The keyboard called LegalBoard
, showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show according to LawSites
, has a dedicated section symbol key solving the problem its inventor, BigLaw lawyer Brian Potts, had.
Not only does the US$65 keyboard have a dedicated key for the section symbol, it also has keys the symbols for paragraph and copyright. Using the key, lawyers can also more easily turn underline, italics or bold functions on or off.
It also has dedicated keys to toggle track changes, add footnotes or comments, find a term and change line spacing. The keyboard also has keys to insert common citations and legal words like “court,” “plaintiff,” and “id.”
The keyboard is a normally-functioning keyboard if its LegalBoard mode is not engaged.
According to LawSites, Potts became annoyed at the number of steps to insert section symbols into briefs while he was a partner at Foley & Lardner. He explained that the way the firm’s computers are networked meant he lost the shortcut he created to insert the symbol in Word every time he turned off his workstation.
Potts is currently a partner at Perkins Coie.
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A lawyer frustrated at just how complicated it is to insert section symbols into a brief he was typing has come up with a keyboard designed for lawyers.