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Starting a Law Firm | Steve Jobs and the iPad

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Starting a Law Firm | Steve Jobs and the iPad

This post is from the first blog I started, called “How to Start a Law Firm.” Over the years I’ve moved to different sites a few times and wanted to catalog all of my content in one place. If an article refers to a link and there is no link, sorry, that’s consequence of the move. Enjoy!

I didn’t really know what I was going to write about today, as my starting a law firm material is pretty low, and then I looked at cnn.com and saw that Steve Jobs stepped down today as the CEO of Apple (don’t worry folks, he’s still going to be the chairman of the board, so his design aesthetic should at least linger). Then I remembered that pretty much all day I’ve been thinking about getting an iPad, even going to an Apple store today and walking around, and I thought that would make a great topic for today’s post.

Why Would a Lawyer Want an iPad?

I don’t know why any lawyer would want an iPad, but I can think of several reasons why I would want an iPad. Here are a couple.

1. I am wasting way to much time in court waiting around.

In the world of criminal defense, you waste about half of your life just standing around waiting for things to happen. They call 50 people in for an 8:30 court date and start knocking them out. That means there are significant amounts of time spent sitting in a chair in a courtroom.

Until now I’d just carried my iPhone with me and made due. I can check email, read some stuff, and otherwise keep myself occupied. But I know that I could be doing so much more. With the iPad I could not only read cases and briefs and emails, but I could actively read them, which is so much better. The iPad gives you the capability to edit documents, work with PDFs, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I can actually keep working while I’m sitting around in court!

2. If I take buy diazepam online india some time to learn how, it can be a powerful trial tool.

I keep up with technology for the most part, and I’ve seen some of the things the iPad can do. And I’d like to be able to take advantage of them when I’m in trial. As a criminal defense attorney I need all the help I can get (the deck is often intentionally stacked against you). If this can help to even the playing field even a little bit, then I’m for it.

What Kind of iPad am I Getting? 3G or Wifi Only?

This question alone is what has been holding me back the most. There are basically six options you have for an iPad – 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes and wifi or wifi and 3g enabled.

I’m thinking of getting the 32 gig model, just to make sure I have enough room (I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use that up), but I was wavering on whether or not to get the 3g or the wifi only model. The 3g is more expensive – $729 versus 599 and you have to pay a monthly fee for the 3g service, but, you have the added safety net of always being able to connect to the internet, even if there is no wifi around. This is important for me because our courtrooms, like I’m sure most of yours are, are still living in the 80’s when it comes to technology. That means even if they’ve discovered the wonderful world of wifi the signal is often weak and crappy.

So I think I’m going with the 3g 32 gig model. And of course I’m going with black. That’s just my style.

I’ll keep you up to date periodically with how the iPad experience is, what is working well, what isn’t, what added benefits I’ve discovered, what drawbacks there are, and what applications I’m using. Hopefully it will help you out.

As always, love to have comments and questions. Been a little quite lately. Don’t you all have anything to say? 🙂

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