ABA Techshow 2019:
All You Need to Know

Ready or not, it’s time for another ABA Techshow! If you’re headed to Chicago this week, make sure to bundle up – it’s going to be cold, as always! But it’s also going to be a great show.

This year’s conference will be held from February 27th to March 1st at the same venue as last year: the Hyatt Regency Chicago. If you’re attending and are a small firm lawyer who’d like to learn all about the latest and greatest in legal tech, then you’re in luck! Techshow is just what your’e looking for. You’ll have lots of CLEs  to choose from to get you up to date on legal technology, law practice management, and more.

But, Techshow is about more than than just the educational sessions. Whether it’s professional networking, the EXPO hall, or the parties, there’s something for everyone at Techshow. You’ll have lots of opportunities to catch up on the latest legal tech news and network with friends, old and new.  So, no matter what your interests, if you plan to be be in Chicago this week, here’s everything you need to know, from the schedule and the EXPO hall, to the dinners and evening entertainment.

The schedule

Techshow CLE seminars cover all the topics you need to know to get your law firm up to speed with 21st century legal technology tools. If one of your goals this year is to use legal tech to get paid quickly, reduce administrative tasks, and get new clients, then you’re in luck! There are lots of great tracks to choose from and you’ll find sessions focused on marketing your law firm, law practice management, cybersecurity, and more. No matter what legal technology topics you’re interested in, there’s something for everyone at this year’s conference!

The full conference schedule can be found here. And, if you’re a first time attendee, make sure to read the ABA’s helpful guide to the conference.

And don’t forget to download the Techshow App (iOS and Android) so you can keep up to date on the latest happenings, create your agenda, interact with other attendees, and much more!

The EXPO Hall

The EXPO Hall is the place to be if learning about the latest legal software is a priority for you this year. Even if you don’t plan to attend the conference, you can still visit the EXPO Hall by picking up a free EXPO Hall pass here. You’ll find a vast assortment of legal software companies exhibiting at Techshow and can view this year’s EXPO Hall floor plan here.

Win an Apple Watch, grab some coffee and donuts, and drink some beer!

One part of the EXPO Hall that can’t be missed is the MyCase booth – especially if you’re in the market for law practice management software! Make sure to stop by and visit MyCase at booth 803. Grab coffee and donuts from 9 – 11 am on Thursday morning (2/28) and then stop by later on that afternoon for a beer from 3-5 pm.

And make sure to drop off your business card at the booth so you can enter to win an Apple Watch that we’ll be giving away!

Finally, keep an eye out for the visual notes sponsored by MyCase, which have become a well-recognized mainstay at Techshow. To give you a taste, you can view some of the visual notes from past years here.

Techshow Communities

A more recent addition to Techshow is “Techshow Communities.” These were designed to make it easy for you to connect with attendees with similar practices. One way to connect is to join your community of choice on the app so you can chat with other lawyers in your chosen community. You can also connect with them in person at the times and locations listed here.

Parties and More

Of course, there’s more to Techshow than the seminars and the EXPO Hall. Networking and nights out on the town are just as important. The good news is that there are lots of ways to get out there and network – and have some fun!

For starters, on Wednesday, February 27th, the Start-Up Pitch Competition will be held from 5-6 pm in the EXPO Hall. Watch presentations from the 15 competitors and then cast your vote for the most innovative company. Then immediately afterward, the welcome reception will be held from 6 -7:30 pm

Then on Friday night March 1st from 5:30-7pm, the annual “Beer for Blawggers” event will be held at the Emerald Loop Irish Bar, 216 N Wabash Avenue. All bloggers and aspiring bloggers welcome.

Dinner Plans

And last, but not least, there’s dinner. You’ve gots lots of choices when it comes to dinner at Techshow. You can meet the speakers and network with friends and colleagues at the Taste of Techshow dinners. The dinners are held on Thursday and Friday nights and you can sign up online or once you arrive at the conference.

So there you have it–all you need to know about ABA Techshow 2019. Safe travels and see you in Chicago!

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