A new smartphone application is available, the first of its kind in the nation among state bar associations. Erek Barron, Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Young Lawyers Section, has developed a new substantive app for “on-the-go” access to the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Professional Conduct, MSBA’s website, and more. Versions are available for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Android, and BlackBerry Smartphones.
Funded in part from a grant from the Maryland Bar Foundation, the MSBA application allows users to easily search for rules by chapter, title, or rule, and bookmark them for future reference. It even features links to select portions of the MSBA website, including the MSBA Ethics Hotline, Ethics Opinions, and Fastcase online legal research for members.
With the development of mobile applications growing by leaps and bounds, with hundreds of thousands to choose from, the MSBA app is getting great reviews. Attorneys from all over the nation have chimed in regarding the new app with comments such as, “a well-designed application that all Maryland attorneys should be proud of.”
Is this cool? Yes. Do we really need an iPad app for this? Well, I don’t know that it is right in the wheelhouse of the best use of apps. Still, I’ll download it.