My Trip to Legaltech 2012 New York
Law and technology and geeks = Heaven!
I skipped class (family law) on Monday to attend Legaltech 2012 in New York just for the day. It was my first time attending a law/geek fest such as this (I’m also going to ABA Techshow in Chicago in March). Access to the exhibit hall and certain keynotes was free for students, if registered by a certain deadline. I took the bus in the wee hours of the morning and got back late at night but I had a lot of fun!
I knew some people/exhibitors I had met on Twitter and contacted them beforehand to let them know I would be there. Among them wereLitsoftware (@litsoftwareapps), the makers of TrialPad and TranscriptPad, courtroom apps for the iPad. After I hung out with them for a bit, I met with Kevin O’Keefe (@kevinokeefe) of Real Lawyers Have Blogs and The LexBlog Network (@LXBN), the expert on use of blogs and social media for law firm marketing.We chatted about how to accelerate the relationships made online via social media. He gave me many tips that I otherwise would never have thought of on my own.
With Tara Cheever of Lit Software
Ian O’Flaherty demoing TranscriptPad
With Kevin O’Keefe of Real Lawyers Have Blogs and LXBN
I also randomly met Dinyar from Westlaw (@westlaw), a developer for the WestlawNext app for the iPad. I butted into a conversation about new features, such as saving documents for offline viewing. I LOVE the WestlawNext app! It is my go-to app for research on my iPad. I spoke to Dinyar at length about the user interface of the app and how for me, personally, UI makes a difference in how likely I am to use an app. This may sound like common sense but I think of it not just in terms of the usability of the interface, but also the beauty of it. I like pretty apps. And I think the WestlawNext app is pretty and easy to use, gets the job done, and just an all around good app.
Unfortunately, that’s about all I had time for since I was only there for a few hours. It was well worth the trip, though!
See you guys in Chicago!!