“Whose iPad is this?” Usually, that’s the first thing I hear when Counsel enter the depo room. “Today, that’s for you,” I say. “Have you seen iCVNet before? It’s a real-time app for the iPad.”
“A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”
― Emily Dickinson
I have had so much fun in the last few months showcasing my newest stenographic tool, wireless real-time streaming to the iPad. I love writing real-time and setting up the iPad takes moments. I have two I carry with me for client use, but attorneys are quickly reaching for their own iPads, downloading the free iCVNet app, and joining the party. After securing a unique password from me, they immediately have access to the entire proceeding from the beginning and, with a simple touch of the screen, text is highlighted.
“Where do the words go when we have said them?”
― Margaret Atwood
The text on iCVNet is easily searchable. Enter your search word, for example, “neck”, and you will be given a list with surrounding text so you can find “neck ache” and “neck pain” and avoid “that neck of the woods”.
At the conclusion of the deposition, you can email the transcript back to your staff. With the free download of CaseViewNet on their computer, they are able to open and save the file to Lexis/Nexis, Livenote, Summation, or other litigation support software system.
“The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice.”
Judge John Kest was one of the first to use my app. We were selecting a jury in Courtroom 23, you know, the fantastic courtroom with the terrible acoustics! In depositions, I’ve had hard-of-hearing witnesses take a quick look at the iPad to make sure they understood a question. I’ve had attorneys do their own read-backs of questions. (C’mon guys, that’s my moment to shine!) My favorite moment so far is the attorney who, when referring to the day’s proceedings, was waving his iPad in the courtroom as if it were a piece of paper. What will tomorrow bring?
Emily W. Andersen, RMR