ABA TECHSHOW 2017 Has Come and Gone!

So, we realize you haven’t heard from us in a while.  If we are ever quiet for long periods of time, it’s always likely for good reason.  This time is no exception.  Beyond our daily grind, ABA TECHSHOW was happening in Chicago from March 15th through the 17th, and as in years past, it was an awe-inspiring and time-consuming venture for those of us interested in law and technology.

The conference this year featured much more diversity in the plenary and educational track sessions.  What a great thing!  It was especially endearing to see our very own General Counsel, Paula Frederick, and Judy Perry Martinez, co-moderating the Keynote Panel discussion with the CEOs of LegalZoom, John Suh; RocketLawyer, Charley Moore;  and AVVO, Mark Britton.  Interesting thoughts were exchanged between the panelists as they navigated questions about the future of legal services given consumers’ changing needs and desires surrounding finding lawyers and legal assistance.  Spoiler Alert: There was no clear winner in this one!

TECHSHOW is always busy with attendees trying to get to know each other and learn and experience so much from educational track sessions and hundreds of vendors in a few short days.  There is just so much!  Yours truly, (me – Natalie), was interviewed alongside a few colleagues at the start of the show on the Legal Talk Network.  This session was well-received and hopefully allowed some new attendees to get ahead in navigating the conference!

ABA TECHSHOW 2017
TECHSHOW 2017 Legal Talk Network Interview with Dennis Kennedy, Natalie Kelly, Jim Calloway and Laurence Colletti

Well, TECHSHOW is known as the best conference for bringing lawyers and technology together, and this year’s event did just that.  If you missed it, as in years past, you can get all caught up via the ABA’s full coverage.  And, don’t forget to keep an eye out for ABA TECHSHOW 2018, which is already being planned!

-Natalie

ABA TECHSHOW 2015 – Next Month in Chicago!

If you don’t already have your registration confirmation for this year’s ABA TECHSHOW, then you need to hurry and sign up!

I truly enjoyed leading the conference on last year, and having the opportunity to make it a record-breaking year for the ABA Law Practice Division’s program.  But, I am just as excited about this year.

All the information you need is at www.techshow.com.  Check out the conference schedule and find some time to get to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW 2015!  You can also see what we’ve said about TECHSHOW in past years here and here.

P.S. There is a special State Bar of Georgia Event Promoter discount for registration.  Contact Pam Myers in the Law Practice Management Program at pamm@gabar.org or 404-527-8621 for the code before registering.

-Natalie

Fall Quarterly CLE for Solos and Small Firms Coming Back Around

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to gear up for things like pretty leaves, football (SEC is preferred down here), and cooler temps. But, it’s also time to mark your law office calendars again for the Fall CLE focused on solo and small firm practice. While the agenda will be posted at ICLE (www.iclega.org), we wanted to share a sneak peek into what’s in store for attendees. 
The CLE will mainly focus on technology this time around. Want to learn about what’s out there and how to use it in your practice? What do you do to protect your law firm’s computer systems? What are some of the latest and most useful apps and gadgets for lawyers? What the heck is “big data” and why do I need to know?
Well, you might as well go ahead and circle Halloween on your calendar. Yes, the Fall CLE is slated for October 31st, and you don’t want to miss it to learn the answers to all of these tech-based questions. Finally, don’t fret if you have children or still participate in Halloween yourself, you’ll be out of the CLE in plenty of time to gear up for early evening activities!

– Natalie & Tina

ABA TECHSHOW 2013 – Bringing Lawyers and Technology Together

One of the favorite parts of my job is attending and participating in ABA TECHSHOW.  This annual conference brings together the world’s leading legal technology experts and boasts one of the most expansive and on-point product Expositions in legal technology today.   Yes, it’s a big deal, and I am so grateful that I get to be intimately involved with putting it together.  I currently serve as Vice Chair, and will Chair ABA TECHSHOW in 2014.

Yes, that’s very nice, but why should Georgia lawyers get involved? Well, here’s what you can expect out of the conference.  Each year, ABA TECHSHOW is a 3-day event that goes something like this:

Pre-Conference Events

Arrive in Chicago.

