"Bring your own device" programs, popularly known as BYOD, are taking the legal profession by storm. I've seen it firsthand at a number of legal technology conferences and gatherings, and the Am Law Tech Survey 2012, coming to the December 1 issue of Legal affiliate Law Technology News, finds legal professionals everywhere as either providing or supporting their mobile device use.
As mobile devices and applications become more prevalent in law firms, the question becomes, "Who's running the show: the IT department or the lawyers?"
The mainstay of mobile activities for lawyers in law firms includes email and messaging. But other uses include less mobile-ready activities, which are mostly done in an ad hoc fashion as mobile app technology has not caught up with lawyers' demand to do everything on their mobile device almost everything. The following tasks are easily accomplished on the desktop of most law firm computers, but the same tasks are not easily transferred to mobile apps.
Document sharing, collaboration, editing and management.
Document and PDF creation, assembly, editing and annotating.
Docket and task management.
Case tracking and case management.
Phone calls linked to time tracking and billing information.
Conflict checking and matter management.
In-court activities such as real-time case research and mobile document printing.