Friday, October 16, 2015

A Litigator's Guide to Thriving in the Digital Age -- Recap of Division 1's Lunch Program in Austin

What applications should I buy?

How do I try a case without carrying 4 boxes everyday? 

Email - love it and hate it, how do I find a balance?

Karl, Rob, Drew, and Tom gave answers to D1 members in Austin.

Karl Seelbach, Rob Ruesch, Drew Harris, and Tom Dunn

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Rob Ruesch, Division 1 Steering Committee Member, the lunch program for Divisions 1 and 2 at the Fall Meeting in Austin, Texas.  The topic maxed out the occupancy of the room given to us and there was active participation by the attendees during the program.  

During the presentation, Karl Seelbach talked about technology and the mobile litigator.  He highlighted the "go to" applications. I asked Karl to recap his presentation for Division 1 members who could not join:

Attorneys who want to stay organized and get a leg up on the competition should use technology to their advantage. Consider using a task management app (e.g., Todoist) to organize your projects, assign tasks to your entire team and monitor their progress. Stop printing reams of paper and carrying heavy boxes to depositions. Instead, use electronic exhibits (e.g., AgileLaw) to go paperless. Stop writing your notes on paper. Instead, use a note taking app (e.g., Evernote) to make your notes searchable and shareable with team members. Or at the very least, scan your handwritten notes for safekeeping (bonus:  some apps convert your handwritten notes to searchable text). If you’d like more free tech tips or a list of recommended apps for attorneys, contact me at or sign up for my monthly newsletter at

Drew Harris walked us through Trial Director for ipads.  He demonstrated the "must have" tools for a trial attorney's toolbox and conducted a live demonstration of trial he recently conducted.  By the end of the presentation, the vast majority of the attendees raised their hand that they will consider using an ipad for their next trial.

I (Tom Dunn) spoke about email practice management.  I went through the answers to the 10-Question survey of Division 1 members and shared my own experience / strategies to manage and control email and not let it control me.  Click HERE to view my presentation.  

Thank you to all of the Division 1/2 members who attended the meeting.  If you want access to some of the written materials provided at this program (or past programs), please contact Nick Holmes (, Division 1 Chair, for access to the Division 1 dropbox account.  

If you come across new applications or strategies to deal with the "digital age" as a litigator or trial attorney, please contact one of the editors of The Dispute Resolver and we may be able to share it with Division 1 members.

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