With ABA Techshow right around the corner–a conference focused on how lawyers can use technology in their law practices–the effects of new and emerging legal technologies on the delivery of legal services will soon take center stage. Many of the technologies that discussed at the conference will be tools designed to untether lawyers from their desks and offices, giving them increased flexibility and mobility.
Two of the primary drivers of this change are mobile devices and cloud computing. Mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches, offer lawyers convenient access to law firm data and documents from any location, allowing lawyers to practice law no matter where they happen to be.
Of course, mobile devices are constrained by a number of factors, including their processing power, memory, and battery life. But when combined with cloud computing, processing and data storage can occur outside of mobile devices. So, when mobile and cloud computing are used together, the possibilities are endless!
These technologies have leveled the playing field for solo and small firm attorneys, providing them with unprecedented access to powerful, affordable software programs, the likes of which were once only available to large law firms with deep pockets. Solo and small firm attorneys can now compete like never before and it’s all because of cloud and mobile computing.
So it’s no surprise that solo and small firm lawyers are rapidly adopting cloud and mobile tools into their law practices, with the numbers increasing every year according to the results of the American Bar Association’s latest Legal Technology Survey Report. In fact, the number of tablets available to solo lawyers in their law firms has more than tripled since 2011. And the number of lawyers using cloud computing in their practices nearly doubled during that same timeframe.
For more interesting statistics about how lawyers are using mobile and cloud computing in their law firms, check out our latest infographic below. (As always, we encourage you to share and blog about our infographics. You can grab an embed of this infographic from Slideshare here).