This year’s ABA TECHSHOW included many great speakers and topics. We were able to sit down for interviews with presenters and to address hot button topics in Special Reports recorded and produced right from the expo hall floor!
Keynote Speaker Cindy Cohn on NSA Mass Surveillance
At the ABA TECHSHOW, Cindy Cohn gave a keynote speech discussing the NSA, the fourth amendment, the Apple vs. FBI case, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Bringing Affordable Legal Services to the Masses
In this Special Report host Ray Abadin sits down with CEO and Founder of Avvo Inc. Mark Britton to discuss his ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presentation entitled,”Atticus Finch, and Access: Bringing Quality and Affordable Legal Services to the Masses.”
Practicing Law in an Age of Mass Surveillance
What has changed for lawyers in this “post-Snowden” world? Although this topic could be discussed for days, we lightly touch on the main themes in this Special Report with David Lat, Ben Wizner, and host Sharon Nelson.
Microsoft Office Add-ins and Apps
In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews lawyers and legal technology experts Bob Ambrogi and Catherine Sanders Reach about Microsoft Office tips you can use in your law practice today.
Meaningful Presentations on a Budget
Do you want to create impressive and meaningful presentations without having ample finances? Get some advice from Mark Hindelang and Joshua Hoeppner in this episode of Special Reports with host Laurence Colletti.
Passing Your IT Security Audit
Cyber security experts Sherri Davidoff and Sharon Nelson spoke in a presentation titled “Passing Your IT Security Audit” at ABA TECHSHOW 2016. Before their presentation, they stop by to discuss the topic with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti.
Collaboration Tools That Save You Time
One of the hosts of the presentation, “Realtime Collaboration Isn’t Just for Conference Rooms Anymore,” Tobin talks about how lawyers who work together in systems like Google Docs rather than sending emails back and forth can really save time.
Collaboration Tools That Save You Time: Part 2
This Special Report continues the discussion of independent collaboration tools that streamline processes and reduce the time you spend working together. Adam Nguyen stops by to chat about these new tools with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti during ABA TECHSHOW 2016.
Cloudy with a Chance of Automation
In this Special Report, Jared Correia interviews Heidi Alexander, Joseph Bahgat, John Mayer, Larry Port, Jack Newton, and Andrew LeGrand, and presenters at ABA TECHSHOW 2016
Empower Your Client’s Autonomy with Technology
At ABA TECHSHOW 2016, Dennis Kennedy interviews legal technology consultant Jeff Krause about implementing firm practices to create an autonomous experience for clients.
Using Excel in Your Law Office
Hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek interview ABA TECHSHOW 2016 presenters Ivan Hemmans and Allan Mackenzie about how beginners and experts can better use Excel to improve their law practice.
The Mac Power Users
In this Special Report, John W. Simek interviews Macintosh experts Katie Floyd, Jeff Schoenberger, and David Sparks about their presentation at ABA TECHSHOW 2016
Creating Compelling Podcast and Video Content
In this Special Report, Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Legal Talk Network CEO Adam Camras and legal technology expert Tom Mighell about creating valuable content, what equipment you might need, and steps you can take today to get started.
At this year’s ABA TECHSHOW, Vice Chair Adriana Linares (also the host of New Solo and the Florida Bar Podcast) and Kennedy-Mighell Report co-host Dennis Kennedy sat down for live interviews with some of the speakers, attendees, and TECHSHOW Chair Steve Best. In this TECHSHOW Today series, the duo and their guests discuss the conference, cloud computing, multi-device use, lawyers as entrepreneurs, the future of legal tech, and more.
Steve Best and Randy Juip: The Board’s Focus for TECHSHOW 2016 and The Mac Track
In this previously recorded live broadcast, ABA TECHSHOW 2016 Chair and Affinity Consultant Group owner Steve Best and Randy Juip of Foley Baron Metzgir Juip sit down with Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to discuss the current state of lawyering and the future.
Steve Best shared details of a meeting immediately after TECHSHOW 2015, and how this year the board was focused on breaking the mold and challenging everyone to find new speakers and cutting edge topics.
Juip, who runs the Mac track at the conference, talks about why the track drew him to TECHSHOW in the first place, lessons he learned when leaving his firm for a new job that required him to be more tech savvy, and the value in learning and training tips with other attendees. This year’s Mac track focused on teaching attorneys to use Macs more effectively through sessions like “Taking the Plunge”, which encouraged attorneys to jump from PCs.
Barbara Leach: The Importance of Conferences, Networking, and the Future of Legal
First time attendee Barbara Leach joins Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to discuss ABA TECHSHOW, the importance of conferences and networking, and the future of legal.
Joshua Lenon of Clio: Cloud Computing, Multi-Device Use, and the LCCA
Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence for Clio, sits down with Adriana Linares during ABA TECHSHOW 2016 to discuss his role at Clio, the conference and its benefits, the cloud, multi-device use and how it affects information storage, the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), and more.
Debbie Foster: TECHSHOW App, Bar Associations, Tips for Next Year’s Conference
Debbie Foster joins Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to give recognition to ABA TECHSHOW board members, the app and its uses, the various bar associations, and all of the people who get involved. They also share tips for those who plan to attend TECHSHOW next year.
