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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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Nov 23, 2010
One Inbox to Rule Them All

Facebook has just announced its new Facebook Messages, which has been referred to as “Facebook email” or a “Gmail killer.” It’s not exactly email, but it does aim to centralize all of our messaging in the Facebook platform. Given Facebook’s scope, is this a game-changer? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take...

Nov 9, 2010
Integrating Practice Management Tools in Law School

With law firms cutting back or eliminating summer internships and law schools focusing on teaching theoretical legal concepts, law students find themselves in a difficult position in a difficult market. How can law students learn needed practical skills, including how to use legal technology? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk to...

Oct 28, 2010
Top Tech Tips for Today’s Travelers

Traveling with technology today has, simultaneously, gotten both easier and harder.  On the road, you need to be resourceful and give yourself plenty of options to meet unexpected challenges. At the same time, you still want to “pack light.” In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell share their notes and experiences from a...

Oct 13, 2010
Mapping Your Return to Useful Websites

Internet search is only half of the equation. Many times, you simply want to return to a site you had previously found. Managing bookmarks and favorites has long been a less-than-satisfying experience. Why is this simple concept so difficult in practice?  In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss recent developments in bookmark...

Sep 29, 2010
Presumptuous Computing: But I Didn’t Ask for That

You go to Google and find the new “instant search” feature has been turned on for you. You upgrade a program and find that all of your personalized settings have been reset to the program defaults. Facebook changes privacy settings. Twitter surprises you with a new interface. Why do technology companies seem to think that...

Sep 14, 2010
Does Poor Technology Equal Poor Morale?

The word on the street is that associates and young partners are very unhappy with the state of technology in their law firms. The results of a new survey of associate satisfaction tells us just how unhappy associates might be. Or might not be. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell dive into...

Aug 31, 2010
Geolocation: Where Everyone Knows Your Name AND Location

In real estate and on the Internet today, the key is location, location, location. Facebook Places, Google Latitude and Foursquare have opened our eyes to the potential benefits and concerns of geolocation services and features. Why are we voluntarily and publicly disclosing so much personal location information today? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and...

Aug 17, 2010
The Siteless Web Presence

The conventional wisdom has long been that your website, or perhaps your blog, should be at the core of your web presence. Today, your Internet presence is likely to consist of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts, and a variety of other places people can find you. Is this expansion of “presence” changing...

Aug 4, 2010
A Podcast Listener’s Guide

Lawyers have started to dabble in listening to and creating podcasts. Most of the emphasis we see is on how to create podcasts. However, listening regularly to podcasts can bring you a treasure trove of timely and practical information, especially if you don’t have time to read everything in your “to read” stack. In this...

Jul 21, 2010
Powering Up Your Personal Productivity

“Do more with less” is a mantra of the day. One of the great promises of the day is that technology will organize and optimize us, as computers take over the work we don’t need to do and make our lives easier.  The reality feels more like a jammed email inbox, a mountain of to-do...

Jul 8, 2010
Lawyers as Project Managers

It’s what you do with the technology after you get it that really matters. A hot area these days in legal technology is the use of technology for project management, especially in e-discovery. But e-discovery is not the only place we’re seeing project management discussions. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take...

Jun 21, 2010
The Summer of the Smartphone

The demand for pre-orders for the new iPhone 4 knocked out the AT&T order site on the first day. It seems like someone announces a new Android phone every few days. HP recently bought Palm. And the love affair between lawyers and BlackBerries seems to be cooling off . . . maybe. There’s never been...

Jun 7, 2010
Simplifying Legal Technology Strategies

Law firms tend to struggle with setting technology strategies. They get as far as forming technology committees, yet often give them little or no direction. Are there some simple ways to set your underlying technology strategy and keep your firm on course? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss a simple approach...

May 25, 2010
Home Computers at Work: The New Digital Divide?

Many lawyers now find that they have much newer, and better, computers, cell phones and  software at home than they have at work. And some companies are looking to cut costs by requiring their employees to purchase their own equipment. Are these trends changing the way both lawyers and their firms handle technology in the...

