Last week’s post by Sally Kane at About.com’s Guide to Legal Careers brought to my attention several iPhone apps designed for high productivity legal professionals. The iPhone commercial claims there is an app for almost everything you could possibly need, “There’s an app for that!” After reading Sally’s report, I’m beginning to believe that may just be true. If it doesn’t already exist, tell someone your idea and before you know it, you might just have what you need. The list of available applications for smartphones and web browsers grows by leaps and bounds every month.
Here are a few apps to help you with legal research:
- Black’s Law Dictionary. ($49.99) – 9th Edition, West and Thomson Reuters’ first offering in the app market.
- Fastcase (free) – largest free law firm library on the internet. This app requires registration to store your favorites and research history.
- Manual for the United States of America ($0.99) — the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Gettysburg Address, the Patriot Act and more.
- WaffleTurtle Software – offers several apps for your choosing:
- U.S. Constitution. ($.99) searchable text
- Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ($2.99);
- Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure ($2.99);
- Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act ($4.99);
- Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure ($2.99);
- Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure ($2.99);
- Federal Rules of Evidence ($2.99);
- Lanham Act ($2.99);
- Local patent rules from seven federal district courts whose dockets attract great numbers of intellectual property cases ($2.99);
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act ($1.99);
- Securities laws including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 ($4.99);
- Federal copyright code ($1.99); and
- Federal patent laws ($2.99).
- LawStack (free) – provides a virtual law library on your iPhone, including the U.S. Constitution, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Evidence, Bankruptcy Procedure and more.
- LawBox ($0.99) – includes the U.S. Constitution and the Federal Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure, all fully indexed and searchable. LawBox also features an online store, through which additional rules packages can be purchased. LawBox includes a legal news browser with feeds indexed by practice area and the ability to e-mail or save articles (via Instapaper, a free tool for saving Web pages for later reading) or post them directly to Twitter. 
Also worthy of mention is the following Mozilla Firefox app:
CiteGenie, (Firefox web browser app) translates improper citations into Bluebook form and even includes accurate pinpoint cites. You can choose to put the case name in italics or underline, and some options are available for those states which follow a particular citation form. The web site has a disclaimer posted that an upgrade may be needed to work with the upcoming Westlaw Next update in February. An update from Lexis is also expected.