mobile desktop legal researchRaymond Blijd (@legalcomplex), Project Manager Online Innovation of Wolters Kluwer, makes a compelling case that we are witnessing the death of legal research on desktop in his post today.

While Health and especially Finance went full throttle in mobile, driven respectively by pure need and speed, other business markets have been slower to adopt. Yet, this anxious stance does not reflect reality: PC shipments will only be 20.6% of the total market of smart connected devices. Tablets are forecast to overtake PC sales entirely this Christmas. By 2017,total traditional PC devices are expected to drop to 13%, while tablets and smartphones will contribute 16.5% and 70.5% respectively to the overall market. Those that cling towards a PC oriented design strategy will face extinction just as the operating system and software needed to run it.

No question there’s an undercurrent of lawyers who believe it’ll never happen.

I hear them…these voices all around me…whispering: they will never do legal research on a smartphone, the screen is too small! How can lawyers or any knowledge professional do research on a mobile device? These voices weren’t whispers 2 years ago, they were loud and clear and drove me to write about it. Mobile consumes and desktop creates, no if and’s or buts. Now several events hopefully will exorcise these faint yet persistent notions and help us embrace our enlightened reality.

These events include the inevitable phasing out of desktops as the principal way we’ll be connected to the net. Research, after all, mandates being online. Mobile versus desktop legal research Add to this that mobile apps are arguably better and more innovative than many desktop applications. Innovative engineers want to work for companies developing applications for mobile more than for desktop applications. Companies developing applications, knowing where the world is going, are going to put their money on mobile apps over desktop apps.

Wolters Kluwer, per Blijd, is rethinking and redesigning research for any screen size and in all environments. I blogged a couple months ago that Wolters Kluwer migrated 32 medical publications to iPad and asked why not legal publications.

Of course there will be arguments that lawyers are different. I heard that when I suggested lawyers could travel with an iPad in place of their laptop toady. Blijd isn’t buying it.

Legal professionals spend between 40-50 hours on computers. Yet, they spend only 15 hours (30%) on research. Now here’s my question: if 70% on computers is not spent on research, than what are they doing? I presume emailing, drafting, scheduling or reading the news? I haven’t gotten my hands on studies to confirm this. But if so, do you really need a desktop for those “non research” activities?

Keyboards and monitor size are not an issue. They’re merely tools which can be plugged into a mobile device as needed for personal convenience.

It’s that computer in your palm or pocket that’s driving things. That computer that is infinitely more powerful than that computer we used in a law office 2o years ago. A computer that wasn’t even hooked up to something called the Internet.

Mobile is no doubt coming and will eclipse a desktop, not only for legal research, but also for practice management, writing, billing, and business development (blogging and social media included).

In three or four years we may not even use the terms, desktop or mobile. It’ll be a computer – or a tablet – or a smartphone – or maybe just a tool.

Image courtesy of Flickr by CALI.

Wolters Kluwer, one of the largest publishers in the world, and a big player in the legal publishing arena, has migrated 32 of its medical journals onto the iPad. This per Marc Iskowitz at Medical Marketing and Media.

The reason is the growing number of doctors and consumers using an iPad and advertisers wanting to reach them, particularly doctors.

In 2011, already more than 80% of US physicians owned a smart phone and, by now, an estimated 60% also use an iPad, while at least 40% of US doctors claim to go online during patient consultations, mostly with smart phones (Manhattan Research).

And among the general population, Google predicts that in 2012, for the first time ever, there will be more smart phone shipments than PC shipments in the US.

Mobile platforms are tailor-made for healthcare. “Mobile offers tremendous contextual cues that can connect with consumers in retail, in physician offices and throughout the day to help direct them to Rx brands and manage their health,” notes Martin O’Brien, partner at Rosetta.

The iPad opens up further possibilities for physicians, allowing them to show images and video clips to patients, and to more easily write clinical notes and check patient records.

It would only seem to be a matter of time that legal publications be migrated to the iPad. Already 30% of lawyers use an iPad and the iPad represents a wonderful tool not only for receiving legal information, but also engaging a lawyer’s target audience for business development.

ALM does not appear to have a clear digital plan though and LexisNexis’ alleged failure to invest in technology combined with its parent, Reed Elsevier taking subscription price hits with the growth of open access, has some in the UK financial community calling for its sale.

It’s possible that legal blogs, and the curation of such content, will lead the legal publishing vertical to the iPad.

