Tom Mighell has been at the front lines of technology development since joining Cowles & Thompson, P.C. in 1990. Mighell is a published author, noted legal technologist, and runs his own blog, Inter Alia. He is currently senior consultant for Contoural, Inc., working with corporations to improve their records management and e-discovery practice, and he has served as chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section.
Choices can be complicated, but decision-making tools can help! Dennis and Tom talk through the concept of “decision trees” and explain a variety of methods for modeling out choices and outcomes to...
With different priorities and approaches, Dennis and Tom have found that—just like real brains—their Second Brain projects are unique! Listen in for updates on the latest iterations of their diverging strategies and...
Time to be honest with yourself. Are you, quite possibly, wasting other people’s time with meandering, life-sucking meetings? Or, is your inbox full of languishing emails, much to the frustration of your...
What are non-fungible tokens, and why should you care? Dennis & Tom break down the definition of these unique digital objects (art, video, and much more) and outline the issues surrounding their...
Dennis and Tom plunge into the metaverse—its trends, current tech, and possibilities for the future.
Dennis and Tom discuss the world’s most recent major cyber attacks and what we should do to prepare ourselves for the possibility of cyber war.
Dennis and Tom dig into the seemingly endless ways Microsoft 365 can help you in your legal practice.
Dennis and Tom talk about the variety of tech labs and/or clinics cropping up in legal education and what they bring to today’s law students.
The guys look back at last year’s resolutions and share their goals for 2022.
It’s tradition! Dennis and Tom welcome Debbie Foster for their 2021 recap of happenings and hot topics in legal.
Dennis and Tom debate whether music and ambient audio can help you work and do life better.
The dynamic duo offers up their most prized productivity tips!
Special guest host Adriana Linares puts Dennis and Tom under the microscope as they hit this new milestone for the Kennedy-Mighell Report.
Dennis and Tom highlight the many advantages of client portals and, if you’re late to the party, how to implement one for your law firm.
Dennis and Tom enlighten us all on the many ways to-do list applications just make life better.
It’s alive! Dennis and Tom share progress on their Second Brain projects.
The guys take a serious look at federal alerts on ransomware upticks and talk about what lawyers and firms must do to prevent cyber attacks.
Dennis and Tom explore both history and current trends in legal service productization.
Debbie Foster shares insights how how law firms are doing with their use of tech.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk all things document automation and offer up their favorite tools for law firms.
Tagging may be the best path for you to ensure the information you need is available when you need it.
Learn how to develop a personal legal tech learning plan with Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell’s helpful tips.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell hash out the pros and cons of returning to the office and why a hybrid approach might be best for both employees and employers.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell offer up simple tips to help you make the most of your time and technology.
In keeping with tradition, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their top book recommendations for the summer!
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell examine today’s cyber threats and give their take on why rapid evolution in cybercrime tactics leaves many law firms in a precarious position.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell examine existing legal publishing and the need for innovative new platforms for legal content.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss their unique perspectives on the “sharing” pillar of their Second Brain projects.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss their experiences at this year’s entirely virtual TECHSHOW.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the vast potential of APIs in the world of legal.
Dennis and Tom hash out plans and the challenges to be overcome in making their Second Brain projects ready for action.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell hash out how lawyers are really doing in their use of collaboration tools and offer guidance for making smarter choices.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell explain how niche social media platforms can provide users with more meaningful, purposeful interactions.
And the winner is… Notion! Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell explain why they’ve picked this particular tool for their knowledge management project, the Second Brain.
Happy New Year! Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their tech- and podcast-related goals for 2021.
For their annual year-end recap, Dennis and Tom look back on the craziness of 2020 with returning guest Debbie Foster.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell examine the growing use of video and whether lawyers should take advantage of this trend.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the top tools under consideration for effective and efficient data organization in their Second Brain project.
Dennis and Tom discuss the exciting ways VR technology has been used in legal matters and its potential to become an essential tool in the practice of law.
Karuana Gatimu shares how Microsoft Teams is well-equipped to serve the unique needs of law firms.
