On February 15, 2003, I started this blog with a line from Babylon 5:

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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 (https://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.

For trivia buffs, I started the blog not so much to be a blogger, but because it was the easiest way to generate an RSS feed, which is what I cared the most about. I probably became a “blogger” very shortly after I started. It was a great world to be part of in those early days. Sixteen years later, my blog is still rolling along, thanks to so many generous readers.

It can be a little difficult being the parent of a teenage blog. The sixteenth was a little tricky. Not unexpectedly, my blog felt that a new car (not a used one) was the appropriate present. I think I was able to finesse this request by saying that if my blog found a car insurance company that would issue an auto policy for a blog, we’d consider it. So far, so good.

Because I don’t make a fuss about my own birthday (this blog was an early birthday present to me in 2003), I do make a fuss over the blog’s birthday. In fairness, the blog pushes me to do that. And there’s a blogiversary or blawgiversary post for each year. And I usually have offered a small gift to my readers. If you will patiently read to the bottom of this post, you will find a small token of appreciation.

TKMR LogoTom Mighell and I have a running joke that every year for the last few years, we say on our “new year’s tech resolutions” podcast episode each of us would list “reinvigorating my blog.” And we would really mean it this time.

I didn’t do that this year, but I was already starting to feel a positive change in my thinking and my approach to blogging. It’s so much easier to tweet and use other social media than it is to blog regularly. It’s math – much fewer words needed. At the same time, much of what I might have otherwise blogged about was going into our podcast, which, in many ways has become my favorite medium.

It became unclear to me what the blog would be an outlet for. The paradox is that I named this blog DennisKennedy.Blog because everything would be “on topic.”

It’s starting to come back. I’m seeing a path. My panel convergence post on February 13 is one example.

Some of the things that I mentioned in the post yesterday – the shocking disappearance of so many of my published articles due to linkrot and other factors not the least of them – have helped me see where the blog fits into what I want to be writing and what I’m doing.

So, let’s see what happens in 2019 at DennisKennedy.Blog. Thanks for reading over the years and thanks to new readers. Thanks especially to those who found this blog inspiration to start their own blogs. And thanks to all the bloggers who inspired me to get started and to keep it going.

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All the best to you all. And don’t tip my blog off about the car insurance thing.

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

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 115 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 115 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. You will also notice tat I’ve been attempting to read the entire catalog of books of certain authors of detective stories. If 2018, those were Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone) and Peter Robinson (Inspector Banks).

If you forced me to pick a top 10 for 2018 (or ten recommendations for books you might read), I’d probably list:

Autonomous, Annalee Newitz
The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz
Build an A Team, Whitney Johnson
Portfolio Life, David Corbett
The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber
For All the Tea in China, Sarah Rose
Gridiron Genius, Mike Lombardi
Creative Strategy, William Duggan
Building a Story Brand, Donald Miller
The Dan Sullivan Question, Dan Sullivan

Continue Reading 52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2019

A quick look back at 2018.

A big move to Ann Arbor, Michigan after taking early retirement from Mastercard.

Being convinced by my wife and daughter to take what they like to call a gap year. Or maybe a gap year or so, essentially leading to a “portfolio” phase of my career.

Not that I haven’t done a few things.

Tom Mighell and I published the new edition of our book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, and were thrilled with the excellent reviews and comments we received.

Speaking of Tom, he and I completed another year of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. We’re up to episode 227, and started back in 2006. We had some of our best shows ever this year. Check out the podcast!

Tom and I also got one of our all-too-rare opportunities to present together. We spoke about the under appreciated area of cybersecurity and collaboration tools at the College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference.

I hosted a live video interview show from the ABA TECHSHOW and, although I phased back on speaking in 2018, got the chance to speak in Charlottetown, PEI for the Canadian Federation of Law Societies about future legal tech trends and AI, about corporate law departments as business enablers at Northwestern, and about legal innovation at the SOLID West conference.

I’m now an adjunct law professor in Michigan State University’s LegalRnD program. I had a great class this Fall on Entrepreneurial Lawyering. The students did an outstanding job and were accepting of my tendency to experiment. My syllabus for class is up on the Syllabi Commons. I’ll be teaching a class called “Delivering Legal Services” this spring.TimeSolv and ClariLegal

I also enjoyed getting the chance to do some advising for TimeSolv and ClariLegal, both doing very cool things, in my opinion. I’m likely to do more of that in the future.A big thank you to my new neighbor, Cash Butler of ClariLegal, for introducing me to Ann Arbor and for many great conversations.

I didn’t do a lot of writing this year – I always need time to wind down after finishing a book – but I did participate regularly in the Law Technology Today’s monthly roundtable series. I also completed my three-year term as chair of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center board. I’m quite pleased with what we were able to accomplish, especially the Women of Legal Technology recognition program.

And much more – some good travel, family time, Steve Earle and Melissa Etheridge concerts, seeing friends, and just getting to rest after a long, hard stretch of working. Didn’t realize how tired I had gotten.

I’m also really happy to have gotten some time to think, read, learn, and put together ideas and and plans for 2019. Watch this space.

A special thank you to my wife for both encouraging and tolerating me in this phase of my work.

All best for 2019 to all.

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

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WhiteboardOne of the things I’ve really enjoyed over the past year or so is getting to know Dan Linna and the students in Michigan State’s LegalRnD program, including working on a legal innovation project with a group of students. I also got the chance to host a videocast with Irene Mo and Jay Evans (current and former students of LegalRnD) at TECHSHOW in March (watch video).

A while back, Ken Grady sounded me out on my willingness to take on the two classes he taught in the LegalRnD program. After talking with Kristi Bowman at MSU and Carla Reyes, the new head of LegalRnD, I’m on board as an adjunct for two classes in the next school year. I’ve always enjoyed teaching law school classes, as I did from time to time at Washington University when I was in St. Louis.

So, it’s official – I’m on the MSU website. I’ll be teaching a class called “Entrepreneurial Lawyering” that was developed by Ken Grady. I’ve heard that the class is already full.

It’s been great to see LegalRnD grow under Dan Katz and then Dan Linna. I really like the ideas that Carla Reyes has and am looking to get started.

The students I’ve met in the program have always impressed me and I’m excited to get the chance to push new approaches, innovations, and experiments into legal education.

(Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels)

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

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

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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.

Continue Reading 52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2018

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.

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

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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.

View Dennis Kennedy's profile on LinkedIn

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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 59 books. Or, more accurately, I listed 59 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.

Continue Reading 52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2017