One of my favorite attorneys calls himself an “aspiring digital nomad.”

What a perfect way to describe our changing profession. We practice law in the office – but also the car, the courthouse, and the coffee shop – basically, wherever we happen to be. When our documents are stored online, we can help our clients from anywhere. But until now, there has never been a case management app specifically tailored for lawyers.

That’s why I was excited to discover Second Chair Mobile ($39.99).

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The first time I prepared for trial, the boxes overwhelmed our office.

I was working as a paralegal. We represented the plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident after a reckless driving case, not in Roanoke, where I practice now, but out of state. My boss assigned me “wrangling” responsibilities – to make sense of the exhibits. All I can remember is (1) the burnt smell of photocopied paper, (2) the monotony of three-hole punching, by hand, thousands of pages of records, and (3) the oppressive fluorescent light casting the file room in a dull pallor. Okay, it wasn’t that bad. But we spent an inordinate amount of time preparing. It’s all changed with the advent of electronic records.

In response to a reader question, here is a quick summary of how to prepare for trial on the iPad .

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The Virginia State Bar has approved “cloud storage,” i.e. third-party data centers, to store client documents, according to a recent ethics opinion.

That’s welcome news for lawyers in document-intensive cases. Think about your last big case as you prepared for trial (2,000 pages or more) The records were probably sorted by category – witnesses, exhibits, and research – and perhaps sent to experts to review. Each time the record was copied, it likely added up to one thing: a lot of paper.

Here’s a quick summary of LEO 1872 and what cloud storage means for law firms.

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