OneNote Application for iPad Falls Short of Expectations

I have been using the PC version of Microsoft’s OneNote in my law practice for the past five years.  OneNote is a versatile virtual notebook that has allowed me to organize my case files and to minimize the amount of paper that I need to carry as a travel the country in my national litigation practice. See   Since I began … Read More

Advice for Lawyers New to the iPad

Millions of new iPads were given as gifts this holiday season and no doubt a bunch of them went to lawyers who have never used an Apple product before.  This is the one year anniversary of “”  Over the past 12 months, we have dispensed much advice and ventured many opinions related to the iPad, some of which may actually … Read More

Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Using Wireless Devices

This Article from examines a California ethics opinion on the efforts that lawyers should take to ensure the security of confidential information when using wireless devices.  Nothing particularly new in the article, but good for basic review.         Tweet … Read More

A Lesson from the Life of Steve Jobs

Tonight I attended a wonderful presentation by Walter Isaacson, author of the best selling biography of Steve Jobs.  The talk was sponsored by University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, The Liberty Fellowship and Wells Fargo Bank.

Mr. Isaacson is famous in his own right.  Currently president of the non-profit Aspen Institute, Mr. Isaacson was formerly the managing editor of Time magazine and Chairman and CEO of CNN.  The Harvard educated, Rhodes Scholar, has also authored acclaimed biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, among others.

My “take away” from talk was that Steve Jobs had an artistic vision and was very controlling in his desire to achieve it—and because his vision was an excellent one, Apple products have been a great success.  Thus, Jobs’ choice of the notoriously independent Isaacson as his official biographer, might be considered by some as an indication that Jobs had matured to the point that he was willing to cede control of the very book that would portray him to future generations– in essence the official record of his legacy.

On the other hand, a cynic might say that Jobs has methodically laid claim to a spot among the great American historical figures by having his story told by a biographer whose previous subjects have been among the most influential Americans of all time– i.e., Jobs is among the greatest of Americans by association.

In any case, I remain a Jobs fan. Isaacson had unparalleled access, and the stories he told in his talk have only whet my appetite for more. Given that fact, I am saving the book for my holiday reading, because I know there will be no putting it down.

Wireless Lawyer Presentations Using iPad 2 and Apple TV

One device we recommend for consideration for the hytech lawyer on your gift list is Apple TV ($99 Hytech Lawyer Store).  For the lawyer making a presentation, this device allows for wireless transmission of content from the iPad 2 to a HDMI monitor or Projector.    The Apple TV device is connected by HDMI cable  (not included) to an HDTV monitor or to … Read More

The Hytech Lawyer’s Policy on Product and Software Reviews

Increasingly, I am being provided complementary copies of software, applications or products with the expectation that I will review them on this blog. Indeed, one of the primary objectives of the blog is to highlight practice technology that works. So here are the rules. My general goal is to write positive reviews. In practice, this means that I actually write … Read More

More Cautions for Lawyers Using Dropbox

The technology publication CRN reports that Dropbox executives have acknowledged to it that  Dropbox for Teams cloud storage service does not meet the requirements of Payment Card Industry (PCI), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or the Sarbanes-Oxley law. See This latest Dropbox product offering is touted as a business grade version of the popular consumer Dropbox offering. The … Read More

A Basic Discussion of Predictive Coding for Lawyers

As a litigation partner in a AmLaw 200 law firm, I have mixed emotions about the latest e-discovery rage—predictive coding.  On the one hand, it has the potential to use technology to overcome and make manageable another product of technology– exponentially expanding quantities of e-discovery.  On the other hand, at this stage in the game, predictive coding has not won … Read More

Review of “Explain Everything”—Great iPad Presentation App for Lawyers

Originally designed for educators, “Explain Everything” is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can also use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display. Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone. Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, … Read More

Is the iPad a Fit for Your Law Practice?

The link below is to a comprehensive article exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the iPad for use by accountants.   The observations are equally applicable for lawyers assessing whether the iPad is an appropriate tool for their practice.  If you are on the fence about making the iPad one of your practice tools- this article is for you. … Read More