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Please check out the BAMC on Facebook (search “Bar Association and Bar Foundation of Montgomery County”), as well as twitter and Instagram (@bamc_law).  If you are a Committee Chair or a Section Chair, and you would like the Bar Association to promote something on social media for your Committee or Section, please contact Keith Rosa or Jessica Blumberg.

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Techlectic ... by Pat Hoover

Why is it that so few attorneys are benefiting from the daily use of digital handwriting on a computer tablet? I’d like to urge all attorneys to consider moving away from their yellow legal pads and begin moving to digital writing, to move away even from typing on their computer notebooks and desktops for much of their day. Instead, I propose attorneys seriously consider trying out the regular use of digital writing on an iPad or Surface Pro, or another one of the better writing tablets now widely available. The overwhelming advantages of writing with digital ink using a mobile tablet cannot be overstated. In the office, on the road, in court, at home, anywhere attorneys find the need to write, doing so on a good mobile tablet is always better.

It’s been many a year since I wrote about the first time I used an Apple iPad in court over several days of trial. Trialpad was then a newly released App, specifically designed for iPad lawyers. When it comes to the crucial functions of courtroom practice – facts, evidence, witnesses and applicable law – the Trialpad family of Apps remains the go to for lawyer litigators.

Nowadays, lawyers commonly use computer tablets in trial, confidently wielding Apple iPads and Microsoft Surface Pros before judges and juries presenting often brilliant trial presentation. So, why are those attorneys, and for that matter all attorneys, NOT using a mobile tablet for the everyday task of handwriting?

Counselor, you may be great at using your high powered computer device to cross a witness at trial, while flashing up impeachment evidence on the big screen for all to see, or remotely projecting videos and documents easily capable of widescreen, hand written, real-time annotation by the witness. But hey, why aren't you using your mobile tablet in the far more useful everyday function of handwriting?

Mobile tablets are great for things like: taking interview notes, jotting down client details, scheduling meetings, memorializing phone calls, recording time entries, sending correspondence, capturing issue analysis and let's not forget the always popular ToDo notes we all depend upon.

Think about it and check back as I'll have more on why you should move to digital ink in my next column.

Co-Chairs

Jessica Blumberg
Keith Rosa

 

Meeting
Dates

May 24, 2018
June 21, 2018

Meetings are held at 5:30PM in the upstairs conference room of the Bar Association building.