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Why ABA’s TECHSHOW is Worth Your Time

by James C. Duve on January 28, 2013

As past-chair of the Solo-Small Firm Practice Section of the Colorado Bar Association, I attended the ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago for the first time in March 2012.  It was something I never anticipated I would experience because I am not very “tech-oriented.”  I found it to be an incredible experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it on many different levels. Even though I am somewhat of a novice in the tech area, I learned many things I could implement in my practice.

There were multiple sessions going at any given time, designed for various levels of expertise.  The topics varied to appeal to solo and small firm practices, as well as large firms, all of which were appropriately labeled so you could be sure you were at the session you wanted.  The speakers were excellent and they discussed issues including: smartphones and apps, digital marketing, litigation, collaboration, going paperless, Outlook, hardware, software, Macs, cloud computing, document assembly, mobile offices and encryption. And, most of these programs gave CLE credit.

During breaks between sessions, you could attend “Meet the Author” presentations, where attorney-authors would discuss their books and answer questions regarding their topic. As you tried to balance all of these offerings and determine where to go next, it was eye-opening to go to the Expo Hall and visit the booths of nearly 100 vendors.  You could pick up handouts and gifts, register for prizes, see product demonstrations, compare products, take advantage of discounts for attendees, and ask as many questions as you could think of.  One of my favorite booths was the ABA Law Practice Management Section, where all books were on sale for 15 percent off, but I also enjoyed several booths demonstrating a variety of software.  Some of the vendors presented “Lunch ‘N Learn Sessions,” and of course, there was a continental breakfast each day, a welcome reception, and an entertaining, yet thought-provoking, keynote address by a nationally known speaker (Ben Stein in 2012).  Finally, there was the opportunity for dinner out in Chicago each evening.

I found the TECHSHOW to be very well organized, incredibly helpful, and an extremely enlightening experience. I encourage anyone that is thinking about (or should be thinking about) updating or re-organizing their practice to attend the 2013 TechShow being held April 4 to 6 in Chicago.  You can review this year’s schedule here.  It will be well worth your time.

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Barb Cashman January 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

Great post Jim – the next TechShow is around the corner and the CBA’s own Reba Nance will be one of the presenters. I love that Ben Stein was the keynoter last year – one of my favorite quotes about gratitude is by him: “Be grateful – it’s the only totally reliable get-rich-quick-scheme.”

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