|Live Event Date: 10/26/2023
The 2023 AILA Technology and Innovation Summit unites thought leaders, technology influencers, and immigration law practitioners to provide insight into what’s happening now, what to watch for, and how we can shape the future of immigration practice through technology innovation. Join us in San Francisco on Thursday, October 26, 2023, as we explore key trends and emerging technologies impacting the future of law practices, as well as technology solutions you can incorporate into your practice now. This year’s program considers the emerging role of artificial intelligence in the legal field, how to leverage new and existing technology, disruptors in the delivery of legal services, and the steps required to successfully implement new tech into your practice.
The summit will be held in conjunction with and immediately precede the 36th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference and Webcast.
2023 AILA Technology and Innovation Summit & Webcast
October 26, 2023
Westin St. Francis on Union Square
San Francisco, CA
Times listed on the program are Pacific Time (PT)
Thursday, October 26, 2023
|7:00 am – 5:55 pm
|Registration and Exhibits
|7:50 am – 8:00 am
Farshad Owji, AILA President, San Francisco, CA
|8:00 am – 9:00 am
|One Year In: Using CHATGPT and Other Generative AI in Your Firm
As generative AI becomes more prevalent in our daily lives and practice, understanding what it is becomes more important. How can we better understand its trajectory to position our firms to successfully adopt new technologies while avoiding potential pitfalls? Join these AI pioneers for a practical and illuminating conversation moderated by immigration tech entrepreneur, Julie Pearl.
|9:00 am – 9:30 am
|9:30 am – 10:30 am
|Ethical Use of AI in Your Practice and How it Affects Your Clients (ETHICS)
Chatbots, generative language models, voice recognition/transcription software, and other AI technologies show great promise. These and other new technologies may empower lawyers to provide better client service at a lower cost. But lawyers cannot blindly use these technologies. Lawyer competence requires they understand the technologies they use and that the government uses.
|10:30 am – 11:00 am
|11:00 am– 12:00 pm
|Making Change Management Successful: Strategies That Stick the Landing
Immigration law firms trying to become more efficient, particularly through the use of technology, often run into the same few quandaries that prevent real progress. What are you really trying to improve at your firm? What technology do you really need for that improvement, if any? And once you choose the right tech for your firm, how do you ensure its successful adoption? Large corporations have dealt with these questions for decades and have created methodologies that help them find the right answers. In this panel, panelists will look at some of these methodologies, namely Lean Six Sigma and Change Management, and adapt them to the immigration law firm context—from solo and small firms to mid-size and large practices.
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
|Lunch Break (Provided)
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
|Customizing Existing Technology to Achieve a Client-Centered Practice
Although some firms have made exciting advances in building new technology, developing a new product in-house is not the only way to innovate. Others are applying design thinking principles to customize out-of-the-box software to get exactly what they want and achieve a client-centered practice. Join these panelists as they dive into the tools and processes they employed to improve their practices by using existing technology in new and exciting ways.
|2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
|2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
|Current Disruptors of the Practice of Law, the Evolving Regulatory Landscape, and Coming Change
Join us for a captivating panel discussion as we embark on a journey through the evolving regulatory landscape of the legal field and emerging disruptors. Advocates for reforming Rule 5.4 and similar restrictions on nonlawyer involvement in the practice of law believe it is the only viable option for increasing access to justice and fostering innovation in the legal field, but technology and nontraditional methods can also be used to increase legal service access to underserved populations. Our panel will challenge conventional thinking and explore the emerging disruptors that are reshaping legal practice. Prepare to be inspired, equipped with fresh perspectives, and discover untapped opportunities in this era of change.
|3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
|4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Even before the launch of AI-based Large Language Model (LLM) technology last year, there have been numerous new products and innovations in the legal space. This “panel” will provide an opportunity for you to hear from several innovators who are launching new products and solutions—including AI-driven solutions—that will address the needs of the immigration legal community.
|Joint Reception with the California Chapters Conference (Elizabethan Room)
Conference Program Committee
Hannah Faith Little, AILA Conference Planning Committee Chair, Charlotte, NC
Michael A. Harris, Innovation and Technology Committee, Miami, FL
Ron Matten, AILA Innovation and Technology Committee, West Hollywood, CA
Julie C. Pearl, Palo Alto, CA
Ruby Lichte Powers, AILA Author, Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind), Houston, TX
William A. Stock, AILA Past President/AILA Investment Committee Chair, Philadelphia, PA
Roman Zelichenko, Kew Gardens, NY
Charity Anastasio, Practice and Ethics Counsel, Practice and Professionalism Center and Innovation, Washington, D.C.
