But Wait… There’s More – ILTACON 2015 from Afar, Round-Up edition

By Joanne Kiley posted 09-08-2015 16:48


With 1636 attendees networking, learning and sharing at ILTACON 2015, one could feel the energy in every room and hallway of Caesars Palace Conference Center. If you could not attend, I hope this re-cap helps you glean some of the salient information shared there.


I asked several attendees to share their thoughts on some notable sessions. Everyone noted the quality of all of the sessions they attended. Many bloggers shared their favorites as well. All recorded sessions are now available on the Connected Community under Recordings. Here are a few that received buzz from my connections. “Spark Talks” provided engaging and unique stories on creating a positive and forward thinking impact in one’s organization. Listen for the call to action by Jack Thompson of UPS for law firms and law departments to collaborate and push each other to greatness. The “Deploying and Supporting Microsoft Surface Devices” session provided practical insight into deploying and responding to issues that arise with Microsoft Surface. The “Network Monitoring: Know What Fish Are Swimming in Your Sea” provided many suggestions for open source tools to use in your office. Other buzzworthy sessions included “The Service Desk of Tomorrow,” “Onshoring Back-Office Operations,” “Legal Technology Innovation: Bolstering AND Destroying the Legal Profession,”The Rise of the Machine: Threat, Opportunity or Science Fiction” and “Risk Assessment in a Box.” Some additional sessions had recorded video as well as audio.


This year at ILTACON, Monica Bay, freelance journalist and Fellow at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and Randi Mayes, ILTA’s Executive Director, interviewed several of the thought leaders of ILTA for ILTACON TV. You can watch these provocative interviews on the conference website ILTACON TV page. Keep checking back as more videos are added.


IT Professional of the Year: Richard Taylor of WilmerHale

KM Professional of the Year: Susan Woodhouse of Littler Mendelson

Leadership: Daniel Nottke of Kirkland & Ellis

Litigation Support Professional of the Year: Beth Patterson of Allens

Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year: Connie Brenton of Netapp and Tim Golden of McGuireWoods LLP

Technology Support Professional of the Year: Jennifer Cuenot of Shearman & Sterling LLP

Young Professional of the Year: Peter Qumsiyeh of WilmerHale

Innovative Project of the Year: Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Innovative Law Firm of the Year: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Innovative Law Department of the Year: Google, Inc.

Innovative Consultant of the Year: Pratik Patel of Elevate Services, Inc.

Innovative Solution Provider of the Year: Litéra Corp.

Vendor Thought Leader of the Year: Dan Bressler of Intapp

John Alber received a special inaugural award created by the ILTA Board of Directors, the ILTA Premiership Award at the ILTA Distinguished Peer Awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The award will be bestowed by the Board on rare occasions to honor extraordinary vision, innovation, collaboration and inspiration. Congratulations and thank you, John Alber!


Outstanding Member-Contributed White Paper Article: Stephanie Abbott (formerly) of Mayer Brown JSM

Outstanding Vendor-Contributed White Paper Article: Michael Byrd of SOAR Legal Consulting

Outstanding Member-Contributed Magazine Article: John Alber (formerly) of Bryan Cave LLP

Outstanding Vendor-Contributed Magazine Article: Laurie Fischer of Huron Consulting Group, Inc.

Most Innovative Editorial Content: Tami Schiller of TutorPro and Michelle Spencer (formerly) of Bracewell & Giuliani

Most Innovative Ad Content: HighQ

Shining Star: Todd Corham of Sedgwick LLP



Make your case statement to attend ILTACON 2016 in National Harbor, MD near Washington, D.C., August 28 – September 1, 2016. Believe it or not, planning for ILTACON 2016 started at the close of ILTACON 2015. You can still volunteer for a Planning Committee Member position to help plan ILTACON 2016.