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As I stood sipping a drink at The Front Page in Dupont Circle during a happy hour for e-discovery professionals, that was the highly articulate response I received from a technology vendor rep on whether he was attending the ABA Techshow, which begins today.
“That event is more for solos,” he said. “It’s small time.”
In a sense he was right. If LegalTech New York is considered the Super Bowl of legal technology conferences in the industry, the ABA Techshow is dismissed by many as a worthless preseason game.
So then, why am I here in Chicago for the ABA Techshow? Well, let’s just say you would be surprised what you can learn in the preseason.
It’s not that the Techshow cannot attract large law firms to join their party. I mean, the organizer is the freaking American Bar Association for goodness sake. The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t, because it doesn’t have to. The ABA Techshow has done a great job at carving out a very specialized niche for itself — a niche which is attracting a breed of lawyer that is operating ahead of the curve on a daily basis.
If you can read between the lines and keep your ear to the ground, there are several legal technology trends that everyone, especially Biglaw, should be tracking. I’ve got three of those for you after the jump.