ABA TechShow 2011 Preview

This year’s ABA TechShow is a celebration of 25 years of providing quality continuing legal education to lawyers and their support staffs with regard to legal technology.  From Monday, April 11th through Wednesday, April 13th at the Chicago Hilton, over 50 educational sessions in 18 tracks will be offered and a large exhibit hall (only open Monday and Tuesday) to view new products and enhancements from the leading legal technology vendors.  Law Bulletin/LexTekReport.com will be exhibiting in Booth 206 where we will want to get your feedback from the show and the interesting items you come across. Christy Burke of Burke & Company reports on some of the fun folks and tech law gurus you’ll meet at the show (including yours truly) on the Legal IT Professionals Blog.

Kick-off event

After the official welcoming reception on Sunday night, Ignite Law is kicking things off on Sunday night with their event, produced by LexThink CEO Matt Homann and InsideLegal CEO JoAnna Forshee, that will feature 12 speakers sharing their view on the future of law practice and law technology, delivered via 6 minute rapid-fire presentations.

Here is a list of the speakers and topics – it all begins at 8:00 p.m., visit this link for tickets:

  1. Carolyn Elefant:  Is Technology the Kryptonite of Client Confidentiality?
  2. Dennis Kennedy:  The Freemium Practice of Law
  3. Kevin Chern:  Creating the Perfect Future: Strategic Planning for Your Law Fim and Your Life
  4. Eric Cooperstein:  (Lack of) Privacy 2.0: Law in the Age of Transparency
  5. Jay Shepherd:  Quantum Leap:  How You Will Practice Law in 2019
  6. Daniel Schwartz:  The Elephant in the Room
  7. Will Hornsby:  And the Survey Says …
  8. Victor Medina:  Bespoke Legal Services in an Off-The-Rack Culture
  9. Kevin O’Keefe:  Facebook, Can it Really Be Used by Lawyers for Business Development?
  10. Jim Calloway:  A Failure to Communicate
  11. Marc Lauritsen:  Apps for Justice — Code to the Rescue
  12. Tom Mighell:  Preparing for the Post-PC Law Practice

Educational Sessions/Keynote Speaker

Eighteen different educational tracks will be offered including the following subjects: Advanced IT, eDiscovery, Cloud Computing, Paperless, Collaboration, Solo/Small Firm (both basic and advanced), Large Firm/Corporate Counsel, Social Networking/Marketing,Litigation, Emerging Technology, Power User sessions, Finance & Management, SmartPhone/Mobility and several opportunities to meet authors of books.

This year’s keynote speaker for the show is Professor Larry Lessig, the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His presentation is entitled “Code Is Law” and is scheduled for Monday April 11, 2011 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Here are some of the questions he intends to answer: Does anyone get this yet? What is the place of law in a digital society? How does it compete with or complement code? It has been a decade since these questions were first asked and answered. It is time the law began to take these answers into account.

Professor Lessig has devoted much of his career to issues of law and technology, founding Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society and serving as a founding board member at Creative Commons. His compelling and uniquely styled presentations are notorious.


Here are some highlighted exhibitors:

Clio (TECHSHOW Booth#509)

Lawyers today need to be accountable to their clients, sometimes 365/24/7 (or pretty close to it!)  Collaboration tools facilitate this process and keep clients informed so they have instant access to relevant data.  At the ABA TECHSHOW, Vancouver-based Themis Solutions, Inc. (www.goclio.com) provider of cloud-based legal practice management offering Clio, announces a set of new collaboration features for its client portal, Clio Connect.

Clio Connect provides a secure portal through which lawyers can share documents, including invoices, with clients. Also, lawyers can also setup online payments through Clio Connect. To further enhance collaboration, Clio Connect now includes:

●     FirmFeed:  real-time activity stream of internal- and collaboration-related events. Easily track when a client has viewed a document, accessed a bill, or submitted a secure message

●     Messaging between law firm and client

●     Intra-office messaging

●     Scheduling

Index Engines (TECHSHOW Booth#805)

Done right, legacy data collection enables establishment of a litigation-ready repository for information governance and retention policy enforcement.  With this in mind, Index Engines (www.indexengines.com) announces its solution for collection and management of legacy data.  Index Engines’ Collection offering incorporates:

  1. Collection Repository – ESI is extracted from tape and stored in the Collection repository.  All data in the Collection is available to support compliance, legal and other Information Governance applications.  The Collection tool has a management interface that allows for comprehensive culling and discovery of the data.
  2. Discovery – all ESI extracted into the collection is fully indexed and searchable.  Any data can be queried based on content and metadata attributes.
  3. Policy – policies can be created using the in-depth query language in the management console.  These stored policies can be executed on a scheduled basis, extracting relevant ESI from tape into the Collection for safekeeping.

