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As I’ve taught classes on cybersecurity, it has struck me how difficult it is for small law firms, and small businesses in general, to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats. It’s difficult to find resources, help, and tools. Doing it right feels like it would be expensive, if you were able to find someone you could trust.

At the same time,
Continue Reading Aadya – Cybersecurity for Smaller Law Firms and Businesses

I wanted to ask my readers to keep the entire Michigan State University community in mind after February 13 shootings. I’ve found the aftermath to be difficult and challenging.

As part of my coping process, I have intentionally chosen not to write about these matters, and I expect to continue to adopt that approach.

While I plan to return to
Continue Reading My Update on February 13 Michigan State University Shootings

I’ve decided that I want as many people as possible to read my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations, so I’m now making it available as a FREE PDF download –  Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law – 2023 PDF Version. If you like the book and PDF
Continue Reading Free PDF of My Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law Book

One of the big challenges about publishing a blog on focused topics is that external events can intrude and make your posts seem like they don’t live in the real world.
Twenty years ago today, I published my first post on this blog. Over the years, I liked to mark each blogiversary (or blawgiversary) with some kind of a clever
Continue Reading Reaching the 20th Blogiversary of DennisKennedy.Blog

Tom Mighell and I have an annual tradition at The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast of publicly announcing and discussing our technology resolutions for the upcoming year. We also talk about how well or not so well we did with our resolutions from the last year.
The 2023 edition of the podcast is now out to launch the new year with a
Continue Reading Dennis and Tom’s 2023 Technology Resolutions – Podcast

Tom Mighell and I invited our friend Debbie Foster to continue our annual podcast tradition of reflecting on the past year in legal technology in the style of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption show. We tried to hit as many topics and highlights as we could in this fast-paced episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network.
Continue Reading LegalTech 2022 in Review – The Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast

I’m excited to announce the debut of my new column on law department innovation for LegalTech Hub. It’s called “How to Solve the Biggest Disconnect in Law Department Innovation.”
As I say in the column:
“I routinely hear outside counsel say they wish their in-house counsel talked to them more about what they need so they could
Continue Reading My New LegalTech Hub Column on Law Department Innovation: The Biggest Disconnect

Lawyers are trained to think in ways that can be the opposite of good innovation practices. We spot issues and potential problems, with an emphasis on problems. We identify and manage risks, with an emphasis on the risks of doing new things. We focus, sometimes agonizingly, on process, procedure, and precedent. Saying that something “has always been done this way”
Continue Reading Breaking Through Common Barriers to Law Department Innovation

One of the best things about the Internet is that if you can’t find the resource you want or need, you can create it yourself. As I began to focus my work on law department innovation, I noticed that there wasn’t a “one-stop shop” where I could find a great collection of resources on this topic. Now there is.
Continue Reading The Launch of the Law Department Innovation Library

#Collaboration is the hottest topic in #legaltech today! We all must find smart ways to work together.
And, just in time, Tom Mighell and I are pleased to announce the publication of the new edition of our classic book on collaboration tools and technologies: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies, Work from Home Edition.
This book is
Continue Reading Just Released: New Edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies

Welcome to my occasional series of posts of excerpts from my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations. The book is available in paperback and on Kindle on Amazon.
In this chapter, I focus on the importance of coaching and mentoring and highlight some of my learnings
Continue Reading Coaching and Mentoring for Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law Departments

I had a conversation with a friend last night who had been asked to speak for free (with no travel reimbursement either) at an in-person conference. It can take a surprising amount of time and effort to decide whether to turn these kinds of “for free” or “discounted” requests down or even how to respond, especially if you know the
Continue Reading An “I Have a Rule” Method For Saying No to Requests

Summer is here and the time is right for innovating in the law.
From today until June 13, the Kindle version (only) of my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations is on sale on amazon for the too-low-to-resist price of US$4.99.
This summer, I’m focusing on corporate law
Continue Reading Flash Sale on Kindle Version of My Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law Book