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Another Awesome ABA TECHSHOW: Relationships, Learning, Selfies, and The Simpsons

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Year after year, lawyers and legal technologists return to the Windy City to display their wares and learn about the latest and greatest in law and technology. But creating and building relationships is what keep us coming back.

Rocket Matter’s Simpsons pics of leading legal techies were all over the Twittersphere providing some levity. Among the most popular (below) were Ben Stevens (The Mac Lawyer), Catherine Reach, Mark Rosch, Randy Jiup, Larry Port, and Jim Calloway. Check out the rest of the Simpsons characters here.

I used the excellent mobile app to chart which educational sessions to attend and they were useful. I only left one session five minutes in and went to my second choice. Among the highlights were: Assessing Law Firm Efficiency – Ensuring that Every Minute Counts, How to Never Forget Anything – Incorporating Evernote Into Your Practice, Five Law Firm Management Reports You Should Be Running and Why, and Process Management in a Shifting Legal Landscape.

The proliferation of 60 things in 60 minutes (apps, sites, tips, etc), though hugely entertaining, were not as useful as in years past. Perhaps tightening them by combining a few, like “tips” and “sites” might work better for future presentations.

Roving the exhibition hall, attending great parties – big and small, dining at choice restaurants (what a foodie town!), and meaningful one-on-ones, provided great opportunities to meet new people, hang with friends, and build relationships. Without exception, everyone I spoke to proclaimed relationship building as the top reason for attending TECHSHOW year after year.

Diversity–or the lack of it–at TECHSHOW has been a topic of discussion in recent years. Jeena Cho’s Above the Law piece and Sam Glover’s Lawyerist post continued the conversation this year.

Finally, 2015 is the year that The Selfie came to TECHSHOW. Putting the selfie stick in the hands of board member, Randy Juip, was pure genius. He ran with it and entertained the masses. Here’s his elevator selfie with Keynote Speaker Nick Carr and ABA TECHSHOW luminaries. Take a few minutes to check his Twitter feed for pics. You’ll be glad you did. I’m not sure what could top The Selfie Stick next year. Someone suggested giving Randy a drone.

Next year, the ABA TECHSHOW moves one month back to St. Patricks Day. It should be fun, green river and all, but I’ll sure miss the unusually spectacular mid-April weather of this year’s conference. And as you prepare to attend, remember that you don’t just show up, you plan your sessions and schedule lunch, dinner, drinks, or coffee with old and new friends for a meaningful and rewarding experience.