LegalTech: iLove for the iPad

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I attended the LegalTech conference yesterday here in NYC and went to this inspirational panel sponsored by ILTA. David Neeson, CIO at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, LLP kicked off the session with some eye opening stats such as:

-There were 25 million iPads sold by June 2011
- the iPad holds 83% of the tablet market

His 80 attorney firm just finished an iPad rollout to all their associates. He shared that while he thinks that the iPad is an outstanding device for the consumption of information, it’s not so outstanding for the production of it. These are some areas where he thinks the iPads really shine:

Reading and Reviewing – great for reading deposition transcripts, reading ebooks, using GoodReader for reading documents.
Notetaking - iPads are excellent for typing notes, using Evernote, Draftpad, Notability, and OneNote. They’re also great when you need a handwritten signature for a pdf.
Research - the iPad is great for conducting searches on Fastcase, researching on Lexis and West apps.
Presentations - while not as strong in this area, iPads can be used to create presentations using Keynote and TrialPad.

The challenges for IT that Neeson identified have to do with device management and what happens when the user takes the iPad home and syncs it with their desktop’s iTunes. Also, app deployment, the update process, and deploying them en masse have all been challenges for his team. However, he mentioned that there are third-party utilities available for mobile device management which can help with deployment and configuration, policy enforcement, app management, remote control, tracking lost devices, and selective wipes of devices.

Brett Burney of Burney Consultants spoke about his recommended list of iPad apps, many of which I can’t wait to try out. These are the apps he suggests:

  • GoodReader: This is an excellent app for reading documents. It can carry thousands and they can be organized and synced with Dropbox.
  • PDF PROvider: Read and create PDF documents with this app.
  • PDF Expert: Fill out PDF forms and create signatures.
  • IA Writer: A simply word processing app that syncs with Dropbox.
  • SoundNote: Record audio notes that sync up with your typed and handdrawn notes.
  • Noteshelf: Scan in handwritten notes and work with them through a zoomable interface. They can be exported to Evernote or as PDFs.
  • Notes Plus: This notes app provides a dual pane interface where you can have your notes up in one and a webpage or PDF alongside it in the other pane. This app will convert written notes to text.
  • Favorite News apps: USAToday, Guardian
  • Zite: Similar to Flipboard but it makes recommendtions based on user behavior.
  • Documents to Go: Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentation with this mobile office suite.
  • Atomic Web Browser: this browser can identify itself as other browsers such as IE, Firefox, and Safari.
  • Legal apps: Westlaw Next, Lexis Advance HD, Fastcase HD.
  • Find My Phone/iPad: Locate your missing, (or stolen), iPad with this tracking app.
  • Klammer: open up files you would normally need Outlook to open such as .eml and .msg
  • PST Mail: Transfer Outlook pst files to your device, and have access to your messages.