Kimberly Bennett is a District Operations Specialist. Find her on Twitter @kbennettlaw.
How did you become involved in legal tech?
My exposure to legal technology began around 2010 when I first began my solo career. At the time, I was searching for solutions to work with my Apple products. I knew I wanted Mac-friendly software that would provide the flexibility of a virtual law practice. I’ve been hooked on legal tech from that day.
What projects have you been focused on recently?
I am working on “maximizing my technology” by “minimizing my technology.” I love all things technology. However, my love for technology sometimes results in too much technology in my practice. This year, I am focusing on maximizing the technology tools I love, eliminating the excess, and creating my “almost perfect” tech stack for my subscription law practice and my Modern Legal Collective coaching clients.
Is there a legal tech resource of any kind that you find yourself returning to or that was particularly formative for you?
The Macs in Law Offices Google group, the MyShingle blog by Carolyn Elefant, and The Lawyerist were my go-to resources as a young, tech-curious attorney. I still read MyShingle and The Lawyerist and I have added a few blogs and podcasts, as well. In addition to legal tech-focused resources, I read general technology blogs to keep up with changes happening in the greater tech space.
Today, however, my go-to resource when it comes to legal technology is my community of innovative, female legal professional friends that inspire me to think bigger, push boundaries, and find the technology solutions to transform my ideas into reality.
What technology do you think lawyers could look at in a different way that would benefit society?
More attorneys are recognizing that clients have a range of needs that don’t always lead to hiring a lawyer. Yet many attorneys are resisting serving this significant portion of society that yearns for concise and practical legal knowledge, not legal services.
Learning management systems (LMS) provide lawyers the opportunity to serve society with high value, practical, and relevant legal education at scale. As the industry starts (although, too slowly) to design legal services for what clients want (not what we think they want), LMS tools will prove invaluable for both attorneys and society as we embrace a modern legal industry and the next generation of legal professionals. It’s time for lawyers to create legal products from their knowledge.
What advice would you give to other women who want to get involved in legal tech?
Women are the future of the legal industry. Get involved, lead change in your community, and embrace technology. It’s time for women to take over the legal industry through intentional, innovative, and impactful disruption.
Give a shout-out to another woman in legal tech who you admire or have learned something from!
Lori Gonzalez! Beyond being an amazing person, Lori always pours into me and shares her depth of legal tech (and general legal industry) knowledge which, in turn, inspires me to take action in my business.