Key Insights from ABA TECHSHOW 2024: Embracing Tech Trends and Cybersecurity Imperatives

Key Insights from ABA TECHSHOW 2024: Embracing Tech Trends and Cybersecurity Imperatives

The ABA TECHSHOW, held in Chicago from February 14-17, 2024, was a melting pot of insights, innovations, and imperative discussions on the intersection of technology and law. As legal professionals met to explore the latest trends and tools, our PMAP team identified several overarching themes that emerged from the diverse array of presentations and discussions. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Cybersecurity Vigilance: Cyber threats continue to escalate, underscoring the critical importance of robust cybersecurity measures for law firms. From phishing scams to deepfake technology, the landscape of cybercrime is evolving rapidly. Implementing multi-factor authentication and comprehensive data breach protocols is essential to mitigate risks. Additionally, staying abreast of emerging deepfake detection tools and educating staff about manipulated content are crucial steps in fortifying defenses against cyber threats.
  • Harnessing the Power of Generative AI: Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) offers unprecedented opportunities for legal practitioners to enhance efficiency and streamline workflows. Embracing GenAI tools such as document summarization and intelligent text editing can revolutionize legal processes. However, it's imperative for firms to establish clear GenAI usage policies to ensure ethical deployment and mitigate potential risks.
  • Change Management for Technological Integration: Adopting new technologies requires adept change management to ensure seamless transitions. Understanding the “why” behind tech adoption is essential for garnering staff buy-in and fostering a sense of purpose among employees. Involving staff in decision-making and defining clear metrics for success are key strategies for effective technological integration.
  • Continuous Learning and Adaptation: As legal professionals incorporate new technologies into their practice, they must navigate regulatory and ethical considerations. Balancing client-centric approaches with regulatory compliance is paramount. Fostering a culture of continuous learning enables lawyers to proactively address challenges and uphold ethical standards in the face of technological advancements.

In addition, the “60 in 60” [60 tips in 60 minutes] session offered valuable tech tips, including:
  • is a valuable Chrome browser tool powered by GPT from OpenAI for querying PDF documents. Ideal for handling manuals, contracts, reports, and any lengthy documents where you need to query specific information. But refrain from uploading confidential client information. The free version has daily limits on uploads and questions.
  • Utilize the keyboard shortcut Control + A, C, N, V to seamlessly copy and paste content from one Word document to another, ensuring preservation of templates and avoiding accidental overwrites.
  • Enhance your cross-cultural communication with FluentTalk T1, a portable voice translator supporting 36 languages that can help you overcome language barriers.
  • For monitoring potential data breaches, consider using, a website that allows users to check if their email addresses and passwords have been compromised in cyberattacks.

ABA TECHSHOW 2024 served as a catalyst for legal professionals to embrace innovation, fortify cybersecurity defenses, and navigate the evolving technological landscape with confidence. We encourage Oregon legal practitioners to consider attending this technology conference in the future.


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