November 13, 2011
The importance of appreciating (and teaching) iPad realities for lawyers and law students
I am at a great session (on a Sunday morning!) of the Appellate Judges Education Institute concerning modern brief writing and reading in our digital age. The biggest take-away is that the iPad has become a "game-changer" in part because already perhaps as many as half of all appellate judges nationwide are at least sometimes reading briefs on an iPad and because it seems likely that soon all judges will read most briefs on screens.
This sessions is reinforcing my belief that law schools should be looking for ways to intergrate iPads and/or other e-readers into their skills curriculum. Notably, a Ninth Circuit judge on reported that his circuit is providing all its judges with iPads, and I strongly believe it should be only a matter of time before some clever law schools (and/or law publishers) figure out the opportunities and advantages that might flow from giving groups of students pre-programmed e-readers with specialized applications and/or content.
Some related prior posts:
- Could the iPad help transform law school and even lawyering?
- An iPad in a Law School Class -- A Skeptical View
- How an iPad (or an even better e-tablet) could transform legal education
- Incorporating Technology & University Responses
- How could/should Apple (or other tech companies) partner with a law school to foster e-casebooks?
- Supreme Court Justices are now doing work on iPads and Kindles, when will law students?
- “I think [the iPad] could very well be the biggest thing to hit school technology since the overhead projector.”
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Happy to hear that Judges are so far along the curve on this. Hopefully that bodes well for dragging PACER into modernity.
I'm also waiting for legal publishers to figure out that Kindle is the next killer app for them. I love having my library with me on my iPad when I need it but love even better having it all synced with the kindle app on my desktop w annotations, ability to copy and paste, etc. Similarly I've been using Dropbox to sync pdfs of cases and other documents between my iPad and desktop, which has proved very handy in meetings, depositions. Though the one time I saw an iPad used in court it looked so unbelievably dorky I vowed never to use it in front of a jury.
Posted by: Luke Gilman | Nov 13, 2011 9:50:02 AM
It is important to use iPad if you are a law student like me. I always get messy with my notes. Good to know there is Ghostwriter Notes app. This app I bought at http://majorspot.com is very helpful in my note-taking tasks. I can review immediately my notes at home after converting my notes to PDF format.
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Posted by: printing denver | Sep 8, 2012 8:57:02 AM
I agree Luke Gilman said: It is important to use iPad if you are a law student like me. I always get messy with my notes. Good to know there is Ghostwriter Notes app.
Posted by: Hotcandy | Sep 10, 2012 10:14:26 PM