Emmie R. Smith, Associate Director of Education, Washington, D.C.
Reid Trautz, Senior Director, AILA Practice and Professionalism Center and Innovation, Washington, D.C.
Live Conference CLE Credit
AILA will file for CLE credits in appropriate jurisdictions. Eligible participants can receive up to 6.5 total credits including up to 3.5 technology credits, 2 ethics credits, 1 law practice management credit in 60-minute jurisdictions and up to 7.8 total credits including up to 4.2 technology credits, 2.4 ethics credits, 1.2 law practice management credits in 50-minute jurisdictions. To receive CLE credit, attorneys must record sessions attended and CLE codes provided at each session via webCLE. Live attendance must be recorded by November 2nd, 2023. This deadline does not apply to the download format.
Please Note: CLE credits not reported on webCLE by the published deadline will be subject to an administrative late fee to cover incurred costs.
On-Demand Conference CLE Credit
AILA will administer CLE credit to individuals who download this recording through Agora only; the invoice is used as a form of CLE verification.
AILA has filed for CLE and specialized credit in appropriate jurisdictions. To receive CLE credit, attorneys must record session attendance and the CLE codes provided via webCLE. Eligible participants can receive up to 6.5 total credits including up to 3.5 technology credits, 2 ethics credits, 1 law practice management credit in 60-minute jurisdictions and up to 7.8 total credits including up to 4.2 technology credits, 2.4 ethics credits, 1.2 law practice management credits in 50-minute jurisdictions.
Please note that your jurisdiction may limit the number of OnDemand credits that may be applied in a compliance period and may also limit OnDemand credits based on the date of the original presentation. Please be aware of your state's expiration dates for OnDemand credits, please view the OnDemand Expiration Chart for more details or confirm with your state's bar association.
Not eligible for CLE credit in the following states: MO and PR.
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The AILA block of rooms at the group rate has sold out. Please contact the conference hotel for the current best available rate. A list of lodging options nearby is also provided below.
The conference will take place at the:
Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
AILA Room Rate: $249 Single/Double, plus applicable taxes. The resort fee has been waived for AILA conference attendees.
Phone Reservations: 1-800-937-8461 (Group Code: AILA)
Reserve online: Book Here
NOTE: The specially discounted AILA group rate has been contracted for room nights reserved from October 25, 2023, through October 29, 2023, only. The AILA group rate is not guaranteed for any other dates and will be based on availability.
Hotel Cut-off Date: October 5, 2023
Hotel reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms at the AILA rate will sell out before the deadline, so we advise you to make your reservation as early as possible. AILA will not be able to get additional rooms at the AILA rate after the AILA block of rooms fills up.
Lodging Options Near AILA Conference Hotel, Westin St. Francis San Francisco*
*AILA does not have a group rate at the properties listed below. Please check cancellation policy for each property before reserving your stay.
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
433 Powell Street (282 feet, 1-minute walk)
Handlery Union Square
351 Geary Street (0.06 miles, 1 minute walk)
501 Post Street (0.07 miles, 2-minute walk)
Kensington Park Hotel
450 Post Street (0.07 miles, 2-minute walk)
Beacon Grand Hotel
450 Powell Street (0.1 miles, 2-minute walk)
San Francisco Marriott Union Square
480 Sutter Street (0.1 miles, 3 minutes walk)
The Cartwright Hotel - Union Square, BW Premier Collection
524 Sutter Street (0.1 miles, 3-minute walk)
Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco
545 Post Street (0.1 miles, 3-minute walk)
Taj Campton Place
340 Stockton Street (0.2 miles, 3-minute walk)
Hotel Emblem San Francisco
562 Sutter Street (0.2 miles, 4-minute walk)
The Cliff Royal Sonesta San Francisco
495 Geary Street (0.2 miles, 4-minute walk)
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason Street (0.2 miles, 4 minutes walk)
The Marker San Francisco
501 Geary Street (0.2 miles, 5-minute walk)
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