Do you know who your friends are? If you’re attending the International Legal Technology Association’s 2010 Conference next week, then let me introduce you to a group of folks that you ought to get to know — they are the members of the conference planning committee. In fact, some might consider them helpful “friends in low tech places.”
When I attended last year’s conference, I saw the difference in programming that results when members of the organization do the planning themselves. Their focus is on mutual education and widening horizons. It’s a far cry from conferences that are primarily focused on increasing sales of the products offered by vendor sponsors.
My appreciation for the work of the ILTA Conference planning committee grew by leaps and bounds when I was asked to join their ranks last year and I experienced firsthand what it takes to organize a conference like this. They may joke about “friends in low tech places,” but the 32 members of this group rolled up their sleeves and did the work to create a conference program that is rich and varied. A quick tour through the list of conference sessions hints at the wide range of options available to attendees:
- Solving Attorneys’ Real Problems, Not the Ones They Think They Have
- Be the Master of Change Leadership
- Supporting Alternative Fee Arrangements
- On Cloud Nine or in a Fog? User Tales from the Cloud
- Information Mapping: Finding Where the Squirrels Hide the Nuts
I’d be remiss if I failed to note that while the conference committee is made up of enthusiastic and able volunteers from ILTA’s membership ranks, the continuity from year to year, in addition to impressive technical expertise,is provided by the superb professional staff of ILTA. They have kept us on task, on message and on schedule throughout this year of planning.
Over the next few days, I’ll try to give you more of a preview of what awaits you at ILTA10. If you’re on the fence about attending, take a look at the Top 10 Reasons to Attend. If you’re fortunate enough to be attending the conference, please do introduce yourself to me. If you’ll be following the event remotely, be sure to get yourself a Twitter account and track the #ILTA10 hashtag. It will be the next best thing to being there.