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An afterthought on Legal Apps

I really enjoyed Monday’s class on apps available relating to the law practice. Honestly, I had been waiting for that class all semester. Apps can be extremely beneficial and efficient in the practice of law. However, there are also some negative aspects of this growing custom.

Evernote

For Monday’s class assignment I chose to look into the app Evernote. At first I could not decide which to do as so many looked like they had so much potential. However, I am satisfied that I chose that one. One issue I face a lot regarding using technology for notes, assignments, etc. is the availability of the content. With Evernote I can download it on my laptop, phone, and tablet and sync all three devices together. In fact, the app has been very helpful since Monday as I am doing my oral argument this week for moot court. I wrote my outline on evernote and can access it no matter where I am. That way, I can keep refreshing my memory. I am excited for the potential with this app.

Android v. IOS

One detriment I realized is that not everyone can get every app. Some are only available on Android, while others IOS, and some even either Iphone or Ipad specific. For instance, one app I saw that I found very interesting was The Congressional Record. It has all the bills going through Congress at the moment as well as the vote on them. I thought this would be a very neat tool to be able to have. Unfortunately, it is only for Iphone and I have an Android; no congressional record app for me!

Future Use

As I noted earlier,the expanding use of apps in the legal practice has its pros and cons. It is good as it enables attorneys to access information on-the-go and keep track of interactions that occur without having to pull out a computer or notebook. However, I often wonder about the personal aspects of this. I cannot imagine being in front of a judge and whipping out a cell phone to answer a question or find the results of something. Although this very well could become acceptable court room behavior, it makes me wonder about the whole respect aspect. Who knows what the future holds.

Alyssa Miller