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Event Recap: ACC Annual Meeting 2017

Last week, we sponsored the ACC Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and we must say, the event was a tremendous success. Not only were there many repeat Annual Meeting attendees, there were just as many first-timers eager to attend sessions and exchange best practices. Plus, we had an awesome time meeting attendees and handing out ACC/DC shirts at the SimpleLegal booth!

Opening Plenary

Monday opened with a plenary on blockchain from best-selling author, Don Tapscott. He shared that “blockchain technology is on pace to revolutionize the legal industry” and explained the importance of blockchain in creating a highly secure, real-time digital record for legal information. Dan listed the following as the top areas where blockchain would provide corporate counsel with the most benefit:

  1. Creating smart (digital) contracts
  2. Harnessing IPOs
  3. Protecting corporate IP
  4. Patenting opportunities

Advice Gleaned from ACC Sessions

In the coming weeks, we’ll be following-up our blog post on the Top ACC Sessions for In-House Counsel with a deeper dive into our favorite presentations. Until then, here’s some practical advice from the sessions we attended.

Adopting New Technologies in Legal

The ACC curriculum track included nearly 25 sessions related to technology, so it’s not surprising this was a popular conference topic. We saw speakers discuss the value of data for corporate legal departments, general counsel’s role in cybersecurity preparedness, and how to determine which technologies to implement.

Regardless of the legal tech session, a few underlying themes were present:

What themes and takeaways did you have from #ACCAM17? Share your experience with us on Twitter @Simple_Legal. And if you’re interested in learning more about SimpleLegal, contact us.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the best swag from the event, courtesy of Above the Law!