Worldox (TECHSHOW Booth#514)

Workflow is an important part of law practice technology, especially since lawyers are required to work at an increasingly faster pace and to stay on top of several tasks at once.  In answer to this challenge, World Software Corporation® (www.worldox.com) officially launches its Worldox® Productivity Suite at TECHSHOW.

Previewed at LegalTech New York and now generally available, the Worldox Productivity Suite is fully integrated into the Worldox Document Management System (DMS).  The Suite features six essential utilities which maximize productivity and including streamlined, affordable workflow including:

  • Workflow: automated reviews, approvals, transmittals
  • Event Notifier: automatic notification on actions taken with tagged files folder
  • Task Reminder: a way to set up file-related Outlook tasks inside Worldox
  • Chat: instant messaging within Worldox
  • PDF and Document Comparison Utilities: special Worldox Productivity Suite versions of pdfDocs and compareDocs from our partner DocsCorp

Orion Law Management Systems (TECHSHOW Booth #903)

In an economic downturn, lawyers need to demonstrate accountability and accuracy to their clients via thorough, comprehensive reporting and data analysis.  Technology can be a handy assist in this regard.  At TECHSHOW, Orion Law Management Systems, Inc. (www.orionlaw.com), provider of Orion, a leading Financial, Firm, and Practice Management software for small, mid-sized and large law firms, announces the upcoming release of Orion Version 4.4 which includes a new reporting system with 26+ new reports.

The enhanced reporting features offer improved formats with more customizable options which substantially increase a firm’s ability to better select, output and analyze data.  With Orion 4.4’s new reporting system, several inclusion- and exclusion-type rules allow users to more easily filter certain data (Clients, Matters, Attorney Assignments, Types of Law, Practice Groups, etc.).  After running a report, users can save their preferences, adding the report to a list of “favorites” which can be collated and run at scheduled intervals as a batch.  Reports can now also be exported, maintaining all formatting to PDF, RTF, CSV, HTML and ASCII Text while specific data elements can be selected and distributed to Microsoft® Access® and Excel®, or presented graphically using Orion’s built-in features.

Previewing at Orion’s booth in Chicago, version 4.4 will be available later in the second quarter of 2011.

Levit & James (TECHSHOW Booth#511)

ABA TECHSHOW turns 25 years old this year.  Only one year younger than TECHSHOW, 24-year-old technology veteran Levit & James, Inc. (www.LevitJames.com) continues to be one of the most innovative and successful legal software companies in the business.  The company recently announced an industry milestone for its Table of Authorities (TOA) production software, Best Authority.  First introduced in 2005, Best Authority is now used by over 500 organizations, including 70 of the 100 largest U.S. law firms.   Best Authority produces a fast and accurate Table of Authorities (TOA) for a litigation brief.

At TECHSHOW, Levit & James will be highlighting Best Authority Light, a version of the product which is specifically geared for use by solos and small firms.  There is also a Premium version of Best Authority which will also be demonstrated at the company’s booth.  Best Authority version 3.0 will be released later this year.

Nextpoint, Inc. (TECHSHOW Booth 813)

Nextpoint, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of cloud-based technology products to law firms and corporate law departments, is a 2011 TECHSHOW sponsor and will be  offering attendees an exclusive TECHSHOW pricing bonus of three months free data hosting with a one-year contract. In addition, Nextpoint will be giving away a grand prize of $2,000 to be used toward any Nextpoint service. The company will also be hosting a vendor track session titled “Integrated Cloud-based Applications for Preservation, Discovery & Trial” where they will present an introduction to Nextpoint’s lineup of cloud computing products for the legal industry. This session will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 9:30 am in the Expo Hall.

Earlier this year, Nextpoint announced a significant update to SmartCrawl™ technology in Cloud Preservation™, the company’s web archiving service that securely captures data from social media and websites. In addition, the company’s trial preparation and presentation software, Trial Cloud™, is now fully optimized for mobile tablet devices running either Apple iOS or Android operating systems.

Client Profiles (TECHSHOW Booth 410)

Client Profiles (Booth 410) has just released CRM4Legal 2011, the next generation of its Microsoft Dynamics-based software. CRM4Legal 2011 includes more than 500 new features and visual enhancements that will help law firms better manage and analyze client relationships. New features include real-time dashboards, enhanced navigation, simplified data import and export, as well as team management tools.


~ by CDLB on April 5, 2011.

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