What Happened at ILTA
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Posted by: Mary Mack
It was ILTA’s 40th anniversary and the momentum of 40 years of peer-to-peer education was on full display. Multiple, simultaneous, content-rich sessions were punctuated by breaks in a well-subscribed exhibit hall. From AI to leasing, ILTACON covered the landscape of legal technology.
AI was the technical buzz at the conference, with security a close second. ACEDS met with several new potential partners who were focusing on technical opportunities and an intriguing angle for newly minted JD’s and passers of the bar. For the first time, we heard that lack of experience was a selling point to staff projects and reviews, as new entrants did not have lengthy conflicts to check.
ACEDS spent time with partners forwarding some future events, including The Cowen Group (Solid, NYC, Sept), Exterro (InFusion, PDX, Sept), kCura (RelativityFest, Chicago, Oct), various Chapter events and LegalTech (NYC, Jan).
ACEDS members and affiliates were well represented at ILTA, from planning (Julie Brown, CEDS) to panels (Mike Quartararo, CEDS) to affiliates like Catalyst, Exterro, CloudNine, Thomson Reuters and Ricoh Legal to new sponsors like the CJK Group and NTrepid. Friends of ACEDS like Chris Dale, Cash Butler, Mirabel Rivera, Kelly Twigger and Robert Childress were out in force along with affinity partners EDRM and of course Women in eDiscovery. Everyone is focused on bringing quality, innovative programs and products to our ACEDS community.
The ACEDS signature event at ILTA was a celebration of our affinity partner, Women in eDiscovery’s 10th anniversary. The two organizations co-sponsored a happy hour celebration for the WiE founders, and to honor women in legal technology. A special thank you to Peggy Wechsler and Ken Hansen of ILTA for making our event possible.
As a slide show of pictures sent in by members all over the country played in the background, Kaylee Walstad, CEDS, kicked off the event thanking our sponsors and introducing a man who needs no introduction, Craig Ball. Craig honored Mary Mack, prior to her Master of Ceremonies activities. Mary honored Women in eDiscovery, underscored the continuing need for its work, and thanked the brothers who work side by side with the women. Luminaries like Ari Kaplan, Martin Tully, the Honorable Judge Andrew Peck, Tom O’Connor, Pete Pepiton, Doug Austin, Eric Mandel and Jared Coseglia joined the friends, old and new, to honor the current board, Amy Juers, Jackie Rosborough and Beth Finkle, who in turn, honored Lana Schell, who spoke for Shawnna Hoffman-Childress and Margaret Havinga.
Click here to see the listing and pictures of Honorees, and here for a live stream of the event. Thank you to Oran Sears, CEDS, for livestreaming.
ACEDS also offered up scholarships, which were awarded to:
- Shandra A. Wright
Dir of E-Discovery & Lit Support
Bradly Arant Boult Cummings LLP
- Laura Morris
Dir of Legal Services
- Ashley A Smith