Tag Archives: Mobile Technology

JD Supra Legal Edge

JD Supra Legal Edge is a legal app that “connects people through content” and allows lawyers to “market their expertise” through articles they post on the site/app under subject area headings. I wanted to study a copyright case I had researched earlier this summer, based on the Mike Tyson tattoo in the Hangover 2 movie, and began reading about the latest developments in copyright news.

As seen below, the app is divided by subject area:

I clicked on “Intellectual Property” and, after some time waiting for the page to load, the subject area then expanded into further headings, within that area of law, and indicated the article headline and the lawyer or law firm that posted the article. Writing these articles is an effective method for lawyers to bump a search engine query of their name or area of law to the top of a search result, and advertise their services and area of expertise for free.

Unfortunately, once I clicked on a subject area, I was no longer able to filter out the exact subject I was looking for, but could only read what the latest trends in the general field of copyright/IP law were. After selecting a specific article, I was presented with another screen asking how I wished to view the article (PDF or on the Web) and also offering a way to contact the contributor of the article. At this point, I liked the app and what it had to offer but was frustrated that it had taken this many screen-menus to get to the article I wanted to read.

Finally, after several clicks and some loading time, the article appeared on the mobile device.

I would not recommend this app to someone seeking to research a specific topic. However, it is great for reading about emerging issues and may inspire readers to develop these issues or change their research projects. The app provided me with some interesting reading while riding the train last week. Lawyers cannot do in depth legal research on this app, but it can provide them with inspiration for emerging issues in a relevant field. The app is article-based and has no search features other than categorical subjects.

Unlike more popular databases such as LexisNexis or Westlaw, Legal Edge does not provide a database of cases or statutes that lawyers can search and, therefore, it will remain a niche app used to read articles of interest (likely on mobile devices to pass time rather than conduct meaningful research). Depending on the mobile device used, one can download the PDF version of the articles from Legal Edge.

~Tymor Brik, Class of 2013~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Fastcase for the iPhone

The Fastcase app is the largest free law library on the iPhone.  It uses smart search technology from Fastcase’s fully-featured, Web-based legal research application, which allows you to sort the most relevant results to the top of the list, customize and re-sort search results, and integrate citation analysis tools right into the results list.  “[FastCase] has won the prestigious American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year Award.”  – Mobile Lawyer, 8/23/2012

There are many features that I like about this free mobile application.  The application is equivalent to carrying with you a small library as it gives you access to State statutes for all 50 States, as well as the United States Code.   Having all 50 States’ statutes is wonderful, but it is only as good as its searching power

application will quickly return the results and sort them by relevancy.  There is also a feature that allows you to check other relevant cases that have cited your particular case.   Once you have found a relevant case(s) or statute(s), you can save them for quick reference in the future.  Imagine you are at a courthouse or away from a computer and need a quick glance at a controlling law – with this application and its ability to save and retrieve, you are only a couple of touches away.

Although there are many great features with the application, there are a few issues that hinder its superiority.   For instance, the application does not remember the user’s username and password.  This can become a nuisance if you use this application frequently.  Another issue with the login process is if you have forgotten your password.  There is no option for you to retrieve or reset your password from the application.   Lastly, this application’s saving/retrieval capability only works on that particular device.  For instance, if you have saved a statute using your iPhone, you cannot retrieve that saved statute from your desktop.

Overall, this app is a must have for law students! It is clear, very user-friendly, and provides excellent results.  Did I also mention that it is FREE?

~ Ketsarinh Rajaphoumy, Class of 2013~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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