Michael Robak and Ed Sohn: E-Discover, AI, Education, the Dean’s Roundtable, and Creating Tools that Supplement Lawyers Rather Than Replace Them
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Associate Law Library Director and CTO Michael Robak joins Senior Director of Legal Managed Services at Thomson Reuters Ed Sohn as well as Adriana Linares and Dennis Kennedy to discuss ABA TECHSHOW 2016.
Their conversation discusses e-discovery, artificial intelligence and whether we’ll see it coming to law, the importance of education and awareness, and more.
“E-discovery has yet to be discovered by law schools.” – Michael Robak
Is e-discovery a saturated market? Where can value be added? 9 out of 10 surveyed respondents in a survey reported they were unhappy with their solution. Technology is moving quickly but adoption is still low.
Michael Robak also touched on the Dean’s Roundtable, a panel that discussed opportunities to develop technology and create tools that supplement lawyers rather than replace them.
Tom Mighell and Nicole Bradick: Relationship Building, Attendee to Speaker, Lawyers as Entrepreneurs
Nicole Bradick, chief strategy officer at CureLegal, and Tom Mighell sit down with Dennis Kennedy to discuss ABA TECHSHOW 2016.
Nicole started out as an attendee and transformed into an involved speaker for her third year of attendance. Nicole first came to TECHSHOW because of her reliance on technology, and finds the networking and relationship building at the conference social events to be invaluable. Nicole presented on lawyers as entrepreneurs and discussed innovating business practices and canvases to think differently about their practices.
“The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and EXPO is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. For three days, attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available. Our variety of CLE programming offers a great deal of education in just a short amount of time.”
ABA TECHSHOW®, presented by the ABA Law Practice Division, was a blast! We conducted live video interviews, recorded and produced audio interviews in Special Reports, and blogged from sessions. Keep reading for conference coverage.
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New Solo host Adriana Linares and Kennedy-Mighell Report co-host Dennis Kennedy hosted live interviews from the conference. You can watch the recorded broadcasts in the playlist below. Just click the skip ahead button or the 1/6 icons to watch others, or select an interview from the list below.
The keynote speaker, Cindy Cohn, was introduced with a quote from The National Law Journal, “[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.” Since she discussed the NSA and data collection on Legal Talk Network in 2014, I am familiar with her story and her passion for user privacy and freedom of expression. But Ms. Cohn’s keynote speech was a strong statement that captured the attention of the entire audience. According to her, it should. We are all affected by mass surveillance of internet communications.
Cohn, executive director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), began the keynote by describing the EFF’s passion for civil liberties in an increasingly technological world. The organization started 25 years ago, we learned, is funded by the community, and focuses on litigation, activation, and building technologies to help its cause. Later, she candidly admitted that the speech is not unbiased; she endeavors to have us join her cause.
At this point, Cohn dove deep into the details of NSA spying, the stages of data collection, and the extent to which she believes this data collection and surveillance goes against the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I couldn’t possibly do her thorough and engaging explanation justice, so please see what she has authored on the subject. I personally learned that most mass data collection and analysis is done under the guise of protection from foreign threat.
“How many people in here have iPhones?” Cohn then asked. More than half of the audience raised their hands and, with an eyebrow raise, she reminded us of the importance of the FBI versus Apple case, currently pending. This case, apparently chosen because of the terrorism factor, was thought to have elicited a sympathetic response from the public. The public outcry seems to be that we are compromising privacy for security, but we are actually compromising security for security. Can we as the public afford to compromise the security Apple works hard to create in order for the NSA to keep our country secure?
After her fervent finale, she answered some questions, and then was closed by an enthusiastic standing ovation. Cohn herself admitted that her topic is much more popular in a post-Snowden world and she is right. Her keynote speech was well received and the audience was enthralled.
Cindy Cohn came by the Legal Talk Network booth after her speech for an exclusive interview with Dennis Kennedy and Bob Ambrogi. Stay tuned for it to go live.
“If your clients believe you are better than your competition, they are willing to pay you more for your services.” -Jason Marsh
Talking about niche law practices is an entertaining subject in itself, but presenters Jason Marsh, Andrew Legrand, and Will Hornsby deliver their marketing advice with humor and clear experience in their presentation “General Practice to Boutique: Developing a Niche Practice”. Why develop a niche practice? Essentially, it’s a marketing tool to target a certain audience and grow your practice. Even if you think your target area is narrow, go even further to focus geographically or in a certain field. For example, if you are a business lawyer, market yourself as a small business lawyer. If you practice personal injury, be an injury lawyer for bicycle accidents in Denver. In other words, make your potential clients understand why you are special and they should choose you over your competition.
As a niche lawyer, you can create a brand and notoriety behind yourself. Basically, you want people to know your name so that when there is an issue you are THE lawyer to turn to. For examples, Marsh, Legrand, and Hornsby include many fun niches like wine law, the food truck lawyer, bicycle law, equine law, packaging law, and drone law.
Although the presenters weigh heavily on a top-of-mind mentality, the underlying idea of this presentation is SEO. After identifying and properly funneling a niche, Marsh says, you can use content strategies, social media, email, pay-per-click marketing, or other tactics to rank in the search engines when people search for topics in your practice area. Without the online marketing, your niche is likely to be much less valuable and important.
And don’t forget, you aren’t limited to your niche. If properly done, it’s just an effective marketing tool to increase online visibility and notoriety.
Ethics rules for advertising vary state to state so make sure you and your marketing consultant are aware of your state’s rules.