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Keeping up with technology can be a full-time job, and lawyers already have one. Enter the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW. The conference and expo April 4-6 at the Hilton Chicago provides a collaborative environment in which lawyers can learn new ways to build their business, better their practice and enhance their daily lives using technology.
ABA TECHSHOW “comes at an important time when technology is not only becoming a requirement in law firms, but also an expectation when delivering legal services,” said Britt Lorish, ABA TECHSHOW 2013 chair.
More than 50 educational sessions will be held over three days. Topics range from social media to e-discovery to digital forensics and much more.
“This year, there’s an incredible mix of top-notch CLE sessions on practical technologies and cutting-edge practice tools and techniques from hot cloud topics to a full slate of apps and tips delivered in the show’s signature ‘60 in 60’ format,” said Natalie R. Kelly, vice chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2013 and director of the law practice management program for the State Bar of Georgia. The program features “60 Tips in 60 Minutes,” for relevant and useful ideas you can implement back at the office, and “60 Sites in 60 Minutes,” for quick advice on the best sites for lawyers.
The keynote speaker will be David Pogue, who will present “Disruptive Tech: What’s New, What’s Coming and How It Will Change Everything,” from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Pogue is a weekly personal technology columnist for The New York Times and an Emmy-winning tech correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. “David is an exciting addition not only because of his expansive knowledge in technology, but also his unique perspectives that make him one of the most followed voices in technology today,” Lorish said.
In addition to the educational sessions, there are networking opportunities at the welcome reception and the Taste of TECHSHOW dinner. Also, the exhibition hall will feature several hundred legal technology vendors. Attendees will have ample time to visit with vendors “and get up to speed on the newest tools that can help improve their technical skills as lawyers,” said Pam McDevitt, director, ABA Law Practice Management Section.
Nerino J. Petro Jr., practice management adviser for the State Bar of Wisconsin, attended his first TECHSHOW as a solo practitioner in the late ’90s and has been there every year since. Now a conference speaker, Petro said the program is valuable for “attorneys and their staff for gaining practical knowledge about the technology that can help them in their practice.”
ABA TECHSHOW is a great way to gather up a wide variety of knowledge quickly from experts who have filtered through the massive amount of information that exists today, Lorish said. “No one wants to be viewed by their clients, or prospective clients, as a technological dinosaur, and a savvy lawyer can leverage technology to his or her advantage, working smarter and faster, with more versatility than competitors,” she said. “If lawyers can learn about technology best suited to their practice, they gain efficiency that ultimately translates to more billable dollars.”
“For the novice or the seasoned veteran, ABA TECHSHOW is a memorable and worthwhile experience,” said Marc W. Matheny, a lawyer from Indianapolis.