We already have legal blogs on the LexBlog Network being showcased on Flipboard, with a number of posts on the network being called out as ‘Popular on Flipboard’ each day. We have law reviews moving from print to blogs. With the legal profession moving to mobile versus PC’s and the growing use of iPad’s why not all law reviews on iPad, maybe Flipboard.

It may take a little longer for legal publishing to move to the iPad than medical publishing, but we’ll get there.

iPad attorneys30% of attorneys in the U.S. are using an iPad per the 2012 ABA Tech Survey performed by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Lawyers are seeing real value in the iPad, it’s not only lighter than a laptop, but also a more efficient and organized way to receive and review news and information.

New Orleans Attorney, Jeff Richardson (@jeffrichardson), summarized the findings of the ABA survey in his post, “2012 ABA Tech Survey reveals surge in lawyer iPhone, iPad use.”

  • In 2012, 33% of all attorneys report using a tablet for law-related tasks (More than double the 15% in 2011)
  • 91% of the 33%, or 30% of all attorneys, are using an iPad

Lawyers are embracing the iPad for many of the same reasons people of other professions are, to perform simple day to day tasks.

  • 80% are regularly using an iPad to read e-mail and use the Internet
  • Over 50% regularly use their iPads to work with their contacts and calendars
  • Roughly a third use iPad research apps
  • 21% of lawyers regularly create documents with their iPads, 29% do so occasionally

Lawyers aren’t relying on their law firms to buy them an iPad, 86% of attorneys using tablets purchased their own device.

Richardson expects we will see an even greater jump in the number of attorneys using an iPad in next year’s 2013 report, stating that, “the ABA data was collected during the first few months of 2012, but I know a bunch of attorneys who purchased their first iPad during the last few weeks.”

tv-vs-mobileA couple decades ago Bill Gates and Steve Balmer, of Microsoft fame, had the goal of putting a computer on everyone’s desktop. Most of us responded, “That’s nice, what would we do with a computer?”

Today, we’re entering a world where there are more tablets and smart phones than computers. Unfortunately, too many lawyers don’t recognize the significance of mobile and how it can help them.

Richard Ting (@flytip), SVP & Executive Creative Director at R/GA writes at the Atlantic on mobile’s cultural influence on our society.

More than 2/3 of our time on mobile phones is now used for non-communication activities with the average American spending 94 minutes per day utilizing mobile apps vs. 72 minutes of web-based consumption. Mobile is poised to surpass television as the dominant consumer access point for all media. How we experience life, relationships, entertainment, education, exercise, and work have been completely transformed (for better or worse) because of mobile.


Imagine a world in the next 2-3 years, where smart phones are in the hands of every consumer and tablet sales will exceed PCs. It will be a world where global internet users will double, led by mobile usage. At that time, mobile will no longer be a support medium, it will be THE medium. Today, we’ve already seen apps disrupt multi-billion dollar industries – gaming, retail, media, publishing, small business, photography, and travel.

As a lawyer, you need to get comfortable with mobile being your primary access point to media — media not only  ‘net-based,’ but media as a whole.

It’s no excuse to say my law firm doesn’t support mobile this or that. It’s no excuse to say you’re a tech luddite. It’s no excuse to say I need a computer to produce 66 page documents.

Go to the Apple store and get an iPhone or iPad and begin to use the apps available to you to consume news and information that’ll make you a better lawyer, to share news and information to grow your influence and authority, and to connect with others so as to grow your network. If you like Android, get Android devices.

Don’t know how to use the apps? Sit in on some business classes at the Apple store, watch some YouTube videos, subscribe to innovative blogs sharing what’s out there and how to use it — could be this blog, could be Mashable, could be others. Ask some other lawyers you’re apt to dismiss as some tech geek.

Bottom line, get comfortable with mobile. You’ll be a better lawyer for it, in more ways than one.

20120602-142727.jpgI’ve blogged before about the benefits, or at least the efficiencies, of using an iPad for business development.

Three handy additions to use with your iPad are the Apple Wireless Keyboard, the Origami Workstation for iPad and Wireless Keyboard , and the Timbuk2 Quickie (extra small – 12″) for Tablets.

You’ve now get a slick stand from which to display your iPad, a full size top notch keyboard, and slick small case with 2 small pockets in which to carry them. Say good buy to a larger briefcase, knapsack, heavier laptop. All for about $150.

I looked around and did some Google research as to the best set up for getting a full size keyboard and stand for my iPad. There were some things out there but nothing seemed to be the equal – especially when the keyboard and iPad (2/3 of the set up) are from Apple, known for function and simplicity.

I find this set up for keying and browsing the equal of my Macbook Air for most of how I use the Internet.

