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Pack This Checklist and Get the Most Out of LegalTech New York

Greg Houston

LegalTech New York kicks off next week, and we can’t wait. Every year, we learn so much at the show—both from scheduled sessions and ad hoc conversations with the e-discovery heroes in attendance.

With session topics ranging from information governance to big data to the business of running a law firm, presenters like experts from Google and The American Lawyer, and more exhibitors than we can count, LTNY has certainly earned its title as the biggest legal technology event of the year.

Sounds a little intimidating, right? Here’s our list of LTNY must-do’s:

Checklist Item Get hands-on. You can get a demo of new software anytime; this is your chance to touch the products and get to know how they might meet your needs.

Checklist Item Get a good seat for the keynote. It really sets the tone, and it’s all anyone will talk about for the rest of the show, so you won’t want to miss it. This year’s topic is Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection Legal Challenges in the Digital Age.

Checklist Item Block off some time to visit the expo hall. It may be crowded and the endless sales pitches may get annoying, but every year we hear from colleagues who regret missing it.

Checklist Item Plan each day in advance. It’s easy to get distracted on site, so familiarize yourself with the agenda ahead of time and make sure you know what you can’t miss.

Checklist Item Take a breather. There’s a Starbucks across the street from the Hilton, and the Museum of Modern Art is just a two-minute walk away. Use your breaks to clear your head; you’ll be glad you did.

Checklist Item Reflect early and often. During breaks, on the plane, and back in the office, create an actionable to-do list for yourself and your team. The key to capitalizing on what you learn is to set goals immediately, while the inspiration is fresh.

Checklist Item Keep in touch. You’ll meet dozens of exceptional people next week. Exchange business cards, spin off a quick email, connect on LinkedIn—just make the most of your new relationships. We’ve made lasting friendships that way.

Have your own items to add to your checklist? Let us know in the comments below how you’ll make the most of LTNY. And while you’re at the show, feel free to track us down. We’d love to say hi.

Greg Houston is a member of the Relativity customer success team, providing guidance on customized e-discovery workflows that fit the unique needs of every case team. Greg previously served as litigation support project manager at various Chicago law firms and has 12 years of experience managing small and large cases from collection to trial.