Nothing like a Friday afternoon to examine six volumes of law & technology statistics from the ABA. I was somewhat amused when I accessed their page and discovered that they’d received an endorsement – from yours truly. Somebody apparently liked something I said about last year’s survey and quoted me.
The ABA provided me with some excerpts, so I reviewed them and picked out a few that I thought would be of interest.
percent of survey respondents report the availability of e-book readers at
their firms. Solo respondents are most likely to report their availability
(16%), while large firm respondents are least likely (4%).
WINDOWS 7 vs. VISTA
Usage of newly released Windows 7 (9%) has
already surpassed that of Vista (8%, compared with 9% in 2009 and 4% in 2008)
as the second most frequently reported operating system on respondents’ primary
Metadata removal software is available at 59% of
respondents’ firms, up from 46% in the 2009 survey. Large firm respondents
report the highest availability (92%, up from 86% in the 2009 survey), followed
by respondents from firms of 10-49 attorneys (64%, up from 51% in the 2009
survey). This increase in availability in metadata removal software is likely
due to the numerous ethics opinions addressing sender’s responsibility
regarding metadata exposure.
When asked whether they have a virtual law
office/virtual law practice (i.e., do not typically meet with clients in
person, and primarily interact with clients using Internet-based software and
other electronic communications software), fourteen percent of respondents
responded affirmatively. Of counsel and solo respondents were most likely to
report having a virtual law office/virtual law practice (27% and 19%
When asked whether they personally maintain a
presence in an online community/social network such as Facebook, LinkedIn,
LawLink, or Legal OnRamp, overall, 56% of respondents answered affirmatively,
compared with 43% in the 2009 survey and 15% in the 2008 survey.
WESTLAW vs. LEXISNEXIS
Eighty percent of respondents (compared with 88%
in 2009) report using fee-based online resources to conduct legal research.
Fifty-four percent of respondents report using Westlaw most often (compared
with 61% in the 2009 survey), followed by LexisNexis (32%, compared with 28% in 2009).