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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.
I’m
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

It seemed like a good time to share a batch of recent episodes of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast. The spring semester is over, grades are in, I’m focusing on Legal Innovation as a Service for the summer, and I’m enjoying the summertime.
And summertime is the perfect time to get caught up on podcast listening.
Here’s a list of what
Continue Reading Recent Episodes of Kennedy-Mighell Report: From Home Offices to Metaverse Offices

An often underestimated part of the innovation process, especially within law departments, is the messaging, presentation, and selling of innovation projects, programs, and portfolios to general counsel and other decisionmakers in law departments. I wrote about this topic in my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations (available on
Continue Reading Selling Innovation to General Counsels and Other Legal Decisionmakers


Summer is here and the time is right for  . . . Legal Innovation as a Service for law departments only.
I’ve wrapped up my grading for my classes at University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law for the semester.
I’m planning to largely take the summer off and concentrate only on my Legal Innovation
Continue Reading Legal Innovation as a Service (for law departments only)

I was asked a while back to answer some questions for an article about venture capital in the legal industry. It now appears that the article might not happen.
As part of my #BlogFirst initiative, I’m posting my unedited and unupdated answers here for your reading pleasure and, maybe, to learn how others would answer these questions.
1. Which entities
Continue Reading Thoughts on Venture Capital in the Legal Industry

As I wait for final papers to come in, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the video content we created at the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation this past semester. The Center’s video content is all available on the Video resources page of the CLT&I website.
NewLaw Careers Webinar
Continue Reading Spring 2022 Videos from MSU Center for Law, Technology & Innovation

This post is part of a series of sample chapters from my my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations.
Three Innovation Efforts Corporate Counsel Want
This chapter contains some of my best insights from work on the customer side as an in-house counsel. It also contains some
Continue Reading Three Innovation Efforts Corporate Counsel Want

Supply chains have certainly gotten our attention in the last few years. You might be surprised to learn that there is a growing area of practice in supply chain law to address the many complex issues that arise out today’s lengthy and surprisingly-fragile supply chains.
I’m pleased to be the moderator for a panel discussion on supply chain law at
Continue Reading Michigan State U Supply Chain and the Law Panel – April 7

In the new episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast called “Life During Cyberwartime,” Tom and I combined our sense of unease over world events and some worrisome warnings from CISA.gov and decided to discuss recent major cyberattacks and what we should do to prepare ourselves for the possibility of cyberwar.
Timely? I think so.
From the podcast description:
Continue Reading New Podcast: “Life During Cyberwartime”

The annual list of Women in Legal Technology from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center is a big deal. There are now well over a hundred women on the cumulative list. It’s a fantastic resource to find women speakers on legal technology, for consulting, and more.
We are rapidly approaching the February 15 deadline for nominations for the 2022
Continue Reading 2022 LTRC Women of Legal Technology Opportunities