Although I wasn’t able to go to the Legal Tech New York show this year, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the big-picture trends in legal technology.
I’m planning to publish my annual legal tech trends article as a multi-part blog series in the next few days. You can get a preview and an overview of a few of the main issues, and my overall theme for this year, in a new podcast interview I did with Leonard Lee for Thomson West. You can find the details (and links to other legal tech interviews from Monica Bay, Denis Hauptly, Will Robberts, Steve Buege, and Jeff Willhite) here and the direct download for my interview is here (you can right click on the link and “save as” to download it to listen later).
Thank you to Thomson West for creating and publishing this kind of information and for letting me be a part of it.
I’ve gotten a ton of press releases and emails from vendors about new product releases in connection with Legal Tech NY. So far, the one that really got my attention is this one from Thomson about incorporating document assembly into the WestKM knowledge management tools. I’ve long been interested in the overlap of document assembly and KM – think of document assembly as a practical KM application that makes your collected knowledge actionable.
I’m also intrigued by discussion by The Wired GC and others about Cisco’s Mark Chandler’s recent speech “State of Technology in the Law.” It’s a must-read for all business lawyers.
One of many money quotes:

In contract processing, we have an online contract builder that allows our employees globally to build their own NDAs and other contracts. With electronic approval and digital signature, they can go from creation to execution to archiving. Five years ago, Cisco had to build its own system. Today we’re buying off the shelf. Within the next five years, a substantial proportion of the Fortune 500 will be doing the same.

I’ve written on this topic before. I’m sure I’ll talk about it in the future.
Download my interview podcast.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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