CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2019 — Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler, the first female CEO of 1871, the No. 1 ranked tech incubator in the world, will be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association ABA TECHSHOW2019 to be held Feb. 27-March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Ziegler will speak from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, March 1.
ABA TECHSHOW is where lawyers, legal professionals and technology all come together. For three days, attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available in the legal industry.
What: ABA TECHSHOW 2019
Sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Division
When: Feb. 27-March 2
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
ABA President Bob Carlson will give the welcome address on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 8-8:30 a.m.
Prior to joining 1871, Ziegler was the chief innovation officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation as well as integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience. From 2011-15, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students. She previously served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office, where she led the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-led its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice.
Other highlights from the four-day event include:
“GDPR and Data Privacy Laws?”— When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective in May 2018, companies and their lawyers scrambled to devise new privacy policies and practices. California and other states in the U.S. are close behind with laws designed to give consumers more control of privacy and data usage. Here is what you need know about these regulations and what your firm (and your clients) should be doing now.
Thursday, 2-3 p.m.
“Bitcoin and Blockchain for Lawyers” — Lawyers need to be thinking about digital assets like bitcoin and blockchain technology. Blockchain technology is far more than bitcoin and initial coin offerings. What are the benefits and potential pitfalls of blockchain technology? What are cryptocurrencies, digital coins, initial coin offerings and how they are regulated? What do lawyers need to know before accepting a cryptocurrency like bitcoin as payment? What do lawyers need to know about getting blockchain transactions into evidence? Join our speakers to learn the answers to these questions and more.
Thursday, 2-3 p.m.
“Reconsidering the Billable Hour” — Commercial and consumer clients have spoken against the billable hour by taking on more work in-house or using an automated online legal service. There are many pricing options including flat fees, unbundled services, subscriptions and blended fees, but the challenge is to stay profitable. Are you even offering the right services for your firm’s goals and your client’s needs? Learn how to use metrics, forecasting, budgeting and data analytics to deliver profitable services.
Friday, 4-5 p.m.
The complete ABA TECHSHOW 2019 schedule can be viewed online.
This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.
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