Some of what I say here will be familiar to long-term readers, but it seems worth recapitulating my reasons for going to Legaltech (as we will all persist in calling it) and why it is interesting and important. Some pictures from past events appear at the end. If it seems egotistical to show ones of me, well, this piece is about why I go. There is a balancing non-egotism in the fact that none of them were by me.
I am off at the end of the week to Legaltech New York. It is now, apparently billed as “part of Legalweek, THE EXPERIENCE”, which, as Monica Bay points out in her article ALM renovates Legaltech New York, is likely to confuse those who may expect the event to take five or seven days. Believe me, three days is quite enough (although, as usual, I am arriving on Saturday and not coming back until Friday).
Monica Bay (right, at her ALM farewell party in 2015) gives a helpful summary in her article, and the organiser’s website helps explain the formal structure of Legaltech – keynotes, conference sessions, an exhibit hall across multiple floors, demos and many, many meetings, either prearranged or occurring by happy accident. There used to be a big round bench in the middle of the lobby, and one had only to sit there for a few moments before someone familiar passed by. When I first took my youngest son Will, we unpacked and I said “Right, let’s go and find some people”. “Don’t be silly”, he said, “You don’t just wander around New York hoping to bump into people you know”. He soon discovered that, in those few days, in that small block of streets, people that one knew were everywhere. Continue reading