After a whirlwind of a week, ABA Techshow 2019 has come and gone! It was cold in Chicago, as it tends to be at Techshow, but despite the windchill factor, fun was had by all who attended. There were lots of great CLE tracks, a bustling EXPO Hall, and many opportunities to connect with likeminded legal tech devotees, whether on or offsite.
As for the MyCase team, we made lots of great memories, and captured them in photos, as you’ll see below.
But first, here’s what others had to say about the conference this year (I’ll update this list as new posts are published):
- Tech Tips and Takeaways from ABA TECHSHOW 2019 (Attorney at Work)
- After 33 Years, The ABA TECHSHOW Remains Relevant And Essential (Above the Law)
- Pictures and notes from ABA TECHSHOW 2019 (iPhoneJD)
- ABA TECHSHOW 2019: It’s a Wrap! (Ride the Lightening)
- TECHSHOW attracts more than 1,700 legal techies to Chicago (ABA News)
- Practice Management Tech News from ABA TECHSHOW (Attorney at Work)
And, as promised and without further ado, here’s what the MyCase team was up to in Chicago.
MyCase Customer Visits and Dinner
At MyCase, we were busy from the moment we arrived in Chicago. Because listening to our customers is at the heart of everything that we do at MyCase, we made it a point to connect with some of our customers on Wednesday afternoon before the conference even began.
While some MyCase team members set up our booth in the EXPO Hall, others were busy meeting with some of our Chicago customers at their offices. We visited three different law firms throughout the day on Wednesday, and learned lots about our customers’ businesses, their day-to-day practices, and how they use MyCase to get new clients, get paid, organize their law firm’s processes, and provide oversight into the daily activities of lawyers and staff. Here’s a photo from one of our visits with MyCase customer, the law firm SpencePC:
Just like last year, we also hosted a customer dinner on Thursday night. MyCase customers from a number of different law firms joined us for a great evening of food, drink, and conversation. Lots of interesting discussions were had about the business of running a law firm and we learned so much about our customers, their practices, and how they use MyCase to run their firms. They also offered lots of great feedback that we’ll be taking back to our product team. It was a wonderful night and was one of the best parts about this year’s Techshow:
This year we were excited to showcase the MyCase DevLab at our EXPO Hall booth. The MyCase DevLab was an on-site demonstration that featured MyCase software engineers rolling out a new feature based on customer feedback. During the show, they coded the new feature, Text Message Reminders for Invoices, from scratch. The DevLab generated a lot of interest and visitors to our booth had lots of questions for the engineers about their work. In keeping with our focus on rapid innovation based on customer listening, our engineers were able to complete their work and test the new feature by the last day of Techshow.
MyCase Visual Notes
This year we once again brought in a visual notetaker, Leah Silverman, to create a visual record of many of the Techshow sessions. These notes have become an important part of Techshow and are always appreciated by attendees and speakers alike. Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing blog posts about each of the sessions recorded by visual notes, so make sure to check back for lots of great legal technology and law practice management tips and tricks gleaned from each of these sessions.
MyCase Tech Tip Interviews
At MyCase, we’re all about providing small firm lawyers with the information they need to run successful and thriving law firms. That’s why we sponsor free monthly webinars and offer a free library of guides to help lawyers manage their law practices. We’re always looking for new ways to provide lawyers with advice on growing their law firms and increasing profits and efficiency, and one way we provided this at Techshow was by interviewing law practice management and legal technology experts throughout the show. I asked them to provide a legal tech or practice management tip they’d recently learned. You can watch all of those interviews here.
Coffee and donuts at the MyCase booth
We continued our annual tradition of offering donuts at our booth each morning, but this year we added something new: a coffee cart! Throughout the morning on Thursday we offered attendees free lattes, cappuccinos, coffee, and more! And of course there were free donuts from Chicago’s very own Stan’s Donuts to go with the coffee:
Craft beer at the MyCase booth
And last, but not least, we continued the longstanding tradition of hosting a Happy Hour at our booth on Thursday afternoon. We served local craft beer, and as always, lots of people stopped by. One attendee stopped by for a beer and told us that the MyCase beer cups that we provided last year (and again this year) work great for milkshakes as well as beer, and he happily took another one home with him. Needless to say, fun was had by all!
So here’s to another Techshow come and gone. Hope to see you next year!