Right now, Mac-loving and Mac-curious lawyers from all over the country are gathered at MILOfest in Florida. Even though I’m working away in my office in Chicago, I’m a little excited about that gathering, and the fact that it’s the third annual Macs in the Law Office conference and appears to be gaining in popularity.
When the 2009 conference was announced, the message many Mac enthusiasts were attempting to spread was simply that it was possible to run a law firm on Macs. In just two years, we’ve advanced to sharing advantages and looking at the opportunities devices like the iPhone and iPad present for legal practice, and the number of lawyers and law firms using Macs in their practices and Apple devices to do business continues to grow.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it will come as no surprise to you that I’m kind of an Apple geek. You’ve undoubtedly noticed that I liberally quote Steve Jobs, and you might remember that earlier this year, we held a company-wide Oregon Trail tournament in our atrium.
Sharing the Nostalgia
At Total Attorneys, I have the good fortune to work with many people who shared my nostalgia for the Apple IIs we set up for the tournament and who remain Mac enthusiasts to this day. My past with Apple is long. Like many my age, I learned to program Basic on an Apple II in the 80s.
Now, a quarter-century later, it’s energizing to see new converts recognizing the Mac advantage and long-time enthusiasts realizing that they don’t have to run their law offices on PCs even as they delight in their Macs at home and relish their iPhones and iPads.
It’s exciting, too, to be able to contribute to that movement by offering solutions that help attorneys make the most of those Apple machines and devices. By the end of this year, we’ll be offering Total Attorneys apps for both the iPhone and the iPad, so that attorneys can use those devices to elegantly access and manage their law practice. It has been a blast building the iPhone and iPad native apps to take advantage of the fantastic capabilities of the devices.
Cheers to you Mac lovin lawyers!