2017 Futures Conference

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Join us October 26-27 in Atlanta for the 2017 Futures Conference, “Running With the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law,” presented by the College of Law Practice Management and Georgia State University School of Law.

This interactive conference focuses on the current state of artificial intelligence in law practice and a glimpse into the future. Sessions include:

  • AI in law practice — the current state of the art
  • Demos of AI products actually used by law firms
  • Videos that will challenge how you think about AI
  • A look at the perilous ethical waters of AI and how AI may be regulated

Conference Agenda

The 2017 Futures Conference will take place at the Georgia State University Law School. Our host hotel, and the site of this year’s annual New Fellows Induction Ceremony and black-tie dinner, will be the Ritz-Carlton–Atlanta.

Download the conference brochure to learn more about the 2017 Futures Conference and this year’s impressive line-up of speakers.

11:00Registration Opens
11:00New Fellows Orientation (Class of 2017 Inductees, hosted by Bill Migneron, Chair, Board of Trustees)
NoonWelcome, Lunch and Legal Services Corp. Presentation
Linda Klein, Shareholder, Baker Donelson; President, American Bar Association (2016-2017)
1:45Conference Overview
▪ Co-Chairs Sharon Nelson, President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and Mark Tamminga, Partner, Leader of Innovation Initiatives, Gowling WLG
2:00Hype vs. Reality: Is Everything AI now?
Michael Mills, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Neota Logic Inc.
Chris Boyd, Leader, Attorney Recruitment, KM and Professional Devevelopment, Wilson Sonsini
Andy Daws, Chief Customer Officer, Kim Technologies
3:30Speed Networking with an AI Twist
5:00Welcome Reception
7:00"Dine-Around" Dinners
8:00Hospitality Suite (sponsored by Rob Mattern & Assoc.)
7:30Breakfast Opens
7:45The Bright and Dark of AI: Open Mic session
▪ Featured Guest via Skype: Joanna Goodman, author, "Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services"
▪ Moderators: Co-Chairs Sharon Nelson and Mark Tamminga

9:15Meet the Machines You'll Be Running With
Kira Systems: Contract Search, Review and Analysis presented by Rick Kathuria, Director LPM and Legal Logistics, Gowling WLG
Neota Logic: Automating Expertise presented by Marc Lauritsen, President, Capstone Systems
Catalyst: Insight Predict presented by John Tredennick, CEO, Catalyst Repository Systems
Lex Machina: Litigation Analytics and Data Driven Decisions presented by Kyle Doviken, Attorney and Legal Technologist, Lex Machina
11:00Robots Gone Wild: Mind-bending Videos and the Extraordinary Implications of Intelligent Machines (Open Mic)
Ron Friedman, Partner, Fireman & Company
Sharon Nelson, President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
Demo: Jill Watson the Teaching Assistant, presented by Ashok Goel, Professor, Computer Science and Cognitive Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
NoonInnovAction Awards Luncheon
1:20Two Sides of the Coin — Two Quick Talks
Side 1: AI Revs Up Law Firm Marketing and Business Development
Mark Greene, Business Strategy and Marketing Consultant
Side 2: AI and Legal Ops: Pay Attention Law Firms!
Liam Brown, Founder, Elevate Services
2:30The Perilous Ethical Waters of AI
John Simek, VP, Sensei Enterprises Inc.
Ed Walters, CEO, Fastcase
Wendy Wen Yun Chang, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson
▪ Moderator: John Mitchell, Managing Director, KM Advisors LLC
3:45Open Mic: Closing Thoughts and Conference Wrap-up
6:00New Fellows Induction Reception
7:00New Fellows Induction Ceremony and Black-Tie Dinner
9:00New Fellows Induction Dessert Buffet
9:30Hospitality Suite

* As of July 11; subject to change without notice.

Conference Registration 

Registration is sold out. Click here to be added to the waiting list.

Early bird rates and hotel discount rates apply through September 30. Online registration closes October 20, but you may register onsite (subject to space availability).

