This weekend I'm headed to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW 2011, and I look forward to meeting and catching up with lots of iPhone J.D. readers. I first attended in 2008 when I spoke about preparing a law firm for disasters (something near and dear to those of us in New Orleans who lived through Hurricane Katrina) and about using a Mac to practice law when your law firm uses PCs. In the Spring of 2008, there were very few people using iPhones; they had only been on the market a few months, there were no third party apps, there was no support for Microsoft Exchange e-mail, and the memory on the device was limited. When I next attended TECHSHOW in the Spring of 2010, I was amazed at how many iPhones I saw. To be clear, it seemed that more people were using BlackBerries and other phones, but those with iPhones seemed to use them more often during the conference. This year I expect to see even more people using iPhones.
I'm curious how many iPads there will be. At last year's TECHSHOW, the iPad had been announced but we were a few days away from them going on sale. Since last year's TECHSHOW, not only has the iPad been released but now the iPad 2 is for sale.
You can learn so much about technology at TECHSHOW, but frankly I've most enjoyed TECHSHOW as a way to interact with other attorneys who appreciate technology. If you are going and you see me this year, please say hello. But there are lots of places that one can be during TECHSHOW with up to seven sessions taking place at the same time, not to mention that large Expo floor and the numerous conversations taking place in the halls and around the Concierge Desk. Here are some of my initial thoughts on where I will be during the conference.
Sunday, April 10:
6:30 - 8:00 pm: Welcome Reception.
Monday, April 11:
8:30 - 9:30 am: Technology Adoption: Is Your Firm Ahead of the Curve? by Todd Corham and Josh Poje. There are lots of good sessions to start the conference but this one looks good for people like me who work at large law firms.
9:30 - 10:30 am: This is a break in the schedule, so probably a good time to get a first look at the booths on the Expo floor.
10:30 - 11:30 am: A tough one. I'm curious to go to the Meet the Author session with Tom Mighell to hear about his new book iPad for Lawyers in One Hour. But I'm also think I could get a lot from the Insourcing or Outsourcing E-Discovery session by Dominic Jaar and Browning Marean and the PowerPersuasion session by Craig Ball. So who knows where I'll end up.
12:00 - 1:15 pm: There are several Lunch 'N Learn sessions. LexisNexis is hosting one, and from the schedule it doesn't look like they are planning to show off their Lexis Advance for Associates product that comes out later this year, but if they are, I'll attend that one. Otherwise, I'll probably attend the WestlawNext session.
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Keynote Address: "Code is Law" by Professor Larry Lessig
2:30 - 4:30pm: I'll be "working" at the Concierge Desk. If prior years are any indication, that means that I'll spend a little time helping people find things at the conference, but most of the time will be devoted to talking about iPhones and iPads with anyone who stops by to chat. It's usually the most social spot at the conference.
4:30 - 5:30pm: Mac Power Users by Brett Burney, Finis Price and Ben Stevens. I use a PC at my office, but I use a Mac at home and always enjoy learning more tips and tricks.
5:30 - 7:30 pm: Silver Jubilee Reception. Because this is the 25th year of TECHSHOW, this reception will feature 25 Years of Legal Technology in 25 Minutes, billed as a "fun and interesting retrospective of technology in the legal profession and ABA TECHSHOW."
8:15 - ???: Taste of ABA TECHSHOW dinner. Josh Barrett of the great Tablet Legal site and I are hosting a dinner at Tutto Italiano restaurant to chat about iPhone and iPad topics. Our dinner was one of the first to fill up this year, so hopefully you made your reservation early and can join us!
Tuesday, April 12:
8:00 - 9:00 am: Lots of good sessions, but I think that Define Paperless! by Andy Adkins, Ernie Svenson appeals to me the most. Thanks to the iPhone and iPad, I really have gone mostly paperless in my practice.
9:00 - 10:00 am: Another break time, which might mean I'll be on the Expo floor, or perhaps I'll hang around the Concierge Desk.
10:00 - 11:00 am: I'm leaning towards either Popular Cloud Services for Lawyers by Stephanie Kimbro and Tom Mighell or Logistics of Going Paperless by Debbie Foster and Dave Maxfield.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: It appears that there will be an Expo break followed by a luncheon of some sort.
1:15 - 2:15 pm: I'll probably attend Safe Flying in the Clouds by Brett Burney, Sharon Nelson and Dan Siegel
2:15 - 3:15 pm: Expo break
3:15 - 4:15 pm: I'm trying to decide between Effective Preparation for Rule 26(f) Conference by Craig Ball, David Chaumette and Hon. David Waxse or Getting the Most Out of PDF Software by Larry Smith and Ernie Svensen.
4:30 - 5:30: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes
7:15 - ???: Taste of ABA TECHSHOW dinner. I signed up for the Mac dinner hosted by David Sparks and Victor Medina. Sparks runs the great MacSparky blog and co-hosts the amazing Mac Power Users podcast along with attorney Katie Floyd. I don't know Victor Medina personally, but I look forward to talking with him.
Wednesday, April 13
Both of my presentations are back-to-back Wednesday morning.
8:30 - 9:30: I will be presenting the session 2011 Smartphone Shootout along with Michael Morse and Alex MacDonald. We will compare and contrast iPhone, BlackBerry and Android and talk about how to get the most out of your smartphone.
9:45 - 10:45: Josh Barrett, Reid Trautz and I will present the fast-paced session 60 iPhone and iPad Apps in 60 minutes. We have an amazing group of apps to talk about this year, almost all of which are apps that we did not even mention last year. Last year this session was standing room only and a lot of fun, and we have an even better presentation this year.
11:00 - Noon: 60 Sites in 60 Minutes. Like the 60 Apps session that I am doing just before it, the 60 Sites session is always fast-paced and a lot of fun, usually one of the highlights of TECHSHOW.
For those of you going to TECHSHOW, it looks to be a great show this year. For everyone else, the above should give you a taste of what you can get at this conference if you attend next year, March 29-31, 2012.