Kennedy-Mighell Report

Looking Forward: Legal Technology in 2010


In part two of this  two-part series on legal technology trends, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell peer into the crystal ball to find the key trends and storylines to expect in legal technology in 2010. Will the economy keep a lid on significant developments? What role will Internet and mobile technologies play? What should lawyers, law firms and other legal organizations be putting into their strategic technology plans? In addition, Dennis and Tom make predictions about technology in general and legal technology in particular.  After you listen, be sure to check out Tom & Dennis’ co-blog and book by the same name, The Lawyers Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies.

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  • Mike K

    Denis and Tom, your podcasts are fantastic. Thank you for an excellent “show”. I have just discovered your fantastic work.

    In relation to some of your predictions for 2010:

    (1) eDiscovery – I first encountered electronic discovery back in 1999 on a “one-million-dollars-per-month-in-legal-fees” case. It worked extremely well (as all the scanned docs were text converted and searchable and that helped enormously). However, the software was a little difficult to use and the database not as robust as I would have liked. What are your recommendations for quality eDiscovery software that is currently available in the market place?

    (2) Time/Value Billing – How do we add value through technology that speeds up our delivery and returns a greater profit than time billing alone? What I mean is, “how can we use technology to complete a legal task in less time thereby creating extra value four client?”

    I’ve recently thought to myself that “maybe contract reviews can be done using more technology than first meets the eye?” What I mean by that is, for example, if a lawyer is required to review a contract, why can’t they insert key serach terms into a program that overlays a Word document and then produces a summary report setting which clauses in the contract produced a “hit” for each key search term. I could talk forever about this idea but I wonder when technology will be sophisticated enough for us to insert and contract and have “spat out” the other end a 50% completed report that halves the time it takes a lawyer to review the contract and properly advise on the contract.

    (3) Social Media – I don’t agree that lawyers will be big fans of this space this year (2010) or any time soon. Why? Because law firms want to control what message they put out and they do that by maintaining their own websites. Smaller boutique 1-3 partner firms may agree to allow individual partners of firms to create a public profile using social media but I doubt they’ll allow most others to go down this path.

    “Parting Shots”:

    (1) LogMeIn – I’ve seen my accountant use this very successfully. The firm in which I work uses Citirix for the same purpose and I find it’s not as convenient as LogMeIn appears to be but still works very well.

    (2) Voice Recognition Software – I’d like to hear more from you guys about which software you find to be the best for voice recognition software. I am keen to make this work successfully in my practice but I am continously frustrated by poor accuracy. I’m not sure if that relates to poor software, poor computer processing speed (I don’t think so), poor microphone or poor microphone placement. Any suggestions on the best software options for voice recognition?