Following Layoffs, Former ILTA Founder Launches Association of Legal Technologists

Extract from article by Rhys Dipshan

This past summer, the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) annual conference ITLACON was overshadowed by the abrupt announcement that three longtime members of the organization’s executive team—Clay Gibney, Deb Himsel, and Peggy Wechsler—would be replaced in a reshuffling of the team and ITLA’s board of directors.

The move was not without contention. In a letter on LinkedIn, ILTA founding member and nQueue president and CEO Rick Hellers wrote, “We have reached a tipping point with the sudden and unexpected firings,” reproaching ILTA for what he saw as an “overall trend towards commercialization,” and noting that in the past the conference was “about solving specific problems, and led by those who have done so.”

In late September, Hellers announced on LinkedIn the launch of a new organization named the Association of Legal technologists (ALT). Hellers recently told LTN that the organization “is about connecting people and problems. … It’s about providing a forum and a setting so that people can come together get to know each other, and form lasting long-term relationships based upon mutual trust.”

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