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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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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...

Oct 24, 2014
The College of Law Practice Management’s 2014 Futures Conference

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 young innovative lawyers to discuss what the future of law practice might look like and how the attendees might provide an influential voice....

Oct 10, 2014
Surveying 2014 Legal Technology Surveys

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 that provide some data about the actual usage of technology by lawyers. Because these surveys are voluntary, they give a big picture of...

Sep 26, 2014
Analyzing the Latest Apple Announcements

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 new gadgets. With new options like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, iOS 8, and Apple Pay, Apple-using lawyers need...

Sep 12, 2014
Accelerated Learning Techniques: Online Tools and Resources

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 resources. In the short term, lawyers often need to do quick research for a speech, webinar, or to talk to a specialist about...

Aug 29, 2014
Get Ready For Your Video Call Close-up

“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 are becoming widely used in law firms and other businesses; many lawyers, legal professionals, and HR departments are using them to provide the...

Aug 15, 2014
How A Lawyer Can Control Their To-Do List With Task Managers and Technology

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 all to putting the list into proper priorities, every legal professional could use some help. How can technology play a role in bringing...

Aug 6, 2014
Turning Legal Services into Products

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 to their clients, even to the point of changing the meaning of “services.” Professionals are now creating products that provide revenue in the...

Jul 18, 2014
The Role iPads Play for Lawyers Today

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 market and are often part of a lawyer’s standard toolkit. In addition to using an iPad for texting, editing documents, consulting a calendar,...

Jul 4, 2014
Tools and Techniques for Personal Knowledge Management and Curation

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 you’ve found when you need it. Some people also think of this approach as personal knowledge management. This means having an archive of reasonably up-to-date...

Jun 20, 2014
Evernote and the Organized Lawyer

Many people, including lawyers, are using an organizational tool called Evernote and are singing its praises. They are enthusiastic about its capacity to capture all types of information in many formats, to organize information into useful notebooks, and to enable access to that information across multiple platforms. In a time when almost everything is done...

Jun 6, 2014
The End of Website Home Pages?

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 importance (and traffic) that it is no longer relevant. Is it time for a new approach? In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report,...

May 23, 2014
Webinar Presentation Pointers for Legal Professionals

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. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how webinars differ from in-person presentations, how to prepare for...

May 9, 2014
Panel Presentation Pointers for Legal Professionals

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 quite different from presenting alone. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the advantages and disadvantages of...

Apr 25, 2014
Presentation Tips for Legal Professionals

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 technology-related obstacles. On this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis and Tom discuss recent presentation lessons, practical tips for novice and veteran presenters,...

Apr 11, 2014
ABA TECHSHOW 2014 Wrapup

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. On this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss TECHSHOW highlights, what interested them most, and their reflections on...

Mar 28, 2014
Legal Ethics and Cybersecurity

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 clarified that keeping up with technology is a component of attorney competence. Where do ethics rules and cybersecurity measures intersect? In this episode...

Mar 14, 2014
Talking Legal Evolution: Innovation’s Pace in the Legal Industry

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 Evolution, held this February in New York, at which Dennis was an attendee. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and...

Feb 28, 2014
The Benefits of Tech Automation: Why Attorneys Should Opt In

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 into legal documents and open the same web pages on a regular basis. By automating some of these repetitive actions, we can become...

Feb 14, 2014
Living in Multiple Tech Worlds: Windows, Mac, and Android

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 many people and is changing how we think about, talk about, and use technology. On this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis...

Jan 31, 2014
Automation or Control: Why Attorneys Must Choose

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, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the pros and cons of trading control for increased productivity.

Jan 21, 2014
New Year’s Tech Resolutions for Practicing Attorneys

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 Report, legal technology experts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss New Year’s tech resolutions. The topics include using instant messaging, implementing social media,...

Jan 2, 2014
Listeners’ Legal Tech Questions Answered

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 include the addition of technological competence to the ethical rules, the death of certain social media platforms, tech trends for 2014, and Dennis...

Dec 19, 2013
2013 Technology Conundrums

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 them. In this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will discuss legal-tech conundrums, how to answer them, and how...

Nov 27, 2013
Comparing the New iPads for Lawyers

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...

Nov 14, 2013
The Globalization of Legal Technology

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...

Nov 1, 2013
From Moneyball to Moneylaw: Driving Decisions with Data, the Legal Edition

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...

Oct 17, 2013
How To Take Advantage of LinkedIn’s New Interface

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...

Oct 3, 2013
Teaching Law Practice Management and Legal Tech in Law School

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...

Sep 18, 2013
Legal-Tech Announcement Kick-off: Smart Phones, Smart Watches, Tablets, and more

‘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...

Sep 9, 2013
2013 Legal-Tech Surveys Say . . .

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...

Aug 23, 2013
Let Me Check With My Digital-Virtual-Personal Assistant

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...

Aug 7, 2013
Demythologizing the Mythical Paperless Office

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...

Jul 24, 2013
Passing the Tech Skills Competency Audit

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...

Jul 11, 2013
What’s Next for RSS Feeds and News Readers?

After much anticipation, Google Reader has left the webosphere. Users have until July 15th to grab their data from the app and find a replacement. So, what’s next? On this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will discuss news-reader app options and the future of RSS feeds. In the second half...

Jun 25, 2013
In Light of NSA Surveillance, Should Lawyers Encrypt?

In this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss encryption. The recent news coverage of the NSA surveillance has everyone talking about who can access their data, and this is especially relevant to practicing attorneys,  who have to consider both their own data as well as that of their clients. According...

Jun 12, 2013
Keeping Up with the Cloud: Software, Social Media, and more.

What started as a way to backup our hard drives is moving to how we access, what feels like, everything on our computers. On this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will discuss the new trend of software by subscription. Instead of paying for an updated version of a new software product,...

May 20, 2013
Summer Vacation Technology

Summer and vacation seasons are approaching. Some prefer to completely disconnect on vacation, while others like to stay connected. Work aside, those who choose to stay connected can use technology to make their trips more manageable and stress free with travel apps, adapters, and travel-friendly cameras. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy...

May 1, 2013
Taking Advantage of Apps and Plug-ins

Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell enter the realm of apps and plug-ins. Also known as web extensions, browser apps, add-ons, and bookmarklets, these additions to web browsers are made to make your Internet browser experience more efficient. Learn your hosts’ favorite web extensions when browsing for leisure and for work, and how to manage your...

Apr 18, 2013
Pardon Our 100th Interruption

The Kennedy Mighell Report has reached a milestone: Episode 100! As part of the celebration your hosts will bring you today’s legal technology issues in the format of one of their favorite shows: ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. Hear how technology can make your business more efficient, highlights from the ABA Tech Show, the future of...

Apr 2, 2013
Nourishing Creativity with Constraints

Hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell are exploring a new social media outlet called Vine where users create videos, constricted to six-seconds in length. This inspired the discussion of nourishing creativity with a length constraint. Twitter limits users to 140 characters, Instagram allows only one photo per post, and Snapchat limits users to sending a...

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Dennis Kennedy

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