Technology is becoming fully integrated in the practice of law and the latest insider advice, expert guidance and tools to thrive in this ever-changing environment were on display during ABA TECHSHOW 2020, Feb. 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
This year’s conference was of particular interest to ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, who welcomed attendees on Wednesday, just returning from a women’s legal tech summit organized by the Women Rainmakers Committee. A former chair of the Commission on the Future of Legal Services, Martinez speaks often on technology and access to justice, telling the House of Delegates days earlier that the ABA “must continue to lead conversations across the country on how innovation can close the justice gap.”
One such offering on Friday, “Bridging the Justice Gap: AI and A2J,” joined legal services providers and industry pioneers to delve into the technology already helping the millions of consumers who cannot afford attorneys. Among panelists was the creator of a website that automates the expungement process and has been used to expunge more than 65,000 cases since launching in 2015.
Also of note, the James I. Keane Award was presented to legal services innovator Erin Levine, founder of California’s online platform and web application Hello Divorce, which offers free resources and access to legal coaches who can answer questions and review documents.
ABA TECHSHOW, sponsored by the Law Practice Division, has been presented for more than three decades. It brings together lawyers, legal professionals and technology.
Among other topics discussed this year: “Blockchain 101 for Lay People,” “Shark Bite: Phishing, Privacy, Internet of Things,” “Using Data to Develop Your Law Firm Growth Strategy,” “Tech Forward: New Jobs for New Lawyers,” and a longtime favorite, “60 in 60,” among many others.