The American Bar Association, for many years, has surveyed lawyers about their use of technology. The 2018 results are now available. The full results are available for purchase here.

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (fondly acronymized as “LTRC”) has been publishing summaries of key findings from the survey as TECHREPORTS, which are available at no charge. The TECHREPORTS for the 2018 survey may be found here.

I wanted to highlight the Cloud Computing TECHREPORT, in part because I wrote it, but in larger part because the security results are very worrisome and troubling to me.

Here’s the money quote:

Confidentiality, security, data control and ownership, ethics, vendor reputation and longevity, and other concerns weigh heavily on the minds of lawyers, yet the employment of precautionary security measures is quite low, with no more than 38.1% of respondents actually taking any one of the specific standard cautionary security measures listed in the 2018 Survey question on the topic. 10.7%, an increase from 9% in 2017, reported taking no security precautions of the types listed. Only 40.7% of respondents report that adoption of cloud computing resulted in changes to internal technology or security policies.

I conclude the Cloud Computing TECHREPOORT with:

Reported growth in cloud use stayed relatively flat in 2018. However, the continuing lack of actual attention to confidentiality, security, and due diligence issues remains a serious concern, especially with the growth in mobile apps running on cloud services. The results on security procedures will continue to fuel client concerns about security efforts by their outside law firms.

There is much that law firm IT departments and technology committees, legal technology vendors and consultants, corporate law departments, clients, and all legal professionals interested in the adoption of technology by lawyers can learn from these results. They give us much to think about and some indications where firms might want to move their technology strategies in the coming year and beyond. Applying basic common sense, diligence, and increased attention to security efforts might be the biggest lesson to learn for the upcoming year. In short, cloud cybersecurity must be on your technology plan for 2019.

The survey findings on cloud computing will be of special interest to cloud vendors, law firm clients, and law firms making strategic technology and innovation plans. Although, as I note in the TECHREPORT, some of the results indicate a probably lack of understanding about the cloud and cloud usage by some respondents, you will find the trends over the last few years quite revealing about the legal industry.

As always, I’m happy to hear your feedback on the Cloud Computing TECHREPORT, highly recommend all of the TECHREPORTS to you, and encourage you let the LTRC know if you have suggestions for improving the survey questions and the TECHREPORTS.

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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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The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center has announced its 2018 class of Women of Legal Technology honorees. It’s a stellar list, with 25 selections made from a record-setting number of nominations.

When you add the names on this list to the names on the lists for previous years, you have around 80 great candidates for speakers at conferences, on panels, and for keynotes on legal technology. It’s a great start. I don’t want to hear the excuses about not being able to find women speakers on legal tech anymore.

They also have quite a range of accomplishments. Check out the list.

A big thank you to Heidi Alexander and the rest of the selection committee (Nicole Bradick, Natalie Kelly, Sofia Lingos, Brooke Moore, Allison Shields, and Kristen Sonday) for their work on this effort and their commitment to its goals. As Heidi put it so well, “LTRC’s Women of Legal Tech initiative is intended to encourage diversity and celebrate women in legal technology.” Let us encourage and celebrate.

As always, I encourage you to check out the resources at the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center.

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One of my favorite writing outlets these days is the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s Law Technology Today blogltrc-temporary-logo. I’m a regular participant in a series of monthly roundtable discussions by LTRC board members on technology topics.

Today, the latest of these was posted and it’s called “Finding a Work Life Balance Through Technology.”

Continue Reading Tech/Life Balance and Other Law Technology Today Roundtables

I’m excited to point readers to the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s 2016 Women of Legal Tech list. ltrc-temporary-logo

As the announcement says:

One of the American Bar Association’s core values is a commitment to diversity, which the Law Practice Division aims to reinforce in the legal tech sector. This year, approximately 30% of the ABA TECHSHOW faculty were women, and nearly half of the TECHSHOW Planning Board is comprised of women.

From tech founders and CEOs to small business owners, women are making a big impact on legal tech in every field.

In keeping with the spirit of progress, the Legal Technology Resource Center is proud to present its inaugural “Women of Legal Tech” for 2016. Our goal is to celebrate the women currently in the legal tech space, and to encourage more women to join the ranks.

The list grows out of a very influential post by Heidi Alexander last year that highlighted women in legal tech.

This year’s “Women of Legal Tech” includes a set of 50 talented and influential women, based upon an initial list of 40 created by Law Technology Today contributor and practice management advisor, Heidi Alexander, in 2015. The new ten women of this year’s list were selected by the LTRC Board.

