Last Updated: June 30, 2009
March 2009
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2009 Law School Electronic Services Conference
By Jay Shively

For months now you've probably been reading about the upcoming Law School Electronic Services Conference (ESCON) in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 1–3 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. This educational conference is meant to provide an opportunity for admission and IT professionals to learn more about LSAC services and to confer on topics of common interest.

The planning group is composed of technically savvy admission folks and admission-savvy techies from some of our most involved and experienced member schools. The conference includes session topics for the broad audience we hope to attract. For IT attendees who may not be as familiar with LSAC, we have a number of sessions that cover LSAC as an organization and the numerous services we offer. In addition to these sessions, we've included sessions on social networking, going paperless, data security, hiring, and other topics relevant and timely to our work environments. Of course, we'll still include sessions of a practical nature to inform and enhance your use of LSAC services.

Even before registration closed on February 23, the conference had reached capacity, and we had to start a waiting list for those interested in attending. To date, we have over 125 schools registered to attend; among the participants are 85 chief information officers or directors of IT. With over 300 registrants, we expect the conference to meet or exceed all expectations. Of course, we realize that—given the current state of our economy and the budget constraints at many schools—attendance at two conferences may be prohibitive. We plan to post much of the information available at the conference on the Law School Electronic Services Support website after the conference.

The planning group for next year's ESCON has already begun to consider sites at which to host the conference. If you or an IT professional at your school would be interested in participating on the planning group, please contact me at 215.968.1301 or by e-mail at . We plan to accept proposals for presentations, and work will begin as soon as this year's conference is complete.

Hope to see you in New Orleans! Laissez les bon temps rouler!