I left ABA TECHSHOW 2004 with lots of great ideas,
new friends and an important question. What is the best
way to keep the spark we find at ABA TECHSHOW alive
all year long?
The simplest answer is to follow the legal technology
blogs. As you probably know, blogs and RSS feeds probably
have the most “buzz” of any Internet or
tech development of the last several years. Blogs are
content-focused web pages based on a common chronological
template and updated on a frequent basis with “news”
items. RSS feeds allow someone to be notified of and
read your new content without actually going to the
blog’s page on the Internet.
What is important, however, is that the legal technology
blogs give us an easy way to track developments, trends
and issues in legal technology. Easy and excellent—because
some of the leading legal technologists are the writers
of these blogs.
Here are some of the legal tech blogs I like best and
recommend to you:
- LawTech Guru – http://www.lawtechguru.com
– Well-known and well-regarded legal tech expert
Jeff Beard has found the perfect medium in blogs.
From reviews to alerts to news to thought pieces,
Jeff offers consistently solid content and mixes in
occasional pieces that will really make you think.
Jeff is especially strong on hardware and software
reviews, security issues and, no surprise if you know
Jeff, gadgets, but his posts on management issues
can be gems.
- Strategic Legal Technology –
– Ron Friedmann is first on my list of legal
technologists who I haven’t met in person who
I really want to meet. His blog beat includes many
large firm issues, but he excels at spotting and discussing
important tech and practice trends. His blog will
give you something to think about carefully on a regular
- NetLawBlog - http://www.fedlawyers.org/netlawblog/
- The NetLawBlog is Internet guru Jerry Lawson’s
blogging effort. I have a simple rule – if Jerry
writes something, it is, by definition, important
and worthy of your attention. From Jerry’s “$80
necktie” theory of web design to any of a hundred
other insights, NetLawBlog is essential reading.
- Digital Practice of Law –
- Michael Arkfeld is one of the most highly regarded
legal technology experts around. His blog focuses
on his area of greatest expertise—litigation
technology. If you are a litigator, this blog is an
absolute “must.” If you are not a litigator,
I suggest that you add this blog to your list anyway
because you will definitely learn new things.
- eLawyer Blog - http://www.elawyerblog.org/
- The eLawyer Blog is a group blog on elawyering put
together by Jerry Lawson. The blog’s contributors
include several of the leading names in legal tech.
If you want to get a glimpse of where the Internet
may take the practice of law, this blog is the place
to watch. Even more interesting is its focus on using
technology to bring affordable legal services to those
unable to afford legal services today.
- Excited Utterances - http://excitedutterances.blogspot.com
– If knowledge management is your interest,
Joy London’s blog is a great starting point.
She covers KM issues in law better than anyone and
generally will be the first to report on new developments
- Inter-Alia.Net – http://www.inter-alia.net
– Tom Mighell’s blog is widely known as
an excellent resource on legal research, but don’t
pigeonhole it into just that one category. Tom consistently
includes useful tech tips and links to great resources.
In fact, one of his tips solved an incredibly annoying
problem I had with the Adobe Acrobat Reader, for which
I am grateful.
- Ernie the Attorney – http://ernieattorney.typepad.com/ernie_the_attorney/
– Ernest Svenson is one of the premier lawyer
bloggers and his blog is great for so many reasons
that it is easy to overlook how often he posts great
information on legal technology. His recent post explaining
how to use RSS feeds to read law blogs is just one
great example. His running commentary on his use of
a Macintosh in a Windows world is also valuable.
- PDF for Lawyers – http://ernieattorney.typepad.com/pdf_for_lawyers/
- A joint effort of Ernie the Attorney and David Fishel,
PDF for Lawyers is the perfect example of the value
of a specialty tech blog. Postings can be sporadic,
but they are genuinely helpful and cover practical
issues in this important technology that lawyers are
starting to use on a daily basis.
- EsqLawTech – http://www.lawyerlounge.com/lawtech.php
– Glenn Garnes’s legal tech blog covers
a wide range of topics and is especially good on software
reviews and legal tech news.
- DennisKennedy.Blog – http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/
- While I usually like to downplay the importance
of my own stuff, I’m very proud of what I’m
doing on my blog, especially in the area of legal
technology. On my blog, I’ve been able to write
about tech matters that really concern me, such as
personal KM and security, in ways that I haven’t
yet been able to do in articles. I try to give you
links to great resources, a few insights and I definitely
want to make you think and see connections that you
might not otherwise see.
I know that I’ve left off some other very worthy
blogs, but I wanted to give you a good sampling of what
is out there today. Use these legal tech blogs as starting
points and you’ll be able to find the other legal
tech blogs and see the new ones as they come online.
I know some of the people who are close to launching
legal tech blogs and I can assure you that the value
of the legal tech blogs will definitely continue to
increase. And, in the process, the overload of WMBs
(white male bloggers) the careful reader may have noticed
in my list will lessen and we will see more diversity
and a greater dynamic.
Please note that Law Practice Today is a great place
to keep up to date on legal tech developments and that
LPT has an RSS Feed: http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/lptrss.xml.
Dennis Kennedy (email@example.com)
is a computer lawyer and legal technology consultant
based in St. Louis, Missouri. He speaks and writes frequently
on legal, technology and Internet topics and was named
the 2001 TechnoLawyer of the Year by TechnoLawyer.com.
His highly regarded web site at www.denniskennedy.com
collects many of his articles and is the home of his