ILTA is the International Legal Technology Association. Its biggest event, ILTACON 2016, takes place at National Harbour, just outside Washington DC, from 28 August to 1 September.
ILTA is one of the few events which I am happy to attend without participating in a panel. The invitation to participate (in a cross-border / data protection panel called No Safe Harbor: The Latest in European Data Protection Laws moderated by Nigel Murray) came while I was in the middle of the Spring run of events, just at that point when I longed never again to see the inside of an aeroplane. I declined and, while that may be a pity from my point of view now that I have decided to go anyway, it means I can go to ILTA free to spend time listening to other people speak, picking up the gossip, and doing some video interviews with the help of my son Charlie.
The Agenda summary is here with a link to the full Schedule and Session Search. As you can see, it covers a very wide range of subjects both legal and technical. and it is very deliberately aimed at people with many different responsibilities. It is, as I have said every year, the best place for meeting up with those facing the same issues as you – ILTA people are generous with their time and expertise.
ILTA lacks the frenetic pace of Legaltech – they each have their place in the calendar and I get enormous value from both, but ILTA provides an environment in which one can take things in without having to rush for the next meeting. ILTA also takes place in large venues which give more space, both literally and figuratively, for discussion.
Although for many people “ILTA” is synonymous with this event, there is much more to ILTA than “ILTA”. For one thing, the late summer event in the US is not ILTA’s only event. The annual London event, ILTA Insight, takes place on 17 November – you will find details here. That will be my third ILTA event in 2016 – I was at ILTA’s Hong Kong event at the end of February.
Beyond that, ILTA is an all-year-round organisation offering knowledge and both across the US and, increasingly, outside it. The ILTA web site includes section on how to Become a Member, a list of All Upcoming Events, and a large Resources section.