Three ways lawyers can use speech recognition to recharge their productivity

For lawyers, productivity is always top-of-mind as they navigate the many demands of the profession: meeting with clients, preparing for a case, reviewing a deposition, securing new business, etc. Technology plays an important role in navigating these busy work days, and the 2014 ILTA survey revealed that speech recognition is becoming one of the most prominent solutions for lawyers. There are many ways that lawyers can leverage speech, but three of the most prominent are dictation, transcription, and staying productive in the field.

Lawyers, like many professionals, often find themselves saddled with documentation tasks that may seem endless. Preparing case files, contracts, briefs, and memorandums often leaves less time for client service and billable work.  Technology – devices, apps, services – undoubtedly plays a role in enabling many lawyers to successfully balance legal documentation and client service.

In fact, the 2014 ILTA Technology Survey noted that speech recognition, in particular, is becoming one of the most sought-after productivity tools for the legal profession. Bob D’Auria, who owns D’Auria Law Offices in Bedford, Massachusetts, can attest, as his firm has been using Dragon speech recognition for the last five years.

As Bob explains, there are many ways that lawyers can make use of speech recognition, but we’ll focus on three in particular.


Dictating all of that paperwork

Legal briefs, case notes, written agreements, and a considerable pile of emails are just a few examples of the kinds of paperwork that lawyers may see every day. Since talking can be three to five times faster than typing, lawyers can complete their documentation in less time, opening up their availability to focus on other important work tasks.

Cutting out the cost of transcription

Closely tied to paperwork demands is the costly nature of transcription services. Lawyers record quite a bit, like interviews with clients and their own case notes. The problem is that outsourcing to a transcription service can be costly – we’re talking multiple dollars per minute or per page of transcription. Sophisticated speech recognition programs offer fast and accurate single-speaker transcription, for no extra cost. A lawyer can record notes on a phone, transcribe them through the computer, and, after some simple proofreading and adding of punctuation, have an organized and easily-searchable digital list.

Productivity on the go

Mobile dictation solutions like Dragon Anywhere allow lawyers to manage those paperwork demands even when they’re away from their computers. With a phone or a tablet, lawyers can dictate, edit, and format complete documents and reports while in the field, and easily share them via email or a cloud storage service, be it for providing an update to a client or for completion at a later point. The flexibility of mobile solutions ensures that lawyers and other professionals can stay productive during what would otherwise be down time or prolonged waiting periods.

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Aimee Kreth

About Aimee Kreth

As marketing manager for Nuance’s Dragon speech recognition software, Aimee is responsible for developing, driving and executing demand generation activities. She has 20 years of trade show, public relations and marketing experience serving a variety of industries including public safety, legal, education, and more. Prior to joining Nuance in 2010, she held marketing and PR positions with Davies Murphy Group, MRO Software (now IBM), ProActivity (now EMC), Lois Paul and Partners, and NMHCC. Aimee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Suffolk University.