iPhone J.D. is “the oldest and largest website for lawyers using iPhones and iPads.” Jeff Richardson started the iPhone J.D. blog in November 2008. He practices at the law office of Adams and Reese, LLP, representing defendants in class action and complex litigation. He also sits on the technology committee and manages the firm’s business acceptance.
iPhone J.D. is a wonderful source for information about technology, useful to both attorneys and law students. The intended audience of the blog is attorneys looking to successfully implement technology within their law offices. The blog links to outside sources that are both legal and techie, such as additional sources about apps or discussions about the 5th Amendment implications of the new fingerprint sensor on the iPhone. There are few ads on the blog, giving it a clean, straight-to-the-point interface. Readers can receive updates to the blog by RSS feed and may contact Mr. Richardson via email and other social media.
The introduction of each post usually has a review of an Apple related product, such as the iPad or iOS7. However, interspersed throughout the posts, there are links to articles that both law students and practicing attorneys will find fascinating. As a law student, I find the app reviews to be the most helpful because I love incorporating my own iPhone and iPad into my studies at Charlotte School of Law. I have already downloaded the app for SCOTUSblog and the Rulebook app, which includes the Bluebook and federal and state court rules.
iPhone J.D. also dedicates posts to changing the settings on different Apple products to make them more user friendly – something very specific and extremely helpful that lawyers can become just too busy to learn. So, Mr. Richardson takes many of his readers step-by-step through the process of making their technology more compatible to their lives, especially since the change to iOS7.
The reason this blog landed in the top 100 of legal blogs is because it addresses a very real issue in our lives as lawyers, law students, and people – the fast pace and ever-changing face of technology and how, as busy professionals, we manage to keep pace with it. If we don’t keep up with technology, we risk missing an opportunity to make our jobs more efficient and useful, or our candidacy for jobs more attractive. iPhone J.D. is a great resource for lawyers looking to learn more about using and customizing technology within their law practices.
~Christine Caplinger, L’14~