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Why Realtime?

July 22, 2011

A recent discussion by members of the Technology Evaluation Committee ranged from thoughts about the use of iPads to provide realtime in various parts of the country to different ways to overcome attorneys' objection to having realtime. Here are some of their thoughts.

The Rise of iPads

Jerry Kelly: I read an article this weekend speculating that 50 percent of lawyers are using iPads. (I realize this is more than just litigators.) My own experience in my courtroom is that virtually every male litigator under age 50 is bringing an iPad to the courtroom. What are you seeing? Is there any way to send realtime to an iPad? Would that make a difference in being able to get more attorneys to use (and pay for) realtime?

G. Allen Sonntag: Just to show the difference, in our court, my wife says there is not one iPad to be seen. I've not had one on a depo yet, either.

Kevin Hunt: Checking out clients coming to my offices for depositions, I'd say about 10 percent come with iPads, but that segment is steadily growing. However, knowing attorneys, they would need compelling software to make them want to buy and use an iPad.

Bill Weber: I see an iPad at almost every single depo. I guess this goes to show that technology is definitely regional in adaption rates.

Nancy Bistany: I report three to five days a week, and I would say at least once a week someone walks in with an iPad or tablet of some sort.

Kevin Hunt: If someone came out with a very low-cost realtime app for the iPad that could be downloaded at a moment's notice from the iStore and then connect wirelessly to the reporter's translating computer, I think you'd see a sea change in acceptance of realtime.

Jerry Kelly: Yes, an iPad app for realtime could be a game-changer! All these years, litigators have not carried the laptops or netbooks from counsel table to the lectern when it's their turn to question witnesses or speak to judge and jury. However, the litigators are carrying their iPads with them.