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Insights to Impact: Reflecting on the 2023 ACC Annual Meeting

It’s hard to believe that the ACC Annual Meeting just wrapped up two weeks ago in San Antonio. As we settle back to autumn in Boston and reflect on the experiences and wisdom we've gathered, we’re thrilled to share some key takeaways with you.

Networking and legal team productivity

The event was a testament to the power of collective learning and networking. Meeting with and seeing many customers, clients, and attendees actively engaging, exchanging ideas, and forming meaningful connections was truly impactful. This spirit of collaboration reinforces the influence within the legal community.

Our days buzzed with active conversations about LinkSquares Prioritize, our legal project management tool designed specifically for legal teams – a place to manage all your work in one place and get more done.

With a legal project management tool natively integrated with your CLM, you can easily view contract requests, review related documents, and approve agreements in a single platform for maximum productivity.

Legal AI and educational sessions

Industry thought leaders and subject matter experts shared impressive insights, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning and growth in our ever-evolving legal landscape. 

As expected, the buzzword of artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI left a lasting impression. But, there was one question on everyone’s mind: Is AI going to take my job? LinkSquares’ director of legal, Ashlyn Donohue spoke on the panel, Artificial Intelligence: What Is Ready Now, Ready Soon, and Far Away?, which focused on the current uses of AI and what may be in the pipeline for those using this innovative technology.

As panelist Cat Casey, chief growth officer at Reveal aptly put it, AI isn’t about robot lawyers taking our jobs. Instead, it's incredible tech that makes better lawyers, enabling legal teams to focus on the things that matter. It's not the lawyers who use AI who should worry, but those who don't.

Ashlyn further emphasized how AI-powered tools can optimize our departments, opening endless opportunities for leveraging this new technology. However, as Luis Vilarin, vice president of patient, data, and privacy law at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, reminded us, it's crucial to establish a responsible use policy for AI. Even if you haven't brought a generative AI tool in-house yet, having regulations in place is important for ethical use and preventing individuals from going rogue.

Roundtable Session: How to Tackle Your First 90 Days as a New GC and Bringing Order to Chaos 

LinkSquares’ CLO, Tim Parilla led a roundtable discussion all about what to do within the first few months of becoming a general counsel. The discussion provided crucial advice for new GCs, highlighting the importance of getting to know your team and industry, understanding existing work and relationships, and leveraging legal platforms to streamline processes and elevate your legal team.

Our incredible technical solutions attorneys, Aidan Sullivan and Stephanie Sader demonstrated the value of eliminating manual processes at the ACC Innovation Lounge Product Showcase.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. We look forward to seeing all of you in Nashville next year!

Until then, let's continue to learn, connect, and make an impact. Together, we're shaping the future of legal teams everywhere.

Mary - Manager of Growth Marketing at LinkSquares