Nashville Skyline

By | 18th August 2011

Next week sees your correspondent jetting off to the Athens of the South, more commonly known as Nashville, Tennessee or the Music City, for the International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference 2011, known as ILTA.

The conference takes place in the famous Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, said to be the largest non-casino hotel in the Continental United States outside Las Vegas!

It is so large that it cannot apparently accommodate us! We are staying close by and intend to participate in a wide variety of events both in and out of the conference itself ranging from meeting and greeting old friends and new, attending sessions in a bulging programme and visiting the world famous Jack Daniels Distillery (if time permits) and the Walking Horse Celebration.

I have not been to ILTA before and am to be accompanied by my colleague Naj Bueno, one of our Business Development managers.

There will be more of all this on our return and we will publish our views on the conference itself. In the meantime, in case you are wondering what I am up to here is the conference “objective”:

Conference sessions are being developed around the Rev-Elation concept, offering attendees knowledge to develop new strategies for success in their own organizations. In addition, a slate of sessions will tie into Law2020™, ILTA’s multi-year, multi-platform educational programming initiative focusing on the ways in which law firms will have to adapt in order to thrive over the next decade.

I think there is much in that summary to gladden the heart of an old pro who is keen to see law firms adapt and thrive by the adoption of the best of new technology to make them more efficient and cost effective for the benefit of themselves and their clients!

I have to say that my knowledge of Tennessee in general and Nashville in particular is sketchy to say the least. My 1960s memories recall a band called the Nashville Teens and their famous hit song Tobacco Road, but they came from Surrey and appear to have had nothing to do with the Southern State where the Battle of Nashville in 1864 saw the Union capture the first capital city in the South in the American Civil War.

There is of course a proper business side to our visit as indicated above but I hope and believe that there will be time to enjoy the delights of the humid sub tropical 90 degree summer weather and the musical delights on offer as well as a serious bout of networking!

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