  • Lighter than my laptop.
  • Much easier to use on a plane.
  • Better for note taking and sharing while at conferences. I use my iPad alone, not my Macbook Air, for presentations.
  • Nicer while sitting in my family room placing my self created ‘laptop’ on the arm of my chair.

I now use my iPad and this set up for all of my work outside the office.

I blog on my iPad while in coffee shops and at home. I do blog from my Macbook Air in the office because it powers my 30 inch display and the native WordPress publisher in a browser has more features and is a little easier to use than the WordPress app on my iPad.

Give the set up a try. I think you’ll like it.

If you have another set up you are using for your iPad, share it in comments here for other memebers of the RLHB community.

iPad business intelligence development for lawyersMitch Lazar (@mitchlazar), CEO of Taptu and one of the co-founders of, wrote at TechCruch yesterday that ‘Tablets are Transforming Business Intelligence.’

Staying on top of your game and understanding the competitive landscape is essential to winning in the modern business world. A huge component to staying ahead of the curve is keeping a close eye on competitors in your market, which entails maintaining a watchful eye on industry news. Some companies turn to expensive news monitoring services to keep track of their respective industry, but in reality there are more viable options. Emerging tablet news and information services like Flipboard, Pulse and others are proving an incredible companion to business and consulting executives in staying current with industry changes occurring around them.

Lazar’s comments followed my discussions with leading lawyers in Vancouver this weekend on the value of the iPad for business intelligence and business development.

I was in Vancouver to present to the Law Firm Alliance (LFA) Saturday morning and to spend time with many of their members on Friday evening and into Sunday morning. As way of context, LFA is a network of 50 mid-sized law firms located around the globe bringing together together the expertise of over 2,500 attorneys.

I spoke on what I believe more than anything, that the Internet is a powerful tool to get work through relationships and your word of mouth reputation. As LexBlog’s President, Kevin McKeown, puts it, the Internet is a reputation and relationships accelerator. Business development on steroids, if you will.

The iPad is upping the rate of acceleration. I did my whole presentation via an iPad, whose presentation apps were superior to that of my MacBook Air. I  also could then use my iPad to show lawyers the business development apps, in action, available to them – Mr Reader, Flipboard, Zite, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more.

When I stepped off the podium, lawyers were waiting to show me the apps they had already loaded on their iPads. The lawyers told me right then about the business development power they saw in the iPad and the apps available on it.

I spent time with some of the lawyers Saturday afternoon. They wanted personal coaching on how to leverage the Interent, and particularly the iPad, to build relationships and grow their reputations.

At dinner Saturday evening, lawyers came up to me and said they were going to buy an iPad. When I kidded a lawyer from Rotterdam I was dining with that I should have told the crowd Saturday morning that I was going to do an informal afternoon session over beers in the Fairmount lounge, but they needed to walk over and get an iPad first, he told me he would have. Another lawyer from Vancouver told me the same thing.

A five or six hundred dollar investment to both save time and grow their business was nothing to them. It made all the sense in the world.

I’m obviously not alone in my thinking.

Lazar cites Jeff Cavins, CEO of Fuzebox, who recently wrote in Business Insider that the explosive uptake of tablet computers is fueling the growth of what he called the new “iPad economy.”

The iPad is shifting the way businesses function, changing how executives interact and transforming the economics of today’s business operations.

Lazar hits on three big advantages of tablets and their apps. I agree, but it’s iPad by far over other tablets. Better search and filtering offers essential time savings.

Google News and Google Alerts were a step in the right direction, but these services don’t always give you the news you want when you need it. As users continue to adopt tablets as a primary reading outlet, there is a huge opportunity to create real-time, targeted news experiences. Apps like Zite, which was bought by CNN in 2011, aim to learn about users’ interests through the stories they read, and provide related content based on those preferences. News-reader apps give users the power to create their own streams of content based on keywords to offer analysis of the topic across any genre of content, keeping them constantly updated in the ever-changing world of business.

Gesture based information consumption increases efficiency.

News-readers give users the opportunity to scan hundreds of articles in a few moments and immediately delve deeper into the most interesting content. News-reading services do all the heavy lifting by aggregating the stories that match your interests, giving you more time to spend reading the news you care about rather than searching for it. The same way Evernote helps you save your daily thoughts and ideas all in one spot, news-readers concisely track what’s going on in every field that interests you.

Beyond increasing efficiency, news-readers also allow for easy sharing of any stories of interest with your community of colleagues or friends. Every blog and news site has its own way to share stories you enjoy with friends, but they are not always convenient for users. Tablet apps make sharing simple, while still driving traffic back to the original source.

