First impressions of a LegalTech newbie

Yesterday was day one of LegalTech, the huge conference covering legal technology. It is also my first time attending this conference. While the impressions are still fresh, I wanted to pass along some thoughts.

The only frame of reference for what it’s like walking into the hotel is from when I was working in Bronx County, New York, and walking into Yankee Stadium on game day. People everywhere. Walking to Recommind’s booth was like walking a people-filled gauntlet with large ads for all kinds of technologies, video monitors everywhere, music playing; frankly, it was a madhouse.

And everyone, really everyone, was auctioning off an iPad (Monica Bay) called that one). Besides pens, it was the most popular giveaway.

Once safely ensconced in our booth, I spent a good portion of the day explaining the value proposition of Predictive Coding and Predictive Sampling. I was amazed that, for a technology my company originated, lots of competitors have jumped on the predictive coding imitation bandwagon. It’s the buzzword that I saw today. No one else has the built-in workflow of Predictive Sampling, so I guess that’ll be next year’s copycat feature.

I attended one conference session, on what document review will look like in 5 years. The panel was moderated by Recommind’s own Craig Carpenter, and they spoke to a packed room. It was nice that they had both the in-house and outside counsel viewpoints, because the in-house representative basically said that review will be very similar to what we see today. The outside counsel saw more potential for change. All of them agreed that Predictive Coding was the future of review.

Today will be an interesting day, not the least of which because we’re expecting yet another snowfall and freezing weather. I already feel like an experienced LegalTech attendee.

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Howard Sklar, Senior Corporate Counsel at Recommind, is responsible for the growth and development of Recommind’s software solutions and regularly advises on the InfoRiskAwareness Project. Howard brings to Recommind more than 17 years of legal expertise, with 12 years as a prosecutor and regulator. Before joining Recommind Howard took on key roles in the legal departments of Hewlett-Packard and American Express. Prior to moving in-house, Howard served 12 years as a prosecutor and regulator, first as an Assistant District Attorney in New York, where he developed a speciality in computer crime investigation, and then as a senior enforcement attorney in the Branch of Internet Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission.