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2016 Holiday Gift Guide For The Tech-Savvy Lawyer

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide For The Tech-Savvy Lawyer

It’s hard to believe, but 2016 is about to draw to a close. And you know what that means: it’s that time of year again. Time to start making a list and checking twice so you can decide what to buy the tech-savvy lawyer in your life. But never fear, there are lots of great gifts ideas for lawyers who love technology. Here are a few suggestions to get you on the right track.*

First, consider the 4th generation Apple TV ($149-199) (online: http://www.apple.com/tv/). Tech-savvy lawyers will appreciate Apple TV’s smart home/office capabilities, including using Siri’s voice and Apple’s HomeKit controls to conveniently control their offices and home environments. And for those lawyers who use Apple TV with their iPad for trial presentation, the more user-friendly interface and updated remote are a big selling point. Simplicity is important when using technology in the courtroom, making these new features a big plus for litigators.

For the lawyer with lots of devices to charge, an updated wall outlet might be in order. The NewerTech Power2U USB/AC Outlet is a perfect example of this type of modern outlet ($45.98/ 2-pack) (online: http://www.newertech.com/products/power2u_universal.php). This handy wall outlet is designed for today’s multi-device household, making it possible to charge four devices at one time, using both traditional outlets and USB ports. It includes two NEC-compliant AC receptacles and two USB ports, which are built right into the outlet.

If the lawyer in your life spends a lot of time behind a desk, an adjustable standing desk might be in order. One option to consider is an Active-Pro Sit-To-Stand work station (online: http://www.ultoffice.com/activ-pro-sit-to-stand-wrkstn-platinum-base-top). This desk has a small, unobtrusive LED touch screen on the right-hand side that allows you to adjust the height of the desk. You can preset up to four different heights and are able to manually adjust the height as well. The motor is very quiet and the desktop quickly glides into place. It’s a great desk, but it’s pricy, costing around $1,000 depending on the model you choose. But for lawyers who are chained to their desks, it can be a lifesaver and is money well spent.

Next up, if your gift recipient recently upgraded to a new iPhone, then a protective case is just what the doctor ordered. One case to consider is the NewerTech KX Case for iPhone 7/Plus (online: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mobile-and-tablet/accessories/cases/nuguard-kx/apple/iphone-7-and-iphone-7-plus). This case retails at $34.99 for the iPhone 7 Plus and $29.99 for the iPhone 7. It’s available in black, crimson and midnight (which is a shade of blue). If you’re looking for a functional case designed to provide advanced protection from bumps and drops, then this may very well be the case you’re looking for. It’s affordable, attractive and built to protect.

And last, but not least, if frayed charging cords are a frequent problem for the lawyer on your gift list, then the Tudia Klip cable protector (online: http://www.tudiaproducts.com/klip/) is a great, affordable device to consider. This protector can be used with any iOS charging cord and, at just $7 per device, it does a great job protecting the connecting points of charging cords and preventing future damage.

So there you have it: a few gift suggestions for the tech-savvy lawyer in your life. Good luck with the rest of your shopping list and enjoy the holidays!

*For the following products, I received complimentary models for review purposes: the NewerTech outlet, the NewerTech iPhone case, and the Tudia Klip.

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, intuitive web-based law practice management software for the modern law firm. She is also the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a West-Thomson treatise. She is the founder of lawtechTalk.com and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes four legal blogs and can be reached at niki@mycase.com.