A little back story: I have been traveling – in a plane, by myself – from New York to Chicago (did I say in a plane) – to attend this trade show for many years. To get an idea of how much I don’t like flying – the only other time I will subject my nervous system to it – is if there is lots of blue water, warm sand and tropical drinks for at least 5 full days when we land! Obviously, I ain’t getting that from Chicago in early Spring – so why do I subject myself to the stress of flying?
I go to see what is new to the scene – to find the gadgets/gizmos and what nots that I share with readers/subscribers of this blog and The Legal Connection Ezine;
To speak with the CEOs and creators of new tech, to make sure they understand confidentiality and how it applies in the world of legal. This is the first step towards determining if their gadget/gizmo or tech gets added to my list of tech to review for pontetial use with clients. If the CEO is clueless on digital security (or worse, requirements for legal work product) – I just move along.
I go to meet up with the people of the ABA, Solosez and twitter, The Legal Connection Ezine contributors and the legal tech community at large.
ABATechShow is unlike any other legal trade show – in fact, I’d say it is the absolute opposite of LegalTech NY. ABATechShow is made up of a community of legal people – from the Board members to the faculty – everyone contributes to make ABATechshow not just an educational/practical show – but a fun one too!
Is ABATECHSHOW for you?
Take a look for yourself – all the details are on the site: http://www.techshow.com You do not have to be an attorney or a member of the ABA in order to attend. Early bird pricing was extended to tomorrow (2/24) but keep reading to learn about the LegalTypist SuperPass deal.
Why Go to TechShow?
2.5 days of non stop practical information about technology from those in the trenches – either practicing attorneys or those who set up law firms to work their tech. You have a device, piece of software or app that you need to work with – chances are there’s an expert on it speaking or attending ABATechShow.
Keynote presenter is none other than attorney/actor Ben Stein (“Bueller … Bueller”). Every time I hear it; or that music – I smile thinking I may actually get to meet him. [Note to self: get and read copy of his book on plane…]
Taste of TechShow Dinners – each year the TechShow Board arranges for members and presenters to host small, dutch-treat dinner gatherings at local area restaurants. This is not only a great way to get to know someone involved in the show a bit better – but to meet other attendees and share some Chicago yummies too!
LexThink.1 (formerly #IgniteLaw). Travel in a day early – Wednesday, March 28 – grab a free ticket and plan to attend this fast paced, fun evening. 12 speakers are given 6 minutes and 20 slides to give their thoughts on this year’s theme: 21st Century Client Service. In fact, voting for presenters is open through 2/24/12.
Meet the Authors – where else can you ask questions of those who actually wrote the book on things such as Outlook, OneNote, LinkedIN and Security? Many of the Authors also man the Conference Concierge desk throughout the entire event.
As much as LegalTech NY #LTNY is for large firms with 1,000’s of employees and million dollar budgets to connect with the world, ABATechShow is for solo/small firms and individual users of technology to connect with each other.
I hope I get to see you there!
*DEAL ALERT* LegalTypist SuperPass Groups are still forming. If you would like to be considered for the next LegalTypist SuperPass Group and attend #ABATechShow for $500, send an email to techshow @legaltypist .com.
I attend two legal trade shows each year – LegalTech NY in Jan/Feb and ABATechShow in Chicago in the Spring – and have since 2007. I go to stay abreast of the happenings in all that is legal and tech; and to meet up with the friends I know most of the time, only on line. Simply put, there is nothing better than to meet people face to face and really talking!
Here’s my full wrap up – including my impressions of the show, as compared to other years:
Along with the official stuff, every year freelance writer/attorney Lisa Solomon arranges the #LTNY Solo/Small Firm Dinner. At the dinner were a great mix of practicing attorneys, legal tech people and those who are members of the Solosez list serv. Some pictures of those who attended this year were published on line: #LTNY Solo/Small Firm Dinner Attendees and just a few of my own here.
LegalTypist SuperPass Groups are still forming. Those attending on a SuperPass must be in a group of 10 and gain full admission for just about $500*.
If you would like to be added to the next LegalTypist SuperPass Group, send an email to techshow @legaltypist .com.
Sending the email does not mean you are in. You will first be required to fill out and return the registration form. Once 10 registration forms are received, a group is formed and a confirmation email sent to those in the group.
*Normal pricing is:
Law Practice Management Section Members – $850.00
ABA Member Rate – $950.00
Non Member Standard Rate – $1050.00
LegalTech NY 2012 dubbed with the generic hashtag #LTNY and held at the New York Hilton around this time each year, arrived without any ice or other storms – so a bonus over last year’s Ice-A-Palooza that engulfed much of the Eastern US.
This year, I was thrilled be able to drive in to mix and mingle with other legal geeks – meeting and making new friends – to see the Exhibit Hall and what was new on the horizon in the legal tech world.
Unfortunately, Day 1 didn’t start out well – a stalled Jeep in the left lane of the LIE on the way in made me miss the ONE session I really wanted to attend – Brett Burney‘s iLove iPads session. Luckily, I was able to catch up with him later in the day by the coffee station and again at the Kroll OnTrack sponsored happy hour where we got to talk over a beer. I cannot recommend Brett highly enough if you are a larger firm IT admin struggling with the addition of iPads to the firm’s tech arsenal or you are solo who really wants to understand what it can do for your productivity. Brett’s no fanboy – he just really understands this tech and how it applies to a lawyer getting work done.
The Exhibit Hall was a bit disappointing this year. 🙁 Really not as much creativity in the exhibits as in past years – no safari rides, mimes or famous people impersonators to be seen anywhere.
Even the swag seemed less creative – with most vendors putting a out a cheap bowl of candy. Of course, it got eaten – I noticed much of the time by those manning the booths.
The one stand out give away this year has to be the Chuck Norris t-shirt from the minds of shift:
… and after speaking with the Rob Reid – Channel Partner to shift – I was THRILLED to learn they have a web based, cost contained e-discovery solution which is perfect for solo/small firms. So if you are part of a smaller firm dealing with the exorbitant cost of ediscovery, take a peek at shift on demand.
There were some new additions to the trade show floor that I was very happy to see – LitAppsSoftware – the makers of TrialPad (for iPad). Iit was also very nice to see NetDocuments – the web based secure filing system built for legal which I have recommended and use as Document Czar of the Solosez listserv/firm of 4000.
Over all, the feel of LegalTech NY is getting more mainstream. In past years it has always felt very e-discovery tech oriented; but this year that seemed to fade a little bit. The same with the educational tracks – while the majority of them are still ediscovery focused, I attended two of the three sessions for “IT” sponsored by ILTA – and found them to be chock full of just the information an IT person from a 100 attorney firm needs to know.