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Back in January there was an intra-GLF war about whether the iPad would be useful. I claimed the iPad would be a welcome addition, and Sam thought it was just a giant iPod touch.

Since then, both of our views have changed almost 180 degrees—leaving me wondering whether an iPad would be useful during client meetings.

Do you need anything more than a legal pad?

Back in my January post, I wrote about all the cool things I did on my iPhone during client meetings. Since then, I have noticed my phone tends to stay in my pocket. If I am meeting with a current client in regards to discovery or strategy, I generally meet with them in my office. Any documents we need are pulled up on my computer.

When I meet with potential clients, the only time I use my phone is to look up their case on the court’s public access website. I definitely do not need an iPad to do that. Although, it would be nice to hold up an iPad and explain the case history (or lack thereof) to them.

For the most part, I use my pen and paper more than anything else. Those initial notes are invaluable—many times I refer back to them months into a case.

When is an iPad useful?

I am willing to bet there is a notetaking application that would allow an attorney to take notes on their iPad. That would be a great way to save paper and to instantly have your notes uploaded onto your cloud drive.

As noted above, there are times when it would be nice to show clients things that you pull up on screen—their court record, a website related to their case, or even something on your website that you want to point out. For initial meetings, I think this is preferable over a laptop or desktop computer. Most people do not pass a laptop and say “here, look at this.”

My iPad fever has cooled, but I still think it can be useful during client meetings.