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ABA TechShow: The Video

Live from TechShow 2009 ...

Live from TechShow 2009 ...


Thought I’d share some choice video from TechShow 2009 featuring all 4 of the Best of Show winners that I wrote up in TechnoLawyer, plus interviews with some of my heroes such as Bob Ambrogi, Jay Funeberg, and Kevin O’Keefe, as well as sightings of legal blogging all-stars like Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighelle. I’m still excited.  


See related videos here and find me on YouTube as practicehacker

ABA TechShow 2009 – Short and SaaSy

Were the ABA Damnit!

We're the ABA Damnit! We own you!

This was my 10th year at ABA Technology Show in Chicago. This year was particularly cool.  Here’s why:

Meeting The Heavies: To me, seeing people like Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighelle, Bob Ambrogi, Jim Calloway, Kevin O’Keefe, Brett Burney, Andy Atkins, Jay Foonberg (!) and the rest of my pretend blog friends … I mean pretend LinkedIn friends … is like reconnecting with long lost relatives. Exciting and a little intimidating. But all of them were really great and down to earth. Except that Kennedy. Such a prima donna. I kid, I kid.

Meeting Canadians: Who can forget meeting the Great Librarian of Upper Canada! Beat that. Then there was Phil of the Future (my name for him), Steve Matthews (nice guy), Brett Burney (I think he’s Canadian), Dominic Jaar (vive la Quebec libre!), the boys from Clio (or as I called them, the Booth Babes), and a host of other talent from the Great White North. It was great to meet you all: now go back where the ice doesn’t melt until July.

Technology Becoming Accepted: This year for the first time in memory I noticed a preponderance of grey hairs and the careful gait of partners scoping out potential buys for their offices.  This was not the brash, flash-in-the-pan TechShow of the late-90’s in which the Internet was decried as a fad.

SaaS, Saas, and more Saas: Software as a service was all over the place, and by next year it will be pervasive. This year I was knocked out by the number and variety of kick-ass SaaS providers at the show including Clio, RocketMatter, and VLO Tech. Clio was my hands-down favorite for a number of reasons – I intend to use it in my own practice. Whatever your cup of tea, the idea of throwing away the IT department in favor of the Cloud is gaining traction fast.

Less is … Less: One lamentable fact about this  year’s show – there was less of it than I’ve seen in a long time. Another casualty of the economy I’d say, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that many legal technology vendors have been slaves to profit instead of boosters for innovation and the slow economy is making it painfully apparent what a royal screw job they’ve been giving lawyers all these years. Many players couldn’t make it ? Good riddance to bad company.

Other than that however, it was a great experience as always and one that I heartily recommend to one and all. If you haven’t been to TechShow, go there. If you have, come back. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

For more coverage see my SmallLaw Column in TechnoLawyer.

Check out Twitter coverage of TechShow.

As always, I’d love your thoughts. E-mail me at mhedayat[at] or tweet me @practichacker.

ttyl 🙂

ABA TechShow 2008 – presentation materials available

AI – Advanced IT/Security
CR – Client Relationships
ED – E-Discovery
GG Going Green
IN – Internet
LF – Large Firm / Corporate Counsel
LT – Litigation
MA – Mac Track
MO – Microsoft Office
MT – Mobile Technology
PO – Paperless Office
RM – Records Management
RT – Roundtables
SSI – Solo / Small Firm I
SSII – Solo / Small Firm II
SM – Show Me How

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ABA TechShow 2008 – I came, I saw, I blogged …

Author’s Note: This year I got to blog the ABA Technology Show once again as I did last year in this pair of posts here and here. In addition, this year I was given the opportunity to publish my work in the prestigious publication TechnoLawyer. And on a related (and equally important) note, this was the second year in a row that I was sponsored by the august DuPage County Bar Association, thanks to the hard work of directrix and champion of technology, Glenda Sharp. To Glenda and this year’s bar President, Fred Spitzzeri, a great big Thank You! Here’s to doing it again next year …

I Attended ABA TECHSHOW 2008 and All I Got Was This Lousy Blog Post

Eliminating the Paper Chase: From Boxes to Bytes (Paperless Office Track)

A Real World EDD Motion Hearing (Litigation Track)

