Ep. 12 – Voices of ILTACON 2018

Summary:  Episode 12 of the Blacklines & Billables podcast: the next installment of our “Voices” series–this time from National Harbor, Maryland at ILTACON 2018.  We asked a range of lawyers and technologists attending the conference for on-the-spot short answers to a range of questions about ILTACON and the legal technology landscape more broadly.  Their reactions and impressions created this pod, which captures a snapshot of the ILTACON experience and provides a window into the important conversations currently taking place in the legal tech community.

The Questions:

  1. What makes ILTACON interesting or unique as a legal tech conference?
  2. In your view, what (a) legal tech development or (b) motivating force/pressure is most likely to generate meaningful, short-term innovation in the practice of law?
  3. Rewind 3 years, what’s a development on the legal tech landscape that you would have expected to have happened by ILTACON 2018, but still hasn’t?
  4. Conversely, what’s an innovation or development on the legal tech landscape that’s happening more quickly than you expected?
  5. What information about legal technology and the legal tech market do you wish you had, but you find is actually quite difficult to obtain?
  6. What part of the legal landscape is most in need of significant innovation?
  7. If, as part of the ILTACON package, you received a 1% equity stake in a legal tech company of your choice, which company would you choose and why?
  8. What’s the most valuable part of the ILTACON experience?

Special thanks to all of guests (in order of first appearance):

  • Michael Callier, Senior Corporate Counsel at Darigold
  • Melvin Evans, Director of Information Technology at Hand Arendall Harrison Sale
  • Ginevra Saylor, Secretary of the ILTA Board
  • Will Norton, CEO & Founder of Simply Agree
  • Kevin O’Keefe, CEO & Founder of LexBlog
  • David Hobbie, Director of Knowledge Management (Litigation) at Goodwin
  • Matt Homann, CEO & Founder of Filament
  • Ed Sohn, Vice President, Product and Partner Management at Thompson Reuters
  • Felicity Conrad, CEO & Co-founder of Paladin
  • Jeff Pfeifer, Vice President & Chief Product Officer at LexisNexis
  • Nicole Bradick, CEO & Founder of Theory & Principle
  • Jeanne Marie Boswell, Director of Technology Training at Paul Hastings
  • Owen Byrd, Chief Evangelist & General Counsel at Lex Machina
  • James Desjardins, Associate Director of Practice Technology at Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Carol Lynn Grow, VP of Marketing & Sales & Co-owner of LawToolBox
  • Jason Dirkx, Knowledge Management Counsel at Littler Mendelson
  • Monet Fauntleroy, Senior Manager of Practice Innovation at White & Case
  • Courtney Murphy, eDiscovery & Litigation Technology Attorney at Clark Hill
  • Anand Upadhye, Vice President of Business Development at Casetext
  • Tessa Ramanlal, Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills & Co-founder at ANIKA


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Amid a rapidly changing market for legal services, Blacklines & Billables takes a critical look at the cutting edge of legal technology and innovation, as well as law-firm associate success and development.  An avid legal technologist and former Biglaw associate in New York and London, host Christian Lang explores the promise—and pitfalls—of an evolving legal and technological landscape with leading practitioners, legal tech founders, and other thought leaders, building upon the conversations begun on the Blacklines & Billables blog.

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