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Legal Apps and Websites

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Continuing Legal Education Program at the Franklin County Law Library

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Legal Apps and Websites

  1. 1. Legal Apps and Websites Susanna Marlowe Franklin County Law Library September 14, 2016
  2. 2. Outline  Apps  Law on the Internet  Hidden Content  Big Data
  3. 3. Legal Apps  App = Application  Usefulness?
  4. 4. Mobile Apps for Lawyers  http://fclawlib.libguides.com/mobileapps  KF 242 .A1 L479 (2014)
  5. 5. Tablet Wars Surface iPad
  6. 6. Trial Presentation Apps  TrialDirector  TranscriptPad
  7. 7. Productivity Apps  Cloud Storage  Dropbox  Box  Amazon Prime
  8. 8. Security
  9. 9. Threat Modeling  What do you want to protect?  Who do you want to protect it from?  How likely is it that you will need to protect it?  How bad are the consequences if you fail?  How much trouble are you willing to go through in order to try to prevent those consequences?  https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/introduction-threat-modeling
  10. 10. Password Managers 1Password  Free for Mobile Devices  Free Browser Extensions  $64.99 for Desktop LastPass  Free for Mobile Devices  Free Browser Extensions  $12.00 a year for Desktop
  11. 11. Increasing Use of Free Legal Research Sources ABA survey on which formats lawyers use for legal research.
  12. 12. Casemaker  Free if you join the Ohio State Bar Association  Primary Law for 50 states  Statutes  Regulations  Cases  Simple Cite Checker  Ohio Jury Instructions  No Secondary Sources
  13. 13. Fastcase – Two Products  Primary Law  Free with Columbus Bar Association Membership  National Treatises  Available in Franklin County Law Library Computer Labs
  14. 14. Is Everything on the Free Internet?  All the Primary Law  Has some sources Wexis and Casemaker/Fastcase don’t  Franklin County Law Library Guide – Free Websites for Legal Research
  15. 15. Franklin County Law Library Website
  16. 16. Primary Law (Quick Links)  http://fclawlib.libguides.com/freewebsites/primarylaw  Case Law  US Code  State Statutory & Administrative Codes  US Administrative & Executive
  17. 17. LAWriter  Ohio Revised Code  Ohio Administrative Code
  18. 18. Sources Advantages  Cost  Being able to link and share  Some info that isn’t available anywhere else Disadvantages  Lack of edited secondary sources  Judges have access to Westlaw and Lexis  “Googling” is not enough!
  19. 19. The Hidden Web  Some info not available on Casemaker, Fastcase, Westlaw or Lexis  Info you won’t find with Google  Not “dark” web
  20. 20. Building Codes  Referenced in  Ohio Administrative Code  Columbus City Code  Full-text at link from FCLL website
  21. 21. Ebooks  Overdrive  Anderson’s Ohio Law Handbooks  Franklin County Law Library  Ohio State Bar Association  CLE’s
  22. 22. Franklin County Clerks  Municipal Court  One website for Clerks & Court  No E-filing  CASE Network  Common Pleas  Separate from Court  E-filing  Case Information Online
  23. 23. Pacer  Good example of Hidden Web & Big Data  Access to Federal District Court decisions not available anywhere else  Cases  Dockets  E-Filing  Pacer.gov
  24. 24. The Future  Judicata.com – Filters by motion  Ross – Artificial Intelligence Powered Legal Research  Ravel – Trial court judge searches
  25. 25. Conclusions  Other systems are catching up to Wexis.  Paying for convenience.  Search for hidden content.  Big Data  Start with what you have.  Come to Franklin County Law Library when you need more.
  26. 26. Questions?  Call 614-525-4971  Email FCLL-Info@franklincountyohio.gov

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