Harvard Law Library’s Latest Research Guide: Smartphone/Tablet Legal Research

Harvard Law Library has recently added a research guide entitled “Mobile Apps for Legal Research and More.” Particularly useful are the free U.S. Government apps, which I have reproduced below. Of these, my favorite app is OyezToday, which allows you to listen to Supreme Court oral arguments and search through the transcripts.

Do you have a favorite free legal research app? Let’s hear it!

Constitution The Constitution: Never be without a copy of the constitution with this iOS app by West. It provides the full text of the Constitution along with audio, and ratification information.
Congressional Record The Congressional Record: The Library of Congress has created a great free app for reading the daily edition of the Congressional Record on an iPad.
Congress in your pocket Congress in Your Pocket: This suite of apps from Cohen Research Group provides frequently updated directories of elected officials and their staff. Apps are available for iOSAndroid and Blackberry devices.
My Congress MyCongress:This free iPad app provides detailed information about Congressional officials.
Real Time Congress Real Time Congress: Available from the Sunlight Foundation for iPhone and iPad, this app allows users to track real-time information about Congress from their mobile device.
OyezToday OyezToday: This app from the Chicago-Kent College of Law provides access to current U.S. Supreme Court case abstracts, audio recordings and full opinions. It is now available for iOS and Android devices.
Pocket Justice PocketJustice: Also from Chicago-Kent College of Law, the PocketJustice app is available for iOS and Android devices in both free and paid versions. It provides access to a wealth of U.S. Supreme Court information, including cases, voting information and biographies of Supreme Court Justices.
White House White House: This official White House app provide up-to-the-minute information from the White House including photos, videos, blogs and streaming White House events. It is available from USA.gov for iOS and Android devices and is also available as a mobile website.

60 Websites in 60 Minutes: ABA Techshow 2012

The folks over at Reid My Blog are reporting from the ABA’s TECHSHOW 2012 about new and useful applications and websites. Categories include Sites to Help You Do Your Job, Helpful Information, Technology Tools and Sites, Social Media Tools and Resources, Law Practice Management, Online Privacy and Dangers, and Nonbillable Time.

Of the sixty sites listed (many, if not most, of dubious relevance to the practice of law … MyExWifesWeddingDress.com … really?), there are a few worth highlighting here. Fastcase’s iPhone/iPad app offers totally free case law searches and retrieval. Check back here soon for a Fastcase tutorial. Also interesting is the ABA’s Preview of  U.S. Supreme Court Cases; this is a useful survey of current and past SCOTUS appeals.

For a complete listing of sites from the plenary session, click here.


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