After two years of virtual conferences, the American Association of Law Libraries is returning to in-person programming for its annual meeting and conference, which takes place July 16-19 in Denver.

Often, when I hear people rattle off the names of the leading legal technology conferences in the United States, this one is not even on their radar. That is a huge mistake. Both in its programs and its exhibit hall, the AALL conference is one of the top conferences for anyone interested in legal tech.

Yes, the conference focuses on law librarians. But the role of the law librarian has metamorphized in recent years in such a way that it is nearly impossible to be a law librarian without also being a legal technologist.

Back in 2017, after returning from that year’s AALL conference, I wrote that I would now put it among the top legal tech conferences. If that was true then, it is even more so now.

Consider the agenda. It includes programs on algorithmic bias in legal research, cryptocurrencies and the law, data analytics, data integration and APIs, user-centered design and access to justice, web archiving, blog archiving, and even “Researching Emojis in the Law.”

Likewise, the roster of exhibitors spans the landscape of legal research, legal technology, knowledge management, and legal publishing.

If all that wasn’t reason enough, did I mention it’s in Denver — one of the best cities to visit in the United States?

The theme of this year’s conference is “Advancing Justice for All.” The keynote speaker is Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court.

The cost to attend is $795 for AALL members and $1,095 for non-members. Students can attend for $225 if they are AALL members or $275 if not.

I look forward to seeing you in Denver!


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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.