TECHNOLOGY IS AND HAS BEEN a major focus of the Law Practice Division (LP). LP’s annual ABA TECHSHOW 2014 Conference and EXPO (techshow.com), held this year from March 27-29 at the Hilton Chicago, is an amazing technology conference to attend, filled with legal technology training that is consistently among the best anywhere. Participants can visit more than 100 vendors in the EXPO Hall and attend more than 50 educational programs on a wide range of subjects. As we all know by now, staying current with technology has become a necessity for attorneys since the amended Comment to the ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 requires lawyers not only to stay abreast of changes in the law but also to seriously consider the “benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” Thus LP and its Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) remain committed to working diligently with attorneys to educate and train them in all aspects of technology.
It’s true that not everyone has embraced technology, but everyone has to use it on some level. It has inevitably and inexorably altered the legal profession, and we can only assume it will continue to do so more rapidly than we can predict. The ABA TECHSHOW should therefore be an annual must-attend event for all legal professionals, just as this issue of Law Practice is a must-read. Efficiencies matter in the legal profession, and taking advantage of the available tools helps you to be more responsive and timely. ABA TECHSHOW also helps protect you professionally by explaining the major ethical issues that are at stake.
We are thrilled to have Rick Klau as the keynote speaker. Klau is a partner at Google Ventures, where he helps lead the Startup Lab. He was previously a product manager at Google, where he led product initiatives on Blogger, Google+ and YouTube.
John Wesley Dean III will also be presenting a plenary session. Dean served as White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. In that capacity, he became deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent scandal. He is currently an author, columnist and commentator.
One of the unique aspects of the LTRC is that it has something for every attorney at every technology level. LTRC staff members are continually expanding, updating and improving the resources offered. Its website (lawtechnology.org) provides articles, video tutorials, topical guides, comparison charts and more—and its resources cover topics from time and billing software to mobile apps to going paperless. The LTRC also produces free monthly webinars for ABA members on legal technology topics and maintains Law Technology Today, a blog that brings together many of today’s leading voices on legal technology.
The LTRC will have a significant presence at ABA TECHSHOW 2014. It will present on the state of legal technology, covering current trends affecting the legal profession and what can be expected in the near future. The LTRC will also have a designated Solutions Lab, where speakers and LTRC board members will be available to discuss technology topics and answer legal technology questions.
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