Sunday, January 9, 2011

Mini-trend in the making? Several law firms give all associates iPads

We'd previously reported that lawyers, generally-speaking, lag behind the business world in converting from laptops to iPads.   But in the past few months, there have been several reports that firms are closing the tech gap.  First, it was Proskauer.  Then, according to Above the Law, several more firms starting giving away iPads to all their associates (here, here, and here).  (The iPad gained more legal cachet last month when, during an interview with C-Span, SCOTUS Justice Kagan mentioned that Scalia reads briefs on his iPad).

Now comes this report from Above the Law that Holland & Knight has bought iPads for all its associates too.   It's a cool device - especially for websurfing and answering emails when a long reply isn't warranted - I find it a lot more convenient to hold and use than a laptop.  However, I don't like the iPad keyboard for typing tasks that are more than a couple of sentences long.  (And, yes, I know I can buy a detachable keypad but that seems to defeat the convenience and mobility of the iPad).  Perhaps that's why the device hasn't yet gained more widespread acceptance among lawyers.


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