This past summer, the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) annual conference ITLACON was overshadowed by the abrupt announcement that three long time members of the organization’s executive team—Clay Gibney, Deb Himsel, and Peggy Wechsler—would be replaced in a reshuffling of the team and ITLA’s board of directors.

The move was not without contention. In a letter on LinkedIn, ILTA founding member and nQueue president and CEO Rick Hellers wrote, “We have reached a tipping point with the sudden and unexpected firings,” reproaching ILTA for what he saw as an “overall trend towards commercialization,” and noting that in the past the conference was “about solving specific problems, and led by those who have done so.”

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