As we approach the gift-giving season, the new iPads are here. Will you be purchasing the newest model for yourself or as a gift, or are you still wondering what’s different and new? In this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the new iPad Air and iPad Mini with retina display, how the newest iPads reflect how we use technology, and which model makes the most sense for lawyers. The second half of the show will cover the findings of the Am Law Tech Survey 2013.
As business becomes more global, legal technology begins to adapt to support a worldwide lifestyle. Lawyers now have the opportunity to position themselves in front of an international audience and expand their reach. In this edition of Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss whether global considerations are morphing legal technology, apps to facilitate an international law firm, and how lawyers might benefit from adopting a global perspective on legal tech. The second half of the show will compare the Samsung Galaxy S4 and new iPhone 5s.
Big Data is the big buzz phrase of the day. We certainly are living in the world of data – whether it’s big or not – but what happens if we turn data analytics onto law firms and legal datasets? Is this the new driver of legal decision making and technology? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how data analytics might be applied to the most common set of law firm data, whether MoneyBall can bring us to MoneyLaw, and what data-driven law practice might look like. The second half of the show will discuss the idea of taking a hiatus from technology without taking a vacation from work.
LinkedIn had a major interface overhaul in 2013. With so many changes to the graphics, connection management, and new ways for lawyers to take advantage of this important tool, the ABA just released a second edition of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers. Authors Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields monitored the developments and began conducting new experiments to uncover new ways to utilize lawyers’ top social media platform. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how LinkedIn has changed, its continuing importance for lawyers, and practical ways lawyers can enhance the benefits of the LinkedIn platform. The second half of the episode will cover Tom’s upcoming trip to China and what security precautions travelers should take to protect their data.
The legal education system has been in question lately. President Obama has weighed in on shortening law school from three to two years. Others argue that the students need more time to include specialty courses such as law practice management (LPM) and legal tech into the curriculum. On this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the legal education debate, whether LPM and legal tech should be added to the course load, and how to best take advantage of a legal education. The second half of the show will cover the end of Windows XP and users’ options when looking for a new operating system.
‘Tis the season for new technology. Starting with smart phones, we have the two new iPhones, the Nokia Lumia, and the Google Moto X. In only the start of the season, there are more announcements, including new smart watches and tablets, in the works. On this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will review some of the newly released technology, talk about what will work best for lawyers, and what we should expect to see in the upcoming releases. In the second half of the show your hosts will honor the 15th anniversary of CaseMap, a LexisNexis case-management software made specifically for litigators.
The end of summer marks the release of two legal-tech surveys that create the benchmark for solos and firms on legal technology practices and spending. The ILTA / InsideLegal Technology Survey and the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report define key trends and give lawyers a look at the current state of legal technology. On this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the highlights and conclusions of each survey and what they mean for today’s and tomorrow’s legal technology trends. The second half of the show will cover personal branding and how it has turned into meaning much more than just active social media channels.
What if your smartphone or tablet could serve as your personal assistant? Considering the capabilities of Siri and Google Now, like making a restaurant reservation, scheduling a meeting, sending an email, it’s an option to consider. On this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the digital versions of personal assistants, their current capabilities and what the future might hold for the Apple and Google tools, and whether a digital-virtual-personal assistant is the next big thing. On the second half of the show, your hosts will cover Blackberry’s recent announcement that they are looking for a buyer, and what might be the death of a much-utilized tool in the legal industry.
For many years, lawyers have chased after the holy grail of the paperless office. While the basic techniques and strategies have largely stayed the same and the technology and tools have gotten better, most lawyers and firms have not attained the elusive goal of a “paperless” office. Is the goal simply unachievable or is it just too hard to execute on what it takes to achieve the goal? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the history and current state of paperless office efforts, approaches that might (or might not) work for you, and whether the end of paper is within sight. The second half of the episode will cover Georgetown University’s new “Iron Tech” Contest where students create a new application, platform, or system to improve access to justice and/or legal representation.
Casey Flaherty, corporate counsel at Kia Motors America, has gotten a lot of attention recently with a basic technology competency audit he administers to outside law firms and the failing grades lawyers at those firms have received. There has always been an ongoing conversation of what basic technology skills lawyers need. The ABA’s Ethics 2020 recommendation that a basic knowledge of common software techniques be a part of the definition of “competence,” has also shined the spotlight on this issue. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss Flaherty’s technology audit approach, the responses it has prompted, and how this may or may not change the ways lawyers deal with technology skills. The second half of the episode will cover Apple’s much-rumored “iWatch” and the future of watch technology.
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