Dennis Kennedy

Interim Director of the Center for Law, Technology & Innovation
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 416
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology pioneer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan who is well-known for his role in promoting the use of technology in the practice of law. A professional speaker and an award-winning author with hundreds of publications to his credit, Dennis wrote the legal technology column for the ABA Journal for many years, has co-authored several books (most recently, The Lawyer's Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, Second Edition (ABA 2018)) and contributed to others, and co-hosts the long-running podcast, The Kennedy-Mighell Report, on the Legal Talk Network. Dennis retired as Senior Counsel for the Digital Payments & Labs group at Mastercard at the end of 2017. He is currently President of Dennis Kennedy Advisory Services, LLC where he focuses on legal technology, innovation, speaking, writing, coaching, and other interesting projects. He currently chairs the board of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center and is a member of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Nominating Committee. He taught a course on Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting as an adjunct professor as Washington University Law School. Dennis received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1983 and B.A., magna cum laude, from Wabash College in 1980.

  • Courses

    Entrepreneurial Lawyering
    This course helps students understand the economic pressures, technological changes, and globalization facing the legal profession in the 21st century, and to assist students in successfully navigating their legal career given these challenges. The course explores the concept of a virtual law practice as well as the use of technology and cloud-computing in building a law practice; free and low-cost resources and tools will be shared that will help the entrepreneur-minded student identify ways to leverage leading-edge technology to defray start-up costs associated with launching a practice and to control overhead. Ethics, licensing, and malpractice issues will also be discussed. The course will be particularly useful for students who are contemplating solo practice, consulting, or engaging in an entrepreneurial venture, as well as those who are considering non-traditional uses for their law degree. Other topics to be covered include client development and networking, case studies of innovative legal services delivery mechanisms and alternative business structures, and work/life balance including the study of emotional intelligence and mindful lawyering practices. This course assumes students may (or may not) arrive with a range of experience in the use of technology we will provide training for everything needed to succeed in this course.