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Kennedy-Mighell Report

The Kennedy-Mighell Report is a legal technology podcast with an Internet focus. Noted legal technologists Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell bring listeners an in-depth analysis of the latest advancements in legal technology, in addition to best practices for utilizing existing tools. The duo aims to educate lawyers on how technology can be used to improve services, interactions with clients, and overall workflow.

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Apr 21, 2017

Invest in a VPN if You Take Internet Security Seriously

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.

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Mar 30, 2017
The Who, What, and Why of ABA TECHSHOW 2017

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.

Mar 10, 2017
Snap Decisions: Should Lawyers be Using Snapchat and Instagram?

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss Snapchat, Instagram, and their role in legal marketing.

Feb 27, 2017
Legal Blogging the Right Way

What does blogging for lawyers (or blawging) look like today and what are the best tools to start one.

Feb 10, 2017
Have You Tried Restarting?

Dennis and Tom discuss troubleshooting, including their own four step approach to fixing technology problems.

Jan 27, 2017
Alexa, Play the Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast

Dennis and Tom discuss the potential uses of voice-enabled technology like Amazon Echo and Google Home for legal professionals.

Jan 13, 2017
A Time to Learn: 2017 Goals and Tech Resolutions

In this episode of the The Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis and Tom talk about their 2017 New Years tech resolutions.

Dec 30, 2016
Annual Recap 2016

In this “Pardon the Interruption” style episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis and Tom disagree about everything!

Dec 9, 2016
The Evolution of The Search Engine

Tom and Dennis discuss how search engines have changed over time, semantic and voice search, and the impact of mobile search over time.

Nov 22, 2016
Leveraging Change Management for Your Law Practice

Dennis and Tom discuss change management techniques that can help attorneys improve their law practice.

Nov 11, 2016
Defending Against DDoS Attacks

The recently distributed denial of services attacks that disrupted hundreds of websites and how lawyers can better defend themselves against cyber attacks.

Oct 21, 2016
Practical Podcasting Tips for Lawyers

Dennis and Tom discuss their nine years together creating podcasts and provide a few tips for attorneys interested in creating their own podcasts.

Oct 11, 2016
The Pros and Cons of Upgrading Your System

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the risks and benefits of upgrading your software and the recent rumors that Twitter will be acquired.

Sep 23, 2016
The Future of Apps and the Evolution of the Cloud

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.

Sep 16, 2016
Leveraging Blockchain and Legal Tech Surveys

ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing and ABA LTRC Tech surveys, current tech trends, and how law firms can use this information to gain an advantage.

Aug 26, 2016
Our Tech Innovation Wish List

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.

Aug 4, 2016
Taking a Break from Technology

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 technology is inevitable. Dennis and Tom were both recently on vacation and during this time of seclusion Dennis started to rethink his relationship...

Jul 20, 2016
The Future of AI in the Practice of Law

Dennis and Tom discuss the increased popularity of artificial intelligence, the usefulness of chatbots, and how both innovations impact the practice of law.

Jul 1, 2016
New Trends in the Mobile Apps Industry

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about recent developments within the mobile applications industry.

Jun 10, 2016
Improve Your “Email Hygiene”

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell help lawyers improve email hygiene and talk about how to dispose of your old miscellaneous computer parts.

Jun 1, 2016
The World of Bots and Why Lawyers Should Use Them

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss bots and how attorneys can utilize them to improve their everyday lives.

May 13, 2016
Virtual Reality Technology in the Courtroom

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss virtual reality, the current tech on the market, and how this tech could be used in the courtroom.

Mar 10, 2016
Taking Up Slack: What Lawyers Need to Know About the New Collaboration Tool

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 accessible through powerful search.” But why is this particular application gaining traction among all other options including Facebook, LinkedIn groups, or even email?...

Mar 4, 2016
Home Tech vs Work Tech: Managing the Intersection

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 difficult to manage. Many lawyers have multiple smart phones, calendars, computer operating systems, or even versions of Microsoft Office. For some, commingling systems...

Feb 12, 2016
Are Your Notifications and Reminders Overkill?

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 notifications all day long? There is a difference between a calendar alert and having Omnifocus remind you what you haven’t accomplished today. Furthermore,...

Jan 29, 2016
Dennis and Tom’s 2016 Technology Resolutions

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 help your practice and overall happiness. Have you been thinking about trying a new app or learning to use one you’ve already downloaded?...

Jan 8, 2016
Our Top Legal Technology Tips from 2015

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 to find the most useful tools for him or herself. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell ring...

Dec 11, 2015
High Noon at the U.I. Corral: Keyboard vs. Touchscreen

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 keyboard/trackpad existence. Furthermore, with the introduction of Stylus Pens for tablets, is the keyboard on its way out completely? With an increase in...

