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The heat may have dampened the gaudy Hawaiian shirts of the LawNet crowd but not their spirits. This is the highlight of US IT directors’ professional year and an opportunity to network with their counterparts in other law firms. And there is much talking to be done, with 650 delegates attending the event, held at La Quinta, a resort in the Californian Mojave desert, just outside Palm Springs.Attendance by UK law firms at this event seems to have tailed off over the past few years and the only British firms to attend were Dechert and – in an unofficial capacity – Herbert Smith. UK vendors were better represented. The UK sales squad from CMS turned up in force, along with Neil Cameron from Keystone, drumming up interest for the upcoming launch of the US version of Keystone. Stalking the exhibit hall was Liam Flanagan, the founder of Tikit, on the prowl for new ideas.The scope of the conference is massive. Delegates can choose between eight seminar tracks – applications; corporate and government; finance; internet; professional development; strategy; industry spotlight and speaker starlight. Or they can address their own specific technology problems at one of the three ‘LawNet University’ workshops.

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