I had the privilege and pleasure of moderating a terrific panel at the ILTA conference this year.  The title of the session was the title of this post.  And the intention of the session was to explore, not WHAT new technology was coming down the pipe, but HOW that technology would fundamentally change lawyers, law firms, and the practice of law itself.

I am indebted to Jess Hutto-Schultz and the ILTA Committee for suggesting the topic and for allowing me to pick a truly ALL-STAR panel.

The panelists were:

Joshua Lenon, Lawyer in Residence at Clio (blog)

Noah Waisberg, CEO and Founder of Diligence Engine (blog)

Stuart Barr, Chief Operating Officer at HighQ (blog)

and Michael Mills, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Neota Logic (blog)

Each of the panelists have already posted their personal accounts of the session and I urge you to read them via the blog links above. This was truly an amazing session and I’m not just saying that because I was involved. Take a look at what some of the attendees said:

“Another fantastic session with a great panel. Please bring them back for more.”

“Can’t emphasize enough how superb this session was. Excellent and well-informed panel with excellent moderator…” (Bonus points for whomever said this one. – RM)

“This should have been earlier in the week”

“Fantastic! Best session at ILTA!!”

“Great panel. Very thought provoking.”

“Great session that used the panel format well to put forward alternate views.”

“INCREDIBLE SESSION!! All speakers were amazing. Content was relevant, informative, interesting, and fun!”

“Outstanding panel, wide scope, though-provoking but realistic.”

“Thoughtful and provocative. I especially enjoyed Michael Mills’ commentary.”

Lest you think I cherry-picked only the best comments, those are ALL of the comments.  Some of them went on much longer and I shortened them so as to not completely embarrass our brilliant and humble panelists.

My personal thoughts, inspired and informed by this session, will be posted here starting on Monday morning. And yes, I do have a tendency to go on a bit, so those thoughts will continue through until at least Thursday.  But for your Friday afternoon and Weekend enjoyment, I present the full presentation of Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds? from ILTA 2014. 

The video is about 90 minutes long, so go get some popcorn. If you are interested in the future of law, or robot lawyers, you will not regret it. If you are not interested in those things, I’m not sure how you stumbled onto this blog, but welcome!

(If the embedded video is not working, go to YouTube.  It is working there. )

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Ryan is an executive at a small, but well-known legal technology company. Prior to his jump to the vendor side, he served for 3 years as Legal Technology Innovation Architect at Norton Rose Fulbright, running Technology Innovation projects around the world. His sense of humor and remarkable tolerance for verbal and psychological abuse has gotten him through more than 15 years in Legal Technology. In 2015, McClead was named a FastCase 50 recipient, and in 2018, he was elected a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. In past lives, he was a Knowledge Manager, a Systems Analyst, an “IT Guy”, a Fashion Merchandiser and Theater Composer.