MILOfest is the nation’s only conference for lawyers who use Apple products in their practice. MILO stands for “Macs in Law Offices.” This year’s MILOfest was held November 12-14, 2015 at the Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This was my second MILOfest as I also attended in 2014.
Above, is this years agenda for the 3 days conference. There were about 45 lawyers attending the event.
Other than the subject matter of the conference, the best feature of MILOfest is its size. You are easily able to meet and talk to other lawyers including the event organizers Victor Medina, Mark Metzger and Brett Burney. The breaks sprinkled into the agenda allow the attendees to mingle, discuss the presentations and ask questions of the presenters.
You can review the agenda to see if any other the presentations would be something you are interested in. For me, as a solo practitioner, many were quite interesting and worth the cost of attendance.
Katie Floyd (of Mac Power User podcast fame) discussed the gear she uses/recommends for her practice. She recommends at least 8 GB of RAM and to avoid a rotational hard drive. I certainly agree with that recommendation. I have a 500 GB SSD in my MacBook Pro. The most important stat I can share about the speed of my computer is that after turning it on, I can be editing a document or surfing the internet in under 1.5 minutes. Try that with a regular hard drive!
Brett Burney’s talk involved using the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications. Basically, he is in favor of using the subscription model ($100 per year – less if you can find it discounted) so that you can install Office on 5 computers (PCs or Macs) and 5 mobile devices (iPad, iPhone,….). He preferred the subscription over simply buying the software which would only allow you to install the software on a single computer for around $200.
Far and away the hit of the event was the final presentation by Mark Metzger. He demonstrated the iPad app TrialPad in the context of presenting the prosecution’s closing argument in the trial of Han Solo for murder. He not only showed how TrialPad can organize documents, photos and videos, he also showed how the display of the iPad can be mirrored on a projector for viewing by a judge and/or jury.
All in all a very informative seminar. I’m looking forward to next years event which will be held at the same place on October 6-8, 2016.