Transitioning to Macs in Your Law Office

Much has been discussed about Macs v. PCs. While Macs functioning as technical infrastructure sounds fantastic, if you’ve been mostly working off PCs, you’ll want to ask yourself these questions first. Heard of MILOfest, the Macs in Law Offices conference put on by Victor Medina? Yes, there is a conference devoted strictly to the use of Macs and Apple products in the law office. Going to ABA TECHSHOW this year? During the opening keynote, count the number of iPads and iPhones you see. Going to Legal Tech New York in a couple weeks? Take a moment before each presentation and do the same thing. Been to court lately? Did you take your iPhone or iPad with you? Did opposing council use an iPhone or iPad? How about other lawyers waiting in the hallway?

Suffice it to say, Apple products have a foothold in the legal space. Spending so much time with Apple devices will make you think of getting rid of your office PC or laptop for a Mac. Other lawyers have done it, why not you? Perhaps you have your reasons, especially as more work is done via web browsers, making the operating system issue less pressing. Also, it can be intimidating or seem challenging to switch from PC to Mac. Changing operating systems seems like an unnecessary task, especially for already busy lawyers, but you might find that an Apple computer better suits your practice.

In this episode of The Legal Toolkit, Heidi Alexander interviews Jenny Stevens—also known as Mrs. Mac Lawyer—about her switch from a PC law office to one using exclusively Apple products. Stevens was converted by her husband, The Mac Lawyer, when they merged their family law practices. She had the benefit of already having a cloud based office, so she was able to access all of her files and applications in the same way. She was also already using an iPhone so she understood the way that iOS works to a certain degree.

Stevens explains that there was not much of a learning curve and she mostly had to adapt to new keyboard shortcuts. Switching from Microsoft Office to Mac applications like Pages and Numbers was easy, she explains, and her practice improved when she added other apps such as Dropbox, Keynote, Rocket Matter, and Textexpander. While switching to a Mac is certainly not for everyone, Stevens encourages attorneys who are thinking of making the switch to jump in with both feet. When she didn’t have access to her PC, she learned to use the Mac much faster.

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