material that I find so appealing. If you aren’t familiar with the legal project management trend, this blog is where you want to start.

Runners-up – Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Management Tips Blog; Allison Shields’ LegalEase Blog; 3 Geeks and a Law Blog; Adam Smith, Esq. – So many great blogs in this category and so many had great 2012s. I picked the four runners-up to highlight some of the best and give you a way to sample the great content and different approaches out there. I especially want to congratulate Allison, who was able to keep a steady flow of great posts going this year while writing two books with me.

4. Best Law-related Blog Category – Law Librarian Blogs

I use this category annually to highlight the blogs written by law librarians, a category that I don’t think gets enough attention. These blogs are places to find great information, help for finding information, links to great resources and just plain interesting insights into topics like knowledge management and our changing world of information. If you want to try just one, Sabrina Pacifici’s BeSpacific Blog provides a steady stream of links to great US government and other information. The Law Librarian Blog is a great starting place and there’s a great list of law library blogs here.

Runner-up – Non-US Law-related Blogs – I also use this category to remind people that blawgging is a global phenomenon. As longtime readers know, I’m a huge fan of Canadian bloggers. As I’ve said before, “If you only have US blogs on your reading list, you need to go global.” Diversity is a good thing. Why not start in Canada? The annual Clawbie awards will give you a starter list.

5. The Kennedy-Mighell Report Best Legal Podcast – Lu Ann Reeb’s Legal Talk Network

I was tempted to give The Kennedy-Mighell Report the actual award this year, but I knew that would embarrass Tom. However, I really thought our podcast had a great year, with many great topics. We’re on a short hiatus with the podcast, as I’ll explain shortly, but expect to announce the re-start of the podcast in the very near future.

This year’s award is an emotional one for me. As you probably know, Lu Ann Reed had to shutter the Legal Talk Network family of podcasts this fall (see Bob Ambrogi’s post about the last Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast). I could not have enjoyed my relationship with the Legal Talk Network (and working with Lu Ann, Kate Kinney, Mike Hochmann, Scott Hess and others at LTN) any more and I’ll always remember the call I got from Lu Ann wanting to know if Tom and I would bring our podcast to LTN. LTN played a huge role in the history of legal podcasting and set a standard of professionalism that raised the bar for legal podcasts. Most important to me, Lu Ann was able to provide a platform to make legal issues accessible to lawyers and the public and developed a great list of podcasting talent. It was a sad day to learn about what was happening this fall, but what a body of work and a legacy. The archive is still available, so start downloading the episodes that interest you most. Lu Ann, you are the greatest.

6. The Sherry Fowler Best Writing on a Blawg Award – Evan Schaeffer’s Beyond the Underground

I’m a big fan of the pure writing ability of some of the best blawggers. I named this award after the legal blogger who had the biggest influence on my blog writing, Sherry “Scheherezade” Fowler (who hasn’t been a lawyer blogger for many years). This is my favorite of the Blawggies, my most-opinionated award, and the one I historically get most criticized for. The bottom line: I like the writing I like.

This fall, longtime blawgger Evan Schaeffer sent me a copy of his new book, How to Feed a Lawyer: And Other Irreverent Observations from the Legal Underground (Disclosure: link is through my Amazon Affiliate account and may generate income to me), which is a collection of some of his blog posts over the years and includes many of his classic blog series about traits of lawyers. The book is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was great to revisit those early posts and re-experience them.

It also made me think about how many of the early blawgger were/are excellent writers. Evan is a classic example. I often tell people that my blog was an “experiment in writing” where I could try new things. Evan always took an experimental and writerly approach and it’s fascinating to see the posts collected together and remember the buzz at the time when I would be reading these great posts on a regular basis from Evan. The Legal Underground blog (as it was formerly named) became quite popular, especially with law students. The humor in the posts is still very funny.

It’s also interesting to see how today the advice to bloggers is to stay on topic, think carefully about what you post, follow standard formats, keep posts short and the like. In the early days of blawgging, those rules definitely did not exist. Yet, blawgs became quite popular even though they broke all of today’s rules. Something to think about, no? You definitely have to check out Evan’s blog. And he’s another St. Louis blawgger.

Runner-up – Jane Genova’s Law and More – Topical, opinionated, wide-ranging, thoughtful and well-written, the Law and More blog is one that I just enjoy reading every day.

7. Best Law Professor Blog – Paul Caron’s The TaxProf Blog

The Blawggies have always had a spot for the best law professor blog. In part, it’s my little effort to bridge the great divide between practicing lawyers and law professors.

I have a repeat winner here and it’s a great blog to read as we approach the fiscal cliff. As I said last year, the test of a great blog is how it keeps me returning to it time after time because of its great posts when it’s outside my subject matter. The topic here is U.S. tax, but Paul ventures into the real word with regular, thoughtful posts. It’s a blog with an academic focus and a a real world impact. My greatest compliment: reading this blog makes me want to take a class from Paul. I hope he’s thinking about doing some online courses.

