Podcast #36: Dennis Kennedy on How Technology Can Make Law Practice More Satisfying


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Dennis Kennedy thinks the real promise of technology is taking away the tedious bits of law practice so lawyers can do more of what matters. And do the numbers show that law school crushed all our dreams?

Lawyers Don’t Know What Else to Do

As covered in an earlier brief, here’s what lawyers would do besides practice law, if given a chance:

Source: Robert Half

Source: Robert Half

If you look closely, the answer is most lawyers don’t have much imagination. In today’s podcast, we wonder if law school really does crush everyone’s dreams.

Dennis Kennedy on How Technology Can Make Law Practice More Fun

Dennis Kennedy photographed on February 3, 2013.

Why do lawyers fight so hard to keep doing the repetitive tasks that computers can and should do better than we can? Are we really that excited about spending our days doing tedious work just so we can bill lots of hours? Dennis Kennedy thinks lawyers should be excited to assign that stuff to computers — what’s left are the rewarding parts of lawyering that allow lawyers to deliver higher-quality services without selling mainly time and attention. Plus, maybe you shouldn’t be afraid of volume after all.

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  • Dina Lynch Eisenberg

    Loved this podcast. I say that most lawyers were frustrated creatives who were told to use their smarts at a ‘real job’.

    In terms of scaling, I agree with Dennis that delegation is the key to growing the reach and income of your practice. Lawyers who worry that automation would lessen their billables should think in terms of value instead of hours.

    Clients pay for your knowledge and expertise not how long it takes you. Re-educate your clients if that’s a concern. Btw, I run my business on a subscription model which makes it very possible to teach many how to outsource instead of a few.