Bob Moesta discusses his book, “Demand-Side Sales 101: Stop Selling and Help Your Customers Make Progress,” and challenges lawyers to rethink their perspective on selling legal services.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell dig into the potential uses lawyers may find in low-code/no-code applications.
Gina Bianchini discusses opportunities for reinventing the legal profession through the creation of online communities.
Dennis and Tom share the content capture tools currently under consideration for their Second Brain project.
Dr. Heidi Gardner shares insights from her research on collaboration.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss their steps toward organizing the “capture” element of their Second Brain project.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss what they’ve learned so far in 2020.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss their latest endeavor—capturing information with a second brain.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share strategies for crafting a better online presentation experience for your audience.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share tips for improving your audio and video capabilities while working from home.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share wellness tech tips and lighting recommendations for online meetings.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell offer tips for making wise tech choices and saving money.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell offer guidance for lawyers struggling with the shift to online work.
Dennis & Tom share highlights from the 2020 ABA TECHSHOW.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the evolution of remote collaboration tools and offer tips for the best ways to use them.
Ben Schorr shares insights for lawyers on how to get the most out of Microsoft tools.
Dennis and Tom share their most current tech tips and thoughts on the trends at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their 2020 goals for technology and podcasting.
Through a round of Pardon the Interruption inspired games, hosts Dennis and Tom look back on 2019 with the help of return guest Debbie Foster.
Allison Shields and Dennis Kennedy offer strategies for career-enhancing LinkedIn use.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell bring listeners a brand new list of cool tools just in time for the holidays!
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about cool tools— the tools they can’t live without.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the hottest topics from the 2019 ACC Annual Meeting.
Dennis Kennedy shares concepts from his new book, “Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments, and Other Legal Organizations.”
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss trends in the blogging world and whether blogs remain a relevant content medium for lawyers.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell caution lawyers against hanging on to old technologies that could pose risks to their firms.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the legal industry’s growing cybersecurity issues and the vital things lawyers should do to improve their security practices.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss what lawyers need to know about the current state of 5G technology.
Dennis Kennedy & Tom Mighell discuss the pros and cons of unconferences and whether they could replace traditional conference structures.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell explore the benefits of implementing personal quarterly off-sites.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell explore the 2019 Internet Trends report created by venture capitalist Mary Meeker.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell’s share their summer reading lists, discuss thoughts on how reading is changing and whether it's affects the reader’s experience (i.e. digital, audio, or paper).
Fake photos, fake video, and fake audio, how the deep fake phenomenon impacts the practice of law.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their thoughts on why a tech detox, even just for the duration of a vacation, is overkill compared to addressing the problem with digital mindfulness.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell offer their ideas for bringing the legal tech community together in a collaborative online space.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss emojis and gifs and the implications of their use in the legal profession.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about cool tools— the tools they can’t live without.
Debbie Foster talks about her perspective on the current state of lawyers and technology.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the current state of legal tech conferences and the need for balance between highly innovative content and essential training content at tech conferences.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss measures and metrics and how lawyers can use them to better their practices.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss what lawyers need to know about quantum computing.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell decipher the meaning of “legal technology” in 2019 as well as legal tech vs. illegal tech.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell announce their technology and podcast resolutions for 2019.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell recap legal technology in 2018 in “Pardon the Interruption” style.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about what they consider to be today’s biggest challenges in legal tech.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the need for lawyers to have a basic understanding of the dark web – both its uses and dangers.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the College of Law Practice Management Futures Conference and cybersecurity.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about how the personalization of technology has made it hard to make recommendations about technology solutions.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how they use websites and, how RSS and social media are eliminating the use of destination sites.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the latest technology on the market and which ones are worth the purchase.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about how the use of collaboration tools can impact your cybersecurity.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the technology hype and why you should be excited about it.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the internet of things (IOT) and how the IOT has grown and developed, the problems with it and how it has affected our expectations about smart...
Whitney Johnson talks about disruption, the s-curve of innovation, and how these techniques can help you manage your law firm effectively
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell give tips and tricks to the best way in deleting and destroying data.
