The Lowdown on ABA Techshow 2018

Are you headed to ABA Techshow later this week? If so, then you’re in the right place! Everything you need to know to make the most of your time at Techshow is right here.

This year’s conference is being held from March 7th – 10th in a different location than year’s past: the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The location may have changed, but the forward-thinking tech focus of the conference hasn’t. It’s a great place to connect with like-minded lawyers and legal technologists. So if you’re a solo or small firm lawyer and are looking to learn about the latest in legal tech, ABA Techshow is the conference for you! You’ll find that there are a ton of CLEs available to help you get 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. So, whatever your poison, 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 start implementing technology into your law firm that will help you to get paid quickly, reduce administrative tasks, and streamline your law practice, then you’re in luck! There are lots of great tracks to choose from, including a track for solo and small firm lawyers. You’ll find sessions focused on automation and AI, mobile apps, cybersecurity, and more. There are a host of options, so 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 tools 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 iPhoneX, drink some beer, and get a free headshot

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! Stop by and visit MyCase at booth 811, drink some beer with us (on Thursday March 8th from 3-5 pm), get your professional headshot taken (on Friday from 11:30-2:30 pm).

And make sure to drop off your business card at the booth so you can enter to win 1 of 10 iPhone Xs that we’ll be giving away! The drawing will be held on Thursday March 8th at Booth 811 at 3:45 pm. So don’t miss it!

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 relatively new 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 following times and locations:

Trusts and Estates:  Thursday, 10:00AM-10:45AM Grand Suite 3
Real Property: Thursday, 10:00AM-10:45AM Riverside Exhibit Hall
Business: Thursday, 1:00PM-1:45PM Grand Suite 3
Family Law:  Thursday, 1:00PM-1:45PM Riverside Exhibit Hall
Solo/Small Firms: 1:00PM-1:45PM Riverside Exhibit Hall
Litigation: Thursday, 3:00PM-3:45PM Grand Suite 3
Employment Law: Thursday, 3:00PM-3:45PM Riverside Exhibit Hall
Intellectual Property:Thursday, 3:00PM-3:45PM Riverside Exhibit Hall

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, March 7th, the Start-Up Pitch Competition will be held from 5-6 pm in the Plaza Ballroom (lobby level). Watch presentations from the 15 competitors and then cast your vote for the most innovative company.

Then right afterwards, there’s a welcome reception which will be held from 6 -7:30 pm in the EXPO Hall.

Then on Friday night March 9th from 5:30-7pm, the annual “Beer for Blawggers” event will be held at the Emerald Loop Irish Bar, 216 N Wabash Avenue.

Dinner Plans

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–everything you need to know about Techshow 2018! Safe travels and see you in Chicago!

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