When the skies turned hostile last fall it seemed a safe bet that lawyers would put their oversized carry-ons aside and look for travel-free ways to depose witnesses, close deals and meet with clients. One answer, it seemed, was videoconferencing. Did it take off? In a word, no.

Today, most law firms are using videoconferencing internally, for firm-wide departmental meetings and associate training sessions. But lawyers still find it too clunky to use for most meat-and-potatoes billable work, like depositions and settlement conferences.

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