Nov 6, 2015
Return of The Ad Blockers

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 a category of tools long known as ad blockers. What are the implications of ad blockers to lawyers and will they change the...

Oct 23, 2015
The Great iPad vs. Surface Debate

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 available soon, is this a new battleground for Apple and Microsoft? Which of these devices makes more sense for lawyers in their personal...

Oct 16, 2015
And The Legal Technology Surveys Say…

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 these results to analyze where they stand when it comes to technological proficiency and what competitors might be focusing on. Paying attention to...

Sep 11, 2015
Wild About Wearables: Fitbits, Apple Watches, and Your Legal Practice

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 also change how lawyers use technology in their practices. Having a health app can improve standard of living, but does your Apple Watch...

Aug 7, 2015
Summer Reading for the Tech-Savvy Lawyer

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 technology like Kindles and iPads, many people have changed how they read, but is technology affecting the summer reading tradition? In this episode...

Jul 31, 2015
Is This the Golden Age of Podcasting?

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 experts (those of us who have been listening to them for years) have cautiously begun to suggest that we have entered the “Golden...

Jul 10, 2015
From Surface Pro to Windows 10 and Beyond: What the Future Holds for Microsoft

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 impending (skipping Windows 9) and some have called Windows 10 the “last release” of the operating system. What does this mean? As lawyers,...

Jun 23, 2015
Are Lawyers Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

“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, and other advancements in technology have brought back the cyclical discussion of what artificial intelligence might mean for lawyers. Has anything really changed,...

May 22, 2015
Invisible Apps: Behind the Scenes of Mobile

“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 based on a trigger, a personal concierge, or a password manager. Rather than a calculator or camera app waiting to be opened, invisible...

May 8, 2015
After A Decade of Legal Blogs or “Blawging”…

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 energy for legal blogging, or blawging, in 2005. Ten years later, lawyers have decided to examine the landscape of law blogs. Bob Ambrogi...

Apr 24, 2015
Dennis and Tom go to ABA TECHSHOW 2015

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 Office, and much more. At ABA TECHSHOW, Dennis and Tom presented, hosted and participated in podcasts, attended sessions and events, toured the exhibit...

Apr 10, 2015
Adopting Legal Technology: A Human Problem?

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 LPM Technology: Will Lawyers Get to the Future?” Pam Woldow and Doug Richardson assess and analyze this history and the reasons for it....

Mar 27, 2015
Only the Shadow IT Knows

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 employees utilize technologies or systems that are not approved by their IT department. This is not often a malicious act, but rather efficient...

Mar 13, 2015
A Few of Our Favorite (Tech) Accessories

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 them. Most people choose their technology accessories based on word-of-mouth recommendations from friends, family, colleagues, or other connections. So what are lawyers using...

Feb 27, 2015
Revisiting Technology: The Paperless Office

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 stack of papers. Despite early setbacks, a new flurry of interest in the paperless office. Within the series of revisiting old legal technology...

Feb 19, 2015
LegalTech New York Recap and the Current State of Smartwatches

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 launch new legal technology products and services. For the 2015 event, host Dennis Kennedy braved inclement weather and flight cancellations in order to...

Jan 30, 2015
Revisiting Technology: Speech Recognition

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 practical. Over time, speech recognition started to disappear off the radar for most lawyers. Recently, with Siri and Google Now, smart watches, and...

Jan 16, 2015
The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies

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 and technologies, which they consider one of the most important, yet under-appreciated, areas of legal technology. In 2008, they wrote a book together...

Jan 2, 2015
Making Your 2015 Legal Technology Resolutions

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 to think about our legal technology resolutions for the coming year. There are often new technologies for lawyers that did not exist in...

Dec 19, 2014
Pardon the 2014 Legal Technology Interruption

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 year. Using this information, trends and events can be predicted for 2015. What are the odds that two or more state bar disciplinary...

Dec 5, 2014
Controlling Your Social Media Strategy

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 lawyers. Because it is so prevalent and necessary, social media can also be very overwhelming for many who are trying to maintain their...

Nov 21, 2014
The Fundamentals of Podcasts: Listening and Subscribing

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. Who are we to disagree? There are educational podcasts, political podcasts, legal podcasts, technology podcasts, entertainment podcasts, and podcasts that combine subjects. There...

Nov 7, 2014
Planet of the Apps: How Lawyers Are Using Apps

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, most users tend to rely on a core set of around two dozen apps. Lawyers have been using fewer legal apps in their...

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Dennis Kennedy

Dennis Kennedy is an award-winning leader in applying the Internet and technology to law practice. A published author and...

Tom Mighell

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