Mobile technology -- particularly smartphones and tablets -- is driving productivity improvements and in some cases innovation among lawyers. But its full power is being held back by firms and law departments that, citing security and management challenges, are grudgingly supporting the devices instead of eagerly embracing them.
ALM Legal Intelligence has conducted a survey of attorneys in legal departments and law firms asking the following questions:
· Do you use a smart phone or tablet for work related purposes?
· Does your smart phone/tablet allow you to stay connected with your clients and increase business development opportunities?
· Does your firm/organization support your use of a smart phone/tablet?
· Has your firm/organization put in place any mobile device managemen
software to increase their control over how employees use their smart phones/tablets?
· Are courts imposing restrictions on the use of smart phones/tablets in the courtroom?
ALM Legal Intelligence fielded an online survey between October 13 and October 24, 2011 to find out how U.S. lawyers were using mobile devices for their work. A total of 27,134 were invited to take the survey, and 266 people responded, of which 84% were attorneys at law firms and 16% were attorneys at legal departments. Among those who responded from law firms, 70% were partners. Lawyers in legal departments had a broad range of titles, and 25 percent were chief legal officers or their deputies.
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