I realized last Friday that one indication you have been away from home too long is when you can't remember the security code for your own house. I did eventually figure it out, but it reminded me that I need to go back and start catching up on weblog posts. Being home two days out of 11 will do that to you.
The first one I wanted to make, before it gets away fro it's what m me, was that I presented a paper on technology in a trial practice at the State Bar of Texas litigation update seminar in San Antonio last Thursday. It was an interesting topic, in which I covered some of the changes to law offices in recent years, developments in technology, and the latest pointers on the paper–less office, as well as insights into personal productivity as it applies to the practice of law. For the first time, I was able to present to a group of lawyers some recent research on the benefits of reviewing documents on paper as opposed to electronically, as well as the benefits of taking notes on paper. The topics are always fun to present on, but especially when you can present some counterintuitive results.
I really enjoyed watching faces in the audience brighten up when I started giving them information regarding studies that indicated that they were already doing things the right way for them. Audiences seem to expect that they are going to get a lecture that continuing to use paper in any form verges on either the unethical or the immoral, and it is nice to be able to tell them some of the good uses the paper can be put to. (This advertisement for paper paid for by the East Texas Association For Cutting Down Lots of Pine Trees for Pulpwood).