ABA TECHSHOW takes place in Chicago this week. Some events start tonight, and the main conference takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. If you are going, I suspect that you have long since made plans to do so, unless you practice in Chicago in which case you can register at the last minute at the conference. This will be my seventh year going to ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. I first attended in 2008 to talk about protecting a law firm against disasters — a topic that was at the time still fresh in the minds of all of us attorneys who practice in New Orleans and had to deal with Hurricane Katrina. I didn't attend in 2009, but I did join up with attorneys David Sparks, Ben Stevens and Reid Trautz to come up with a list of recommended iPhone apps that they talked about at the conference. That was a good list at the time, but there are only a few apps on that list that I would still recommend today — the world of law-related apps has changed substantially in the last six years! In 2010, I attended ABA TECHSHOW to talk about the iPhone, and I have attended and talked about the iPhone and iPad every year since then.
As always, I'm really looking forward to ABA TECHSHOW this year. Every year I meet even more attorneys using iPhones and iPads in their practice, often in very interesting ways, and for the last few years more and more vendors in the Expo Hall have been showing off something new for the iPhone and iPad.
Who wants free stuff?
Once again, I have a bunch of iPhone/iPad cleaning cloths sold by MOBiLE CLOTH with the iPhone J.D. logo on them to give away for free thanks to the generosity of John Hartigan, the President of MOBiLE CLOTH. Please introduce yourself to me if you see me at ABA TECHSHOW and, as long as supplies last, I'm happy to give you one. This year I will have both the larger "Classic" size and the smaller "Nano" size. Don't be shy in asking — the more that you take from me, the fewer I have to lug around every day!
The iPad track is on Thursday, and it consists of four sessions that will be full of useful information for any attorney that uses an iPhone or iPad. I'm teaching the last two sessions on the track. At 2pm, I'm teaming up with Canadian attorney Bjorn Christianson for Easy and Effective Presentations from Your iPad. Right after that, I'm teaching a session on using Microsoft Word and some of the other Microsoft apps on the iPad.
There is also a Mobile Track on Friday, and while some of those sessions are aimed at lawyers using Android, other sessions appear to be applicable to iPhone and iPad users as well.
On Saturday morning, I'll be presenting 60 Apps in 60 Minutes along with Ohio attorney Joe Bahgat, legal tech consultant Adriana Linares, and Dallas attorney Tom Mighell.
Click here to see the full schedule, where you will find eight different simultaneous tracks, so there is sure to be at least one session that would appeal to you throughout the day.
Taste of Techshow
On Friday night, I'm co-hosting a dinner with Florida attorney and Mac Power Users co-host Katie Floyd. Our dinner will be at 7:30pm at Rosebud on Rush, an Italian/Steak restaurant. All of the reservation spots are currently booked, but if you still want to join us there is often a waiting list just in case someone else cancels. You can ask about getting on the waiting list for our dinner at the Concierge Desk, and that is also the spot to sign up for a different one.
I hope to see you in Chicago this week!