(This post has been updated with the latest numbers provided by ILTA.)

Much uncertainty surrounded attendance at this years ILTACON, the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association, and the first hybrid version of the conference, as the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cause some to reconsider in-person attendance.

Last week, two major vendors announced that they were withdrawing their staff from attending in person, while continuing to support and participate in the conference virtually. iManage was first to withdraw, followed by Litera.

And among others who made last-minute decisions not to attend, there was me.

Yesterday, after the keynote session that opened the conference, ILTA provided final numbers on attendance. They are:

  • Total in-person: 831.
  • Total digital: 1,306.
  • Total combined (in-person and digital): 2,137.
  • Keynote was attended by 500 virtually.

The on-site total is a bit lower than ILTA was predicting, but not by much, and still a respectable showing for the first major legal tech conference since the pandemic began.

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