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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.  

 

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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]mha-law.com or tweet me @practichacker.

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I wish I’d written that!

Don't Stop Swimming ...

Don't Stop Swimming ..

 

Hilarious and true: All the Depressing Info We Could Find on Your Future … In One PlaceThe Shark, a blog by Cal Law (California’s legal source according to its ads), posted an excellent and truly useful chart summarizing the layoffs, summer non-hires, and other good news flooding out of the legal industry and right into the brains of law students.  And the comments are as worthwhile as the post itself. I would subsribe to this blog just for the humor value; their motto is “Don’t stop swimming, it’s law school.” Ain’t that the truth!

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More law schools on Twitter, bringing the total to 36 (including my alma mater – the Blue Demons of DePaul)

American University Washington College of Law
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Baylor Law School
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

DePaul Law School
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Hamline Law School

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Lewis & Clark Law School Library
Marquette University Law School

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Oklahoma City University School of Law

Pace Law Library

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Pierce Law School

Stanford Law School

The John Marshall Law School

University at Buffalo Law Library

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University of Iowa College of Law News
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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law

University of San Diego School of Law

University of Texas at Austin

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

University of Virginia School of Law

Valparaiso University School of Law
Wake Forest University Law School

Washburn Law School

Washington and Lee University School of Law

Widener Law

Yale Law Library