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From Legal Week to Legal Geek, The Conference You May Not Have Heard Of: eDiscovery Trends

Don’t feel bad – neither did I until after the fact.  But, the first ever Legal Geek North America conference happened last week in Brooklyn and it sounds like it might be one to check out in the future – if you can get in.

In Legal IT Professionals (Legal Geek North America Makes Its Mark in Brooklyn), Christy Burke described the “Legal Geek Ethos” as outlined by Legal Geek founder Jimmy Vestbirk as one that “prioritizes friendship over selling, recommends both learning and teaching, reminds of the importance of pitching in to help, and reminds about the all-important ‘no ties’ policy, which was strictly observed – no ties in sight!”  According to Christy, “Vestbirk compared the conference to Woodstock, the legendary American music festival of 1969 – a great analogy because the event’s clear aim was to bring a diverse group of people together for a memorable, singular experience that could never be recreated.”

Speakers included Marc Cohen of Legal Mosaic (who actually attended the original Woodstock), Dr. Eva Bruch of AlterWork, Tess Blair of Morgan Lewis, Lucy Dillon of Reed Smith, Susan Hackett of Legal Executive Leadership, Karl Chapman of EY Riverview Law, Karl Kong from Axiom, Nicole Bradick of software development and design firm Theory & Principle and Dan Reed, CEO of UnitedLex.  According to Reed, the push of innovation is coming from Boards and C-Suites of the best companies in the world.  “Law has lost its immunity,” he said, and “going digital” means extreme client centricity.  Corporate clients are thinking in terms of “value capture” – gains built on performance and quality, lowering risk and cost.  Reed said that law firms need value capture to be relevant in today’s world.

These were just some of the 60+ speakers from 6+ countries that spoke to 450 attendees (apparently a waitlist of another 100+ couldn’t get into the event).  So, clearly some people have heard of it and it sounds like it was a very interesting and entertaining event.  Christy’s article goes a lot more in depth into some of the content discussed by the speakers and it sounds like there will be a Legal Geek Festival in London for a whole week from October 14 through October 18.  Legal Geek – Week!

I’m intrigued and will have to consider it for next year.  Are you intrigued?

So, what do you think?  Are you a “legal geek”?  As always, please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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