We’re just getting back in the swing of things after an exciting week at ILTACON 2018. With 4,100 attendees, this was the largest ILTACON conference yet. As always, we loved meeting our customers and introducing new people to Litera Desktop. This year was particularly exciting, with thought-provoking keynote addresses, wide-ranging breakout sessions, and our much-anticipated announcement of The Changing Lawyer Awards.
Inspired to Innovate
The keynotes at ILTACON 2018 were outstanding. Innovation was an overarching theme at this year’s conference, and we’re feeling seriously inspired to think in new ways about old problems—including some problems that we hadn’t even recognized as problems. ILTACON kicked off on Monday morning with an address by Lisa Bodell, a globally recognized futurist and innovator. In her talk, “Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution,” Lisa proclaimed that “Thinking is a daring act.” She suggested thinking about how your company could be killed off as a way to envision what you could do better if you were freed of the established way you do business. We’re looking for ways to break out of our own status quo and build something better in its place. Just as importantly, we want to help our customers do the same.
Lessons on All Fronts
Beyond the keynote addresses, we attended—and presented—a tremendous variety of sessions on different topics. Data security was huge; we especially enjoyed the session where a 15-year-old “white hat hacker” demonstrated, in real time, how he could hack into a law firm and gain access to company information. (Hint: it didn’t take expensive equipment or hours of effort, and this isn’t the only kid out there who can hack a supposedly secure site!) We also learned more about the anatomy of a data breach—all useful information that we’re thinking about how to apply as we help our customers keep their data safe. Our own Sherry Kappel, Litera Microsystems Document Lifecycle Evangelist, also led a well-attended three-part series about getting the most from Office 365.
And the Award Goes to …
We may have been most excited about our breakfast briefing session, where our CEO, Avaneesh Marwaha, discussed what we are hearing from CIOs and how we can help solve some of the issues they face every day. Our focus is to simplify document drafting with easy-to-use solutions that can give peace of mind.
We also had the opportunity to introduce the latest edition of The Changing Lawyer publication and present our inaugural Changing Lawyer Awards. The Changing Lawyer Awards recognize legal innovators and their contributions to advancing how we all operate. We’ve had a great time reviewing our submissions and getting to know who’s doing outstanding work. This year’s awards and their recipients were:
Outstanding Lawyer of the Year: Natalie Munroe with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP;
Outstanding Law Firm of the Year: Reed Smith LLP;
Outstanding CIO of the Year: Judith Flournoy with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; and
Disruptor of the Year: Casetext.
The thing is, change is slippery: as soon as someone imagines a better way to work, that new way can quickly become another accepted status quo. Change, therefore, must be ongoing. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s different next year, when we get to meet the next batch of nominees!
If you missed ILTACON 2018, save the date now for 2019’s conference in Orlando, Florida. There’s no better place to learn what’s on the frontier of legal technology and get fired up all over again about your work. You can bet we’ll be there.