The Mobile Office: Take Your Desktop in Your Pocket (Mobile Technology Track)

Outlook Tips and Tricks (Roundtables Track)

So You Want to Be an ABA Author? (Special Session)

Beating the Startup Blues: A Tech Survival Guide (Solo/Small Firm II Track)

Grand Finale: 60 Sites In 60 Minutes

Crazy Mazy’s Best of Show: SQ Global Solutions

Crazy Mazy’s Best of Show: Legal Bar by BEC Legal Systems

Crazy Mazy’s Best of Show: Electronic Discovery

Crazy Mazy’s Best of Show: Adobe Acrobat Professional

A Report from the Exhibit Hall and Suggestions for TechShow 2009

never too early

ABA TechShow 2008
sure, it’s January and this year’s ABA Legal Technology Show (techshow) isn’t until March 13. but even if you’re not a technology geek like me you can still learn a lot from the annual summit of lawyers, vendors, salespeople, IT, and support staff that is techshow. personally, I always find something new there; and this year promises to be a watershed because the show is being chaired by legal blogger Tom Mighell of  inter alia. the fact that a seminal blogger like Tom is the chair of the planning board shows where the ABA’s head is these days (and it’s in a good place). so for those intrepid souls who are interested I humbly present a few things we can do now to get more out of this year’s show

guess that about sums it up for the moment. I’m looking forward to an exciting show this year!

Upcoming Event – Conference on Outsourcing

ALM Conference on Outsourcing Work Product & Support Services

October 4, 2007
Marines Memorial Club & Hostel
San Francisco, California


Who Should Attend In-house and outside counsel, law firm executives, general counsel, chief operating officers from and with corporate legal departments.

Aim of the Program To provide insight into the multi-dimensional practice of outsourcing legal work and support services.

Featuring the panel discussion India and Legal Outsourcing: 2007 and Beyond sponsored by a friend of the practice management blog LawScribe


Overview of the Indian Legal Outsourcing Marketplace in 2007

Legal Process Outsourcing Industry Regulation and Accreditation

Liberalization of the Indian Legal Sector and the Impact on Offshore Legal Outsourcing

Panelists Include

S. Elizabeth Foster, Esq. with Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps, LLP and

Forrest R. Old, of RMS, a CitiGroup business process outsourcing venture

Avvo steps in it … again

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“I’ve always supported Avvo”




In one of her most recent posts, Bar Association Enters the 21st Century, Carolyn ‘I supported Avvo all along’ Elefant takes a breathtaking intuitive leap, proclaiming that (hold onto your hats) lawyers may be slightly behind the curve when it comes to technology. No, it’s true. She’s out there. Here’s how Carolyn put it
Lawyers have been using the Internet for a decade, and even the most unsophisticated consumers have had Internet access at home for at least five years. … a directory that would enable consumers to find lawyers online should have seemed like a logical project for bar associations — which purport to serve the public by helping increase access to law. The bars did little to provide lawyers with ways to list themselves online and, consequently Avvo stepped in to fill this void

Powerful stuff. Sadly however Carolyn has it all wrong.

By not putting together a decent referral system on the web (ed. note: Carolyn’s post says that the first such bar association system may be online now) Bar Associations have not dropped the ball or missed an opportunity to serve, any more than Avvo has stepped into their inadvertent breach. On the contrary, what we are watching right now is the unraveling of one of the last monopolies baked into American law — the Bar Association. Let there be no doubt then: Bar Associations do indeed exist to serve … themselves. And like every bureaucracy since the invention of bureaucracy (thank you Emile Durkheim) bar associations large and small perpetuate themselves by keeping information about, and communication between, members to a minimum. It’s that simple. If lawyers can’t find each other they can’t get together and cause trouble. Divide and conquer – as far as strategies go, it’s an oldie but a goodie.

Remember, ego administer proinde ego sum. I administrate, therefore I am. Take away the Bar Association’s power to control information and regulate free assembly, and you take away its power … period. No bureaucracy ever let that happen voluntarily. No, what we are seeing is that the nation’s Bar Associations held on to their role as the sole arbiters of right and wrong, keepers of the sacred flame, for as long as they could.

And now that their monopoly is looking shoddy and dated, will this old, tired, dog learn new tricks? Come on … what do you think?