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Live from Las Vegas: The 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place every year in Las Vegas.  The convention itself is massive with over 100,000 people attending every year (hotel prices obviously skyrocket during this period).  Given my affinity for traveling and desire to go on “business trips” (although I do head to Las Vegas every year for the Public Defender’s Retreat), my newfound interest in blogging (I recently co-won a Clawbie for best new “blawg”), and an interest in technology and how it can be utilized in practice, I decided to attend this convention as “press” with the plan to write some articles that are of interest to the Canadian legal community.

On this blog, I will be writing about my experience at the convention and provide commentary on lawyers can make use of the technology showcased here at CES.  I am also honoured to be providing some content for SLAW, Canada’s premier legal blog.

It is expected that the tablet will be the “star” of this year’s CES.  While Apple is not expected to make any appearance at the show, a number of other companies will be showcasing their tablets.  This will include many tablets utilizing Google’s Android software.  The Playbook is expected to be shown at the RIMM both, although no major announcements about this tablet are expected.

I would like to prepare one article for SLAW about how tablets can be used by lawyers with a docus on how they can be utilized in the courtroom, specifically during trials.  Personally I have tried a number of different methods during trials and tend to use both the traditional pen and paper as well as a laptop for notetaking.  I also have my notes and Crown disclosure printed out and organized into a binder for quick reference.  I may also have a number of transcripts to review as well as the need to view CDs and DVDs.

Frankly, I’m not sure a tablet can become the sole instrument used to conduct a trial.  There is just too much information needed at one’s fingertips, and the tablet may be too difficult to multi-task with.  This isn’t to say the tablet can’t form an important instrument for use at trial, I just don’t think it can become the sole instrument.  I’m not sure it’s realistic to expect to be walking into a trial with only a tablet.

For lawyers out there reading this blog, I’d like your insight on how you use technology during trials and what usage you can potentially see in a tablet.