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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The End of The Legal Yellow Pad??

A Legal iPad is an interesting April 2010 ABA Journal article which raises the question whether the iPad and like devices will single the end of the legal yellow pad?

Will any technology device ever fully replace the ubiquitous legal pad? I’ll take the easy way out and say it’s too early to tell. Yet, it does feel like something big is about to happen, and we are moving to an era of computing where we have more choices and are more likely to pick devices that best fit our needs. Lawyers who travel a lot might find the case for an iPad compelling. Lawyers who work only at their desks might find little use.

While I’d like to see what would happen if an innovative large firm did a wholesale adoption of iPads, I don’t think that’s likely. Where I expect to see significant early iPad adoption is among solos and small firms (including boutique firms started by refugees from large firms) that are already using the Internet and technology in new ways.

Personally, I rather use a lap top. I do not see this device as getting rid of paper any time soon.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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fair point... but Fujitsu stylistic... 8 hrs of battery... effectively it is a self organizing legal pad that weighs a little more.

Posted by: sds | May 19, 2010 4:13:44 PM

With a paper legal pad I can doodle in the margins all I want....Ipad is way too small to accomdate my doodles and other random scratching which are essential to my law practice.

Posted by: javamster | May 19, 2010 7:42:14 PM

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