Long-time readers know that I’m not too enthusiastic (or here and here) about the potential of Google Glass in law firms. Namely, I’m just skeptical that Glass actually adds value to a lawyer’s tech arsenal. Of course, I’m not saying Glass isn’t valuable or useful, I just don’t know that lawyers can fully benefit from such an expensive piece of technology.
That said, two Phoenix-based personal injury lawyers show that there’s at least one potential benefit for lawyers using Glass. According to this press release and story in the ABA Journal, James Goodnow and Marc Lamber are utilizing Glass to benefit their injury clients.
In one case, the attorneys gave their client Glass to film a “day-in-the-life” type sequence at the grocery store.
I think this shows the benefits to the end-user, more than the attorneys. The gentleman, Gary Verrazono, who’s also a double amputee, says he uses Glass to send and reply to messages, make phone calls, and exchange documents with his lawyers.
The pair also suggest using Glass in a trial simulation setting to capture what captures a juror’s attention. Obviously, for many small or solo firms, giving Glass to 6 or 12 mock jurors could get expensive. I’m also doubtful that Glass could capture a significant enough portion of the trial experience to give adequate enough feedback — most Glass users report a 30 minute battery time for video recording.
Those are two enticing uses, especially as a way for lawyers to explain their clients’ daily struggles to jurors or adjuster who simply don’t care. Certainly, you could do the same thing with other pieces of tech — including attaching a less expensive GoPro camera — but I’m not sure they’d provide the usefulness or utility. Mr. Verrazono certainly benefits from Glass’s speech commands, versus having to scroll on a phone to find the solution, but I still wonder whether there’s a usefulness for other client or case types.
What do you think? Does this help convince you about the utility or usefulness of Glass? Is there a benefit that we’re just not seeing yet? Let me know in the comments.