Mobile devices such as iPads are becoming an essential part of the job for many attorneys. "The fact that you can do so much work today on a small iPad that used to require a heavy, bulky laptop a few years ago is a tremendous leap forward in productivity," said Brett Burney of Burney Consultants. Mobile devices can help attorneys in several ways, such as by allowing them to track billable hours, work while traveling and stay in touch with clients. (emphasis added)
Actually, this is not really something that can be blamed on lawyers, as this is the PLI Smart Brief synopsis of a story, The Mobile Lawyer, in the ABA Journal.
But, perhaps the fact that someone summarizing what they thought would be most important to lawyers who might be reading it, chose to put tracking billable hours first, tells us something as well.