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IBA: Lawyer Telecommuting on the Rise

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The days of being chained to a desk truly are ending for most lawyers. The American Bar Association recently announced that seventy-one percent of its members surveyed say they telecommute, and they are working in a variety of places. Lawyers are telecommuting at home (88 percent), in hotels (32 percent), in others’ offices (21 percent), in public places such as libraries or courthouses (14 percent), and in coffee shops and cafes (12 percent).

Less than 1 percent spend all of their time working away from their main office, however. The bulk of the respondents—46 percent—spend between 10 percent and 24 percent of their time telecommuting.

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center surveyed association members on six different technology subjects in January through May of this year. A total of 859 responded to the “mobile lawyers” subject.

When it comes to technology, lawyers don’t leave the office without it. Ninety-five percent use computers away from the office, 89 percent use laptops, and 79 percent use BlackBerrys or smartphones.

A different portion of the survey, which had 806 respondents, found online research is among the work being done away from the office. Thirty-five percent of the respondents said they regularly conduct legal research at home, up from 29 percent in the 2009 survey. Five percent say they do legal research while in transit or traveling.•

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  3. The practitioners and judges who hail E-filing as the Saviour of the West need to contain their respective excitements. E-filing is federal court requires the practitioner to cram his motion practice into pigeonholes created by IT people. Compound motions or those seeking alternative relief are effectively barred, unless the practitioner wants to receive a tart note from some functionary admonishing about the "problem". E-filing is just another method by which courts and judges transfer their burden to practitioners, who are the really the only powerless components of the system. Of COURSE it is easier for the court to require all of its imput to conform to certain formats, but this imposition does NOT improve the quality of the practice of law and does NOT improve the ability of the practitioner to advocate for his client or to fashion pleadings that exactly conform to his client's best interests. And we should be very wary of the disingenuous pablum about the costs. The courts will find a way to stick it to the practitioner. Lake County is a VERY good example of this rapaciousness. Any one who does not believe this is invited to review the various special fees that system imposes upon practitioners- as practitioners- and upon each case ON TOP of the court costs normal in every case manually filed. Jurisprudence according to Aldous Huxley.

  4. Any attorneys who practice in federal court should be able to say the same as I can ... efiling is great. I have been doing it in fed court since it started way back. Pacer has its drawbacks, but the ability to hit an e-docket and pull up anything and everything onscreen is a huge plus for a litigator, eps the sole practitioner, who lacks a filing clerk and the paralegal support of large firms. Were I an Indiana attorney I would welcome this great step forward.

  5. Can we get full disclosure on lobbyist's payments to legislatures such as Mr Buck? AS long as there are idiots that are disrespectful of neighbors and intent on shooting fireworks every night, some kind of regulations are needed.

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