ABA TECHSHOW 2023: Your gateway to tech competency


by JoAnn L. Hathaway   |   Michigan Bar Journal

ABA TECHSHOW 2023 is just around the corner. Now in its 37th year, this annual ABA Law Practice Division event cannot be described; it must be experienced. Those who have attended in the past can attest to its unparalleled benefits. Read on to better understand why you and others in your practice should attend this conference.


So, what exactly is ABA TECHSHOW?

It is three days of tech learning (and much more) specifically designed for lawyers and legal professionals. This event, launched in the 1980s, only gets better with every year. With a vendor hall populated by more legal tech vendors than you can count, the ABA Law Practice Division bookstore, networking opportunities galore, and five tech topic tracks with more than 60 learning sessions, this is an event you can’t afford to miss.


TECHSHOW 2023 is scheduled for March 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The Hyatt Regency is located at 151 East Wacker Drive, just north of Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Staying at the Hyatt is worthwhile, because it allows easy access to the many activities associated with the TECHSHOW experience.


The highlight of TECHSHOW is, of course, the topic tracks and learning sessions. Attendees never have a difficult time finding something of use for their practices with tracks such as financial management, marketing, operations, futures, and client experience.

TECHSHOW closes its Friday programming with its popular, fast-paced tips program followed by a closing ceremony and celebration. This year’s wrap-up event is “60 in 60,” which combines the best of TECHSHOW’s “60 Sites,” “60 Tips,” and “Gadgets and Gizmos” seminars into one rollicking session, an hour featuring the latest in apps, work hacks, hot technologies, and more.


TECHSHOW boasts a hand-selected faculty of more than 60 tech experts and thought leaders. The full list of faculty members complete with their biographies can be found at


One challenge with attending a conference is leaving with takeaway information to pass on to others in your practice and for your reference after the conference is over. That’s not a problem with TECHSHOW programming; one requirement of its faculty is authoring white papers on their speaking topics. These are often accompanied by PowerPoint presentations and are provided to attendees. These reference materials are invaluable when wanting to review details of TECHSHOW sessions.


Start-up competition

Back for its seventh year is the start-up competition, which showcases 15 innovative legal start-ups. Kicking off on Wednesday just before the welcome reception, the start-ups face off in a pitch competition; attendees determine the most innovative startup. All start-ups are also featured in the expo hall during regular TECHSHOW programming.

Welcome reception

Kick off TECHSHOW 2023 with the welcome reception in the expo hall. Experience terrific food and beverages and explore vendors while networking with fellow attendees.


Experience the best in Chicago dining at Taste of TECHSHOW. Sign up for dinner reservations throughout the city; each dinner is based on a technology topic and hosted by an expert in that particular field. Pick from a wide variety of technology topics, restaurants, and hosts as part of this event.


The TECHSHOW expo hall features legal services and products presented by vendors ranging from start-ups to longtime trusted brands. Your TECHSHOW pass lets you get a first look at what’s new and helps you find real solutions that fit both your practice and your budget.


There’s nothing like coming back to real life with what I call TECHSHOW afterglow. You return to work full of new ideas, creativity, and the spark to significantly change your law practice. If you go to TECHSHOW alone, it’s difficult to pass on everything you’ve learned to others in your firm, which is why I always recommend attending with at least one other person from your firm. Perhaps you and a key support staff member, firm administrator, or another attorney could attend together. Everyone in your practice plays a different role and has a different relationship with technology. Implementing a team approach to TECHSHOW attendance can be invaluable for your firm and its tech implementation.


Registration for TECHSHOW is quick and easy at www.techshow. com, where you can also explore a variety of registration options and pricing tiers based on the length of your stay and the type of attendee. For instance, law students can join the ABA for free and receive a special TECHSHOW rate. There are different rates for ABA members, government and academic lawyers, and more.

State Bar of Michigan members can save $100 on standard registration by using the discount code: EP2309.


For complete information on TECHSHOW 2023 or to register, visit Have specific questions about TECHSHOW or wish to speak to a seasoned attendee and previous TECHSHOW speaker? Contact the author at 517.346.6381.

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