Legaltech New York 2017 was undeniably a key legal technology event. Since this was my first time attending, I was not certain what to expect. Once I learned my way around the multiple levels of the conference center, I experienced overflowing conference sessions, great networking opportunities, a vibrant vendor exhibit hall and interesting conference sessions.
Most importantly, I had the privilege of interacting with multiple attendees who have participated in the conference for more than 10 years to learn about the conference history.
Overflowing Conference Sessions
From the conference keynote by futurist Andrew McAfee of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy to every other session I attended, the conference rooms were filled to capacity. Attendees received valuable information in the conference sessions, as well as potential CLE Credit for certain sessions. As one speaker correctly pointed out, lawyers have an ethical obligation to understand the benefits and risks of technology, and it showed in the attendance and the questions asked.
eDiscovery and more eDiscovery
The conference included a striking number of eDiscovery conference sessions and exhibitors. One speaker presented a case study about using data analytics to reduce over 8 million documents for potential analysis and review down to just over a quarter million. That reduction saved over a million dollars in discovery costs, plus significant time savings for resolving the case. Clustering, sentiment analysis and machine learning were all mentioned as modern data science techniques that can help reduce the cost of eDiscovery.
Vibrant Exhibit Halls
As a representative of an exhibitor at Legaltech, I spent a good deal of time in the exhibit hall and was impressed with the amount of traffic, as well as the quality of the conversations.
Whether attendees were interested in learning more about legal technology and trends, earning CLE credits or networking with peers, there was something for everyone at Legaltech New York 2017.