From the Law Library Directors email list, I hope you enjoy this short video demonstrating that Paper is not Dead! It certainly made me laugh.
There are a couple of noteworthy legal tech-related articles in this month’s WisBar InsideTrack.
The first is part 2 of a series on avoiding ethical pitfalls with electronic documents by Nerino Petro and Bryan Sims.
In part 1, the authors discuss hidden information within an electronic document, known as metadata, and how it can expose lawyers to liability when it comes to confidentiality issues. Part 2 focuses on what you need to know about electronic redaction and the steps necessary to ensure confidential information remains confidential.
The second noteworthy article is on mobile apps for lawyers by Bev Butula, manager of library services at Davis & Kuelthau. This article focuses on a few apps created for the legal community.
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
The Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday to prohibit texting while driving, and the Senate is expected to take up and pass that version of the bill.
Gov. Jim Doyle has said he would sign a ban passed by the Legislature…. Penalties could be up to $400 for first offenses, and $200 to $800 for second or subsequent offenses.
iPhone J.D. describes the new Barron’s Law Dictionary app as fitting “neatly” between the other two legal dictionaries available for the iPhone: Black’s Law Dictionary ($50) and Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary (free).
Like the Nolo dictionary, the Barron’s dictionary contains over 3,000 terms. Like Black’s, the Barron’s dictionary has more sophisticated definitions, although in my random check they seem to use less legalese than Black’s. And the price of $14.99 fits between the other two dictionaries. For more, see the full review.
Nolo has developed a free legal dictionary for the iPhone. Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary “contains nearly 4000 legal terms defined in everyday, understandable language,” according to the iTunes descriptions.
Here’s more about the app from iTunes:
“You’ll find both the legal standards–Latin terms, courtroom jargon, contract basics–and newly minted terms that reflect the ever changing language of the law today. What does it mean to get “dooced”? Do you need that “pre-dup”? Had a run-in with a “patent troll” lately? Nolo is committed to finding and defining the latest twists in legal language that have entered our daily conversations–important words not found in other legal dictionaries. Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary is both authoritative and friendly, but it is not your grandfather’s law dictionary.”
Black’s Law Dictionary is also available for the iPhone, but with a hefty $49.99 price tag.