The old myth about lawyers being technology adverse is still largely true. Recently I had a case where opposing counsel was using WordPerfect, for DOS. However, there are a group of legal professionals, who realize the advantages technology brings them. These intrepid lawyer-geeks are paving the way and I'd like to count myself among them. Once a year this brotherhood (and sisterhood) and technology inclined legal professionals gather in Chicago for the America Bar Association TechShow.
Forget everything you've ever leared about professional conferences. This is different. The TechShow feels a lot more like Macworld than a trade show. There are excellent vendors showing off products to help you run circles around opposing counsel and there are some amazing speakers that will show you how to use technology to work smarter, faster, and better. They even have an entire day devoted to the Mac..
The feature speaker this year is David Pogue. I've seen him speak before and he is really engaging and funny. This year I'm presenting sessions on taking your law firm paperless and a session on using built-in tools, Automator, and AppleScript to kick some serious ass with your Mac. The conference is April 4-6 and in addition to being very instructional, it is a lot of fun. If you are a MacSparky reader and attend, make sure to look me up.