Hot Topics: Q&A With ABA TECHSHOW 2006 Chair Sharon Nelson

Q: What’s special about ABA TECHSHOW 2006?

ABA TECHSHOW 2006

  • WHAT The world’s premier legal technology conference and expo
  • WHEN April 20-22, 2006
  • WHERE Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, IL

For complete details on ABA TECHSHOW 2006, including registration information, visit www.techshow.com .

This year’s show is rich with new programs as well as the return of some all-time favorite sessions, updated for 2006. It is hard to believe that a long-ago dream of having a national legal technology conference, conceived by and for lawyers, has grown into a 20-year tradition of continuing legal education excellence. ABA TECHSHOW stands alone among major legal technology conferences as a conference independent of vendor influence. In a world where vendor dollars often drive conference content and speakers, ABA TECHSHOW provides a welcome oasis and attendees benefit by receiving true legal tech education untainted by sales pitches.
Q: What are this year’s educational tracks?
Tracks include:
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Solo/Small Firm
  • Litigation
  • E-Lawyering
  • Advanced IT
  • Internet
  • Malpractice Prevention
  • Law Practice Management Tips ( NEW)
  • Hot Topics, Support Staff ( NEW)
  • Back to the Future ( NEW)
  • Applications, Extreme Makeover ( NEW)
  • Digital Dollars ( NEW)
Q: What is the Vendor Track?
The Vendor Track will run concurrently with the educational sessions. The track is designed to help attendees who are researching a possible purchase or looking for training on a particular product.
Q: Will roundtables be offered this year, too?
Roundtables were inaugurated last year and proved wildly popular. These small sessions, which do not receive CLE credit, offer close interaction with the show’s faculty. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and problems and to engage in freewheeling discussions with the presenters and fellow attendees. This year brings a whole new crop of roundtables, including Podcasting for Lawyers, VoIP, FAQS: Computer Forensics and Electronic Evidence, Ask the Information Security Experts, Our Favorites Utilities (Free or Otherwise), How to Be the Ultimate Litigation Support Person, Technology and Access to Justice, In Chambers (yes, the presenters will all be judges), Competitive Intelligence Research on the Internet and Metadata: What It Is, Why It Is Important and How to Exorcise It. That’s an impressive roundup of topics!
Q: Who is this year’s ABA TECHSHOW keynoter?
G. Burgess AllisonWe are very excited to welcome the brilliant and witty G. Burgess Allison as our 2006 keynoter. Burgess has been a visionary leader of the legal tech community for more than 20 years. As Technology Editor and columnist for Law Practice magazine, Burgess’s practical advice and irreverent style made his column the most popular feature in the magazine for more than 18 years. His 1996 book, The Lawyer’s Guide to the Internet, introduced us to the vision and potential downsides of what has turned out to be an especially turbulent technology. Only the inimitable Burgess could devise a keynote address titled Technology Eye for the Curmudgeon Guy.
Q: How will ABA TECHSHOW integrate with the LPM Section’s Spring Meeting?
For the first time, the ABA Law Practice Management Section will conduct its Spring Meeting concurrently with ABA TECHSHOW. The conference will include a complete track devoted to law practice management tips, and on Friday, the plenary session will be a law practice management perspectives panel, comprised of leading experts in the field. Afterward, all ABA TECHSHOW attendees and Section members are invited to mingle and get to know one another at a special cocktail reception.
Q: What is the ABA TECHSHOW Expo all about?
The expo is an arcade of vendors of products and services—there are more than 100 of them, many with generous giveaways (seems as though they are anxious to send attendees home with goodies). The exhibitors will spend as much time with attendees as needed demonstrating their products and services—and many will let you take a test drive. The expo also includes a Cyber Cafe and a Networking Lounge where you can rest from all the excitement, or just make new friends.
Q: Can I stay connected while attending the show?
Well, of course—this is a technology conference! The Sheraton Chicago has high-speed Internet connections in all guest rooms, and we are especially grateful to Intel for providing our wireless cloud on the conference floor. By all means, bring your laptop!
Q: The learning sounds great, but we’ve heard that ABA TECHSHOW is famous for fun, too.
Yes, one can only take so much learning. Even though we try to pack our educational sessions with humor and excitement, at the end of the day on Thursday and Friday, there will be a cocktail reception, with food, to help you unwind. In addition, on both days the reception will be followed by a dinner bash, where you can go out to dinner with your fellow attendees and conference speakers. (You can sign up to attend when you arrive at the conference—you will find information in your registration packet.)
Q: Who should register for ABA TECHSHOW?
The show regularly attracts more than 2,000 attendees from around the globe. Whether you are the chair of your firm’s technology committee, a litigator hungry for e-discovery information, a law firm IT manager or a solo lawyer trying to decide which practice management package to use, there is a great opportunity for you at ABA TECHSHOW. Plus, you can earn CLE credits while learning about cutting-edge technology and how to use it in your practice. And remember this conference’s independent nature—when you attend our educational sessions, you get the Consumer Reports of legal technology. There’s no other legal technology conference like it.
Q: Where do I get more information and register?
You can find updated information at www.techshow.com .
See you in Chicago in April!
LP

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