NOVEMBER 12-14, 2015
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Here is the agenda with some of the confirmed speakers for this year. A word of caution, some of the sessions might change (so find 3 or 4 that you really want to see in case I have to change one of them) and some of the speakers might bow out unexpectedly (so find 3 or 4 who you want to learn from in case your favorite finds a better gig that weekend). We are excited to have David Sparks, who will be making his first appearance at MILOfest and Ben Stevens, both who recently were awarded the honor of making the FastCase Top 50! This will be the best line-up yet!
The biggest changes for this year are:
1) A practical approach to what we’re teaching – all speakers have been asked to make this practical and supply tools where possible, and not just theoretical.
2) I’ve asked Mark Metzger, Brett Burney, and Tom Lambotte to help me organizer, promote, and run the conference. That last one means a better conference this year – in every way – those three are the tops.
And for those of you who are curious, yes, my Mom will be back again this year…with her coffee.
Thursday, November 12th
12:00pm-12:05pm MILOfest 2015 Welcome | Victor Medina
12:05pm-1:30pm Gearing Up | Katie Floyd, Esq.
1:45pm-2:45pm Workflows that Work | Evan Kline, Esq.
2:45pm-3:15pm Break (30 minutes)
3:15pm-4:30pm Hugging Your Clients | Diana Stepleton
7:30pm Group Dinner | Todd English BlueZoo (Swan/ Dolphin)
Friday, November 13th (creepy)
7:00am-8:30am Breakfast (Convention Center)
8:30am-9:30am Knowing Your Numbers | Larry Port
9:45am-10:45am Collecting the Right Information | Lee Ferris
10:45am-11:15am Break (30 minutes)
11:15am-12:30pm Getting Jiggy With Your Productivity | David Sparks, Esq.
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch (sponsored)
1:30pm-2:40pm Dancing With the Devil…Microsoft | Brett Burney
2:45pm-4:00pm Networking Without Being Annoying or Sleazy | Steve Riley, Esq.
Saturday, November 14th
7:00am-8:30am Breakfast (Convention Center)
8:30am-9:45am Communication & Collaboration | Tom Lambotte
10:00am-11:15am Principles of Looking Your Best | Mark Merenda
11:30pm-1:00pm The Galactic Empire vs. Han Solo | Mark Metzger, Esq.
1:00pm-1:15pm Goodbye & MILOfest 2016 Announcement
If you don’t have the right gear, you’ll never be able to climb the mountain. Mac Power User host and Apple expert Katie Floyd will show you exactly what gear you’ll need to run a successful practice. She’s seen it all, and tried most of it, so there’s no one better suited to get you outfitted right.
You’ve seen the same old sessions telling you to use TextExpander and Dropbox…but that’s not this. Without planning ahead of time, you could be stuck with a bunch of software tools that don’t work together or having you pounding your fist on the desk instead of whistling on your way home from an early day. This session will help you put together a practical workflow from start to finish that’s elegant and efficient.
Evan Kline is the guy behind 40Tech. In the “real world,” he has a great job that lets him help people. In his work life Evan uses technology to get better results for his clients. In my personal life, he likes to scratch my tech itch whenever he gets the chance. He started the 40Tech blog to write about tech from his perspective – i.e. the perspective of the average 40-something tech geek. Since he is a lawyer, much of this may come from that perspective.
We would like to think that just doing great legal work and hanging a shingle is enough to bring the clients to your door. It’s just not true. You have spent years training to be a top lawyer, and you deserve to look as good as you are. Marketing expert Mark Merenda will teach you about how to make sure what you do is packaged to reflect your superior skills and talent. If you still have the scales of justice on your business card or website or you use your initials in a blue circle as your logo, this session is for you.
Remember Ned, the sleazy insurance salesman from the movie, Groundhog Day? You probably worry that you’ll come off looking or sounding like Ned if you actually stooped to engage in “sales” to support your practice.Newsflash: you have to sell to survive. There are, however, ways to network that are not only effective, but won’t leave you feeling like you need to take shower afterward. Steve Riley, one of the nation’s best practice development coaches, returns to MILOfest — just about the only place you can see him speak without spending thousands of dollars to do so.
Malpractice claims are frightening, but even more frightening is knowing that the most common complaint is a lack of communication from the lawyer. Client service can go a long way towards making happy clients, and a happy lawyer. This session will teach you basic and advanced ways to raise your customer service game.
The practice of law is a complex profession. There are multiple things that you have or can be doing at any one time. As technology advances, we are able to work from anywhere and it can be hard to choose what to do and when. Getting Things Done has emerged as one of the top ideas in productivity and prioritization of tasks and projects, and this session will help teach you techniques that you can use immediately to get more done
Much as we would like to live in an all Apple eco-system, that’s just not practical. And given the advances that Microsoft has made on the Mac and on iOS, that may not be smart either. Brett Burney is one of the best consultants to law firms who use Macs and Apple products and has the lowdown on how to use the latest features to make the Microsoft devil dance for you.
Information is our stock and trade. That information can be used to draft documents, send communications, keep accurate records, and plain just be a better lawyer. Lee is one of the principal designers for DocMoto, the only Mac document management and document assembly software program. Start to think about collecting information like a database software engineer…it might just help you be a better lawyer.
A rogue smuggler stands accused of murder in a pub far, far away. See the latest tools put to use as the defense of Han Solo comes together from discovery and trial preparation to presentation in court — all on your iPad for a fraction of what it all used to cost.
The old joke is that lawyers became lawyers to avoid doing any math. But the truth is that numbers tell you a lot about the health of your practice. It’s not enough to judge profitability based on whether there’s any money left in the account at the end of the month (or year). Larry Port has run RocketMatter like a business keeping careful track of the numbers that drive decisions since its beginnings. Larry will show you how to use numbers to judge profitable practice areas, set pricing for your services (hint: it’s not by guessing about your colleague’s hourly rate), and chart a course for the future of your law firm.
Once you move from solo attorney to having any employees, managing the communication and collaboration between everyone is an essential ingredient for success. Focusing on technologies like Slack, Tom Lambotte will show you how to graduate from using email and post-its to work together as a team.
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