Is it a legal pad? No! Is it a computer? No! Is it an iPad Pro 9.7 with a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil...how did you know?
Last week, I decided that it was finally time to upgrade my technological wardrobe. My old laptop was freezing; my desktop was running like molasses. It was time for a change. I needed, however, a device small enough to take with me from courthouse to courthouse and useful and advanced enough to help me with my lawyerly tasks. Luckily, I found the iPad Pro 9.7. Overwhelmed by the utility of my new iPad and accessories (and not motivated at all by financial means), I felt the urge to tell you justhow this device has changed my life:
1. The Attack of the Clutter Villain: At work, I have the tendency (nay the irresistible urge) to jot down case notes and ideas on any blank or semi blank piece of paper within my immediate grasp. As you can imagine, at the end of the day, I have notes everywhere. As a result, I spend a significant amount of time arranging these notes before scanning them into my clients' electronic files.
iPad Pro to the rescue - Now I use the iPad Pro as a digital legal pad to keep notes using the Apple Pencil and Notability App. The Apple Pencil's accuracy is truly amazing. After taking my desired notes, I immediately save and swiftly export these notes to the clients' electronic files.
2. The Cases Everywhere Villain: Like many other lawyers, I find myself constantly researching and shepardizing case law. I then usually print or save the numerous cases and secondary sources discovered during my legal research. Eventually, these materials either clutter my office and case files or end up in the trash or lost somewhere on my desktop.
iPad Pro to the rescue - With the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and Lexis Nexis and Notability Apps, I make magic happen. I can save a pdf case directly from Lexis Nexis into the Notability App. I then use the Apple Pencil to highlight or mark the document in multiple colors (red, yellow, black, green, blue etc.). If I need to, I can print or save the marked up versions of the cases directly into my clients' electronic files. Poof! Magic!
3. The revenge of the Single Task Keyboardless Villain: In our technologically advanced legal market, I often find the need to consult multiple applications at once during the day and while I work (i.e. Email, calendar, etc.). I also do a lot of typing and editing, so a reliable keyboard is always a plus.
iPad Pro to the rescue - With the iPad Pro everything is at your fingertips. You can open two separate applications and view them simultaneously. Further, with the Apple Smart Keyboard (designed specifically for this iPad) you can type a letter in Pages or Office while referring to handwritten notes in Notability or to an emai in Mail. You can then use the Apple Pencil to sign the document. That document can be saved (as a .doc or .pdf) and then uploaded into the cloud or sent by email.
Needless to say, I am a fan of my new technological wonder. Although not a true superhero, the iPad Pro sure saved me.