I was so happy when Sofia Lingos, vice-chair of LTRC, brought me the news that Heidi had proposed that LTRC become the home for her list and a place where the list could become even more visible and influential. As chair of LTRC this year (and, I hope, at least next year too), I want to highlight the work done by Sofia, Heidi, Gwynne Monahan, Allison Shields, Wendy Werner and Rose Frommelt on this project. This project could not have been in better hands.

As post says:

In keeping with the spirit of progress, the Legal Technology Resource Center is proud to present its inaugural “Women of Legal Tech” for 2016. Our goal is to celebrate the women currently in the legal tech space, and to encourage more women to join the ranks.

To celebrate AND to encourage.

When Heidi’s original post appeared in 2015, I celebrated it as a place to point people who said to me that they “couldn’t find” women to speak on legal tech. This list gives them no excuses anymore. As some readers know, I actively avoid appearing on any men-only panels. This list will make it easier for me to accomplish that and help many conferences and events gain from adding excellent speakers from this Women of Legal Tech list.

As the post concludes:

LTRC congratulates the first “Women in Legal Tech” class and looks forward to highlighting even more talented women in 2017.

If you haven’t visited the Legal Technology Resource Center in a while, I encourage you to stop by and see what we are doing.

– Dennis

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I’m excited to point readers to the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s 2016 Women of Legal Tech list. ltrc-temporary-logo

As the announcement says:

One of the American Bar Association’s core values is a commitment to diversity, which the Law Practice Division aims to reinforce in the legal tech sector. This year, approximately 30% of the ABA TECHSHOW faculty were women, and nearly half of the TECHSHOW Planning Board is comprised of women.

From tech founders and CEOs to small business owners, women are making a big impact on legal tech in every field.

In keeping with the spirit of progress, the Legal Technology Resource Center is proud to present its inaugural “Women of Legal Tech” for 2016. Our goal is to celebrate the women currently in the legal tech space, and to encourage more women to join the ranks.

The list grows out of a very influential post by Heidi Alexander last year that highlighted women in legal tech.

This year’s “Women of Legal Tech” includes a set of 50 talented and influential women, based upon an initial list of 40 created by Law Technology Today contributor and practice management advisor, Heidi Alexander, in 2015. The new ten women of this year’s list were selected by the LTRC Board.

I was so happy when Sofia Lingos, vice-chair of LTRC, brought me the news that Heidi had proposed that LTRC become the home for her list and a place where the list could become even more visible and influential. As chair of LTRC this year (and, I hope, at least next year too), I want to highlight the work done by Sofia, Heidi, Gwynne Monahan, Allison Shields, Wendy Werner and Rose Frommelt on this project. This project could not have been in better hands.

As post says:

In keeping with the spirit of progress, the Legal Technology Resource Center is proud to present its inaugural “Women of Legal Tech” for 2016. Our goal is to celebrate the women currently in the legal tech space, and to encourage more women to join the ranks.

To celebrate AND to encourage.

When Heidi’s original post appeared in 2015, I celebrated it as a place to point people who said to me that they “couldn’t find” women to speak on legal tech. This list gives them no excuses anymore. As some readers know, I actively avoid appearing on any men-only panels. This list will make it easier for me to accomplish that and help many conferences and events gain from adding excellent speakers from this Women of Legal Tech list.

As the post concludes:

LTRC congratulates the first “Women in Legal Tech” class and looks forward to highlighting even more talented women in 2017.

If you haven’t visited the Legal Technology Resource Center in a while, I encourage you to stop by and see what we are doing.

– Dennis

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The 2015 ABA TECHREPORT is out. 2015cover.jpg.imagep.107x141

The TECHREPORT is a set of free articles where the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center has legal technology expert analyze and summarize data from the 2015 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report.

I chipped in with an article on cloud computing survey results. The highlights:

Law firm managing partners had the highest level of reported cloud usage (46%) and a noticeably more positive response to the cloud than partners or associates.

Confidentiality, security, data control and ownership, ethics, vendor reputation and longevity, and other concerns weigh heavily on the minds of lawyers. Yet the employment of precautionary measures is quite low, with no more than 40% of respondents actually taking any one of the standard cautionary measures listed in the 2015 Survey. A shocking 16% reported taking no precautions of the types listed.

The results indicate that lawyers are becoming more familiar with cloud technologies and are attracted by anytime, anywhere access, low cost of entry, and predictable monthly expenses. Interestingly, the top features of cloud services cited by those using the cloud is different from the features those not using the cloud consider most important.

Speaking of LTRC, the excellent Law Technology Today blog has a new roundtable article called “Don’t Be Afraid, It’s Just New Technology” featuring members of the LTRC Board discussing the best ways to learn about new technology. I’m one of the panelists and part of a stellar group.

