May/June 2003  Volume 29, Issue 4
May/June 2003 Issue
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Editor's Page
ABA TECHSHOW® Raises the Bar (Again)

It has been 17 years since the ABA Law Practice Management Section gave birth to what is—to this very day—the best source of information about emerging and proven technology trends in the legal profession: ABA TECHSHOW®.

ABA TECHSHOW 2003, held April 3-5 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, was a masterful production. It featured 70 speakers, 75 exhibitors and more than 1,400 total attendees. Special sessions included a daylong program on electronic discovery—how to conduct it, how to respond to it—and an intensive session (sponsored by West) designed to demystify knowledge management. And, of course, there was a wonderful gamut of programs under the educational tracks, which this year included General, Solo & Small Firm; Litigation; Security; Strategies; Collaboration/Nets; Advanced/IT; Knowledge Management; Tips and Tools; and In-House/Government.

In addition, Saturday featured a full-day "Mock Trial of the Future"—conducted in a fully electronic courtroom built especially for TECHSHOW! Attendees witnessed practitioners arguing a case as they demonstrated the newest courtroom technologies for "wowing" the judge and jury.

Creative Persuasion and Presentation Tactics
Do you want to know more about how to present arguments and evidence that will win over fact-finders? Then read this issue's feature by TECHSHOW presenter Craig Ball, "Technology and the Power of Persuasion," along with the accompanying articles on other creative persuasion and presentation tactics—in and out of the courtroom. Plus, you won't want to miss what TECHSHOW speakers have to say about emerging litigation technologies. We asked them, "What's new on the horizon?" You can find their replies here, beginning on page 26.

If you missed this year's ABA TECHSHOW—or you're already itching for next year's—check out for more information. You can order the show CD-ROM, audiotapes of your favorite sessions or a complete show packet. Click on the "Planning Board" link to find out who to tell about your ideas (or desires) for next year's TECHSHOW. (And yes, the 2003 "Sixty Sites in Sixty Minutes," by Burgess Allison, Jeffrey Flax and Mark Tamminga, is already posted. Be the first on your block to know about the Toilet Paper Museum!)

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton