Aug 23 2012

4 Reasons to Look Forward to ILTA 2012

The annual technology conference for the legal services industry helps IT professionals recharge their innovation batteries.

Legal IT professionals are getting ready to descend on the nation’s capital for four days of learning, enlightenment, strategizing and fun at the International Legal Technology Association’s annual conference, which runs from August 26 through August 30. So put down those case files, and get ready for another can’t-miss opportunity to learn and network.

The theme for this year’s conference is ac2dc. If it sounds a little ambiguous, it’s not a coincidence. The acronym was meant to mean different things to different people, said Rachelle Renmagel, a co-chair for the ILTA conference, in an interview with ii3.

"The idea is that [for] the speakers and everyone who comes, it can mean many different things to them. The most obvious one is ‘annual conference to DC,’ but pick your theme. Go with it," she elaborated.

"I'm sure there will no doubt be references to a certain band, whose name sounds similar to this,” Renmagel said.

ILTA 2012 will have the usual mix of panel discussions, keynote speeches and hands-on workshops, but there are a few unique reasons that this year’s conference will be extra special.

1. A Conference by IT Pros, for IT Pros

While vendors certainly play an important role at ILTA, the vast majority of the events at ILTA are peer developed. Which means that you’re going to get real answers and experiences from people who face everyday challenges with managing technology in the firm, just like you.

2. A Wide Range of Sessions

ITLA prides itself on its ability to meet the needs of almost any technology professional. There are strong tracks for networking experts and plenty of learning sessions for those looking to grow their mobility skillset.

3. The Opportunity to See Don McMillan, Engineer Turned Comedian

Here’s a question to ponder: What do you do with your life after you’ve helped invent the world’s first 32-bit microprocessor? If your name is Don McMillan, you decide to trade your successful career in technology for the unpredictable journey of stand-up comedy. But don’t worry, McMillan hasn’t abandoned his tech roots completely. In fact, his routine on PowerPoint worst practices has proved to be a viral hit.

4. There Will Be Singing CIOs

It turns out that some of fellow CIOs and IT workers have a hidden talent or two, and Traveling Coaches, a technology consulting firm for the legal industry, is holding its very own “ITLA’s Got Talent” competition, inspired by America’s Got Talent. Who knows what we’ll be in for? But one act destined to knock ‘em dead is Legal Bytes, an all-CIO band. Legal Bytes will open up the talent competition on Monday with an unplugged performance, followed by a full-fledged concert on Tuesday.


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