Above the Law Presents

ATL Converge: The Intersection of Technology, Digital Media, and the Practice of Law

March 18, 2015

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On March 18, 2015 in New York City, Above the Law will host ATL CONVERGE, a conference designed for attorneys as well as law firm communications, marketing, business development, public relations, and technology professionals. Following the success of 2014's Attorney@Blog conference, we have broadened the scope of CONVERGE in order to address a fuller range of the challenges and opportunities facing the legal industry.

Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group, will deliver the opening remarks for the conference.

CONVERGE will feature a series of panel discussion covering an array of exigent issues, including privacy, reputation, communications strategies, and emerging technical trends. Panels will be CLE-accredited.

At last year's conference, we were honored to have been joined by Floyd Abrams of Cahill Gordon, Tim Wu of Columbia Law School, Karen Sloan of the National Law Journal, Kevin O'Keefe of Lexblog, among many others. Just as in 2014, Above the Law editors David Lat, Elie Mystal, Staci Zaretsky, and Joe Patrice will moderate the panels.

CONVERGE's continental breakfast and luncheon will also offer a great opportunity to network with fellow attendees. Of course, all are encouraged to blog and/or tweet the proceedings!

More details to follow…


8:00–8:30am Guest Arrivals and Check-In
8:30–9:00am Opening Keynote Q&A with Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group
Interviewer: ATL Managing Editor David Lat
9:00–9:15am Break
9:15–10:45am PANEL 1
Online Reputation, Privacy and the Law
Moderated by ATL editor Staci Zaretsky
An exploration of the intersection of law and policy issues relating to information privacy, client confidentiality, Big Data, government surveillance, cybersecurity, the Fourth Amendment, and other related topics, with a special emphasis on topical manifestations of these themes such the Google “right to be forgotten” case and the recent SCOTUS privacy decisions.
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00–12:30pm PANEL 2
Pitching the MSM
Moderator: ATL Editor Elie Mystal
All legal industry communications and public relations professional face the steep challenge of telling their organizations’ story beyond the confines of the industry press. Learn from prominent members of the mainstream media what it takes to pique their interest in legal stories.
12:30–1:30pm Lunch Reception
1:30–3:00pm PANEL 3
Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices
Moderator: ATL Editor Joe Patrice
This panel will explore the intersection of social technologies and the law. Topics to include content strategy, the use of social media for business development, SEO, blogging platforms, and more.
3:00–3:15pm Break
3:15–4:45pm PANEL 4
The Future of Law Moderator: ATL Managing Editor David Lat
Avoiding the jargon-choked and inaccessible discourse which typically characterizes discussions of legal technology, this session will explore the real world, concrete implications of emerging technologies and their impact on legal careers. Let's finally settle the question of whether robots are coming to take all our jobs.
4:45–5pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm Event Ends


Justin B. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Bloomberg Media Group

Justin B. Smith is Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Media Group, Bloomberg L.P.'s global multi-platform media organization that comprises web, mobile, television, digital video, radio, print magazines and live events platforms.

Since joining Bloomberg L.P. in September 2013, Justin has completed a strategic review of Bloomberg Media and outlined a new vision to build the leading, next generation media company for global business by concentrating on the development of a series of digitally-led, multi-platform new brands. Crediting him as an "aggressive digital innovator," Justin was recently named to The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2014.

Prior to Bloomberg, Justin was President of Atlantic Media where he spearheaded a dramatic revitalization of The Atlantic and launched award-winning digital brands such as Quartz, The Atlantic Wire, and Defense One. Under his leadership, Justin and his teams were recognized by The New York Times as "something of a marvel in the publishing world," along with a number of awards, including Advertising Age's 2010 "Publishing Executive of the Year," Advertising Age's 2010 "Magazine A-List" 2010 and min's 2010 "Most Intriguing People in Media."

Previously, Justin served as President and Publisher of The Week magazine, where he introduced the U.S. version in 2001. In this role, he was named to Advertising Age's 2006 "40 Under 40" ranking. Justin came to The Week from The Economist Group, where he led corporate strategy in London, Hong Kong and New York. He began his career in media at the International Herald Tribune in Paris and Hong Kong, helping to build the global newspaper's conference business.

Justin is the founder of Breaking Media, a network of websites, events and social media channels that includes Above the Law, Dealbreaker, Fashionista, Breaking Defense, Breaking Energy and Breaking Gov.

He serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, where he received his B.S. from the School of Foreign Service in 1991. Justin was named to the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation Board of Directors in 2014, is a 2013 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His philanthropic efforts include founding the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts and the Ouagadougou Education Project.

Justin commutes between New York City and Washington, D.C., where he lives with his two children.

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