I’m just back from the State Bar of Montana’s annual meeting, where I gave a pair of presentations to the members on technology. The bar has one of the more interesting – and, I think, effective – ways of running a conference. Rather than multiple tracks, they run short segments of 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes. Each segment is a very focused look at a hot legal topic but each one comes from a different practice area. It means that you rarely sit for very long before something relevant comes up. For the speaker, it demands a lot of focus and practice because the bar staff keep the program moving forward.
The Montana bar is always fun to visit. This was my fourth annual meeting in the last dozen years. This meeting was typical, in that a sitting supreme court justice highlighted cases the court had decided, and specialists from across the state talked about specific Montana legal topics. It has the kind of close-knit camaraderie that seems to flourish in small bars, both among lawyers but also with the bench.
Here is the slide deck I used, with about the first 15 slides from the first day and the balance for the second. My paper is also included below.State-Bar-of-Montana-Annual-Meeting-2012-Whelan-Technology-Tips-Final