Runner-up – Legal Skills Prof Blog – Yes, I know, I’m involved in this one, but I don’t post very often, so I can pretend to be objective. This blog has great coverage of the current debate about what needs to be done with the current approach to legal education and what law schools are doing in the area of skills education.

8. The DennisKennedy.Blog Best Legal Technology Blog – Jeff Richardson’s iPhone J.D.

I own an iPhone, an iPad (that will probably go to my wife or daughter soon) and an iPad Mini. I enjoy reading Jeff Richardson’s iPhone J.D. every day. It’s another of example of how a blogger can cover a niche topic and become a “go to” resource. Jeff does a great job of covering the iOS waterfront from the perspective of the practicing lawyer. Jeff provides news, tips, apps and hardware recommendations and more.

Runners-up – Tie, V. Mary Abraham’s Above and Beyond KM; Ron Friedmann’s Strategic Legal Technology; The TechnoLawyer Blog – Again, a category with lots of great choices. Ron’s blog won this category last year. We have similar interests in and perspectives on legal technology and he’s great at posting about issues that intrigue me, like outsourcing, strategy and bigger issues. I have long been interested in knowledge management and Mary’s blog has done an excellent job this year of covering KM and related topics, with coverage of tech conference, too. It’s another great example of a blogger posting thoughtful and thought-provoking content on a regular basis. The TechnoLawyer Blog covers technology issues from a practitioner’s perspective with a focus on practical and helpful material. It’s also the external portal for you to enter all of the great resources at TechnoLawyer.

[Note: I used to give my own blog this award every year, in part because of the attribution issue I talk about in this post and in part because I thought some of my blogging friends got a laugh out of it. They did, but others didn't, and, instead, I started the tradition of naming the award for my blog rather than having my blog win it. I still get some criticism for that, and my friends laugh even more at that. Or maybe they just like to laugh at me.]

9. Best New Blawg – MoFo Tech Blog

Last year, I was disappointed that I didn’t have a new blawg to highlight. This year, I have a winner and a runner-up, so there seems to be new life in the blawg world. I did notice an increase in law firm group blogs this year and Tom Mighell certainly did not run out new blogs for his Blawg of the Day feature.

This year’s winner is the MoFo Tech Blog from the Morrison & Foerster law firm. Again, this choice reflects my own subject matter interest, but it’s also a good example of a group blog from a prominent law firm on a specific niche, in this case technology law. I like the coverage of the technology industry, intellectual property issues and much more. However, I especially like the name of the blog. It seems that many lawyers and law firms have doubts about what names they can use, whether they can use pictures of judges, court houses or dogs on their websites and whether and how they can use social media. There’s a general concern about what kind of “professional” image lawyers and firms must project. Amidst all that, Morrison & Foerster brands to the “MoFo” name and strides boldly across this part of the legal ethics and discipline landscape like a, well, like a mofo brandishing the MoFo brand. I admire that. And I admire their tech blog, too.

Runner-up – Law Technology Today The Law Technology Today blog is a new blog that I’ll be a small part of (one post a month) from the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. I’m also on the LTRC Board. Hmm, perhaps I’m a little biased on this choice. Josh Poje got the blog launched and we’ve assembled a stellar cast of legal tech experts to contribute regular posts. This blog should become a must read for anyone interested in the use of technology in the practice of law.

10. Best Blawg Aggregator – Pinhawk Law Technology Daily Digest

Here’s a daily email newsletter in which Jeff Brandt highlights three or four blawg posts on legal tech and summarizes and comments on them. Jeff’s comments are witty, perceptive and generally great, and I enjoy reading them everyday. His eye for selection is also great. In a world where no one likes to get more email, this free email newsletter is one that you will want to have.

And there you have it – the 2012 Blawggie Awards.

I wish I could give awards to all the blawgs (and blogs) I like, but this post is already long enough (another Blawggie tradition). Once again, I encourage you to create your own awards (although I’d prefer that you not call them Blawggies – that makes me feel that you don’t read my blog).

When it really comes down to it, the Blawggies are really my way of saying thank you to the blawgs I enjoy most. There are times when blogging can seem like a thankless pursuit, so remember that all bloggers welcome a thank you from readers from time to time.

Some Background on the Blawggies.

The Blawggies are not based on any popular votes, surveys or, God forbid, objective criteria. They are highly-opinionated choices made by me alone, based on my experience, expertise and likes and dislikes gained from nearly ten years of blogging and from reading blogs voraciously for a good number of years before that.

The reactions to the Blawggies have traditionally run the gamut from “who does this guy think he is?” to “if he’s so smart about blawgs, why didn’t he give my blawg an award?” to “who is Dennis Kennedy?”

