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?
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.↩