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Allison Shields Johs and I are having a quick “back-to-school” sale on the Kindle version of our book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Oher Legal Professionals, until the end of the day on August 12, 2021. It’s a great price: US$4.99. We wanted to make the price attractive to law students and recent law graduates. The book has a chapter focused on great ways law students can use LinkedIn. Of course, it’s a great price for everyone else too, but it is a limited-time offer. If you aren’t a Kindle fan, you can…
It’s time for another creator economy experiment. I’ve been thinking and talking about trying Gumroad to offer for sale some of my smaller information products (templates, worksheets, handouts, et al.) that aren’t available elsewhere, are valuable, and aren’t currently helping others. Gumroad is a very popular service that allows creators to monetize these kinds of products (and others). I’ve decided to give it a try. You find my products page here. I’ve started with two items and will gradually be adding more, especially if the site starts to work for me. To-Do List Grid for When You Have to
The new episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast is called, appropriately enough, “Does it Take 10,000 Hours to Become a Legal Tech Expert?” and is now available. In the episode, Tom Mighell and I take a look at what it takes to become a legal technology expert these days and whether it is even possible to be a general legal tech expert anymore (if it ever was). From the description: Are there good ways to develop your legal technology expertise in a hurry? Well, Dennis and Tom’s short answer is no, but don’t let that get you down!…
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a big advocate for Personal Quarterly Offsites. These are half-day personal retreats designed to help me (and you, I hope) focus on the “important but not urgent” quadrant of the Eisenhower Matrix (a/k/a the Eisenhower Method). I’ve been working on and evolving my approach to regular Personal Quarterly Offsites for about five years now. This week, I decided to apply my Personal Quarterly Offsite methodology to some strategic planning for the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation. I was a bit hesitant to do this,…
I’ve been busy adding some new content to the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation website. My major recent success has been posting links to some great videos from the spring semester and earlier this summer. On the Video Resources page, you’ll now find: Presentations and Judging from our recent MSU Rising 2L Legal Design Challenge A full replay of a 3-hour webinar on Virtual Reality in Law Practice Interviews from our “Leading Edge of Law” interview series, including Irene Mo, Greg Siskind, Reid Trautz, Brooke Moore and Laura O’Bryan, Chase Hertzel, and LaDierdre McKinney.…
I held my latest half-day Personal Quarterly Offsite last weekend. As I’ve developed regular Personal Quarterly Offsites into a personal practice, I keep finding more benefits to this structured approach. The Personal Quarterly Offsite has become a regular, valuable touchpoint for me. That’s why I recommend this practice to everyone. I, only partly joking, like to say that one of my regular takeaways for this exercise is that I should raise the price of my Personal Quarterly Offsite course because the return on investment is so good. I started with the ideas that I needed to slow my pace and…
The Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation recently completed an experiment that I’m already prepared to call a success. I also hope that it will be a model for other law schools to try. We called it the 2021 Michigan State University Rising 2L Legal Design Challenge. The challenge question was: How can online methods and lessons learned from COVID increase access to justice? We divided the participating students into teams or 3 or 4, taught them some standard design thinking approaches, and encouraged them to unloose their creativity. The challenge took the form of a two-week…
I’m excited about the upcoming event in the Exponential.Legal Live series with legal product makers via Zoom. It will be on Wednesday, June 23, at 3:30 EDT. The event features Richard Granat and LaDierdre McKinney, who will share their stories about productization of legal services in for-profit and non-profit sections, and their insights and perspectives. Attendees will also get the chance to the guests their questions. You can register and get the attendance information by going to the Exponential.Legal website and submitting your email address. What could be easier? While on the website, take the opportunity to check…
I decided last weekend that it was time to kill off some of my innovation ideas and projects, both personal and professional. And my timing might have been right because yesterday I watched a great Strategyzer webinar called “Why Killing Ideas is Key in Innovation,” featuring Alex Osterwalder, Tendayi Viki, and Uwe Kirscner. A replay is available here. From the webinar description: “Here’s how world class innovators, we call them Invincible Companies, find the winners. They invest small amounts of resources in a large number of teams to test and adapt their ideas. They then kill at least half…
Summer is here. Grades are turned in. Several projects have wrapped up. I’m looking forward to a much slower pace for the summer. I’ve decided to focus on one thing this summer – my Legal Innovation as a Service offerings. Legal Innovation as a Service(TM) (“LIaaS”) is a fresh approach to provide innovation leaders in legal organizations with Just-in-time, Just-enough(TM) guidance at key inflection points in the innovation process. LIaaS consists of pre-scoped, limited, flat fee service offerings to help you get desired feedback or help, move your effort forward, and let you get back to doing what you…
What did we learn and what should we take forward from our legal education experience in COVID times? Alyson Carrel (Northwestern), Cat Moon (Vanderbilt), and I (Michigan State) are co-hosting a virtual workshop on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:00 CDT on this topic. Think of it as an “after action report” on legal education from March 2020 until now. What did we learn? What don’t we want to leave behind or forget? How should we take the best lessons forward in practical ways? “I want it to be a workshop where people come to work.” When Cat…
Please join the Exponential Legal team on Wednesday, May 26, at 3:30 Eastern, for a free and open discussion about #productization of legal services. Our guest will be Greg Siskind and he will be sharing his insights into productization efforts and learnings in the area of immigration law. Greg has been working on some cool projects and it’s a great opportunity to learn about them, how Greg got started in productization, and the lessons he’s learned. It’s also a great way to learn about our “The Essentials” course (and summer is the perfect time to take it – convince your…
The 2021 Global Law Lab Showcase and Meetup is must see Zoom TV at 8:00 EDT tonight. You’ll get the chance to learn more about 11 cool law labs pioneering new approaches to educating the 21st century legal professional, including the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation, where I am the Interim Director. From the invitation page: A collection of law labs from across the globe have decided to gather for a virtual breakfast/cocktail reception/meetup. Unfortunately, attendees will have to bring their own food and beverages as the meetup will take place on Zoom. We will…
Seemed like a good time to catch up those of you who aren’t already regular subscribers or listeners to The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on what shows we’ve released in 2021 so far. We are nearing the 300th episode, which should occur right at the end of the year by my calculations. We recently passed the 15th anniversary of the podcast. I’m a little biased, but we’ve had some great shows so far this year. Cheers to a New Year! — Dennis & Tom’s 2021 Resolutions Second Brain Project: Organization, Part 2 Niche Social Media Platforms — Trend of the Future?
Please join the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation on March 26, 2021 (Friday) at 1:00 Eastern for a free Zoom presentation on current uses and possible future uses of Virtual Reality in the practice of law. Might some of your future work be done while wearing VR goggles? You’ll see examples of what is happening right now and discussion of the potential benefits and challenges of using VR in the practice of law. VR gives us a great example of a technology on the near horizon and how the legal profession can anticipate and prepare for…
One of the most valuable exercises I do routinely is the Personal Quarterly Offsite. It’s a straightforward concept with powerful results. I find it so helpful that I created an online course to share my approach and best practices. It’s called Productive Personal Quarterly Offsite for Busy Legal Professionals. March is a fantastic time for a Personal Quarterly Offsite, especially to focus on progress on annual goals and make necessary revisions and changes. Goals, strategies, and planning can no longer be “set and forget” in COVID times. From now until March 1, the course has a special sale…