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iPad in the Courtroom- My Yellow Pad and Briefcase, all-in-one

Last spring, my mother suffered an injury that left her, temporarily, unable to use her computer mouse.  As she is a very wired person, my sister and I thought it best to buy a tablet so that she can keep up with her busy, digital life during recovery.  I bought one for myself too, despite having held off temptation for so long.  I thought it would be just a toy.     

I was very wrong.

United States Courthouse,
Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte
I use my iPad every day.  In court, I often take only the iPad with me.  I am not only able to keep up with emails (on a bigger screen), but also record notes, time, and other events more efficiently too.  Those notes are sent to my email – or sent to my assistant.
One of my favorite applications is, simply, Notes.  A yellow pad with a keyboard that not only lets me take notes, but I can quickly email them as well.  If you have an Apple computer, it syncs to the iCloud.  I do not use a cell connection on my tablet – WiFi only- so those emails are sent out the next time my tablet connects with a network.  Regardless of where I am, I can take notes that will be almost instantly used by my assistant to draft correspondence, billing, etc – and saved on my computer, in my email, etc., so they are searchable anywhere if I need to find old notes.
A similar application I purchased is called AudioNote.  It’s a legal pad and recorder combined into one. You can open a PDF document in it – takes notes that can be saved as text files – and also record notes for later playback.  Perfect for reviewing a document with a client, taking notes, and recording comments (if you can’t type quickly enough.)
If you like dictation, Dragon Dictation has an iPad application that works well – but does not have the convenience of the microphone/dictation button that is on the iPhone keyboard (if you have an iPhone – use it for dictating letters, emails, etc.  Its function is far more accurate than Siri.  I had hoped, in vain, that the dictation button on the keyboard might have been included in the latest iPad update – I found that update, sadly, only took away one of my favorite applications – GoogleMaps… [See Gizmodo: Apple’s New 3D Maps Are an Apocalyptic Horror Show])
But in addition to Notes, my second favorite application is iBooks.  If you are emailed a PDF document (or open one from the DropBox iPad app [See Importing PDF to iBooks using DropBox], or open in Safari), click the symbol in the upper right corner to select where to send the document.  If you open it in iBooks – it’s there to stay – regardless of whether you are on the internet.
That feature is perfect to have documents ready for court. I keep a copy of the sentencing guidelines there – anything I might refer to frequently.
The work friendly applications on the iPad have allowed be to say goodbye, or at least
à bientôt, to my bulky courtroom briefcase.

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About the Author
Mr. Winiker is an experienced trial attorney who defends individuals and businesses in state and federal white-collar criminal cases. He counsels clients in pre-trial negotiations with the United States Department of Justice, counsels clients under investigation by the FBI, IRS, SEC and other federal and state agencies, and regularly defends people charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He is a former federal and state prosecutor who is admitted to practice in North Carolina, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.

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