Friday, February 1, 2008

LegalTech New York

I am off to LegalTech next week at the Hilton NewYork. I plan to live blog for most of the time. (But we will see what they have to offer for WiFi and power availability.)

These are the three sessions I will attending on Tuesday:

KM1: How Knowledge Management Has Grown Up
Knowledge Management arrived as a concept a number of years ago. But it has taken more time for viable commercial systems and approaches to deliver real value. This session explores:

* Why early KM efforts didn't always live up to their promises.
* Why building the internal case for KM is sometimes more difficult than it should be.
* How commercial systems have evolved to provide real benefit.
* What differentiates a successful KM approach from those that have not done as well?
* What new approaches are emerging to provide the next round of innovation?

Vice President and General Manager
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Thomson West
Eagan, Minnesota

Director of Knowledge Management
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Memphis, Tennessee

KM2: Technology Integration – The New Face of KM
Early approaches to Knowledge Management tended to take one of two forms:

1. Individual, highly customized systems;
2. Commercial applications providing KM to the mass market.

Some organizations have moved to combine the two approaches in a technology integration that combines the best of both worlds. In this session, you will hear from leading law firms that have embarked on highly customized approaches that still integrate the best of what commercial systems have to offer.

Director of Knowledge Management
Morrison & Foerster LLP
New York, New York

Chief Knowledge Officer
Reed Smith LLP
Los Angeles, California

Global Head of Know-How
Allen & Overy LLP
London, UK

KM3: KM Roundtable – Practical Approaches
Though Knowledge Management is not a new concept, many organizations struggle to find practical approaches that work for their specific needs. This panel features leading KM experts from large law firms committed to making KM a success. Find out about the particular approaches they've used to make their KM initiatives a success.

Armstrong Teasdale LLP
St. Louis, Missouri

Senior Practice Consultant
Hunton & Williams
Washington, D.C.

Director of Knowledge Management
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
Los Angeles, California

Tuesday Night I plan to attend the Law Technology News Awards Dinner. Goodwin Procter is picking up an award for Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm.

I am not sure about Wednesday. It looks like I qualify for lousy coffee and mediocre danish at the LegalTech bloggers meeting.

Wednesday Night is a cocktail reception hosted by ILTA for the Knowledge Management Peer Group. (I am now on the steering committee.)

Thursday Morning is quiet get together of some legal knowledge management peers.

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