ILTA, the International Legal Technology Association, works throughout the year to advance and share knowledge of legal technology developments, priding itself rightly on its peer to peer relationships between members. It has a major conference in the US each year – my main report on the 2011 event at Nashville was called ILTA 2011 – the end of the beginning? We’re just getting going and took its cue and its headline from a quotation given by Andrew Sieja of kCura in a pre-conference interview.
I also devoted a post The Needle on the Broken Record – why UK Law Firms should go to US Legal Conferences to the broader subject of the reasons why law firms should be ready to face threats from other players.
As I say in those articles, ILTA and its conferences have a great value for non-US lawyers – there is more commonality than difference in the business of using technology to work more efficiently, and ILTA’s remit is much wider than eDiscovery / eDisclosure. The point is not just to do as US lawyers do, but to anticipate, and fend off what I described the the Broken Record article in these terms:
The businesses competing for these distributed functions [the former provinces of law firms] will include Ernst & Young and its peers, and the likes of FTI Consulting, Huron Legal and Integreon who will be happy to leave the pure law to the lawyers whilst gradually supplanting them for everything else…..the legal consulting firms are out there mingling with the people who are driving new ways of delivering business, with those law firms who are looking to the future, and with the technology providers who will be their allies in producing the tools for new ways of working. Shouldn’t you be there too?
For the past six years, ILTA has run a one-day event in London called ILTA Insight. This year, they have joined forces with ALM’s LegalTech to bring us a two-day event on 8 to 9 May at Central Hall in Westminster.
The advisory board includes Vince Neicho, litigation support manager at Allen & Overy, reflecting the fact that the first day of ILTA Insight 2012 includes a substantial eDisclosure / eDiscovery track. Vince has asked me to take part which, of course, I am delighted to do.
I will come back to this as the programme develops, but I wanted to make sure that the dates go in your diaries as early as possible.