MILOfest 2010 Amin Rahmani on Daylite

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Amin is a mac lawyer’s best friend.

In case you don’t know, MarketCircle, the company Amin works for, are the developers of Daylite and Billings – two native Apple project management and billing software solutions for both the Mac and iPhone. For many Mac using lawyers, Amin is the face of MarketCircle: active on the Macs in Law Office’s listserve and the MarketCircle representative at the last two MILOfest conferences (which MarketCircle has sponsored).

Amin talked to Planet10tech at MILOfest 2010 to share recent developments with Daylite and what we can expect from the iPad version of Daylite (coming soon!).

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MILOfest 2010 Mark Merenda on Hiring Strategies for Law Firms

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Mark Merenda‘s other presentation at MILOfest 2010 (Macs in Law Offices) covered mistakes lawyers make when hiring.

Mark was gracious enough to shares just some of the tips covered including the proper approach to hiring and what traits to look for in job applicants.

Mark Merenda consults on the business of running law firms and crafting law firms into a compelling experience for clients at SmartMarketing. You can read his blog at

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MILOfest 2010 Influence and Legal Marketing

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Mark Merenda and Victor Medina presented on how the principles from Robert Cialdini’s seminal book, “Influence” apply to law firm marketing. Here is a summary and comments:


The principle of reciprocity is if you do something for someone, they are more likely to do something for you. This runs the gammut from free samples to bringing someone glass of water, to hosting conferences and dinners. Even if the person know they are being manipulated, it still works.

In a legal firm environment, reciprocity can be invoked with something as simple a sending information packets, giving people at your office a hot drink, or hosting a seminar and a meal.

Social Proof

People go where other people are. If you see one person looking up, you will pass him by. On the other hand, if you see four people standing around looking up, you are likely to stop and look as well. That is the principle of social proof.

The easiest way to implement social proof in your practice is through testimonial.

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MILOfest 2010 Photos!

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Here are the photos from Macs in Law Offices 2010 convention aka MILOfest.

There photographs are also available on my MILOfest Flickr group.

There are videos from the conference coming up (once I get back to Colorado and I don’t have to worry about mobile bandwidth caps)!

Thanks to Victor Medina and everyone who made this a spectacular weekend!

MILOfest 2010 Larry Port on Connecting Responsibly

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Larry Port of Rocket Matter (an online SaaS legal case management service) presented at MILOfest 2010. Larry started by talking about the change in our lives caused by our connected culture.

Pretend it’s 1987. Don’t tweet. Don’t go online. Don’t use your computer.

Think about how things have changed from 1987 to the present:

Now in 2010, online use is change our culture and our lives!

The internet is actually changing your brain. A study found that heavy web users have heavy activity in the left pre-frontal cortex. When web novices were trained in heavy web use, their pre-frontal cortex also lit up. This is the same part of the brain that is used for hunting and gathering.

The problem is heavy web users were shown distractions during the study, their attention was shifted from the task to the distraction. Put another way, web surfers are more likely to be distracted – and we are becoming trained to be distracted.

What can you do about this?

  • Read a book. No, really! Books are sequential. They don’t have hyperlinks (which you have to choose not to click on). They don’t have banner ads or “punch the monkey” flash ads.
  • Use a “no-distraction” timer. Set a timer for 25 minutes. Until the timer rings, no twitter, no email, no web, no phone calls, no interruptions from co-workers or anyone else. JUST WORK! Use the 25 minutes to get things done.

Check out Responsibly Connected for more.

MILOfest is an annual conference for Mac based law firms.

MILOfest 2010: Jack Newton New Clio Developments

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Jack Newton, co-founder of CLIO (an online SaaS case management system) presented about putting your practice in the could at MILOfest is an annual conference for Mac based law firms.

Planet10tech caught up with Jack Newton to find out what’s new with Clio?

MILOfest 2010: Ben Stevens on Taking Notebooks to Go

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Circus Ponies Notebook is a terrific way of keeping track of your cases. I create a “notebook” using the Circus Ponies application for each case in my disability practice.

The only downside of the Notebook is that it is not a cloud application and you have to have a computer (a Mac, actually) to use it. You cannot read Notebook files on on portable devices likes iPads or iPhones.

Ben Stevens (The Mac Lawyer) has a great tip about taking your Notebooks on the go on the iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: export your Notebook. Click File –> Export as Website –> To Disk

Step 2: move the html file to your iPhone or iPad using Airsharing.

Step 3: there is no step 3.

Now you can view your Notebook file on your iPhone or iPad including all of your attachments! That means all of the PDFs, the audio files, the video files (!) you put into a Notebook are THERE in your portable Notebook file!

IMPORTANT: make sure to have “copy the file into the Notebook” selected for the attachments to be included with the exported html file.

Here are some considerations:

  • Manual process. You have to manually export each notebook.
  • Read only. The exported html can only be viewed. You cannot add, change or remove things from the exported notebook file.
  • Notebooks are not updated. One of the gems of the Notebook, is that it is so easy to update what is going on with your case. It may be obvious that once you export the file as an HTML is that the exported file is a snapshot of the Notebook file at a particular time. The exported notebook file will not update with any additional information you may put into the Notebook file on the computer.

MILOfest is an annual conference for Mac based law firms.

Image credit (top image): CC photo credit: Simon Blackley

Heading to MILOfest 2010

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The AA steel sausage

I am heading out to the Macs in Law Offices Convention – MILOfest 2010.

For the next 4 days I will be in Orlando learning about new developments in the legal Mac-a-verse, new ways to run a law firm on an Apple computer, and all the ways being a Mac based lawyer makes your life easier!