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!
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!
Come join us on February 5th, at the State Bar’s Midyear Meeting. Here are the CLE details and you can register on site!
TECHNOLOGY IN PRACTICE: AVOIDING ETHICAL LANDMINES AND MAXIMIZING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND TOOLS
9 A.M. – 12 P.M. | 3 CLE hours
Lawyers have realized they have to understand how to use technology, but knowing what they need to be wary of for ethical compliance and then learning how to best use systems can create concerns. The presenters will discuss hot ethical landmines to steer clear of when using technology; review cutting-edge technologies including an assessment tool geared toward helping lawyers understand their proficiency with commonly used software; and show attendees the new face of Fastcase. Each of the panelists will walk through some of their favorite technology solutions, showing you exactly how they work and explaining the benefits of using them. With the new skills and tools learned in this session, lawyers will be armed to use their current technology better as soon as they leave.
Ethical Considerations for Today’s Technology: William J. Cobb, Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia Office of the General Counsel, Atlanta
The New Face of Fastcase: Presenting Fastcase 7: mSheila Baldwin, Member Benefits Coordinator, Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
Legal Tech Tools and Know-How in 7-Minutes: Sheila Baldwin; William J. Cobb; Natalie R. Kelly, Director, Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Co-Sponsors: Law Practice Management Program, Office of the General Counsel, Young Lawyers Division, State Bar of Georgia
Day 1 was a whirlwind of activity. Here’s a quick snapshot:
After a great meeting the day before with the Bar Leader Institute attendees – I presented on a panel on Managing Technology with Catherine Sanders Reach, Danielle Hall, and Jim Calloway at a pre-session – I started the day attending the TECHSHOW Opening Session that directed attendees to educational sessions, the Expo Hall and the James Keane Award Luncheon.
At the Keane Award Luncheon, we were presented with the winning automated services vendor forms service for a Colorado program, and the numbers behind the most recent ABA Legal Technology Survey from my fellow LTRC (Legal Technology Resource Center) Board members.
Later, in the day was able to then look for and prepare for my 4:00 session with Joseph Bahgat — Effective Practice Management Systems Yield Focused Lawyering. This session was packed with attendees and started rocky with me, Joe and the conference hotel’s A/V guy fighting with the presentation technology. After our apologies though, the session went smoothly and based on the great comments afterwards, I was comfortable calling it a success!
The evening ended with my attending the 30th Anniversary celebration of TECHSHOW, where I was introduced as one of the former TECHSHOW Chairs (2014) by fellow Atlanta consultant, Steve Best, of Affinity Consulting, who is this year’s Chair.
Day 1 was exciting! Stay tuned for the snapshot of Day 2’s activities.