The invitations to parties, receptions and meetings at LegalTech New York continue to roll in – my personal best so far is four assignations on one evening. The biggest issue, so far as I am concerned, is not fitting them all in, but getting them recorded accurately in a calendar which does not recognise the concept of time zones. My recent move to Apple’s products reveals an unexpected limitation – Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac lacks the useful function in Outlook for Windows which allows you to set up parallel time zones.
Four options emerged during a recent discussion on Twitter: a) look up the local time on www.timeanddate.com and use that, hoping that you transfer it accurately and that everything falls into place when you adjust your devices’ time zones; b) enter events twice and include the local time as part of the description to give you a clue if neither makes sense when you get there; c) buy a watch and leave all your devices (I have four) at UK time, entering appointments as if the time difference did not exist; d) buy a stout diary and a pencil (the suggestion made by Charles Christian, editor of the Orange Rag and American Legal Technology Insider, and a long-time Mac user). There is a fifth option, I suppose – I could revert to the PC, but I invested far too much of Christmas in the changeover to contemplate that. The final option involves a trip to California and an act of violence upon the insular geek who failed to deal with time zones in his pretty but defective software.
One event which I will not forget, not least because it happens at the same time every year, is Trilantic’s Commonwealth Brunch at 10.30am on Sunday. This used to be a sedate affair called the British Brunch. Last year, for the first time, it became the Commonwealth Brunch, reflecting the widening scope of Trilantic’s work and the increasing connections between the non-US common law jurisdictions. Last year’s Brunch was attended by people from Australia, India and Canada amongst other places, as well as by one or two US people with tenuous claims to Commonwealth ancestry. I have the impression that we will see many more Australian and Canadian people this year – both places are seeing interesting developments in ediscovery.
Trilantic is, of course, now part of Huron Consulting Group, and we can expect a yet wider catchment area as a result. Nigel Murray is always a genial host, and this is a good way to launch the week.
Laura Kelly is co-ordinating the event. Contact her if you think you are qualified to attend.