Laurence Colletti and Julie Tolek join Dennis and Tom as they talk about what they learned about LinkedIn while participating in the contest.
Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy discuss cleaning out storage on your computer and mobile devices.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the pros and cons of the commonly used technology phrase, “people, process, and technology.”
Julie Tolek and Laurence Colletti shares their LinkedIn tips, from paying a little extra for premium to using groups, and the various benefits of putting time into growing your profile.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the reorganization of Microsoft and the implications of their shift in focus.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the tricks that will help make your Facebook account more secure.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about Reddit, what it is, and how you can and should use it as a tool in your business.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the best and worst ways to consume the news.
Hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss their own personal knowledge management systems, analyzing what works and what doesn’t.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how technology has changed since the first edition of their book was published and what collaboration tools are most commonly used today.
In the final 2017 episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about what technology goals they have for 2018.
In the final 2017 episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis and Tom discuss topics like augmented reality, voice-activated technology, and cryptocurrency.
In this legal technology podcast, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share some of the things they are most thankful for when it comes to technology.
Technology isn’t perfect. Tune is for Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell’s biggest technology pet peeves.
This legal technology podcast covers why lawyers aren’t using document assembly and why this should probably change.
Dennis and Tom answer questions about a wide array of topics like client portals, misused technology, and (Tom’s favorite) Bluetooth speakers.
In anticipation of their 200th episode, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell reminisce on the origins of their podcast.
This legal technology podcast explores the most effective ways to introduce technology to lawyers.
This legal technology podcast looks at the effect technology education could have on lower attendance numbers and the industry as a whole.
Dennis and Tom discuss how to deal with failed tech projects, including when to see a struggling endeavor to the end and when to let it go.
This podcast covers virtual and augmented reality and the tools that give you the best virtual experience.
This legal podcast dives into drones and how they will affect the legal market.
This legal technology podcast covers 2017 internet trends by reviewing the highlights of Mary Meeker’s Code Conference Report.
This legal podcast covers 3D printing, what it is, how to get started, and why lawyers should be interested in this growing technology.
This podcast provides tips for traveling with technology like iPads, laptops, and phones, and a couple handy travel apps.
This legal podcast discusses the advantages of video conferencing for lawyers.
Dennis and Tom define what a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is and why it might be a good idea to invest in one to ensure your online information is secure.
Dennis and Tom talk about what ABA TECHSHOW is, what they did at this year’s conference, and what to look for at the show in 2018.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss Snapchat, Instagram, and their role in legal marketing.
What does blogging for lawyers (or blawging) look like today and what are the best tools to start one.
Dennis and Tom discuss troubleshooting, including their own four step approach to fixing technology problems.
Dennis and Tom discuss the potential uses of voice-enabled technology like Amazon Echo and Google Home for legal professionals.
In this episode of the The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis and Tom talk about their 2017 New Years tech resolutions.
In this “Pardon the Interruption” style episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis and Tom disagree about everything!
Tom and Dennis discuss how search engines have changed over time, semantic and voice search, and the impact of mobile search over time.
Dennis and Tom discuss change management techniques that can help attorneys improve their law practice.
The recently distributed denial of services attacks that disrupted hundreds of websites and how lawyers can better defend themselves against cyber attacks.
Dennis and Tom discuss their nine years together creating podcasts and provide a few tips for attorneys interested in creating their own podcasts.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the risks and benefits of upgrading your software and the recent rumors that Twitter will be acquired.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the cloud, how it has changed, and whether it is more important for lawyers to implement or learn about new tech.
ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing and ABA LTRC Tech surveys, current tech trends, and how law firms can use this information to gain an advantage.
Dennis and Tom discuss future tech innovations, the ways technology is currently failing us, and the rumors that the new iPhone 7 has no traditional headphone jack.
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss whether it is beneficial to take a break from technology and if increased tracking of consumers through their...
