[UPDATED] ABA Techshow 2013: All You Need to Know

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[Updated to add Rocket Lawyer and Fastcase’s Wednesday night events, below]

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Next week, tech-minded lawyers and legal professionals will descend upon Chicago for the annual ABA Techshow. If you’re not familiar with it, Techshow is a legal technology conference sponsored the the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section and its goal is “to bring lawyers and technology together.”

The schedule

This year looks to be as jam-packed full of useful information as ever, with a strong focus on mobile technologies and apps, cloud computing, social media, paperless offices, and collaboration tools and techniques. The entire conference schedule can be found here. And, for first time attendees, the ABA offer this very helpful guide to the conference.

The app

The ABA now offers a handy conference app which includes the full schedule, a list of exhibitors, and more. You can download the Android app here and the iOS app here

The EXPO Hall

And, if checking out all of the latest legal technology offerings is your thing, well then you’re in luck! The EXPO Hall is the answer you’ve been looking for and even if you’d rather not attend the conference, you can still visit the EXPO Hall by picking up a free EXPO Hall pass here.

At the EXPO Hall, you’ll find legal technology companies of all stripes and sizes, from traditional legal software companies to cutting edge legal cloud software companies and legal mobile app developers. Jason Wilson has a great run down of this year’s exhibitors at Rethinck and you can view this year’s EXPO Hall floor plan here. And, if you’re in the market for law practice management software, don’t forget to stop by and visit MyCase at booth 410, charge your mobile device, and sign up to win a $500 American Airlines gift card!

The pre-conference conference

Also, be sure to arrive early so you can attend Lexthink.1, an outside-the-box mini-conference held on the eve of Techshow at 8 pm on April 3rd at the Chicago Hilton. This year’s theme is “disruption,” and, along with 9 other speakersMyCase’s very own Matt Spiegel will give a 6 minute talk on “The Death of the Office.” Get your tickets here.

The social calendar

Of course, there’s more to Techshow than just the sessions and the EXPO Hall–it’s just as much about networking and having fun. And there are lots of opportunities for that!

First, on Wednesday night, Rocket Lawyer is hosting a reception at 6 pm right before Lexthink.1 (in the room next to where Lexthink.1 is being held. Then, Fastcase is hosting Sangria Happy Hour immediately following Lexthink.1. It starts at 9:30 pm and will be held at Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S Michigan Avenue.

Next, on Thursday April 4th after the official ABATECHSHOW welcome reception at 5:30 pm in the EXPO Hall, don’t miss Martinis with MyCase on Thursday April 4th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Buddy Guy’s Legends. You can learn more about the event here and if you’d like to attend, drop me an email and I’ll have an invite sent out to you (niki.invite.rsvp@gmail.com), but hurry–there’s not much room left!

On Friday night April 5th from 5:30-7pm, the annual “Beer for Blawggers” event will be held in the Hilton Chicago’s Lakeside Green Lounge.

Finally, when it comes to dinners, you’ve got a lot to choose from! First, Carolyn Elefant and I are co-hosting a dinner on Friday night at 6:30 pm: Wine and Dine Offline in Chicago. You can learn more about the dinner here. If you’d like to attend, drop me an email (niki.invite.rsvp@gmail.com) and I’ll have an invite sent out to you, but hurry–there are only a few spots left!

And last, but certainly not least, are the Taste of Techshow dinners which are hosted by this year’s Techshow speakers. The dinners are held on Thursday and Friday nights and you can sign up once you arrive at the conference.

So there you have it–the scoop on Techshow 2013! Safe travels and hope to see you there!

–Nicole Black