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ABA TECHSHOW 2003

Plan Ahead to Get Out Ahead!

You might still be checking off the great ideas you brought home from TECHSHOW¨ 2002. But it’s not too early to talk about next year’s program—at least not for our intrepid planning committee. Take out your stylus now and carve out the following coordinates on your PDA: April 3-5, 2003, at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago. Be there or be …well …behind the times. Here’s the scoop from a recent planning weekend.

Advanced/IT

This two-day track emphasizes advanced and emerging technologies. It also explores ways IT staff can cope with rapid change while taking advantage of cutting-edge solutions to law firm needs. Sessions address IT department and project staffing, IT management and support outsourcing, integration of diverse systems, application deployment and migrations, remote access solutions and prevention and recovery of system failures.

General, Solo & Small Firm

Technology can be a great leveler, allowing small firms to go toe-to-toe with megafirms, but only if it’s done right. This three-day track includes the latest tips and innovative concepts for a wide range of topics, with a focus on products and services that are best suited for smaller practices. The track also takes a hard look at the software and systems you may already have, with a view to getting more value out of them.

In-House/Outside Counsel

Corporate and government law departments face a number of similar issues when it comes to technology: budget constraints, IT department personnel and resources, training and how to deal electronically with outside counsel, to name a few. Sessions in this one-day track deal with life on both sides of the fence—presenting new ideas for creating electronic relationships between in-house and outside counsel, attending to ethical compliance issues and dealing with IT resource issues.

Knowledge Management

This one-day track provides a soup-to-nuts approach, covering everything from the very basics to the advanced. Experts from around the country share their KM secrets, tips and traps—paving the way to a better understanding of how your firm can incorporate KM, whether you’re contemplating a KM initiative, in the middle of a rollout or already living happily with KM tools and techniques.

Litigation

This two-day track presents one full day of intensive programming on the latest tools and the substantive law of e-discovery. Learn what to look for, where to find it and how to analyze it—including how to comb through thousands of e-docs in seconds to find your "smoking gun." On day two, learn how to analyze cases interactively with clients; to create compelling presentations that lead to early, profitable case resolution; and to conduct a multimedia deposition and present discovery results at trial.

Nets/Collaboration

Intranets and extranets—you’ve heard about them, but how do they really work? In this one-day track, a panel of technology veterans explains how you can use these system tools to implement new technologies such as Internet-based deal rooms, blogs, instant messaging, advanced legal research and other strategies.

Security

This one-day track covers the big threats, like viruses and hackers, and explains the steps needed to ensure your system’s integrity. But it also delves into personal security. For instance, is your firm doing all it can to protect the confidentiality of client records and to prevent identity theft? Are you up-to-date on privacy legislation and aware of all the possible security "gotchas" implied by new technologies? If not, attend these sessions.

Strategies

This two-day track focuses on technology as it relates to the business of practicing law: strategic technology planning, training and implementation, quantifying the bottom-line benefits of technology projects, managing the proliferation of personal productivity tools such as handhelds, and implementing newer technology such as wireless networks.

Tips, Tools & Toys

Legal professionals often use less than 10 percent of the potential in their technology arsenal. This one-day track focuses on truly getting more from what you already have—how to make better use of Adobe Acrobat, power tips for power users, great utility programs and useful gadgets, and advanced word processing tips and add-ons.

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