Dennis and Tom discuss the increased popularity of artificial intelligence, the usefulness of chatbots, and how both innovations impact the practice of law.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about recent developments within the mobile applications industry.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell help lawyers improve email hygiene and talk about how to dispose of your old miscellaneous computer parts.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss bots and how attorneys can utilize them to improve their everyday lives.
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss virtual reality, the current tech on the market, and how this tech could be used in the courtroom.
More and more lawyers and business owners are noticing and implementing the new collaboration tool Slack, described by its founder as “a messaging and search platform that creates a single unified archive...
The technology lawyers use at home can differ greatly from that at work, especially in medium or large law firms. This can result in two separate technology worlds that are at best...
Notifications and reminders are useful when they remind you about your daughter’s soccer game, an upcoming meeting, or a software update. But are lawyers (and everyone else) being bombarded with too many...
Even lawyers start the new year with at least a few resolutions. Some are predictable, falling into the usual categories like exercise or diet. However, creating legal technology based resolutions can really...
In 2015, we were introduced to a plethora of tools designed to make lawyers’ lives easier. However, not every legal professional has the same technological needs, and not every lawyer knows how...
With the introduction of the iPad and other tablets and now touch screen computers like the Surface Pro and the Apple Pro, we seem to be moving further away from an exclusively...
On the Internet, content may be king, but monetization through advertising runs a close second. But today’s ads seem more aggressive, intrusive, and annoying than ever. We’ve recently seen a return to...
Apple recently announced the new and larger iPad, Pro which many in the tech community are considering a direct competitor to the Microsoft Windows Surface Pro 3. With Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4...
The 2015 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey and the 2015 ABA Legal Technology Survey results are in! These surveys highlight the interest of IT professionals and lawyers in current technology. Listeners can use...
From Fitbits and Apple Watches to robotic exoskeletons, we have entered the age of wearable technology. While this development has definite implications for a lawyer’s ethical duty of technology competence, it will...
While sunbathing on the beach, on vacation, or on a lazy summer weekend many people (including lawyers) read technology books, nonfiction, literature, or, if we’re like Tom, post-apocalyptic science fiction. Due to...
In the last couple of years, the number of great podcasts has exploded. Many people today not only know the word “podcast,” but can give you several examples of their favorites. Podcast...
Lawyers have been paying attention to the Microsoft Surface Pro and how the combo or hybrid laptop/tablet might be an ideal combination for a law practice. The release of Windows 10 is...
“Artificial Intelligence is a means of designing a system that can perceive its environment and take actions that will maximize its success.” -Tom Mighell Developments in Big Data, machine learning, IBM Watson,...
“Invisible apps” are background programs that automatically trigger functions without being opened. Therefore, the app interface is less important than the underlying function. These invisible apps might include automatic notification or emails...
In August 2005, Dennis and Tom took part in a discussion called “Between Lawyers Roundtable: The Future of Legal Blogging” on the ABA Law Practice Today website. This marked the burst of...
ABA TECHSHOW 2015 was recently held in Chicago from April 16th through the 18th. This popular legal technology conference featured presentations about a paperless office, the iPad, security, marketing, the cloud, Microsoft...
On the first day of the 2015 American Bar Association TECHSHOW in Chicago, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti, and hosts Adriana Linares and Tom Mighell sit down with ABA Techshow Chair...
The history of legal technology projects, both in specific firms and generally, is too often a showcase of half-completed and failed projects. In a recent blog post called “The Human Barrier to...
Hillary Clinton has been all over the news recently for having a personal email server, an action rather ominously referred to as “shadow IT.” Shadow IT is a blanket term for when...
Lawyers often focus on the core elements of hardware technology: computers, tablets, and smartphones. However, the best experiences with hardware are driven by and dependent on the way we accessorize and personalize...
Over the past 20 years or so, lawyers have consistently seen the paperless office as the Holy Grail of legal technology. Unfortunately, most attempts to find that grail have ended under a...
As a great show for seeing what’s new and happening in legal technology, learning about new products from vendors, and networking with other attorneys, LegalTech New York is the big place to...
Over the past 20 years or so, lawyers have been simultaneously intrigued and frustrated by speech recognition technology. While different experiences yielded different results, the technology was never efficient enough to be...
