A recent ABA Journal article entitled “Not Just About Tech: ABA Techshow adopted a holistic approach to law, highlighting wellness, marketing, ethics and more” by Victor Li, Matt Reynolds, Stephanie Francis Ward and Amanda Robert, featured Sharon Nelson of Sensei Enterprises.
I’m not a lawyer,” Mary Shen O’Carroll said during her keynote speech at ABA Techshow 2020, which took place Feb. 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Chicago.
The director of the legal operations, technology and strategy team at Google has always been interested in working faster and making things more efficient—two qualities that never have been associated with lawyers.
However, she argued the legal industry finally seems to be moving closer to where she’s always been.
“This is an industry that’s been stuck in time for a long time,” she said. “There are changes happening all around us, and [they’re] accelerating.” She added that bringing about necessary changes in the legal industry would require collaboration and cooperation.
In that vein, this year’s incarnation of Techshow promoted a holistic approach to legal technology. A diverse group of speakers and panels provided conferencegoers with information, tips and strategies across a wide range of topics, including the accuracy of artificial intelligence in legal research, marketing, online dispute resolution, wellness, ethics, recruiting and retention of employees.
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Of course, sometimes you have to know when to disconnect. During a Feb. 28 panel titled “The Intersection of Ethics and Well-Being,” criminal defense attorney Jennifer Gerstenzang of San Diego said there are several factors contributing to issues with attorneys’ mental well-being, including the feeling of always being on call and unable to disconnect. She said while technology helps attorneys with efficiency, it also makes it difficult for them to take the time they need to recharge.
Fellow panelist Sharon Nelson, co-founder of Sensei Enterprises in Fairfax, Virginia, agreed that it’s important for legal professionals to recognize that technology and constant connectivity play a large role in well-being issues.
“In a technology conference, sometimes you have to teach people how not to use technology and how to carve some time for their own well-being,” she said.