Attend LexThink.1 which is an innovate program that gives hand-picked (attendees vote on who will present and what topics) presenters 6 minutes to present 20 slides.  Check out this format and progrmming at http://www.pointonelaw.com/.  This program delivers a high-energy stage and start to the conference.

Pick up your conference registration materials and go through the conference bag.  Key things to take notice of are drink tickets for the Welcome Reception and the conference materials thumb drive.

Conference Day 1 –  Pick up conference registration (if you got side-tracked by the City or other pre-Conference events) and map out which programs you will attend at the show.  Stop by the Concierge Booth to get directions, if needed.

Sit in on the Welcome Plenary session to hear what this year’s conference highlights will be and get some more general directions.

Start your working your way around the Educational Sessions and get wowed during the programs with the latest in legal technology topics applicable to your practice delivered by experts.

Begin the first leg of your trek around the Exhibit Hall and meet new vendors and learn about their products and services.  You’ll get goodies – lots of goodies!

End the conference sessions for the day with the “60 in 60” program of the day.  The room is always packed!

Attend the Welcome Reception with the vendors back in the Exhibit Hall, and head out to dinner on your own or with a group for Taste of TECHSHOW.  (Dutch treat dine arounds lead by speakers from the conference.)

Conference Day 2 – Repeat with day of Educational Sessions and visits to the Vendor Hall.  End the day with a “60 in 60” session.  Room will still be packed!

Plot your plan of attack for improving technology back home!

Taste of TECHSHOW dinner, if you didn’t go last night!

Conference Day 3 – Only half-day to wind up conference.  Attend general plenary on hot topic, and finish conference with a final!

Final Day – Head back home with all you’ve learned and plan to do with legal technology!!!!

(More conference information, registration, 1st Time Experience Guide, and full schedule at www.techshow.com.)

We hope to see you in Chicago!

Natalie

Winter Solo and Small Firm CLE is Here!

Don’t forget that you can get 6 hours of CLE including 1 hour of Professionalism and 1 hour of Ethics at the Winter Solo and Small Firm CLE this Friday, February 15, 2013.  See the program line up and register at http://www.iclega.org/programs/8164.html.
The CLE is live at the State Bar Headquarters in Atlanta and being broadcast via teleconference at the Bar’s South Georgia Office in Tifton.
We hope to see you there!
Natalie & Tina

New Toys and Tools – Time and i5

You can tell we are headed towards the holidays when local stores start putting out their Halloween and Fall displays.  Insiders in legal technology can tell, too, by the release of cool toys and tools.

Here are a 3 new releases that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks:

1) TABS3 Connect – This new service from Software Technology, Inc., allows users to access their TABS3 data – time and expense entries, client matter information and more –  on virtually any smart phone or tablet.  Users use an encrypted connection to get to their data, which is stored on your firm servers and not in STI or cloud servers.  Check out how it works at http://www.tabs3.com/video/tabs3_connect.html.

2) Aderant’s Expert On the Go Time – This new mobile time tracking app for Aderant makes for more efficient time entry and management of billable time.  Visit http://www.aderant.com/products/product_detail.aspx?id=75&categoryID=2 to see how this product can help your firm.

3) Apple iPhone 5 – Okay, this may be a release that you think you’ve heard too much about, but there really is a lot to talk about with the latest iPhone.  First, it introduces a thinner, sleeker build and incorporates more features with the new iOS 6 running on the device.  Check out the latest comprehensive review from CNET at http://www.cnet.com/iphone-5/.  I have heard that if you’re on an iPhone 4S that you can stand to stay on that device, but older phone users will enjoy the upgrade.  Also, no one seems to like the fact that you can no longer use the same power cord for charging devices.  Actually, I have chewed up so many charger cable ends, the newer ones may actually be a blessing in disguise when I plan to move to the new phone!

From time to time, we will explore gadgets and services here, and hope that you will join us by letting us know about some of the tools and toys you are hearing about, too!

-Natalie