Lawyers, even solos, are constantly working with experts, opposing counsel, court officials, and colleagues. Dennis and Tom like to keep an eye on new developments and the current state of collaboration tools...
Every new year brings a new opportunity to “start fresh” and get something done that you might not have accomplished in the previous year. As we look ahead to 2015, we start...
As we reach the end of 2014, it’s time to look back at the world of legal technology and some of the best advancements, worst fails, popular trends, and developments of the...
As friends, colleagues, and clients documented their Thanksgiving holiday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it was made clear how big a role social media plays in the personal and professional lives of...
There has been recent talk of a “Podcast Renaissance,” in which podcasts are better than ever and people have begun to appreciate the value of the podcast medium for education and entertainment....
Recent statistics indicate that there will be more than 100 billion app downloads in 2014. Although there are more than a million apps available for download on the iOS and Android platforms,...
The College of Law Practice Management recently held its 2014 Futures Conference at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. This conference brings together members of the College of Law Practice Management and...
Most of us assume that lawyers are slow adopters of technology because that’s what we hear all the time. ILTA’s InsideLegal Survey and the ABA Technology Survey are annual surveys of lawyers...
With fall fast approaching, you can be sure of two things: football games and new phones! Apple and other vendors recently announced new editions of their phones, as well as some interesting...
Because lawyers often need to get up to speed on a topic quickly, most find that they can learn almost anything on the Internet, provided they can find the appropriate tools and...
“All right, Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Video phone calls have been talked about for many years, from the time this famous line appeared in the movie Sunset Boulevard. Videoconferences...
While preparing for a trial, gathering documents for a transaction, or simply running errands, most lawyers face each day with an overwhelming number of things to get done. From simply remembering them...
Lawyers often focus on how they can use technology to improve the efficiency and quality of their legal services. However, technology has additionally started to change what people in other professions provide...
According to a variety of surveys, the sales of tablets now exceed the sales of laptops and desktop PCs. In a few short years, iPads have made huge inroads into the legal...
Do you often do fresh searches on the same topics even though you’ve previously found good information? “Curation” is the word used to describe the process of collecting, organizing, and using good information...
Does the standard approach to the website homepage still make sense in the era of social media? Some feel that the role of the homepage on your website has so diminished in...
During their many years of public speaking, one of the biggest challenges Tom and Dennis have encountered is the webinar format. There are a lot of moving parts and some unique challenges....
Tom and Dennis do a lot of speaking, often as part of a panel. Most presentations these days take the form of a panel or other multi-speaker format. Presenting with others is...
Hosts Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy have done a lot of public speaking at events like ABA TECHSHOW. Over the years, they’ve developed insights about using new platforms and how to avoid...
Tom and Dennis recently attended ABA TECHSHOW 2014, one of the premier annual legal technology conferences. While there, they observed many interesting trends, saw innovative products, and met with numerous industry professionals....
Since 2009, the FBI has warned that law firms have cybersecurity problems with potentially far-reaching consequences. Changes to ethical rules, as a result of the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 effort, have...
Over the past few months, the legal industry has seen various conferences discussing innovation, disruption, and reinvention in the delivery of legal services. One of these events is the Forum on Legal...
On any given day, we do a large number of repetitive tasks on our computers, tablets and smartphones. We also type the same email messages over and over, insert the same language...
The rise of cloud computing has made it easier for lawyers to live in multiple tech worlds, whether it’s Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android. This phenomenon is becoming a trend that affects...
In a world of automatic updates and remote storage, are attorneys still controlling their practices? Are we forgetting valuable information as our machines take over? In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report,...
Is your legal practice less efficient because of out-of-date technology? In today’s world of accelerating change, it can be difficult to keep up with client expectations. In this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell...
The annual Q&A episode has arrived. In this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will answer the technology questions that listeners have sent in throughout the year. Topics...
Technology can be baffling. Some of legal tech’s toughest questions have been around for 20 or 30 years with no simple answer – but that doesn’t mean we stop trying to solve...
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...
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