Finally, Tom Mighell and I have been cranking out episodes of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on regular basis (usually every other Friday) on the Legal Talk Network. I encourage you to listen the some of the recent ones:

Please enjoy.

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I’ve had quite a few articles, podcasts and other things appear over the last few months, but not on this blog. It seemed like a good time to catch up and point to some of those.
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Tom Mighell and I have continued a good run of episodes on The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast. Recent ones include:

The summer reading episode brought us one of my favorite responses ever. A listener told us that listening to the podcast actually got him to start reading books again.

Tom and I love doing the podcast, are grateful to our listeners, and, as always, welcome your suggestions for show topics and other feedback.

I believe that I’m now officially allowed to announce that I’ll be the chair of the board for the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center for the next year. Watch that space – there should be some exciting developments. As just one example, check out a new monthly roundtable series on the Law Technology Today blog that will feature LTRC board members discussing timely legal tech topics.

The first is already up: Five Questions on Artificial Intelligence. It was sort of funny that it wasn’t my insights into AI that got attention, but my line that “The Wikipedia entry for ‘artificial intelligence’ will make you wish you had an AI tool to interpret the entry.” that got picked up in other articles.

My most recent ABA Journal Kennedy on Tech column is called “Speech Recognition Moves Past the Dream Stage.”

I was honored in 2014 by being inducted as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. There’s a new interview of me on the site in which I talk a bit about some of the things I’ve done in the world of legal tech over the years. Q&A: Meet Dennis Kennedy, Class of 2014

Somewhat dissatisified with the pace of my posting on this blog, my blog is also trying to tweet more links to interesting things on it’s personal Twitter account: @dkennedyblog.

For those who like my #bikeride and other personal tweets, there’s always @denniskennedy on Twitter. I’m trying to do more retweeting through that account as an experiment. Stay tuned there for upcoming news about a new bike for me.

If you are a regular reader of this blog and would like to connect on LinkedIn, I’d be happy to connect. Just mention that you are a reader in your invitation to connect.

2015 has also been a big international travel year for me – Austria, Switzerland, France, Israel and Greece, with Singapore on the agenda for later this year. Hence, the word “everywhere” in the title of this post.

And that seems like a good update for now. Thanks for reading.

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The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center is now part of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section and I’m on the LTRC board this year. We have some great plans and be sure to keep an eye on LTRC over the next few months as we launch some new initiatives.

One of the things I’ll be doing is contributing at least one guest blog post each month to the Law Technology Today blog, which I recommend subscribing to in Google Reader or your other favorite RSS reader if you have any interest in legal technology at all (which you must, if you are reading this blog).

My first guest post appeared today and it’s called “‘Liking’ Your Connections with the New LinkedIn Endorsements.” Not surprisingly, it’s about the new LinkedIn “Endorsement” feature that makes it it easy to acknowledge the skills of your LinkedIn connections. I like the new feature so far. Check out the post to see why.

There will be a stellar cast of guest bloggers on Law Technology Today, so I definitely recommend it to your attention and to your regular reading list.

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Tom and I talk about two recently-released surveys of legal technology on the newest episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. This episode is called 2012 Legal Tech Surveys Say . . ..

Remember that you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive new episodes automatically. The show notes site for the podcast is at TKMReport.com.

Here’s the description for this episode:

EPISODE #91

#91. 2012 Legal Tech Surveys Say . . .

We hear a lot of stories about lawyers using (and not using) technology. It’s always been difficult to get good data on what is actually happening in the ground. The release of results from two major annual surveys about the use of technology by lawyers gives us some data to assess trends and draw conclusions. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look at highlights of the 2012 ILTA / Inside Legal Technology Purchase Survey and the 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report from the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center, the trends the surveys show, and some practical implications of the survey results. Podcast here

A tip of the hat to JoAnna Forshee at InsideLegal and to ILTA for putting together the 2012 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey and to Joshua Poje of the ABA for his great summary of ten highlights of the 2012 Legal Technology Resource Center survey. Tom Mighell and I will be serving on the Legal Technology Resource Center’s board this year, so I’d appreciate hearing any feedback or ideas you might have for the Legal Technology Resource Center.

If you have topics you’d like us to cover on the podcast or questions we can answer on the podcast, let us know by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

If you haven’t listened to the podcast before or haven’t listened for a while, give this one a listen and then subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Also, as a follow-up to my recent post about the webinar on Facebook for Lawyers I presented as part of Avvo’s legal marketing webinar series, here’s a link to the replay of that webinar.

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