Bookmarking makes for easier follow up.

When browsing a vast number of stories every day, it’s often hard to keep track of the important ones, or to flag them down once you’ve flipped past. Easy in-app bookmarking tools such as Pocket or Instapaper make for a better overall experience because returning to a piece of interesting news is simple. Creating your own playlist through bookmarks is intuitive, as is sharing that list with colleagues, which is an asset for group collaboration.

We’re all busy. But you won’t be able to take the excuse ‘I didn’t have time’ to the bank when your business didn’t grow. You cannot, as a law firm, sound like newspapers did seven or eight years ago when they said we’ll be okay as tech luddites – we’re all luddites.

The iPad and its apps will kickstart your productivity, efficiency and knowledge sharing. Sharing information you’ve gleaned via the iPad will accelerate your reputation and relationships as a lawyer like no other tool today.

There’s a reason 67 million iPads (up 17 million since January) have been sold.

New York venture capitalist and blogger, Fred Wilson, asked this morning, laptop or mobile?.

I took a two day trip Thursday and Friday of this past week. When packing for the trip I debated about bringing my laptop (an 11″ macbook air) with me. In the end, I decided to bring it. I didn’t use the laptop on the trip except to write yesterday’s blog post. I do a lot of cutting and pasting of links, quotes, etc when I blog and I find that it is still pretty inconvenient to do that on a mobile. But other than that, I used my android phone for everything else over the course of two days and I was fairly productive.

I’m finding the same thing. I brought my 13″ Macbook Air to Dallas for the LMA Conference a few weeks ago and to the ABA TechShow last week. I could’t imagine traveling without my laptop, which like for most folks serves as my machine in the office and at home. But on both trips, I used my laptop minimally, if at all. I used my iPad. On the plane (wifi), in conference sessions, in meetings, for reading/sharing, for email, and for blogging, I used my iPad. This morning I picked up a bluetooth Apple keyboard and the Origami WorkStation for the iPad and wireless keyboard. I’m writing this blog post on it (with my iPad) and it’s working great.

20120407-132323.jpg Per Fred:

It would be interesting to think about the things that are still inconvenient to do on mobile (like long form blogging) and figure out if there were ways to make it more convenient to do that on a mobile device. It seems like there could be some interesting startup opportunities in solving these remaining hurdles to ditching the laptop entirely.

I’m not a coder, nor do I use a lot of apps or software for editing, text or video. I use the net and my iPad to read (Mr. Reader, Flipboard, NYT, WSJ, FT, USA Today), to share (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), to connect, to email, and to blog. I’m getting all I need with my iPad, and now this workstation and wireless keyboard. I’ll confess I do love my 30″ Apple Cinema Display my Mac Air powers in the office — and I’d be a bit scared by using an iPad, alone, for presentations in front of large audiences. Bottom line, we’re going mobile. And it’s adapting mobile to what we’ve historically liked, not making what we’ve historically liked more mobile.

Thanks to all who attended “Business Development & Networking in a Mobile Environment.” As always, there were some great questions from the environment. If you missed it or want to view it again, you can watch the recording by clicking on the video above.

In this webinar, LexBlog CEO Kevin O’Keefe talked about the importance of networking for business development, and how tools like the iPad and iPhone can increase this productivity. Here are a few of those apps.



If you have any questions that Kevin didn’t answer in the webinar, feel free to email him or leave a comment below.

Apple just released the New iPad (iPad 3), and interest for portable internet-equipped devices continues to grow; people are consuming more and more content on tablets and mobile devices.

Tablets and smartphones are not just for geeks and technology lovers — professionals can also leverage mobile functions in their legal practices. How can your iPad and iPhone help you with your business development?

On Thursday, March 22 at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT, LexBlog CEO Kevin O’Keefe and the LexBlog Client Services Team present a free, hour-long webinar on this subject: “Making the most of your iPad and iPhone.”

“Making the most of your iPad and iPhone” will cover:

  • How your audience is consuming content
  • Why you might consider using a smartphone or tablet
  • How you can leverage the power of mobile for business development
  • Apps to think about using
  • While this webinar will focus on Mac OS products, many of the principles can be applied to Android and other devices.

You can register at LexBlog’s events center; registration is limited to 100 participants and our last session filled to capacity so please sign up today if you want to attend. “Making the most of your iPad and iPhone” will be recorded and posted to YouTube (and here) 24-48 hours after the session is over.

