Jeremy Barker: The ‘Huge Shift’ Coming To Biglaw Attorney Development

Extract from Jeremy Barker’s article “The ‘Huge Shift’ Coming To Biglaw Attorney Development”

Smaller events have been getting some prominence lately in Above the Law, as their promoters note an important role as a complement to large industry conferences. 

Organizers of smaller events point to benefits like non-overlapping panels, deep, niche discussions, high attendee-to-vendor ratios, and networking breaks that are more lunchtime catch-up than elevator pitch. 

It’s the type of dynamic the organizers of Future Lawyer USA are looking to cultivate in their North American legal technology conferences. 

Future Lawyer USA — whose fourth installment was recently held at the Ropes & Gray offices in Boston — is a smaller cousin of Future Lawyer UK. (Both are organized by the event producer Cosmonauts.) 

At the first day of the Boston conference on May 30, attendees gathered around a law office bagel buffet during networking breaks, and panelists had several back-and-forth exchanges with members of the audience of about 200.

Here are select takeaways from the discussions that day, which was focused on technology adoption for private practice lawyers. 

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