iPhone Apps for Lawyers, Part I

As mentioned before, the iPhone has been an impressive phenomenon to watch, both from a legal sense (e.g., is the AT&T terms of service contract unconscionable?) and from a tech perspective (e.g., is this a tethered device or a generative one?).  The leap from a novel cell phone to a resource of new “Apps” has made it even more essential.

The only truly law-related App seems to be the free e-copy of the Constitution.  OK, but probably not something for your main screen.

The ABA Journal puts news pieces (but not deep legal articles) in its own aggregating App, which is probably the only real meaningful lawyer App in the bunch.

Trial lawyers may want to pay attention to the USA Today, not necessarily because of the news but because of the national, state and local public poll results.  Consider it the iPhone version of the little graphics in the bottom corner of the USA Today paper.  But, for lawyers holed up in their office and/or surrounded by other lawyers all day long, it is a good way to keep track of what “normal” people do or think — consider it prep work so you can be a little more “with it” when selecting a jury.

Other Apps on the iPhone right now: Mobile News, News USA, Newsdesk, Scoop Free, Twittelator, LinkedIn, Facebook, SnapTell, Weather Channel, Flixster, Amazon.com, BookSearch, OpenTable, DopplerLite, vlingo, and Google Earth.

So what’s in your iPhone?

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