I used to get some criticism for giving myself awards or naming awards after me on this list (in fact, I still do), but, as I’ve explained before, most of the reason for that stems from my longtime experience of seeing lists I made republished without attribution or linkbacks. Adding myself to the list is a way to make sure that someone finds his or her way back to my work if the list is “repurposed.”

I’ve always wanted to do three things with the Blawggie awards:

1. To highlight the law-related blogs I read and like and to say thank you to those who write them.

2. To direct my readers to the law-related blogs I enjoy.

3. To prompt others to give their own awards so I can learn about other blogs I should be reading.

From the beginning, I expected that many bloggers would pick up on the idea and write their own awards posts. After all, there is no barrier to entry for posting your own awards. I thought that I could then get great recommendations for blogs to add to my reading list from other awards posts in much the same way you can get great recommendations for new music to listen to from the “best of the year” posts by music bloggers that appear at this time of year.

As I’ve said before, “When you realize that there is no reason that you can’t simply post your own awards, you move you from merely blogging to becoming a Blogger with a capital ‘B.’”

The best response to my list is to post your own list, although I do invite your comments and discussion about my list.

The Blawggie-winning Criteria.

I like blogs with (1) consistently useful content, (2) a generous and helpful approach, and (3) a combination of commitment, personality and talent, with an emphasis on good writing. In other words, I like blogs that compel me to read them on a regular basis.

The awards necessarily reflect my many biases and personal preferences, which are far too numerous to list here.

It’s very important to remember that the awards also reflect the blawgs I actually read. While I read a lot of law-related blogs, the number of blawgs I read continues to decrease and the number of non-law-related blogs I read increases. Also, the blawgs I do read are concentrated in my areas of interest and day-to-day focus.

I’m a transactional lawyer, who focuses on information technology law, legal technology and law practice management issues. For better or worse, I’m simply not familiar with most litigation-oriented, criminal defense, regulatory or other specialized blogs. You get the idea.

A Word about the Name “Blawggies.”

Among the historic documents of law-related blogging are a series of emails in which Denise Howell (@dhowell), blogging pioneer and coiner of the term “blawg,” and I had on the question whether “Blawggies” (as well as “blawgger” and “blawgging”) should be spelled with one or two “gs”. As a result, I’m pretty confident of the correct spelling, although I’m seeing more of the single “g” approach lately.

I use the word “blawg” in the sense of “law-related blogs.” I find “lawyer blogs” or “legal blogs” to be limiting and inaccurate for what I want to cover.

All best wishes for 2013.

Dennis

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

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It’s Q & A Time for Rest of December at DennisKennedy.Blog

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

One of my longtime traditions at DennisKennedy.Blog is answering audience questions. This approach lets me catch up publicly on questions from readers I get by email, comments and otherwise and encourages current readers (like you) to ask their own questions.

It also gives me starting points for new blog posts. It’s been a little difficult for me to get back into the rhythm of blogging after the death of my mother last month (thank you everyone who sent their condolences and a big thank you especially to Rev. Bill Haworth at the Garrett Presbyterian Church ) and I’ve had a lot of other things going on as well.

Blogging has had to take a bit of a backseat lately, although I haven’t totally disappeared – some new articles from me that have appeared lately include: Talkin’ Tools: Smartphones, Tablets Walk the Walk, ‘Facing’ It: It Can Be Worth It to Join the Social Media Giant and, with Allison Shields, When lawyers ‘like’ Facebook: Using the site to attract and maintain clients. I’ve also been posting on Twitter and elsewhere on social media.

So, I’ve decided to run a new round of the Q & A format for this blog until at least the end of the month (perhaps longer, if the approach is popular).

The approach is simple. I’ll dip into the questions I’ve already gotten throughout the last few months and readers like you may submit questions for me through the usual channels – email at denniskennedyblog @ gmail . com, a comment left on this post or a subsequent post, or through Twitter (@dkennedyblog), or whatever other way you want to reach me.

As a general matter, I would expect the questions to be about legal technology and related topics (including blogging and social media, law practice management, and future of law practice), but feel free to ask about anything. I also hope others use the comments section to have conversations around the questions and answers.

As usual, I reserve the right not to answer all questions or, more likely, to answer an easier version of the question you ask me. Historically, I haven’t included names of the questioners and probably won’t this time either, but, if you are OK with me using your name, let me know that in your communication with your question.

It should be fun. Let me know what’s on your mind.

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Evelyn Kennedy (1936 – 2012)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

My Mom, Evelyn Kennedy, passed away this afternoon after a long, courageous and inspiring battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Your thoughts and prayers for our family would be appreciated.

A picture from last July:

Picture of Evelyn Kennedy with Grace, Colleen and Dennis - July 2012

American Parkinson Disease Association

Michael J. Fox Foundation

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Celebrating DennisKennedy.Blog’s Ninth Blogiversary (2012 Blawgiversary)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

I launched DennisKennedy.Blog on February 15, 2003, as an early birthday present to myself. My birthday is February 17.

