Legal Technology Conferences in 2018

Going into my library school program, I already knew I wanted to learn about information technology, especially about its use in the legal field.  Now, as a fairly new information professional, I’m finding that there are just as many opportunities to continue learning outside of the classroom.  The question, then, becomes which opportunities fit my professional development goals.

So, of course, I did some research.

I’ve put together a (non-comprehensive) list of the law and library technology conferences happening in the U.S. this year.  Perhaps you’ll find something that fits your goals as well.

[Debbie the editor took too long to publish this so some of these great conferences are already past… but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out their websites or plan to go in 2019!]

  • Legaltech – LegalWeek, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, New York, NY
    • LegalWeek is a conference with programming focused on mid-sized to large firms or corporate legal departments.  The Legaltech track discusses up-and-coming technology in all aspects of firm and practice management, ranging from cybersecurity to administrative tasks.
  • ABA TECHSHOW, Mar. 7 – Mar. 10, Chicago, IL
    • ABA TECHSHOW brings together vendors and industry experts to highlight the innovative use of technology at every step of the practice of law, from the lawyers still in training to imaginative digital start-ups.
  • Computers In Libraries, Apr. 17 – Apr. 19, Arlington, VA
    • Computers In Libraries is a conference focused on librarians in public or academic settings, particularly those that work with technology or instruction, not just those in the legal field.  There is a major emphasis on technological literacy and integrating new tools into library and patron practice.
  • SLA Annual Conference, June 9 – June 13, Baltimore, MD
    • The Special Library Association hosts librarians from a variety of disciplines and library settings, including legal, business, financial, etc.  The solutions and innovations from other fields can inspire new collaborative solutions or be adapted to issues faced by legal information professionals.
  • AALL Annual Conference, July 14 – July 17, Baltimore, MD
    • AALL gives law librarians and information professionals from all types of libraries an opportunity to discuss the newest legal technologies, from research tools to practice management and beyond, and how to best implement and provide instruction for these tools.
  • ILTACON, Aug. 19 – Aug. 23, National Harbor, MD
    • ILTACON typically caters to the large firm IT, KM, and Ops professionals covering topics that are innovative, practical, and technical.
  • Clio Cloud Conference, Oct. 4 – Oct. 5, New Orleans, LA
    • Although the Clio Cloud Conference is put on by the producers of the Clio practice management software, the programs feature top speakers focused on technological innovation and the future of the practice of law for every sized firm.
  • Internet Librarian, Oct. 16 – Oct. 18, Monterey, CA
    • Internet Librarian draws public, academic, and research librarians and educators from all disciplines to learn about innovative tools and research methods with an emphasis on encouraging digital information literacy.
  • KMWorld Conference, Nov. 6 – Nov. 8, Washington, DC
    • The KMWorld Conference is specifically focused on knowledge and content management and access at businesses and organizations in all fields.  The programming is helpful for beginners and veterans, information professionals and technology professionals.

For all the variety I discovered, there are still other opportunities, such as seminars or regional conferences, for staying informed about the latest in legal technology.