Plenty of apps promise to help
lawyers work smarter.
Android-based device. But as thousands of new
apps are launched each month, homing in on programs that truly deliver on the promise of faster,
better, easier work can be a task in itself.
To help ease the burden, we asked a group of
tech-savvy lawyers to tell us what apps they like
for work. Some of the apps are designed specifically for legal matters, while others are aimed at a
broader market but are highly useful for tasks lawyers do often, like marking up PDFs. All, however,
will make your tablet a more effective tool at the
office, on the road, and in the courtroom.
specific solution, tailored to the way lawyers work.
“[It] lets you identify issues as you highlight,” says
Jeff Richardson, a partner at Adams and Reese in
New Orleans who also runs the popular lawyer-tech blog iPhone JD ( iphonejd.com). “This makes
it easy to see key testimony on issues like damages and comparative fault all grouped together.”
Users, for example, can generate reports on the
fly that pull out all the transcript testimony corresponding to one or more issue codes. The app
lets users organize transcripts into case folders,
and works with files stored in TXT format, the
standard for court reporters, so no PDF conversion is necessary. Exhibits can also be loaded into
the app and linked to transcripts (exhibits do have
to be in PDF format), so lawyers can quickly see
any exhibit that is associated with a specific portion of testimony.
More and more, tablets are becoming standard equipment at law firms—if not outright
purchased for attorneys, then at least officially supported. It turns out there is a lot
of work that can be simplified, sped up, or made more convenient with an iPad or an
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■ TRANSCRIPTPAD (iPad; $49.99; Lit Software LLC).
Tablets offer a compelling proposition when it
comes to deposition and trial transcripts: the ability to keep all of the documents, even huge sets
spanning years of discovery and litigation, in an
easily accessible and transportable form. Doing
this traditionally required that the transcripts be
converted to PDFs and stored within a document
reader like iAnnotate. TranscriptPad offers a legal-
■ FASTCASE (iPad and Android; free; Fastcase Inc.).
Although the big two legal research provid-
ers offer tablet apps (WestlawNext for iPad and
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