Monday, November 21, 2016

ALM To Transform and Expand Legal Tech into "Legal Week, The Experience"

ALM will host “the largest legal industry gathering” at an event called “Legalweek, The Experience” at the New York Hilton Hotel,   January 31st to February 2nd .

You may notice that this is the same week when Legal Tech normally occurs in New York. Legal Tech is still part of the event, but the ALM press release  describes this as “the Inaugural Conference to address the Business and Regulatory Trends, technology and Talent Drivers Impacting the Business of Law.”   

I spoke with John Stuttard, senior vice president of global events at ALM. Studdard explained that Legaltech New York will remain largely unchanged as part of the greater Legalweek event structure.  An article on  described the event  as kicking off with a  “State of the Industry” view featuring three elements. “First, ALM’s insights team will share some of their analysis of the industry throughout the last year. Second, a yet-to-be-disclosed “futurist” will share thoughts about issues facing the legal market. And finally, a set of panel discussions moderated by a TV news anchor featuring top attorneys will discuss the previous two portions of the event.” 

Over the past few years, Legal Tech programming and exhibits have become heavily focused on ediscovery. Studdard talked with legal vendors who expressed concern that they offer many products which require a broader audience than those attending the traditional Legal Tech program. Studdard has come up with a bold plan which is inspired by the fashion industry’s “Fashion Week” which brings an entire industry together for a high profile, buzzworthy event. 

I immediately thought that the new “Legalweek” brand had some connection to the  UK focused “Legal Week” publication which was purchased by ALM earlier this year. Studdard said there is no connection.

Bill Carter, CEO of ALM described explained the Legalweek program in the press release: "The world is on the precipice of change due to the confluence of current global economic, technology and business trends, and the legal industry needs to adapt in order to stay ahead of the curve. We've talked to our customers about their pain points, and they told us they need help preparing for the future, realizing operational efficiencies and effectiveness, managing a diverse talent base and evolving client interactions.  We created this event to address these concerns and other issues impacting their business operation in one comprehensive forum."

The press release lists seven focus areas catering to specific legal professionals:

  • ·         LegalExecutive:  An invitation-only forum gathering the industry's top minds to provide insight into how they are translating the global business trends into action and shaping their businesses' respective directions.
  • ·         LegalWomensForum:  An interactive caucus of women working in the legal field, this area of focus will offer innovative ideas and solutions that lead to the retention and advancement of experienced women in law firms and corporations.
  • ·         Legaltech: Known as the industry's largest and most important legal technology tradeshow, Legaltech delves into leading legal technology solutions and showcases how the industry's most successful firms are preparing for the future.  
  • ·         LegalPros: Law librarians, paralegals and administrators can discover innovative ideas and solutions that help them evolve their roles as the manager, educator and knowledge influencer of the legal research and litigation tools of the firm.
  • ·         LegalMarketing: This focus area explores how modern forces impact the way law firms handle business development and provides a think tank environment for marketers to guide firms into 2017 and beyond.
  • ·         LegalCIO: With so much changing in technology, this event fosters discussions around relevant opportunities and challenges impacting today's law firm information, technology and knowledge management professionals.
  • ·         LegalSmallFirm: This area of focus explores how technology can support efficiency improvements, client growth and scalable operations for small law firms.

Anyone who registers for any of the Legalweek tracks will be able to enter the exhibit hall and can attend the the plenary speaker events. ALM is expecting 10,000 attendees and the exhibit hall will feature more than 300 exhibitors at the LegalTech exhibit hall.

In addition to the seven focus areas,  programming will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, an exhibition floor and opportunities to network, Legalweek will also feature live entertainment through LegalLive. Visit or follow @Legalweekshow for program and speaker updates, as well as to submit requests for sponsorship and/or speaking opportunities.

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