Registration Rates

2017 Registration TypeEarly Bird
(On or Before
September 30)
(On or After
October 1)
Current Fellow
(Includes induction ceremony and dinner)
$645 USD$745 USD
Class of 2017 Fellow-Elect
(Includes induction ceremony and dinner)
$495 USD$595 USD
Former- or Non-Fellow
(Does not include induction ceremony or dinner)
$645 USD$745 USD
Host Law School Alumni and Faculty Registration
(Does not include induction ceremony or dinner)
$645 USD$745 USD
Sponsor Member Registration, e.g., ABA, ALA,
(Does not include induction ceremony or dinner)
$645 USD$745 USD
Personal Guest of a Current College Fellow or
$250 USD$300 USD

Hotel Registration

The host hotel will be the Ritz-Carlton–Atlanta. To secure our special conference rate, enter the COLPM group code: CLBCLBA. The discounted conference rate of $189/night is available for reservations made by September 30. Subject to limited availability, and for reservations made by September 30, you may be able to secure the discount for lodging needs up to three days before or after the conference dates. If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, call the Ritz-Carlton Call Center at 800.241.3333; be sure to tell them you’re with the “College of Law” group to secure the conference rate. Valet service at the hotel is $18 for daily parking and $38 per day for overnight parking.

A word of caution: Be sure to reserve your room at the downtown Atlanta property and not at the Buckhead property. 

Ground Transportation

Base cab fares from the airport to the downtown area are approximately $30 plus a $1.50 airport surcharge and gratuity. The pick-up area for taxis is on the upper floors. Uber and Lyft also service the Atlanta area if you have the app downloaded to your phone. The pick-up area for Uber and Lyft is on the bottom floor.

It’s about a 20-minute train ride from the airport. There’s a MARTA station conveniently located just a two-minute walk from the law school. Check the MARTA website to select fares and schedules that work best for you.

The distance between The Ritz-Carlton–Atlanta and Georgia State University College of Law is an easy three-minute walk (0.1 mile).


If you drive to the conference site, visitor parking is available, on a limited basis, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., in all University parking decks. The T deck is the most favorable. Daily parking fees are $7 (per entry basis); there are no in-and-out privileges and no overnight parking is permitted. For your convenience, you may prepay your parking fees during the early bird registration process; you will then receive a voucher in your on-site registration packet to submit when you exit the parking facility. (Prepayment of fees increases, but does not guarantee, the likelihood you’ll be able to secure parking at the T deck.) No refunds for parking fees are permitted after September 30. Georgia State University and COLPM assume no responsibility for vehicles or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time. Valuable contents should be stored out of sight.

Disability parking locations on-campus is only for drivers with state-issued disability license plates or state-issued disability placards. Individuals with either identification may park in any unoccupied “disability parking” space on-campus. The standard parking rates apply for all parking spaces including disability spaces. Drivers with temporary impairments that limit their mobility cannot be granted access to legally designated “disability parking” spaces on-campus. Please direct any questions regarding disability parking or temporary (health reasons) parking at the University to Auxiliary and Support Services at 404.413.9500.

As noted the hotel section, above, valet parking at The Ritz-Carlton–Atlanta is $38 per day.

Conference Co-Chairs

Conference Sponsors

The Futures Conference and InnovAction Awards would not be possible without our Sponsors. Please be sure to thank them for their support.

Social Media

Please use #COLPM to follow the conference.

Conference Policies

Guest Tickets: Only Fellows and designated representatives of Platinum and Gold Sponsors registered to attend the conference may purchase guest tickets for personal guests, e.g., spouse/domestic partner or family member. Guest tickets grant admittance to evening social events but not to educational offerings or session rooms without prior approval of COLPM leadership.

Accommodations: COLPM complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. When you register, please tell us if you require accommodation related to dietary restrictions or accessibility.

Image and Voice Release: Registration and attendance at, or participation in, the COLPM Futures Conference and related activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant. COLPM’s use and distribution, both now and in the future, of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Cancellations: Written cancellation requests received on or before September 30, 2017, will be assessed a $75 USD administrative fee. Thereafter, registration and guest ticket fees are nonrefundable.

For additional information, please contact the College Administrator, Debbie Curtis-O’Connell at dcurtis@colpm.org or 224.337.9033.