LP's Executive Director Angie Hickey, and Peter Donati, leader of the firm's Labor & Employment Service Group, were quoted in the December 2011 issue of Inside Counsel. The article, "The perks and pitfalls of tablet computers," says while easy-to-use tablets boast legal-specific apps, in-house lawyers have security concerns. Also, when looked at in the context of use in corporate legal departments, the question remains whether tablets can evolve from a portable entertainment device to a useful professional tool.
From the article:
“In the legal industry, iPads are dominant,” says Levenfeld Pearlstein Executive Director Angela Hickey. “They’re easy to use, very intuitive and there’s definitely a cool factor. Usually we’re pushing technology out to the lawyers, but with this device, the lawyers are actually pushing the IT departments to hurry up and find ways to effectively use it.”
“Because I always have my iPad with me, I can take notes using a stylus and pick up where I left off,” Donati said. "I can then send those notes to my email in PDF form, and they’re stored in the client’s database here at the firm.”
Hickey notes that corporate counsel may find the document-sharing apps available for the iPad extremely beneficial, as well as its desktop video conferencing capabilities once the technology matures. There also are a number of legal-specific applications currently available for the iPad, including apps for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, criminal procedure, appellate procedure and evidence.