Adriana Linares and I had the idea years ago to do a live videocast from the ABA TECHSHOW. We made that a reality a few years ago. Steve Best joined the team last year when Adriana was chairing TECHSHOW. The Legal Talk Network has always produced the shows.

The 2018 TECHSHOW Today videos are now available on YouTube at the links below:

We have great fun doing these shows, but the shows have really strong comment and important insights. We had some fabulous guests this year and I recommend all of these episodes. Start watching and let us know what you think.

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Now available: The new second edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

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Ten years ago, Tom Mighell and I wrote the first edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together. We decided that it was time for a second edition. The photo to the right is the box of books that arrived at my house recently. For an author, that’s when it really feels like the book is finally done.

For the reader, however, it’s probably more meaningful that the book is available for purchase more so than that I have received my copies.

The good news is that you can now purchase the book from the ABA Bookstore. Only the paperback version is currently available. I’m told that the eBook version will be available in the near future. Check my blog and the ABA Bookstore page for the book for details on that.

Much has changed in the last ten years, so the book has many revised and new chapters, including an all new chapter on Slack. It is just one on several now important tools that didn’t even exist ten years ago.

While writing the book, Tom and I noted a few big changes:

  1. The movement to smartphones and mobile apps is probably the biggest trend in this area.
  2. Most lawyers and others now understand the potential and the utility of the cloud.
  3. Names have changed, but many collaboration technology concepts have stayed the same.
  4. Culture and process are ultimately more important than specific technologies and tools.

In my opinion, the book is even better than before and I encourage you to look into the book, consider buying it, and definitely recommend it to your friends.

We are in the rollout stage for the book. If you regularly review books for a legal audience and would like a reviewer copy, please let Tom or me know. Both of us expect to be speaking on this topic, so contact us if that is a good topic for your group.

Writing a book is hard work, but it’s great to get to unveil the result to the world.

Ordering information for book can be found here.

 

 

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On February 15, 2003, a day much colder than the 80-degree February day we had today in St. Louis, I started this blog with a quote from Babylon 5. It was an early birthday present to myself that year. I’m not sure that I expected to still be writing it 15 years later.

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The name of the blog, DennisKennedy.Blog, was a tongue in the cheek reference to the unlikely possibility that blogs would one day have their own top-level domain name. That day has come, and this blog now can be found at www.denniskennedy.blog.

The biggest change with this blog in the past year, a change that has been long overdue, is that we are now part of the Lexblog network. Kevin O’Keefe at LexBlog is one of my favorite people, and one of my best memories of the early days of lawyer blogging was a phone call I had with Kevin, who was starting LexBlog in his garage, during a layover I had in the Kansas City airport. I want to publicly than the LexBlog team for making the transition so easy for me. I’m a fan.

Tom Mighell and I just signed off on the final page proofs for the second edition of the second edition of our book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies. It’s now off to the printers and should be out in time for ABA TECHSHOW in a few weeks. I will admit to a silly moment while reading the proofs when I thought, “Wow, this is really good stuff.” The book writing process is a lengthy one and you can forget what you wrote earlier in the process (and whether it was Tom or I who wrote it). You’ll be hearing more about the new book soon.

One of the good things about finishing a book project is that it frees you up to do writing unrelated to the book. My blog tends to pester me about writing more blog posts. It’s a fair criticism.

The original (and current) tagline for this blog is “Legal technology, technology law and other musings.” Most of my thinking on legal technology can be found on The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast these days, but watch for the topic to re-appear more regularly on this blog. I have a suspicion that “other musings” might make a big comeback on this blog over the next year.

Every blawgiversary gives me the opportunity to say a big thank you to my readers. I’m glad you are reading. I always appreciate your comments and encouragement.

I’ve learned today that the 15th anniversary is the crystal anniversary. Perhaps it might be a good year to do some crystal ball gazing on this blog – about technology and other things.

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One of my favorite projects during my time as chair of the board for American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center has been the annual Women of Legal Tech list.

In 2015, Heidi Alexander posted a great list of women in the field of legal technology on the Law Technology Today blog. In 2016, she brought the concept to the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center to turn it into an annual recognition event.

There has been some evolution of the concept. For example, there is now a nomination and selection process, and there is a new class each year, which I think makes the combined list especially helpful to those looking for women speakers, authors and experts.

The 2017 class was announced at ABA TECHSHOW 2017. The list of this year’s class and earlier classes can be found here.

The 2018 class will be announced at ABA TECHSHOW 2018.

To submit nominations and learn about the process, go to this post on the Law Technology Today blog. Submit early and submit often. Self-nominations allowed and encouraged. The deadline is March 1, 2018.

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For quite a 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 79 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 79 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.

