I have to admit I was a little surprised to hear this formerly ubiquitous tool of the legal industry identified as the demonstrative vision of an obsolete attorney.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being an invited speaker at the 2014 Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago. Among the presentations I was able to attend was a talk about the future of legal technology by Sam Glover of Lawyerist.com. Of all the tools and items he could have listed as an example of obsolescence, there it was: the dictaphone.
He asked the crowd if anyone still used one. I didn’t raise my hand. Sure, I type or use voice recognition for most of my practice, but I have one plugged right next to my monitor (where it most often serves as a speaker). The senior partners in my firm all still dictate their letters, motions, briefs, and pretty much everything else into their handy dictaphone, to be transcribed by a legal assistant.
I knew that full-time use of a dictaphone was probably obsolete, and employing someone for the sole purpose of transcribing your dictation is FAR more expensive than the best voice recognition software available. Yet even I was surprised by what I found on my return to my office… (more…)
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