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ABA TechShow 2009 – Short and SaaSy

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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]mha-law.com 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 …

http://www.technolawyer.com

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!

Adobe Online Seminar

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I would like to formally invite you to the FREE “Creating PDF Forms for the Legal Community” Online Seminar hosted by Adobe.

This educational eSeminar will illustrate best practices for creating and using PDF Forms in the legal market.

Attend this session and learn how to:

  • Create PDF forms from existing Microsoft Word and paper documents
  • Ensure clean data by adding validation, formatting and required fields
  • Add calculations to forms
  • Enable form-fill for free Adobe Reader users
  • Collect data from form recipients
  • Add fields that auto-adjust to data
  • Enhance forms with pictures, color, borders and more
  • Examples of forms shown will be Client Intake Forms, HR forms, etc.

      Who Should Attend:

Legal professionals interested in learning best practices for creating and using PDF Forms.

Date:

Thursday, August 9th

Time:

10AM PDT, 1PM EDT

To Register yourself and/or others, simply click HERE or paste the link into your browser.

 

For useful Acrobat legal tips, visit Rick Borstein’s Acrolaw Blog at http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw and the Adobe Legal Page at http://www.adobe.com/legal

the billionaire boys club

The 2007 AmLaw 100 list was put out by American Lawyer Media. As reported by the Chicago Tribune in this article 10 Chicago firms (except DLA-Piper/Rudnick which despite Chicago roots is international) made the 2007 Am Law 100 list, repeating last year’s performance. The 10 included

Another key metric teased out of the data was profits per partner. Since 5 of the Chicago 10 had fewer equity partners this year than last the editors at American Lawyer concluded that eat what you kill is still the order of the day; or as they put it, “produce or perish.” Yikes!

Does anyone know a good TAX Attorney?

As reported in the Washington Post – “Eccentric Washington telecommunications mogul Walter C. Anderson was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for failing to pay $200 million in taxes. Anderson, the biggest convicted tax cheat in U.S. history, received the longest punishment ever given in a tax crime case for his admitted effort to hide $365 million in personal income.”

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You can get an online criminal justice degree without too much fuss.