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Go with a goal: Law student takes on TECHSHOW with a purpose

Ryan Dobbs and the contingent from Oklahoma University College of Law take in Cloud Gate (OK, even we locals call it The Bean) while in Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW in 2018.

The 2019 ABA TECHSHOW starts Wednesday, and I can already feel the excitement brewing on the Oklahoma University College of Law campus. Last year’s TECHSHOW was nothing short of amazing. The only thing that rivaled the education I received in Chicago was the ability to network with some of the most influential thought-leaders in legal tech. 

This year, since I know a little more about what to expect,  I thought I would share my goals for this year’s trip to Chicago.


Last year, I was honored to be selected to attend TECHSHOW as a 1L. Looking back at how far I have come in my legal career, I realize how green I truly was. This year, I have begun honing in on a practice area and have started taking steps to develop my skills accordingly.

At this year’s expo, I am hoping to begin a relationship with the vendors that I know I will be using in my practice. Gone are the winding walkthroughs picking up swag. Now I will be picking up swag—with a purpose!

Startup Alley

Last year I was blown away with companies like EviChat at Startup Alley. This year, I hope to take this experience a step further and meet with several of these individuals about their intellectual property and securing funding. My interest is both personal and for the OU College of Law as we both have huge things on the horizon.

The Lawyerist crew

As the executive producer of the Oklahoma Energy Podcast, I  appreciate good and thoughtful work in the legal podcasting community. I am a faithful listener of the Lawyerist podcast, and I did not get a chance to meet the team at last year’s TECHSHOW. Their whole team will be in attendance this year, and I hope to be able to connect.


We all know that cybersecurity is important but most attorneys are unsure whose problem it is. There are some great workshops on the topic, and I plan to be at every one.


I have been guilty of putting my focus on artificial intelligence above all. However, blockchain and distributed ledger have the opportunity to enormously disrupt the legal landscape. The best minds in the business will be in Chicago. I hope to dive into blockchain in the development stages in order to start using it in projects now.

I feel like the real problem with TECHSHOW is there is so much to learn you cannot simply attend every class. By being purposeful in my planning, I hope this year is the best ever!

This post originally appeared on the OU Law Talis blog.