The title of this year’s report on lawyer use of mobile technology might very well be “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same.” That is to say, the Legal Technology Survey Report produced by the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center has been very consistent the past few years on the issue of mobile technology. Lawyers like mobile technology and use it to access information when they are out of the office. Some survey results have changed very little in the past three years. Most respondents still report working on mobile devices at home, in hotels, in transit, and at airports (68%-93%); they use a laptop (85%); they use a smartphone (91%); and they still use mobile devices primarily to check email (89%).
But there are some interesting trends in lawyer use of mobile technology over the past three years. The first is in the shift to newer mobile platforms, as well as the shift from laptops to tablet computers. There is also an increased focus on security, as well as on law office policies on the use of mobile devices at work. In this report, we’ll take a look at some of the more notable trends in mobile technology appearing in the 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report.