Top 6 iPad Tips For Litigation Attorneys

Lawyers aren’t always the first in line to use new technology tools. Interestingly though, mobile devices have been the exception to this trend. Lawyers have always really like their mobile devices.

So it’s no surprise that lawyers are taking to their iPads like a fish takes to water. In fact, although the iPad was only just released 4 years ago, according to the ABA’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey, more than 48% of attorneys now use the iPad for law-related purposes.

iPads are often thought of as a content consumption device, but they can be quite useful for other purposes, too–especially during the litigation process and at trial. The trick is staying abreast of the latest iPad features and apps, which can unfortunately sometimes be time consuming process.

Fortunately, there are experts who present at CLEs across the country who do the work for you, like the “iPad in Trial/iPad for Litigators” seminar held at ABA Techshow a few months ago, where Jeff Richardson and Judge Herbert B. Dixon provided lots of valuable information about using iPads during litigation.

As part of our contribution to Techshow this year, we brought in Stephanie Crowley to take visual notes of many of the sessions, including this one. The visual notes from this session can be found below, including our selection of the top 6 most useful tips from the presentation, along with links to sites that provide further information (click to view larger image):


1. According to the presenters, one of the best ways to use your iPad is for PDF storage and annotation. The best all around iPad app for in that category is GoodReader, although I happen to prefer PDF Expert, so be sure to give both a try!

2. The presenters explained that for PDF creation, GoodReader works well, but you can also consider PDFPen or iAnnotate.

3. For an app that permits viewing of Word docs, tracks changes, and shows redline edits, the presenters recommended Reviewer 7. Microsoft Office Mobile is also useful for reading documents, but it has its limitations and quirks. For example, footnotes don’t show up.

4. To ensure the security of the information stored on your iPad and your online accounts, strong passwords were recommended, along with a password app, such as LastPass or 1Password, to keep track of all of you passwords.

5. The presenters also suggested that jury selection apps are often too cumbersome but that trial presentation apps were often worth using. A few of the more popular trial presentation apps include Trialpad and ExhibitView.

6. Finally, the presenters recommended downloading a scanning app since it’s incredibly affordable, is a great tool in a pinch, and can save you a lot of time. Some popular scanning apps include ScannerPro, GeniusScan, and CamScanner.

–Nicole Black

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