This week, legal technology thought leaders and experts, legal industry early adopters and technology-focused vendors will gather to hash out how technology is affecting, supporting and changing the legal industry at ILTACON 2017 (International Legal Technology Association) August 13-17 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

This year, Thomson Reuters hosts four thought leadership sessions on various areas of innovation at the conference.

What ethical questions should we consider when we talk about cognitive computing? David Curle, director of Market Intelligence at Thomson Reuters will moderate a panel, Artificial Intelligence in Practice with Chris Mammen and Jeffrey Sharer.  Mammen has been litigating patents and technology cases since the start of the dot.com boom and now serves as faculty at US Hastings’ Innovation Law Institute. Sharer is co-chair of Akerman’s Data Law Practice and concentrates his practice on business-critical are of information law. If you aren’t able to attend this session, stay tuned for a podcast on Legal Current after the session on Monday with Curle and Mammen discussing ethics and AI.

Timing is everything. Eric Sugden, chief technology officer for Thomson Reuters Legal Enterprise Solutions will moderate a session on Strategic Investments in Technology with Andrew Powell, head of IT at Macfarlanes, where he is responsible for IT strategy, governance and implementation.  Robert Garmaise, chief innovation officer at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, and Alex Khoury, partner at Balch & Bingham LLP.

Analytics. Also on Monday, Ellisabet Hardy, vice president of Product Management & Marketing, will moderate a thought leadership panel discussion on Data-Driven Decision Making. Her panel will include thought leaders Peter Geovanes, head of Data Strategy and Legal Analytics at Winston Strawn; Lynne Langseth, director of Business Planning at Perkins Cole; and Lisa Hart Shepard, chief executive officer of Acritas.

While ILTA will be buzzing about artificial intelligence every day, Tuesday morning will kick off with a cognitive computing keynote from Brian Kuhn, co-founder and leader of IBM Watson Legal. Legal Current will feature a podcast discussion between Kuhn and Curle later this week, as well.

Blockchain and its impact on contracts and transactions is the final Thomson Reuters at ILTA thought leadership session. Sarah Bruno, partner in Arent Fox LLP, and Joe Racynski, manager, Technical Client Management with Thomson Reuters will tackle blockchain.

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