Legal Technology Conference Review:

Updated August, 4th 2016legal-technology

What is Legal Technology?

Legal technology (aka Legal Tech) encompasses a variety of software and technology tools used to provide legal services to clients or help attorneys manage their firm. This includes technology and tools such as cloud-based legal practice management software, billing or time tracking software, attorney listing services, virtual receptionists, trust accounting software tools and much more.

What is the Legaltech Conference?

Legaltech Conference is a yearly conference on both the west coast and in New York with over 10,000 attendees and 100+ speakers. Claiming to be “the largest and most important legal technology event of the year,” Legaltech focuses on how technology is impacting different areas of law and new tools attorneys should be using.

If you’re interested in legal technology, then the annual Legaltech conference in New York City is an event that’s not to be missed. Whether you’re a lawyer, a legal technology entrepreneur, a legal technology journalist, or all three, Legaltech always has something for everyone! You never know what will happen when like-minded folks with a passion for technology converge on the Midtown Hilton in Manhattan, but no matter what, it’s always interesting and informative. This year was no exception!

Three members of the MyCase team attended this year: MyCase founder Matt Spiegel, Director of Marketing Sarah Bottorff, and me, Niki Black, MyCase’s Legal Technology Evangelist. Our time in New York was jam packed, filled with a whirlwind of activities. Our time was spent exploring the Exhibit Hall, meeting with lawyers, journalists, bloggers, and other members of the legal technology community, and engaging in fascinating conversations about the intersection of law and technology.

Our Legaltech adventure began on Tuesday night with the LTNY/Solo dinner, which we co-sponsored. As always, the food was delicious and there were lots of interesting solo and small firm attorneys in attendance. It was a great opportunity for us to talk with them and learn about their practices and how they were using technology to manage their law firms more efficiently. It was a great event and a wonderful evening was had by all!

Below is a photo of my with my fellow Above the Law Columnist Joe Patrice and other photos from the event can be viewed here.

Joe Patrice and Niki Black

Joe Patrice and Niki Black

Next up was our annual MyCase NYC meetup. This year it was held at Aretsky’s Patroon and over 70 people registered for the luncheon!

There were lots of lawyers there–some who used MyCase and some who wanted to learn more about using law practice management software to streamline their law practices. There were also a number of legal IT professionals who wanted to learn more about MyCase. It was a great event full of interesting conversations and good food! Here are some photos.

meetup nyc

Matt Spiegel speaking to attendees

Meetup at Aretsky's Patroon

Meetup at Aretsky’s Patroon

That evening we dined at the Palm Restaurant with a truly interesting group of people: Kevin O’Keefe of Lexblog, Ed Walters of Fastcase, Scott Malouf, Mark Berman, and Kelly Twigger. And, during the dinner, Ari Kaplan stopped by to visit for a bit. Great food, fantastic wine, and fun was had by all! In fact, we had so much fun that we completely forgot to take pictures! Here’s the only photo we managed to take, but the good news is that it more than captures the spirit of the evening!

Matt Spiegel

Matt Spiegel




And last, but not least, we spent some time exploring the Exhibit Hall, checking out the products and, of course, the swag! Here is a picture of Sarah and I holding what many would consider to be the best swag from this year’s Legaltech: Recommind’s “Cards Against Lawyering” card game.

Sarah Bottorff and Niki Black

Sarah Bottorff and Niki Black

We left Legaltech with lots of great memories, some cool swag, and, most importantly, lots of ideas to ponder about the future of legal technology and it will bring to our industry.

We’re already looking forward to returning to Legaltech next year, and if you weren’t at the Legaltech conference this year, we hope to see you in the future!

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