One of the best tools in my legal tech arsenal is my Viewsonic gTablet. While I’d love to upgrade, and I will, I am satisfied with its stability, performance and capacity. I carry my gTablet almost everywhere I go (I’ve left it home the past couple days because I haven’t had court). When I’m in court, the gTablet is to me what Linus’ blue blanket (it’s Christmas-time after all) is to him – a little piece of comfort.
The gTablet hasn’t always been a comfort blanket. In fact, when I first started implementing the tablet, I printed out copies of my “needed” documents, just in case. My irrational behavior mimicked my reluctance when I implemented a “paperless” office.
Gradually, I became more comfortable with relying more on my tablet and apps, than on my chicken-scratch set of “notes.” I developed a functional and efficient method for transforming digital information into meaningful arguments.
Now, I mostly use my tablet in 2 scenarios: depositions and hearings. Here’s my method:
- All documents become PDF copies with OCR performed using Adobe Acrobat (we have version 9 & 10).
- Documents get saved to a folder on the server using our practice management program.
- At the office, I use Acrobat to comment, arrange, crop, and edit the particular document.
- I save the document to a “working folder” for use at the deposition or hearing. Note: all documents are “working” copies of the original file.
- Before hearing or deposition preparation time (usually at home), I copy the client’s entire folder (or my working folder) from the server into my Dropbox folder. This keeps my original notes.
- At home or away from the office, I use RepliGo Reader to read, edit, comment, and highlight the PDF document. I can add comments, bookmarks, etc.
- When finished, I save the document back into Dropbox.
- Prior to the hearing or deposition, I print out any exhibits I want to present. I also (if I haven’t already) copy the client’s entire folder to Dropbox for sync as I travel to the courthouse or deposition.
- At the deposition or hearing, I open my working copy, and commence the arguments. When necessary, I present the printed exhibits. With RepliGo Reader, I can open other documents referred to by counsel, search the document, and add comments regarding the argument. I may also opt to use a note-taking program like Evernote to scratch notes about the other party’s arguments.