Last week at the Texas State Bar Annual Meeting author and technology pioneer Attorney Tom Mighell gave an excellent presentation on legal trends.

As part of his presentation Mighell spoke on how lawyers can use the iPad, a tablet Mighell believes is at least a year ahead of competitors when it comes to performance and features.

With the various applications that can be used on iPadMighell saw the following uses for lawyers.

  • Note Taking
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Meetings
  • In Court

I’m no longer practicing law, but I am going to start using some of the applications Mighell mentioned for note taking during meetings and while at conferences — even if it is hard for me to read my own handwriting.

On the professional and business development front, I’m already using the iPad and advise you as a lawyer to do same.

  • To read my news and information.
  • To share what I read.
  • To network with people professionally and personally.

For reading my news and information?

  • The days are numbered for reading news and information on a browser. We’re going to look back and laugh in a few years as to how we used a computer and large monitor to read blogs, newspapers, and other content. The iPad experience for consuming information (text or video) in an application, not a browser on the iPad, has it all over a computer by a multiple of fifty.
  • The best way to consume information, hands down, is to use Google Reader. Google Reader not only allows you to subscribe to sources (blogs, publications, columns) by RSS, but also allows you to subscribe to subjects (Google News search or Google Blog search) by RSS. Google Reader also allows those feeds to be stored in folders organized by subjects or sources. You see more information from trusted sources in less time by using Google Reeder.
  • By using Google Reader as my news/information data base or hub I can use applications on my iPad to pull that news and information onto my iPad for easy reading.
  • I use the app, Reeder, to read news and info fed from Google Reader. Reeder strips away the design of the source (blog or other publication) and allows me to read the content, see images, and watch video in an elegant and simple interface. Mighell uses Mr. Reader as his iPad RSS Reader app.
  • I am now using Zite more than a RSS Reeder on my iPad. Zite, self described as a personalized magazine and which I blogged about earlier, pulls in news and information from blogs, newspapers, and publications on various topics it thinks I would enjoy. Zite determines my interests based on what I follow in my Google Reader and who I am connected with on Twitter.
  • Twitter allows me to follow groups of people sharing relevant information in my iPad. I set up these groups in Twitter lists that include influencers/amplifiers, potential business partners, mainstream media, Seattle, Green Bay Packers, Mariners, Indy 500 races, Military JAG Officers, and more. I monitor those lists (not all of them all the time) as well as searches covering me, my company, and my company’s products on application called Twitterific.

For sharing?

  • Both Zite and Reeder allow me to tap a Twitter button to share the title and shortened link of what I am reading and would like to share with you. It takes a second. By sharing information like this I have established trust with you as a source of helpful news and information.
  • Both Zite and Reeder allow me to email what I am reading, again by title and link. This allows me to share things with my LexBlog teammates, business associates, and friends in a direct and personal way that goes beyond Twitter sharing, which someone may or may not see.
  • I can also share to Delicious, Facebook and other social media/social networking sites via these applications.
  • When at conferences I may see a thing or two I want to share with you or capture for myself for later. I’ll do this via Twitterific.

To network with people personally and professionally?

  • Twitter allows me to instantly connect with relevant people, in addition to relevant info. By Re-Tweeting what I am reading from others, I am engaging that source – they see that I shared what they shared on Twitter and probably appreciate my ‘spreading the word. I do this through Twitterific.
  • I may direct or open message, through Twitter, a person I see sharing something on Twitter. People send me messages on Twitter as well. I have and continue to build and nurture relationships via Twitter that have led to significant business for my company. I use Twitterific for this.
  • I don’t believe LinkedIn has an an app for an iPad so I don’t use LinkedIn on my iPad.
  • Though Facebook doesn’t have an official iPad app, I do use the app, Friendly, on my iPad to read what closer business associates, friends, and relatives may be sharing as well as to share news and my own experiences with them. Facebook definitely has a role in professional networking as you’re apt to have as Facebook friends people you learn from and who may refer you work.

In addition to business development, the above forms of networking help me grow professionally. I learn from others, and have a deep and rich network of smart and experienced professionals to call upon when I need information or advise. I get better at what I do for others in my business by such networking.

My iPad remains my mobile device for Twitter and Facebook. When I am at the office or at home, I am apt to be using my MacBook Air for Twittter (Tweetdeck is the application I use there) and Facebook.

But for news and information consumption and sharing, it’s the iPad  — whether on the ferry commute, at  home, or at a conference.

I suggest you try the iPad. It’s a powerful professional and business development tool for lawyers.