Among other things, my blogging style is noted for a tendency to over-anthropomorphize my blog. For example, this blog has its own Twitter account (@dkennedyblog). If truth be told, most longtime bloggers do consider their blogs as separate persons, but don’t like to admit that.

That said, this blog has a tendency to make a big deal about its birthday. My birthday usually gets way overshadowed by the blawgiversary activities of my blog. And I’m OK with that.

The annual tradition at this blog is to do a week-long blawgiversary extravaganza, including special announcements for blog readers (e.g., early bird discount for ABA TECHSHOW 2012 until February 19).

I’m taking a more low-key approach this year, even though there might be a surprise or two. However, I do like to shift the focus over to the readers. So, again this year, I’m continuing my annual tradition of offering to try to answer any reader questions I get over the next week and post as many answers as I can on the blog. (If you submit a question that you want a private answer to, please tell me when you submit the question.) Answering questions harkens back to the early days of this blog when I used to do “By Request” posts on a regular basis.

You may submit your questions by leaving a comment to this post, sending me an email (denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com – yes, my blog demanded that it have its own email address) or contacting me through my social media outlets.

I went back and looked at my post on February 15, 2003. It was:

And so it begins . . .

I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech predictions article.

As I was working on updating my web site (http://www.denniskennedy.com), I finally decided that I had to have my own blog.

Thanks to people like Jerry Lawson, Sabrina Pacifici, and the Support Forum at MovableType.org, it’s finally here.

Looking back, I’m more surprised by how long I took to start the blog than I am by how long it has lasted. When I started the blog, I remember my feeling that the whole blogging thing had already passed me by and I was way too late to the party. That’s funny now.

A big thank you to all my readers, fellow bloggers, and all who I have gotten to know as a result of this blogging experiment.

To new readers, my blog welcomes you, as do I.

Best wishes to all for another year,

Dennis

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52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2012

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read 57 books.

I’m doing the same thing in 2012. My approach is the same as last year – I’ll simply update this specific post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books. In addition, Tom Mighell has almost talked me into keeping the list in GoodReads as well.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

As Bill Taylor says, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” Challenging yourself to read 52 books is probably a good way to start to answer that question.

December

56. Fooling Houdini, Alex Stone
55. Content Management for Mobile, Karen McGrane
54. Project Runway: The Show That Changed Fashion, Eila Mell
53. The First 20 Minutes, Gretchen Reynolds

November

52. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
51. The Cocktail Waitress, James M. Cain
50. The Fallen Angel, Daniel Silva
49. As the Crow Flies, Craig Johnson
48. The Last Headbangers, Kevin Cook

October

47. How to Feed a Lawyer, Evan Schaeffer
46. Father Night, Eric Van Lustbader
45. The Janus Reprisal, Jamie Frevaletti
44. DNA USA, Bryan Sykes
43. River Republic, Daniel McCool

September

42. Culinary Intelligence, Peter Kaminsky
41. Blowout, Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg
40. Cryptoscatology, Robert Guffey

August

39. Red Star Burning, Brian Freemantle
38. Why We Get Fat, Gary Taubes
37. The Dark Horse, Craig Johnson
36. The Social Conquest of Earth, Edward O. Wilson

July

35. Too Much Magic, James Howard Kunstler
34. Too Big to Know, David Weinberger
33. The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey
32. The Art of Detection, Laurie R. King
31. Junkyard Dogs, Craig Johnson

June

30. Kindness Goes Unpunished, Craig Johnson
29. Another Man’s Moccasins, Craig Johnson
28. Trigger Point, Matthew Glass
27. The Shadow Patrol, Alex Berenson
26. Revelations, Elaine Pagels
25. The Big Retirement Risk, Erin Botsford

May

24. Just Ride, Grant Peterson
23. Boomerang, Michael Lewis
22. Best Music Writing 2011, Alex Ross
21. Pirate King, Laurie R. King
20. The End of Money, David Wolman

April

19. The God of the Hive, Laurie R. King
18. Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, Joan Vernikos
17. Explorers of the Nile, Tim Jeal
16. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
15. The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
14. Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett

March

13. The Language of Bees, Laurie R. King
12. Locked Rooms, Laurie R. King
11. The Game, Laurie R. King
10. Facebook for Dummies, Carolyn Abram
9. Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson
8. LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields

February

7. O Jerusalem, Laurie R. King
6. The Moor, Laurie R. King
5. Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command, Paul Garrison

January

4. Duncan Crary and James Howard Kunstler, The KunstlerCast
3. Crazy River, Richard Grant
2. Shaq Uncut, Shaquille O’Neal
1. The Abyss, David Hagberg

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