The 2017 ABA TECHSHOW Academic track is a go!

[ED. NOTE: Please welcome guest blogger, Michael J. Robak, Associate Director/Director of Information Technologies, Leon E. Bloch Law Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City. -GL]

Such great news! – thanks to 2017 TECHSHOW Chair Adriana Linares (Viva Adriana!) and University of Illinois Jenner Law Library Director, Faye Jones, the first ever Academic Track will be part of this year’s TECHSHOW which will be held March 15 – 18, 2017.  The groundwork for the track was developed last year at the direction of 2016 TECHSHOW Chair, Steve Best and has been many months in the making.

Here’s the skinny – the Academic track will be a conference within TECHSHOW.  Faye, and the University Illinois College of Law, are generously sponsoring a series of panels and sessions that will occur on Thursday March 16 and Friday March 17.  These are designed to allow those from the Academy to move between the TECHSHOW and the Academic track.  In fact, that was the concept behind the conference within the conference, maximize the opportunity for practitioners, and particularly members of the ABA Law Practice Division, to help inform the Academy on what’s needed in the curriculum.  The schedule is designed for faculty, administration and (we hope) students to move between TECHSHOW and the track and to bring ideas and people into the track conversation.  And we’ve designed the track to create working takeaways that can help expand and supplement conversation at the 2017 AALL Annual meeting with the Teaching Legal Technology Caucus as well as add to CALI’s page supporting the caucus.  In addition we will create follow up opportunities for the AALS Section on Technology, Law and Education.

With Greg’s permission, I’ll provide additional posts about TECHSHOW’s Academic track to give updates and provide ideas about how to maximize what I know will be an amazing event.
To register for the Academic track you register for TECHSHOW, which provides full access to TECHSHOW and the vendor hall.  There is a reduced rate for academics and even more reduced rate for student attendance.  Early registration closes January 30so sign up ASAP!

One final note for this post – the Incubator Consortium’s 4th Annual Conference will be held at the same time at Texas A&M and hosted by Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education Luz Herrera.  There is quite a bit of crossover with the Consortium’s focus on technology for Incubators.  So we’ve decided to link the two conferences and we will have a virtual panel on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. that will be a technology plenary at both conferences and which will talk, in part, about how Law Schools can build Lawyer Referral Service platforms and the opportunities for data analytics with such a platform. 

More to come…. Please sign up today!

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