UniCourt Heads to ILTACON 2021

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UniCourt Heads to ILTACON 2021

We’re excited to share that UniCourt is heading to ILTACON’s annual conference in Las Vegas, NV from August 22nd through to the 26th. Both UniCourt’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Blandi, and our Director of Content, Jeff Cox, are attending ILTACON this year. 

ILTACON is an immersive 4.5-day conference run by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) that has been bringing peer-driven programs, educational content, and unparalleled networking opportunities to the legal industry for over 40 years.

As highlighted on ILTA’s website, ILTACON is “the premier educational and networking event for the legal community” featuring attendees who are “leaders, managers, decision-making legal technologists, and professionals new to legal from small to large law firms, corporate and government law departments, academia, and the G100 firms.”

Data science and analytics are fundamental components of any industry looking to make informed, data-driven decisions, and this is especially true for the legal industry. 

The dedicated focus on data science and analytics in this year’s ILTACON sessions is further proof of the need for Legal Data as a Service for legal professionals, and the growing significance legal data holds for law firms, legal departments, legal operations, and legal technology providers. 

Of the many great sessions scheduled for this year’s conference, we’ve highlighted here below some of our top picks centered on data science and analytics. You can also look at the full schedule for ILTACON here.

Powering your Analytics with External Data Sources

  • Alexander Boyadjian – CI Attorney, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Peter Geovanes – Head of Data Strategy and Legal Analytics, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Jennifer Mendez – Director of Knowledge Management Innovation, Fisher Phillips

Description from ILTA: “Increasingly, firms are using data to drive decision-making. In addition to analyzing firm data, you can generate significant insights by combining firm data with external sources. The challenge is that external data sources may need to be cleaned and normalized in order to be effectively combined with firm data. There are a number of vendors such as Bloomberg, Lexis, Westlaw, etc. which provide curated access to external data. This panel will provide you with the practical information you need to effectively combine both public and curated external data sources with your firm data. We will discuss strategies for maximizing the value of using external data. This session will provide an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities of using public documents to generate business intelligence.”

Data Literacy for your Company: A Critical Skill for the 21st Century

  • Tim Fox – Director Practice Intelligence & Analytics, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Description from ILTA: “Data is everywhere. Why does data literacy matter? Towards optimal operation, firms need to ensure that personnel is competent and comfortable in understanding, analyzing and summarizing data so that it can be used accurately and beneficially. This session will review what data literacy is, why it is important, potential barriers to its effective application, how to build a data literacy plan and what key action items may be. Some resources will be reviewed for takeaways of key action items, planning and tools for learning.”

Building an Analytics Ecosystem

  • Carmin Ballou – Director, Data Insights & Analytics, Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc.
  • Hunter Goolsby – Director of Client & Market Intelligence, Troutman Pepper
  • Greg Murphy – VP, Innovation, Wilson Allen
  • Michael Sander – Founder / CEO, Docket Alarm

Description from ILTA: “There is a pressing need and opportunity in law firms and legal departments to use data analytics to support planning and decision making. We will share how several organizations have built a holistic data strategy, unite data from various sources, practice good data hygiene, utilize visualizations to provide insights, and find and retain the right talent to build and expand those capabilities.”

Connecting Knowledge Management: Getting Greater Value from Existing Tools and Data through Collaboration and Integration

  • Joe Davis – Manager of Knowledge Management Solutions, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Zorik Pesochinsky – Market Development Lead, Large Law Firm Strategy, Thomson Reuters
  • Keli Whitnell – Experience Database Manager, Troutman Pepper

Description from ILTA: “Law firms have multiple subscriptions to various data providers, yet all of that information is siloed. This session will describe how both providers and law firms are collating multiple sources of internal firm data plus, third-party data, into a single data warehouse to provide unprecedented insight and analytics.”

Data Silos are Killing Your Business: Identify, Plan, Unify

  • Kate Cain – Director of Innovation and Design, Foundation Software Group
  • Brownie Davis – Managing Architect, Software Engineering, Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Steven Magnuson – Business Intelligence Manager, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Amy Wisinski – Strategic Research Manager, Winston & Strawn LLP

Description from ILTA: “Firms are surrounded by mountains of data trapped in internal systems and external resources and locked within the collective consciousness of their people. Too often, these sources are like monoliths, remaining narrowly focused on a specific function and disconnected from the whole. Leaders know there is strategy gold in there somewhere, but sifting truly actionable intelligence out of all that raw material is daunting if not impossible. Without the tools to connect, align, and navigate their data landscape, leaders resort to strategy-by-instinct and making decisions based on incomplete or, worse yet, incorrect information. Firms that accomplish this digital transformation can leverage their collective intelligence operationally and strategically and factor the insights drawn from this broader, informed perspective into planning for the future. During this session, you will hear from peers who have transformed data resources into strategy gold within their firms. Learn about the challenges they faced, the solutions they implemented, and the overall value they continue to deliver.”

Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and the Jury System

  • David Cohen – Practice Group Leader, Reed Smith LLP
  • Lisa DeCaro – Senior Trial Consultant

Description from ILTA: “Yes, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here to stay. Many are familiar with AI addressing tedious tasks such as scanning documents and even time card narratives, but this session peers into the more complex uses of AI for jury selection and case evaluation. With the aid of machine learning and AI, many organizations are exploring such topics as behavior and predictive analytics which includes a focus on case evaluation, jury selection and verdict prediction during the lifecycle of a case. If efficiency, accuracy, and cost reduction are something of interest for your firm and clients, join us as we explore the impact of AI, data analytics and how it can help your lawyers make the most educated decisions in a litigation matter.”

And although it’s not squarely in the data science and analytics realm, how could we not be excited for a session using Schitt’s Creek to reveal lessons in change management?

Ewww, David! Change Management and User Group lessons learned from The Roses.

  • Susan Sommers – Director of KM Innovation and Solutions, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Description from ILTA: “This lively and interactive session will use a hit tv show to explore the ways to extract the hidden gems from user groups that ultimately support a change management plan. User groups can often be check boxes in a project plan, and require an extra effort that many projects teams would like to avoid in favor of real work. During this session you will also hear about other ways to build muscle into your effort and garner support, early and often.”

There are several other excellent sessions to choose from at this year’s ILTACON. To search through all of the available options, login to ILTA, then follow this link to get a searchable list of sessions with additional information on speakers, locations, and session descriptions.

Connect with Us at ILTACON!

Heading to ILTACON? Want to learn more about using Legal Data as a Service for knowledge management, business development, litigation intelligence, and process automation?

Connect with us on LinkedIn or email us at Sales@unicourt.com.

See you in Vegas!