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We’ve all been there – you finish a legal conference with a feeling of euphoria. You’re invigorated, full of tips and ideas to implement in your practice, and are excited about all the friends you’ve made who are “your kind” of people.

Wait a sec – you haven’t experienced a conference like that yet? That means you haven’t attended MacTrack Legal, an annual legal technology conference held at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The conference is geared toward lawyers who use Apple devices. This year the conference will have a special focus on iOS.

The above words might sound like overhyped advertising mumbo-jumbo, but I’m not receiving money or anything else to write this1. The reason I like to evangelize about the conference is because I’d like to see you there in the future. I tend toward the introverted side of the scale (hey, I’m a geek), but MacTrack Legal is an event where I enjoy spending time with the other attendees, both in the sessions and socially. These aren’t your typical lawyers, but are friendly, laid-back people with similar interests to you.

There’s more to the conference than just feeling like you’re with “your people,” though. Year in and year out, some of the best sessions are found at MacTrack Legal, and they give you real, practical tips you can implement in your practice. Mark Metzger delighted and educated us with The Empire vs. Han Solo CLE a couple of years ago, and I enjoyed it so much I stole the idea, with his permission, for a local CLE here in York County, PA. Another year Victor Medina, founder of the conference, walked us through how to implement a unique marketing tool – writing and publishing a book. In another session, Katie Floyd of Mac Power Users fame gave us the nitty-gritty on how to go paperless. Brett Burney, a legal tech consultant and host of the Apps in Law podcast, always delights, often diving into a piece of software and teaching us tricks that most users don’t know.

I suggest making the conference a mini-vacation. This year the conference is being held September 27 to 29, 2018, during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. You can stay at the Disney Yacht Club and get the discounted conference room rate for three days before and after the conference. I went with my family last year, and my daughter experienced Walt Disney World for the first time.

Now for the bad news – for me. The conference this year falls near my 10th wedding anniversary, so I won’t be able to attend for the first time in three years. I’m excited to celebrate with my beautiful wife, but I will be wondering what I’m missing.

If this love letter isn’t enough to convince you, Victor Medina has put together a video where he discusses the conference. Make sure to watch to the end to get a special surprise.

You can also view a tentative agenda (PDF) for the conference.

For more information, or to register, jump over to the MacTrack Legal website.

P.S. Did I mention that the food wheeled out between sessions is fantastic?


  1. I have presented at the conference three times, but I present at many conferences and don’t gush over them like I do this one.


Apple discontinues its own photo printing service, recommends third-party Photos Projects apps instead →

Benjamin Mayo writing for 9to5Mac:

Apple is discontinuing its Photo Print Products service, which has been integrated into iPhoto since its launch in 2002. The service expanded from simple prints, to albums, photo books, and calendars.

Maybe I’m a dinosaur, but I used this service every year to make a Mother’s Day calendar for my wife and our daughter’s grandmothers. The story does mention some third-party apps that include Photos Projects extensions, so this isn’t a complete loss. Still, I’m sad to see it go. I hope the third-party solutions are as elegant as the Apple solution.


I talk DEVONthink on the Apps in Law Podcast

Apps in Law logo with black lettering

I recently had the pleasure of being on the Apps in Law podcast with Brett Burney, where Brett and I talked about my love of DEVONthink and DEVONthink to Go, and how I use DEVONthink in my law practice.

If you’re a lawyer and are at all tech-savvy, I highly recommend subscribing to the Apps in Law podcast. In each episode, Brett welcomes a guest to discuss an app he or she uses in a legal setting. I’ve not only learned of some apps, but have been able to reexamine my use of apps I already use. On top of it, Brett is an engaging host and makes for an entertaining listen.

Link: Episode 19 of the Apps in Law Podcast


Add a Folder to the Sidebar in DEVONthink for Easy Access →

Jim Neumann, for the DEVONtechnologies blog:

Drag this folder to the Favorites section of DEVONthink’s sidebar. This will give you quick access to the group.

The post at the link talks about how to use DEVONthink as a “read it later” service, but that’s not what caught my eye. I had no idea you could add folders to the Favorites section of the sidebar. You can do it by either dragging a folder onto the word “Favorites” in the sidebar (I couldn’t drag it directly to the spot I wanted among my favorites – it went to the bottom automatically), or by right-clicking on a folder/group, and choosing “Add to Favorites.” I still learn something new about DEVONthink almost every week, and I’ve been using the program for several years now.


Recently Published – “How to Keep Your Mobile Workspace Secure: 12 Tips to Follow”


The Legal Intelligencer recently published an article I wrote, “How to Keep Your Mobile Workplace Secure: 12 Tips to Follow.” You’ll need to register for an account to read the article, but you’ll get to read five free articles every 30 days.

The Legal Intelligencer is the oldest daily law journal published in the United States, and serves the Philadelphia area. It is available in print and online.

 

Update: the article also was picked up by Legaltech News, a national sister publication to the Legal Intelligencer.