Shopping Chicago-style at the ABA TechShow 2013

Folks come from all over the world to shop in Chicago.  You can’t beat the incredible variety of stores in one fine and beautiful city. Whether it’s the chi-chi of Michigan Avenue or the quirky boutiques of Wicker Park, you can literally shop til you drop. So why not come to Chicago, home of the American Bar Association, to shop for legal technology?  And not only can you shop for it, but you can learn all about it at the same time.

The ABA TechShow takes place this coming Thursday through Saturday, April 3rd, 4th & 5th at the Hilton Chicago | 720 S. Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.922.4400.  Exhibits are open on Thursday and Friday and the educational conference continues through Saturday.

This year’s keynote presenter will be Renaissance man, David Pogue, NY Times Columnist, musical conductor, author and Emmy Award winner. David is also host of Nova ScienceNow. David will shed some light on the future and promises to provide a little humor and entertainment in the process.

The conference kicks off on Wednesday with a LexThink session, an interactive and mind-sharing event that allows presenters (chosen by the community) six minutes to speak with slides automatically forwarded every 18 seconds. LexThink.1 2013 has a theme of “market disruption”. LexThink.1 is named to reflect the way lawyers bill, in 1/10 hour increments. The LexThink event will take place the eve of ABA TECHSHOW, April 3rd, at the Chicago Hilton starting at 8pm.

You won’t want to miss the education session – Text Me, Sext Me, Prove I Said it: Device CSI, Friday, April 5, 2013, 3:45pm-4:45pm, Cellphones and other mobile devices have become the target du jour for discovery. This program looks at what data is out there, who ‘owns’ it, and the tools and processes for managing its forensically-sound acquisition. Tom O’Connor (our resident eDiscovery expert) and John Simek are providing a little humor during this program that covers a very serious topic.

Several legal technology vendors will be represented in the exhibit hall.   Exhibits are open Thursday and Friday throughout the day.  Here are some highlights of the vendors who are exhibiting:

Orion 4.5 Releases at ABA TECHSHOW

Atlanta-based Orion Law Management ( releases Orion 4.5 at ABA TECHSHOW. Version 4.5 contains hundreds of enhancements, including enhancements to the widely popular A/R Collection Manager, the addition of payments by Working Timekeeper to the Payment Calendar, Orion’s improved Calendar Manager designed for the front office professional to better manage their Appointments and Tasks while adding a new Advanced Event Manager for Docket Administrators.  These updates and add-ons enhance the Orion experience and are available free of charge to customers enrolled in their maintenance plan.  Orion has also announced the launch of new products including the iOrion® Mobile App, Expense Reimbursement Manager, integration with PayPros® credit card processing, and the Orion Productivity Pack designed to better manage billable time, Appointments and Tasks from Microsoft® Office applications .  Visit Orion at TECHSHOW booth #604.

WordRake – Legal Editing is Hot!

Seattle-based WordRake Holdings, LLC, founded in 2011 by lawyer and New York Times best-selling author Gary Kinder, will be demonstrating its popular WordRake legal editing software at ABA TECHSHOW booth#815. WordRake “rakes” Microsoft Word documents to suggest edits for tighter writing.  WordRake has tripled its sales in the past several months as lawyers and other professionals have discovered how easily WordRake helps them write better, more concise documents.  WordRake recently established an alliance with the Washington State Bar Association whereby the software is being used in-house by the Bar’s staff and is available to its 35,000 members for a discounted price.

JuraLaw – Case, Calendar & Docket Management

Law Bulletin Publishing Company will be exhibiting JuraLaw in Booth 108. The case, calendar & docket management product was launched at last year’s ABA TechShow.  Several new advancements will be demonstrated at the conference including its robust iCalendar, MS Outlook and email capabilities, New York court data, new functionality including copying the same event to multiple cases, relating multiple diary events to a single docket and deep court rules features that allow you to customize and remember your specific rules selections.  Visit Law Bulletin in Booth 108.

Worldox Previews Mac Version at ABA TECHSHOW

World Software Corporation® is previewing Worldox for Mac, a software-as-a-service Mac-enabled version of the popular Document Management System which it will demonstrate at booth#316-8 at TECHSHOW.  Worldox for Mac contains a subset of Worldox features, including much of the product’s core functionality. The Mac version, which requires a Worldox back-end including indexer and file server (unless the site is using Worldox in the Cloud), integrates with Microsoft Office Suite applications and Adobe Acrobat.  It also includes full text searching, version control, copy/move/delete functions, check-in and upload, and select email management features.  The Mac version is scheduled for a summer release.  The company is also demonstrating its Worldox GX3 Cloud offering, which was launched at LegalTech New York in January.

Levit & James Releases Best Authority Light 3.0 at ABA TECHSHOW

Levit & James, the Virginia-based legal software provider founded by Ian Levit and Fletcher James, announces the release of their newest development at ABA TECHSHOW—Best Authority Light 3.0.  Containing much of the core functionality of Best Authority Premium Edition, this latest version of the lighter-features product line offers less expensive Table of Authorities generation software, designed to meet the needs of small firms and solo practitioners.  Some highlights include Citation Revision Tracking, a preview of the TOA, and powerful search functions.   Best Authority Light 3.0 provides a faster, flexible and accurate Table of Authorities and can be learned by video in 30 minutes.  Levit & James will be attending the show but not exhibiting – if you would like to see the software at the show, email Ian Levit at

Attorney Timekeeper – Competitive Timekeeping for the Highly Motivated Biller

Launching at ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, Attorney Timekeeper ( is a new real-time timekeeping application developed by Bill Doran of Morning Waves, LLC.  The cloud-based software-as-a-service has comprehensive features for contemporaneous timekeepers, including one-touch timekeeping and automatic capture of time spent on cell phone calls.  Time segments are integrated regardless of whether they are captured on cell phone, tablet or PC.

A twist that sets Attorney Timekeeper (ATK) apart from other products is that it allows lawyers to set time goals for themselves, and attorneys can challenge colleagues to friendly or fierce contests of who can bill the greatest percentage of time in the office daily, weekly, etc.  The objective of these contests it not to bill the most hours – it is to be billable the greatest percentage of time while at work.  Attorney Timekeeper reports your results to those in your network and theirs to you.  Attorneys can also track non-work activities (such as family and exercise time) so lawyers can account for their entire day, including both professional and personal activities.  Offered for a monthly subscription price, Attorney Timekeeper is secure and easy to set up in about 15 minutes and is free for the first 30 days.  ATK is attending the show but is not exhibiting; those interested in a demo can email Bill Doran at

We hope to see you at the show.  Yours-truly will be in booth 108 with the Law Bulletin, please stop by and say ‘hi’.  Stay tuned for the 6th Annual eDiscovery Survey Results!


~ by CDLB on April 2, 2013.

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