The ABA Journal reports the results of its recent survey showing the rise of mobile lawyering:
Seventy-one percent of ABA members surveyed say they sometimes 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).
Of these lawyers on the move, 79 percent said they use BlackBerrys or smartphones, and legal research is among the work being done away from the office. Although attorneys are not abandoning their brick and mortar offices for entirely virtual ones, the trend appears to be a more flexible mix of the two. The New Jersey State Bar recently encouraged rule changes in that state’s judiciary to make the practice of law more open to virtual offices.
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