Judging from the bursting-at-the-seams session rooms at ILTACON 2022 this week, some of which were standing room only, current interest in legal technology was a sight to behold! ILTACON executives said the conference had about 3000 attendees this year, all in-person because there was no virtual curriculum offered. Keynoter and business futurist Patrick Schwerdtfeger of Trend Mastery, Inc. referred to legal technology as a “smorgasbord’ – so with his inspiration, here is a smorgasbord of trends and session highlights from ILTACON 2022 which made indelible impressions.
In-person experiences missed by both sponsors and ILTA members
Anyone who has been in legal technology for a while will tell you that August equals ILTA - this year is no exception, even though 2020 has been anything but typical. Although ILTA>ON 2020 had to go completely virtual due to the COVID pandemic, the conference still upheld the tradition of providing top-notch educational programming with insightful speakers, modern perspectives, and intriguing strategies for using technology to benefit the practice of law.
SOLID East in NYC, an event produced by the Cowen Group, was a dynamic, interesting and highly enjoyable conference about legal innovation. SOLID, which stands for Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption, featured a slate of well-known speakers ranging from lawyers to legal ops professionals, vendors and data scientists.
As Legal Geek founder Jimmy Vestbirk took the stage for the first-ever Legal Geek North America conference, it was clear that this was not going to be like any other legal conference – his description of “quick, short and sharp” as the Legal Geek style was certainly accurate. Vestbirk greeted everyone warmly and outlined the Legal Geek Ethos which prioritizes friendship over selling, recommends both learning and teaching, reminds of the importance of pitching in to help, and reminds about the all-important “no ties” policy, which was strictly observed – no ties in sight!
Get “Woke”, Blow up the Process, It’s OK to Fail
Are you “woke”? Let’s blow up the process. Celebrate success but accept, even praise, failure. These soundbites, slightly paraphrased, were uttered at 2019 CLOC Institute in Las Vegas by some of the most eminent GCs in the world as they addressed a massive audience of legal operations professionals. CLOC continues to create its own lexicon and make its own rules as the beating heart of corporate “legal ops”.
The 2018 CLOC U.S. Institute conference has quickly become one of the hottest tickets in the legal industry, having doubled its attendance each year since its 2016 debut in San Francisco. Consistently emphasizing messages of collaboration, integration and efficiency, the event brought together a diverse group of professionals from 700+ organizations and 37 countries at the Bellagio in Las Vegas earlier this week from April 22-25.
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