May 11, 2010
Outsourcing your Office Suite

A number of sites, including Google Apps, Zoho, Microsoft, and others, offer a set of standard “office suite” programs – word processing, spreadsheets, presentations – in an online format. We’ve seen some solos and small firms experiment with using Google Apps. Now, we’ve learned that a 200+ employee law firm has launched a major Google...

Apr 26, 2010
The 2010 Hardware Buyer’s Guide Episode

Many people seem to be in the market for new computers or other computer hardware these days. There are more choices than ever and big changes in the market that can be confusing, especially for people who haven’t been in the market for a few years. Have the traditional principles for buying computer hardware also...

Apr 12, 2010
The Internet Operating System

Tim O’Reilly was one of the original definers of “Web 2.0.” He’s now turned his focus to the “Internet Operating System,” the next step down the path from “cloud computing.” In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take their own look at the Internet Operating System, its implications and the mindshift it will...

Apr 1, 2010
Inside ABA TECHSHOW 2010

In this special edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, take their show on the road to  ABA TECHSHOW 2010 in Chicago and chat with the experts about the latest in legal technology.  Dennis and Tom welcome some very special guests including: Natalie Kelly, the Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr.,  Rodney...

Mar 16, 2010
Smart Ways to Work Together in 2010

From the Sedona Conference on e-discovery to the latest features of Office 2010, the hot technology topic of the day is collaboration. However, when most lawyers think of collaboration tools, their lists end after email and “track changes.” What are the real stories of collaboration technology in 2010? In this episode,  co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and...

Mar 3, 2010
Social Media Common Sense

Hardly a day goes by without lawyers hearing that they need to be diving into social media. And many are already there – on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other platforms. Google stumbled on privacy on its launch of its new social media platform, Buzz. The privacy and security concerns in social media are very real....

Feb 17, 2010
Opening Up to Open Source

Budgetary concerns have forced lawyers to take a hard look at software costs. That’s brought Open Source software onto their radar screens. The price – free – is obviously attractive, but Open Source is a completely different approach to software than lawyers expect. In this episode,  co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell introduce the approach...

Feb 2, 2010
The iPad: Gadget or Game Changer?

No product launch in recent memory has commanded the attention of Apple’s iPad announcement. Is the iPad a game-changer, the must-have of 2010, or just one more imperfect choice for technology users already facing too many choices? In this episode,  co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the iPad, hype vs. reality, and what this...

Jan 19, 2010
From Early Adopters to Late Adopters and Everyone In Between

Lawyers are often considered “late adopters” of technology. While there is plenty of good evidence to support that view, you can find lawyers all across the adoption range, from early adopters to late adopters and everywhere in between. In this episode,  co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look at the technology adoption continuum,...

Jan 5, 2010
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...

Dec 22, 2009
Looking Back: Legal Technology in 2009

In part one of a two-part series on legal technology trends, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look back at the most significant developments in 2009. While the economy might have been the dominant story in 2009, a number of other currents were moving in legal tech waters. From ediscovery to social media...

Dec 9, 2009
Going Mobile: The Rise of the Mobile Platform

2009 has been the year of the smartphone. Lawyers are moving from traditional email access with a BlackBerry to apps and mobile browsing on iPhones and other smartphones.  In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look at the growing movement to mobile and its implications for the...

Nov 17, 2009
Making a List and Sharing it Too

We’re at the time of year where everyone likes to make and share lists. Some new types of Internet tools let lawyers share useful lists of information in easier and more powerful ways. In this new episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss why Twitter Lists, bookmark lists, OPML lists...

Nov 3, 2009
Is Windows 7 Coming to Your Computer?

The recent release of Windows 7 hopefully ushers in a new era of peace and stability to the world of PC operating systems.  But should lawyers rush out to upgrade now?  In this new episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss some of the new features in Windows 7, whether...

Oct 21, 2009
The Electronic Legal Pad and the Post-Paper Practice of Law

Will lawyers ever move past the ever-present legal pad as their most trusted tool for practicing law? Tablet PCs have been around for quite a while, but lawyers are now using iPhones, iPod Touches and other devices with touch screens. Are the days of the paper legal pad numbered? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy...