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My first published article of 2018 has appeared in Law Practice magazine and it’s called “Thinking Smartly About Smart Contracts.”

The editors of the magazine approached me a while back to see if I wanted to write a blockchain article that would introduce lawyers and others to the blockchain concept and its implications. I told them that I felt that the article Gwynne Monahan and I wrote last year (“Lawyers Get Ready, There’s a Blockchain Coming“) was still a good starting point. However, I said, I was willing to write an article that was a primer about “smart contracting,” which is a next big step in blockchain evolution. They liked the idea and the result is this article.

Smart contracts can be thought of as “apps” that run on blockchains and embed “if-then” logic so that certain activities occur automatically. People have been intrigued by how they might take the place of standard legal contracts in certain situations.

My article introduces the key concepts, gives some examples, and suggests ways that smart contracts might impact lawyers and the legal system.

The money quote:

Smart contracting could help people who can’t afford lawyers or in areas like online commerce where lawyer involvement in every dispute is not practical because of the amounts involved or volume. Removing commodity legal work also frees lawyers to do more creative, high-value work.

This article is my contribution to getting conversation started about blockchains and smart contracts. I’ve been very pleased by the positive reaction the article has gotten already. Let me know what you think. And check out the rest of the issue of the magazine – there are some very good articles on important topics.

 

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I have recently taken early retirement from Mastercard. I’ve already learned from telling this to people that I need to say “But Mastercard is the only thing that I am retiring from.” I felt that now was the right time to make some major changes. The photo to the right is from my retirement party.

The first big change is that we will be leaving St. Louis and relocating to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the spring. We want to be closer to my Dad and my family, and I’ve always wanted to live in a great university town.

I’ll also be moving in some new professional directions – most expected, but perhaps a few surprises. There will definitely be more writing (especially on my blog), more speaking, and more involvement in some of the outside projects that have interested me over the last few years.

It was quite a run at Mastercard. I got to work with great people on large and meaningful projects and keep at the cutting edge of technology, innovation, and law.

So many people helped me on this decision with much-appreciated insights and advice: Wendy Werner, Cash Butler, David Cowen, Allison Shields, Tom Mighell, Dan Linna, Ahaji Amos, Michael Khoury, Marty Schwimmer, Amanda Gioia, Adam Camras, Jim McKelly, and, especially, Whitney Johnson (understanding S-curves played a huge role in my decision-making process) are some of the people I wanted to mention.

I’m excited about this change. The timing seems right. I appreciate your good thoughts and am always happy to hear what ideas you have. More details to come.

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In 2015, Heidi Alexander posted a great list of women in the field of legal technology on the Law Technology Today blog. Last year, she brought the concept to the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center to turn it into an annual recognition event.

There has been some evolution of the concept. For example, there is now a nomination and selection process, and there is a new class each year, which I think makes the combined list especially helpful to those looking for women speakers, authors and experts.

Continue Reading Congratulations to LTRC Women of Legal Tech 2017

I had a great time at the recent ABA TECHSHOW 2017. Congratulations to Adriana Linares and the whole TECHSHOW team. I would sum up my experience as fun, fun, fun.

If you want more details than that, including the reflections and insights of both Tom Mighell and me, check out the latest episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. It’s called “The Who, What, and Why of ABA TECHSHOW 2017.” Tom and I had a lot of fun, fun, fun recording that episode.

My main role at TECHSHOW was co-hosting the TECHSHOW Today live video cast with co-host Steve Bell and a whole bunch of great guests. It was really fun, fun, fun. The recordings of the six shows are available for replay here. I like them all, but you might start with the Friday afternoon episode on Women of Legal Tech with ABA President Linda Klein, Heidi Alexander, Nicole Bradick, Brooke Moore and Kristen Sonday.

I enjoyed hosting TECHSHOW Today so much that I was telling people I preferred doing the video show to speaking at sessions. Hard to believe for me, but it definitely was fun, fun, fun.

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It was 14 years ago today that I brought DennisKennedy.Blog into play.

Back in February 2003, I launched this blog as an early birthday present to myself.

Much has happened over those 14 years. It’s sobering to have a blog that’s a teenager.

The good news is that this year, both my blog and I are on the same page and decided to spend a quiet night at home. We’re looking to find a good blogging movie to watch. The only request my blog has made is for a chocolate mousse cake from Luebley’s Bakery.

We mainly want to say thank you to our readers, especially for those who have been there for us since the very beginning (1,661 posts, it seems). We welcome hearing your suggestions for the blog in 2017.

I’ve also been pleased by the good response to the recent article Gwynne Monahan and I wrote called “Lawyers Get Ready, There’s a Blockchain Coming.” If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to check it out.

Looking forward to a great 2017 for the blog.

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