People sometimes ask me what I like about the annual Legal Geek conference, the obvious first answer is: it’s a lot of fun. But there is more to it than that.
The best way to answer the question is actually to borrow the words of one of the speakers yesterday from the session on change in the legal market that Artificial Lawyer MC-ed. Denise Nurse, CEO of Halebury, gave a great speech about diversity and change. One comment she made really resonated with me, she said: ‘Come to work as your whole self.’
I.e. be real, be yourself – and that is not always easy in big social/commercial situations like conferences. At Legal Geek it felt very much like you can just be who you are, whoever you are, and that’s great.
You can stand on stage and say exactly what you think – and guess what, when you tell people what you really think, (although some people will disagree), you get way more positive engagement than just trotting out the standard lines. People can tell when someone else is being real with them. It’s a very human thing.
If you want to break the rules, like The Rt Hon Lord Richard Keen – you can too, he decided that he’d go against the suggestion that you don’t wear a tie to the Legal Geek event in Shoreditch. Ironically, it was perfectly in tune with the event: being real.
OK, all good. But what happened there?
There were literally dozens of speakers, with a main stage, a GC stage and a smaller side stage, with a constant buzz of speakers covering everything from mental health in the law, to regulation that will help legal tech, to how to focus on legal process problems first to find the best tech to solve the problem, to how to get investment if you are a start-up, to how GCs need to approach tech, to culture and diversity of all kinds in the law and legal tech world, to education and preparing students for the new world, and much, much more.
It’s about 6-ish AM as I start to write this and I think I left Legal Geek last night at about 10.30PM after a few beers during the amazing Law Rocks show, sponsored by HighQ – some of those bands really did rock. So, forgive me if I just show you a montage, for now, of some of the people and speakers. In some ways this is the best representation of the event in any case. They are in a sort of chronological order, mapping the day. Enjoy.