[Ed. Note: Please welcome guest blogger Michael Robak, Director of the Schoenecker Law Library, Associate Dean and Clinical Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis) School of Law. Michael did want me to mention this quote about his enthusiasm in writing this post -“The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. (Criss Jami)” – GL ]

It is hard for me to be objective about the first official TECHSHOW Academic Track but, I think, it is fair to say that what transpired was an overwhelming success. And the best part – the Academic Track will be part of TECHSHOW2019–so we need to start planning!

Before I get into more detail about the Track, let me say, TECHSHOW2018 was in and of itself a smashing success.

This year saw a new venue with more space and with more attendees. Except for a small glitch with registration on Wednesday (which led to an open bar, so seriously, not a downside at all!), everything worked incredibly well. Co-Chairs Debbie Foster and Tom Mighell, and the TECHSHOW Board and ABA staff, are to be commended for their dedication and diligence in putting together such a terrific TECHSHOW.

But let me get back to the reason for the post, to let the world know the Academic Track was a complete and wonderful success at TECHSHOW2018. My gauge for declaring success has several measures.

Continue Reading TECHSHOW2018 & the Academic Track = Success! No, it was a Spectacular Success!!!

[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
30
so 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!

To steal an idea from our friend Jason Wilson… this is Toby Brown, Greg Lambert* and Scott Preston. We will be at TECHSHOW this week. We may, or may not be in our matching Terminator costumes, however.

*Actually, Greg will be at the AALL Board Meetings during the day, and will find any available Happy Hour gathering at TECHSHOW at night!!