Oct 7, 2009
Bulls and Bears: Lawyers Using Social Media

Depending on where you look, lawyers are likely to read or hear that social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, et al.) are either a tremendous waste of time fraught with ethical dangers or an essential tool for communication and a necessary part of every lawyer’s Internet presence. Are you falling behind or falling off the cliff?...

Sep 22, 2009
Law Firms and Legal Technology: Trends and Challenges

Most discussion of the use of technology by law firms tends to be anecdotal. That’s why the annual release of the InsideLegal/ILTA Member Technology Purchasing Survey is welcome news for those looking for the numbers on which to base decisions and spot trends. In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will dig into...

Sep 9, 2009
Is it Time to Get Real About the Real-time Web?

Are you suffering from information overload?  Soon you could be inundated by instantaneous updates and some are calling the next-generation Internet the “real-time web.” In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will take you on a guided tour of this new stage in web evolution and discuss its implications for lawyers and others...

Aug 24, 2009
Online Reputation Management

Have all of your posts, comments and mentions on the Internet, especially in social media, become the dreaded “permanent record?”  Is what people see in Google about you what you want them to”know” about you? As lawyers participate in social media – Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, just to name a few  – there’s a growing...

Aug 7, 2009
The State of the Blawgosphere

On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the current state of legal blogging on the Internet and share with you what is new in the blawgosphere.  In the “Stuff We’ve Been Talking About Ourselves” segment, Dennis & Tom will look at the “mobile platform” and how to make...

Jul 20, 2009
Email Etiquette 2.0

As the way we use and respond to email has evolved, has traditional email “etiquette” changed too? On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look at the “Email Golden Rule” and come up with some new guidelines to improve your email experience, and the experience of anyone...

Jul 6, 2009
What Technology is Dead Today?

Twitter, Facebook, blogging?  Hardly a day goes by without someone proclaiming that a technology is “dead.”  On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about what technologies to stick with, what to abandon and how you can determine which are best for your law firm. In the Q &...

Jun 22, 2009
Lawyers and Smartphones

Do the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre have what it takes to topple Blackberry as a lawyer’s smartphone?  On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, co-hosts, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look at all three devices – hardware, software, functionalities and services – to compare.   In the Q & A segment, Dennis and...

Jun 8, 2009
The Future of Search

On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, legal bloggers Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss search, the new Wolfram Alpha “computational engine,” the future of search on the Internet, and how it may apply to lawyers. In a brand new segment “Stuff That Dennis and Tom Are Talking About,” Dennis and Tom will take an...

May 26, 2009
Learn to use NEW Technology: 101

How do people learn to use new technology — and is it different for lawyers & legal technology?  On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, legal bloggers, Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighell and Adriana Linares, discuss how to break it down so it isn’t overwhelming.  Learn where the best resources about technology are and how e-Discovery...

May 11, 2009
Kindle Me This

Are the Kindle DX and the iPad leading us to Legal Pad 2.0?  On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, legal bloggers, Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighell and Adriana Linares, will discuss how the new Kindle DX and the current Kindle might be used by lawyers and law students, explore related products like the iPad and...

Apr 27, 2009
Has PowerPoint Killed the Presentation?

PowerPoint – can’t live with it, can’t live without it.  So how best to make the most of PowerPoint? On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, legal bloggers, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look at the personal evolution of use of PowerPoint and offer their best ideas and tips for using PowerPoint. Dennis...

Apr 14, 2009
ABA TECHSHOW in Review

On this edition of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, legal bloggers, Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighell, and Adriana Linares will be talking all things ABA TECHSHOW!  They will take a look at Susskind’s presentation, the social side of TECHSHOW and how Twitter is a game-changer for attending conferences in general. In the Parting Shots segment,  Dennis, Tom &...

Mar 31, 2009
Reality Check: The Impact of Legal Technology for Lawyers

Technology can help you manage your law practice OR make you want to throw the computer or mobile device of choice out the window! Who better to talk about legal technology than three of the top legal technologists anywhere…and they speak YOUR language!  Announcing (drum roll please) co-hosts and big-name legal bloggers, Dennis Kennedy, Tom...

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