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The Future of Google Glass for Lawyers

Wow. California attorney, Mitch Jackson has a visionary insight into the future. Mitch has this post (lengthy) that gives some foresight into how lawyers can, and will, use Google Glass to interact with their worlds.

Google Glass

Mitch starts with a story about waking up and going for a run. Conceptually, exercising with Glass is nice, but I think it’s going to be too bulky.  I’m not saying Mitch’s concept isn’t possible, but remember, Glass currently uses Bluetooth pairing to access the internet. Unless Google figures out how to embed a cellular antenna into the Glasses, you’ll still have to carry a cell phone. Plus, who really wants to wear a pair earbuds on their glasses?

Where I think Mitch is spot-on inventive is in his description of how he’ll use Glass to become more productive in the office and in trial:

I use the commands “stop” and “forward to Kristy” to review and then forward an email to my assistant about a client wanting to schedule an appointment to talk about his upcoming deposition. I then say, “Note to Kristy” and dictate a short follow-up instruction about what documents we’ll need to go over and have ready during the meeting. I say “attach and send” and it goes to Kristy’s inbox . . . . As I make my way back inside, I grab several files I looked at late last night and pull out a picture of the defendant’s damaged truck received from opposing counsel the day earlier. I hold it out in front of me and take a picture using the command “picture”. Using similar commands, I send a copy by email with instructions to my accident [r]econstructionist to follow-up with regarding his research.

This description is vividly imaginative. Mitch continues to describe his in-court experience:

While walking in to the courthouse, I use voice commands to access the court website to review the court’s tentative ruling on our motion. The court’s ruling appears to be in my favor but the judge cites a case that he’d like counsel to discuss further with him in open court. Using voice, I highlight the case cite and bring up links to the opinion and summary for review. I say “scroll” and “highlight” to mark the portion of the opinion that clarifies the issue the Judge shared a concern with and then say “send to Judge Jones” so that the highlighted section is queued up for the judge to read via his own court issued Google Glass. All the judges are now using Glass to help make the entire court process more efficient.

. . .  I run the same databases on the judge that I did earlier that morning during my run using the Glass app on my smartphone. I notice that before becoming a judge, he was a plaintiff’s attorney for about 20 years and also a huge soccer fan. Not sure if it’s relevant but good to know.

Just before the clerk calls our case, I command Glass to “go live” and a real time audio and video feed displays back at the office and private Youtube, Google Hangout, and Spreecast channels so that the new associates can watch the law and motion and oral argument from our various offices across the U.S. A private link is also shared with the clients so they can watch the procedure poolside from their hotel in the Bahamas where they are vacationing.

During oral argument, my partner, who is also watching the real time video feed, shares several text notes that I am able to read in Glass and incorporate into my presentation. After ruling in my favor the judge decides to set a trial date in November. While looking down as his calendar, he tells us his trial dates are firm so once set, don’t plan on trying to reschedule the date.

I reach up and press the command button on Glass (I could have said “calendar” but didn’t want to make any noise) and my trial calendar displays in Glass. I scroll to November and notice the date selected by the court conflicts with an important (to me) upcoming out-of-town soccer tournament my son is playing in. Knowing the judge is a soccer fan and also understanding the importance of making sure that whatever day we pick is probably going to be a rather firm date, I respond, “Your honor, we have a very important out-of-town club soccer tournament that weekend. Would it be possible to set trial for the following Monday?” The judge smiles and lets me know how much he misses the game. He ask how old my son is, we chat about soccer, and the trial date is set for the following month.

Of course, Mitch also notes the other uses for Glass, such as navigation, home automation, and video conferencing. Mitch also introduced me to Spreecast, which, except for the fact it’s Facebook-connected, links up groups of people for sharing videos. I’m a bigger fan of Zoom video conferencing, which allows you to video conference for free with up to 25 people for 40 minuteson an encrypted video link. There’s even an app (free). Side note: I’m not sure why I haven’t reviewed this app, because it’s great. I would like to see Zoom create a Glass app that enables the “recording” feature Mitch mentions. Currently, Zoom allows a mobile user to use the front or back camera for showing video.

Overall, you need to read Mitch’s full accounting of his day. How do you think lawyers will use Glass? Let me know in the comments.

8 Responses to The Future of Google Glass for Lawyers

  1. It was a fun article to write and I understand that many of these “features” are down the line a bit. I do see Glass as having its own independent internet connection and built in WiFi, GPS, phone… and eventually with 3rd party apps, offering everything mentioned in the post. Call me an optimists but if you’re going to dream, why not dream big!

    P.S.- Enjoy your blog. Good stuff!

    • I’m hoping for the independent connection because that will boost the appeal tremendously. I’m not sure how calls or such would work, unless they’re connected to a headset inside. Better to dream big, than not at all!

    • Gwynne says:

      Would not be surprising if that is really the drive behind Google Fibre. I’m still curious how voice commands won’t get confused with regular conversation. I’d wager there will be many memes on that.

      Hacking Glass will become a national past time.

      Will be interesting to see how it develops. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on a pair soon!

      • The Google Fibre (your Canadian is showing through) push is my first thought. I’m confident that we’ll see GPS, WiFi and 4G+ enabled Glass devices.

        I’m pretty sure that the “OK Glass” command will get more refined, and possibly even become voice/tone specific, recognizing the user’s intonations much like Dragon Naturally Speaking does.

  2. REvers says:

    Interesting stuff, but I suspect broadcasting a hearing is not going to be something most judges will appreciate a hell of a lot.

    • I thought about that aspect. I’m not sure why so many judges have a hard time with video broadcasts – perhaps it’ll show the world how competent he/she is. Judges may have to get to the reality. Of course, when I’m judge, I’ll allow recording – I might as well confirm my incompetence to the world.

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  4. jon_mitchell_jackson says:

    My guess is that things are going to happen faster than we think and, in a way we haven’t anticipated. I like it!

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