It’s becoming increasingly imperative that legal professionals stay up to date on tech innovations affecting both the legal industry itself and the industries of clients. Technology advances exponentially, building upon itself year-over-year, and staying abreast of all the most pertinent developments can be difficult, if not impossible.
Legal technology conferences are a great way to get up to speed on tech developments quickly. A lot can be learned in a short period of time when lawyers take two or three days (or more) to break from their day-to-day routines and devote some time to tech education. In addition to fascinating panels and lectures on the present and future of technology, the best legal tech conferences also bring together dozens of technology vendors marketing their products to solos and firms of every size. Here are ten of the most interesting and productive legal tech conferences to attend in 2018.
Dates: August 19 – 23, 2018
Location: National Harbor, Maryland
Pricing: $1,845 for members; $2,095 for non-members
ILTACON is one of the biggest, most well-known and well-attended legal tech conferences in the country. It attracts top talent from law firms and legal tech vendors every year and offers a variety of session formats, inspirational talks, and practical takeaways for attendees. The four-day event also offers extensive networking opportunities you don’t want to miss out on. If you’re a member of the parent organization, the International Legal Technology Association, you can take advantage of discount pricing.
2. ABA Techshow
Dates: March 7 – 10, 2018
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Pricing: Ranges from single day passes for $395 up to $850 for the full three days
Every year, the American Bar Association brings us the ABA Techshow, collecting lawyers, legal professionals, and technology for three days of great CLE and resources. Last year’s Techshow featured the inaugural Startup Alley competition. Startup Alley pitted 12 legal tech startups against one another, with the audience voting for the winners. We’re looking forward to seeing what the ABA has up its sleeve for the 2018 conference.
Dates: October 4 – 5, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Pricing: Early bird pricing is currently available starting at $399
Come hang out with business, legal, and technology leaders for a few days and come away with a new appreciation for legal tech integration – and gumbo! The 2018 Clio Cloud Conference is held in New Orleans this year and this relatively new conference (since 2013) is always well-attended. Most talks focus on innovation and the future of law and tech.
Dates: March 1 – 2, 2018
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Pricing: Prices range from $945 for government employees up to $1,395 for regular registration
2018 will bring us the 12th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on eDiscovery. Pretty much nothing else has changed the landscape of legal tech as much as the advancement of eDiscovery as a tool. As the Sedona Conference proudly proclaims on its website, it’s been 20 years since a federal judge declared “today it is black letter law that computerized data is discoverable.” Come to Nashville in March to see what changes the past 20 years have brought us.
Dates: July 14 – 17, 2018
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Pricing: Prices range from as low as $125 for a retired or student member registering in advance up to $1,350 for vendors.
Have you heard of the annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries? If you haven’t, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. In recent years, the AALL has gained ground with a reputation for putting on one of the most relevant legal tech conferences in the nation. Legal librarians have in many ways evolved into legal technologists, and the AALL annual conference showcases just how much the role of librarians is changing.
Dates: May 21 – 23, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Pricing: Early bird pricing is currently available at $600
If you haven’t heard of Avvo, you may have been hiding under a rock the past ten years. These days, Avvo is the number one online legal services marketplace and ratings website. Depending upon the lawyer you’re talking to, Avvo and its industry-changing approach to legal marketing (focused heavily on public consumer ratings) is either their salvation or the bane of their entire existence. No matter what your take on Avvo, you must admit that they put on a sleek conference with Lawyernomics. The focus this coming year, as in years past, is on marketing and business development with a tech twist.
Dates: May 3 – 6, 2018
Location: National Harbor, Maryland
Pricing: Pricing ranges from $649 to $2,099 depending upon membership status, days, and how quickly you register
Although not focused solely on technology, the Association of Legal Administrators’ 2018 conference has plenty to offer in this realm. Take, just as one example, its Transform Through Technology session that aims to identify the challenges of running a small to mid-size law firm and attainable technology solutions. Many of the conferences on our list are heavily focused on BigLaw, but the solos and small firm attorneys will feel right at home at the ALA Annual Conference & Expo.
Dates: April 5, 2018
Location: Stanford, California
Pricing: Free and open to the public
Every year, CodeX is hosted by the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. It is a unique conference in that there are many more non-lawyer attendees than lawyers. Most registrants are those working within the legal technology sector to build, regulate, and teach the future of legal technology. To meet those shaping that future, plan to attend the 2018 conference in Stanford, California.