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TECHSHOW attracts more than 1,700 legal techies to Chicago

More than 1,700 attendees joined the American Bar Association Feb. 27-March 1 for its annual legal technology conference, ABA TECHSHOW, celebrating its 33rd year at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Photos by Adam Music, ABA Law Student Division

Photos by Adam Music, ABA Law Student Division

The three-day conference featured 60 sessions that focused on useful and practical technologies available in the legal industry. These hands-on sessions included the return of a special track on the practice of law using Apple products and an increase in offerings for law school faculty and staff interested in integrating technology into curriculums.

Co-chaired this year by Lincoln Mead of Canon Discovery Services and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., ABA TECHSHOW is considered the legal profession’s premier conference on technology.

This year’s unofficial theme was “future proofing” the practice of law with sessions on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data privacy and blockchain from leading experts on the topics. More than half of the experts who served as speakers were women and about one-fifth came from diverse backgrounds.

A highlight of the conference was the March 1 keynote from Betsy Ziegler, CEO of Chicago-based technology incubator 1871, who spoke on industry-altering technology from the startup ecosystem and the potential of these new developments to create value for leaders of the legal profession for years to come.

ABA TECHSHOW is sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Division

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