On April 11, Jim Dedman, in a post at NC Law Blog, described how iPads might be used to do away with paper exhibits at depositions. He concluded, "Someday, though, someday, we’ll be able to arrive at the deposition with just our laptop or tablet . . . But, alas, that day has not yet arrived."
Just two days later, Jeff Richardson at iPhone J.D. brought news of this very development:
I took a deposition yesterday in which the witness had produced thousands of pages of documents. In the past, that would have meant lugging tons lots of boxes and binders to the deposition. Instead, I just put everything on my iPad. I used Apple's Numbers app to read some Excel files. The PDF files went in to my Dropbox account, and while it took over an hour to sync almost 2 GB of data to GoodReader, everything worked great once it was there. Searching for a term in a 2900 page PDF file was slower in GoodReader than it would have been with a laptop computer, but it was fast enough for what I needed during the deposition. It worked great, and reminded me (once again) of why the iPad is such a great litigation tool.
Read both posts in full for more good ideas about the use of iPads at depositions.
The essential lesson is that you need to adapt to your audience. But the legal arena, with its emphasis on the neutral standards of law, can sometimes trick advocates into a belief that success just depends on the correct application of law and facts. Without an appreciation of the uniqueness of your decision maker, however, you aren't really persuading. This post takes a look at this principle as it relates to Justice Kennedy's dialogue in the healthcare oral arguments.
The full post explains a three-step process for aligning your argument with a judge's motivating principles.