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Fall’s Virtual Legal Conference Season Is Underway

By The Editors

Honestly, it is hard to keep up with all the virtual conference activity this year — and the fall conference season is no exception. In addition to well-known favorites, several new legal conferences are debuting to feed the appetite for virtual content this month alone.

Last week, hundreds of women lawyers logged on to attend the new two-day Lawyer+Woman+Owner Virtual Summit, hosted by MyShingle’s Carolyn Elefant and lawyer Jeena Belil. Practical and motivating presentations on building satisfying careers and money-making law practices, led by inspiring women lawyers, kept the audience hanging on well into the night. (Grab your tickets until Oct. 10 to view the recordings at the current $39 fee.)

Also last week, Litera received rave reviews for its The Changing Lawyer Live conference, featuring keynoters Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer, and Ed Sohn, head of Solutions and Product at Factor. The free recordings are available on YouTube, including this excellent panel on Digital Transformation in the Legal Industry.

Don’t be surprised to see conferences remain virtual through 2021 — or at least have a virtual component.

Given the cash at risk and the lead time required, many organizations won’t want to risk committing to onsite events. And, even once live conferences and expos are feasible again, organizers will want to capture the audience that prefers to skip travel hassles and learn from their home base — especially as web conferencing technology improves.

Registration is already open for LegalWeek(Year) 2021 — five separate “virtual agendas” scheduled from February through July next year. And, ABA TECHSHOW has announced that its 2021 conference will be virtual during the week of March 8.

Annual Conferences Gone Virtual

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite October conferences focused on the business of law. The beauty of a virtual event is you can (usually) register at the last minute.

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2020 Futures Conference: Visualize the Road Forward — October 8-10, 2020 

In addition to more than 30 small group sessions, keynote speakers for the College of Law Practice Management’s annual conference include Richard Susskind, David Cunningham, CIO of Winston & Strawn and founder of Legal Metrics, and Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, New York Supreme Court Appellate First Division, who will speak on “The Legal Industry’s Role in Diversity and Inclusion and The Rule of Law.” Click here for the brochure and to register.

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Clio Cloud ConferenceOctober 13-16, 2020

Not just for users of the practice management platform, the industry’s biggest conference for small firm lawyers and entrepreneurs excels at delivering content tailored to what the industry needs to know now. So, in addition to announcing results of the annual Clio Legal Trends Report, the $100,000 Launch/Code competition, and world-class keynotes (Ben Crump, Angela Duckworth, Seth Godin), dozens of sessions will focus on practice innovation, firm marketing and, of course, technology. And, yes, there will be food and music! Click here for the agenda and get your conference ticket here. Use the code Attorney-at-Work at checkout to save $150.

Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference Reimagined October 19-22, 2020

The biggest legal marketing conference targets law firm marketers of all experience levels and representing organizations of all sizes. Topics focus mainly on business development, marketing management and leadership, client services, technology management and issues surrounding the business of law. New this year are breakout streams for a Wellness track, Diversity and Inclusion track, and an Attorney track. In addition, LMA’s popular pre-conference sessions take place Oct. 13. Simultaneous sessions include LMA QuickStart LIVE! – Legal Marketing Essentials; Impact Marketing for Solos and Small Firms and the annual CMO Summit. Click here for the agenda and here to register.

On-Demand ICYMI

Here’s a small sample of past virtual conferences that are worth revisiting.

  • The 7th Annual Access to Justice Conference: Transforming Legal Incubators and Virtual Law Practice, presented by the Consortium for Access to Justice and hosted online by Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. Hands-down, this was one of our favorite virtual conferences so far — well planned and executed, both inspiring and practical — and free. Luckily, the recordings are available here.
  • American Association of Law Librarians Annual Conference: Law librarians and legal information professionals from law firms, law schools and government agencies flock to this conference each year to learn about emerging technologies for legal research, information and knowledge management, competitive intelligence and data analytics technology. Not just for librarians, the conference has emerged as the place to be to learn about essential tools of modern practice from true experts. On-demand sessions from the July 2020 event are available to registered attendees. Watch for announcements on the 2021 event here.
  • Legal Marketing Tech Midwest — The Virtual Experience: This year’s marketing tech conference featured a series of engaging and useful sessions that focused on using technology to lead through crisis, to engage with clients and prospects (with in-depth social media how-tos), and to improve internal operations and efficiency.

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Categories: Future Law, Industry News, Innovation, Legal Events, News and Trends
Originally published October 7, 2020
Last updated November 1, 2020
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