Since my last post on the iPhone, the intelligent device is becoming an increasingly popular phone with lawyers, especially small firms and solos. One of the reasons for its popularity is the large number of law-related apps that are available–and more are available every day.
Here are just a few of the more useful apps that you may want to consider downloading to your iPhone.
First, Fast Case offers a free legal research app , which provides access to a searchable database of all United States cases and statutes.
There are also apps that consist of databases of federal and state laws, thus allowing lawyers to carry relevant laws and rules in their pockets in an easily accessible format.
Lawstack is a free app that provides access to the US Constitution, the Federal Rules of Federal of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
From the developer “The Law Pod,” lawyers can purchase the following apps for just 99 cents: each title of the Code of Federal Regulations and each title of the U.S. Code.
Pocket Justice, a free app, provides access to an incredible amount of information regarding United States Supreme Court decisions, including biographical sketches of the justices, abstracts of the decisions, audio of many of the oral arguments and synchronized, searchable transcripts.
There are a number of legal dictionaries available as well, including Black’s Law Dictionary for $49.99, the Essential Law Dictionary app for $9.99 or Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary, which is free.
The Legal News Reader app, which costs 99 cents, conveniently aggregates all recent legal news in one place, for those not interested in taking the time to do so themselves. The ABA Journal also aggregates its blog posts, including breaking legal news, in a free app.
Finally, since lawyers are constantly calculating filing and due dates, Court Days is a useful app. The program costs just 99 cents and allows you to calculate the number of court days, calendar days (or a combination of the two) occurring before or after a given date.