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Fast-Paced Ignite Law Dives Into the Future of Law Practice

Posted Mar 23, 2010 6:14 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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On the eve of ABA Techshow, as presenters and participants make their way to Chicago, 16 will dare answer the question: What's the future of law practice?

But don't expect a heady symposium on the topic. Each presenter gets just six minutes to share their vision for the future.

The rapid-fire presentations slated from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday are part of the Ignite Law, with speakers filling their limited time slots with no more than 20 slides to make their various points.

TechShow keynoter Ari Kaplan is scheduled to talk about "What I Learned About the Future of Legal Marketing From Playing Wii Bowling With a 4½-year old."

Carolyn Elefant, of MyShingle, will discuss the BigLaw-solo partnership, and in particular "how outsourcing innovation can help large firms cultivate new ways of doing business with minimal risk while at the same time offering enormous opportunities to savvy solos and displaced junior associates."

Elefant is coming to Techshow in part to promote her new book, "Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier." Her co-author, Niki Black, will also be at Ignite with her message that lawyers need to adapt or face extinction.

Familiar faces from the ABA include Will Hornsby, who works in ABA legal services, who'll talk about lawyer advertising regulation in the age of the avatar, and ABA Journal Editor & Publisher Edward A. Adams, who will take on the future of legal journalism as seen through the Journal's Legal Rebels project. The ABA Journal is one of the sponsors of Ignite Law.

To see a full list of the scheduled speakers with links to descriptions of their talks, click here.

Tickets to the free event are all gone, though the program's primary sponsors—LexThink and Inside Legal—are allowing would-be attendees to sign up for a waiting list. For those who can't make it in person, Ignite Law will be webcast live.

Organizer Matt Homann tells us that each presentation will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

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