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Research guide for Pennsylvania Practice-Oriented Legal Research. PPLR is a program offered by Widener-Harrisburg Legal Information Center that introduces basic research tools necessary for practice in Pennsylvania.
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Mobile Technology

  • Apps
  • The Cloud

Practice Management Software

Security (Applies to all topics)

  • Ethical obligations

Skills Development

  • Learning software well to save time

Social Media/Websites

  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Networking
  • SEO



Links to vendors or other websites are provided solely for informational purposes.  Inclusion of vendors or other websites in this LibGuide does not imply Widener Law or Widener Law Library endorsement of the content found on third-party websites.

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Keeping Pace With Change - Videos

Keeping Pace With Change - Blogs

Some of the better law technology blogs are listed.  Adding one or all of them into your RSS feed would help keep you up-to-date with technology trends.

Tools - Antivirus

Tools - Encryption

Tools - Virtual Office

Tools - Redaction


Ethical Obligations

Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct

Rule 1.1 Competence

Maintaining Competence
[8] To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.

Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information

(d) A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.

Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct

Summary of Changes

PBA Formal Opinion on Cloud Computing

PBA Formal Opinion on Metadata

PBA Formal Opinion on Social Media

PBA Formal Opinion on Virtual Law Offices

Keeping Pace With Change - Articles & Websites

Keeping Pace With Change - Podcasts


Tools - Apps

Name: Fastcase

Device: Apple and Android

Summary:  Fastcase allows you to quickly look up cases on the go. The baisc version is free.                   

Name: Good Reader

Device: Apple

Summary:  Very popular PDF reader and annotation app available for $4.99.  Good Reader also allows you to manage, sync, and transfer files easily.


Name:  iJuror

Device: iPad and Android

Summary:  One of the most popular apps, priced at $19.99 for iPads and $9.99 for Android, designed to assist attorneys with jury selection.

Lexis Advance

 Name: Lexis Advance

Device: iPad and iPhone

Summary: Lexis Advance mobile app is free to download, but you have to be a Lexis Advance subcriber to access the services.           

Name:  Square

Device:  Apple and Android

Summary:  App that allows you to accept credit cards using your mobile device.


 Name:  TrialPad

Device: iPad

Summary: $89.99 seems expensive for this preparation and presentation app designed for litigators and attorneys.  However, its rave reviews make it worth the time to investigate and determine if it would prove useful for your practice.


Name:  WestlawNext

Device: Apple and Android

Summary: WestlawNext mobile app is free to download, but you have to be a WestlawNext subscriber to access the services.

Tools - Social Media/Web

There are several options available for keeping track of social media sites.  The sites vary in their focus and cost.  Generally, tools are good for keeping track of your social media analytics, your social media feeds, other people's social media feeds, scheduling posts across platforms or some combination of the these tasks.  Essentially, they're timesavers. 

10 Tips for Avoiding Ethical Lapses When Using Social Media

Tools - Domain Names/Web Hosting

Tools - Remote Access


Keeping Pace With Change - Books

The following books are available to be checked out from Widener Law Library for free.

Google for Lawyers - Carole A. Levitt; Mark E. Rosch
Call Number: K 87 .L48 2010
ISBN: 9781604428223
Publication Date: 2011-06-16

Cloud Computing for Lawyers - Nicole Black
Call Number: KF 242 .A1 B575 2012
ISBN: 9781616328849
Publication Date: 2013-02-26

The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook - Jill D. Rhodes; Vincent I. Polley
Call Number: KF 318 .A751 2013
ISBN: 9781627222549
Publication Date: 2014-06-10

Practicing Law in the State of Paperlessness - Benjamin F. Yale
Call Number: KF 318 .Y35 2012
ISBN: 9781614383727
Publication Date: 2013-02-26

How your computer can get you in trouble - Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Call Number: KF 320 .A9 H68 2010
Publication Date: 2010

How technology can get you into trouble - Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Call Number: KF 320 .A9 H683 2013
Publication Date: 2013

LinkedIn in One Hour - Dennis Kennedy; Allison C. Shields
Call Number: KF 320 .A9 K46 2013
ISBN: 9781627223102
Publication Date: 2014-02-07

Virtual Law Practice - Stephanie L. Kimbro
Call Number: KF 320.A9 K56 2010
ISBN: 9781604428285
Publication Date: 2011-05-16

Internet Branding for Lawyers - Jeff Lantz
Call Number: KF 320.A9 L36 2012
ISBN: 9781614382935
Publication Date: 2012-03-01

IPad in One Hour for Lawyers - Tom Mighell; American Bar Association, Law Practice Division Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: KF 320.A9 M48 2012
ISBN: 9781627226141
Publication Date: 2014-05-07

Android Apps in One Hour for Lawyers - Daniel J. Siegel
Call Number: KF 320.A9 S554 2013
ISBN: 9781614387008
Publication Date: 2013-12-07

Twitter in One Hour for Lawyers - Jared Correia
Call Number: KF 320.I57 C67 2012
ISBN: 9781614385417
Publication Date: 2013-12-07

WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers - Jennifer Ellis
Call Number: KF 320 .I57 E45 2014
ISBN: 9781627222105
Publication Date: 2014-03-07

Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers - Dennis M. Kennedy; Allison Shields
Call Number: KF 320.I57 K46 2012
ISBN: 9781614385431

Ethics of social networking - Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Call Number: KF 390.5 .C6 R83 2011
Publication Date: 2011

Facebook, Twitter & blogging!: oh my... - Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Call Number: KF 3540 .A75 F32 2013
Publication Date: 2013

EDiscovery - David G. Ries (Editor)
Call Number: KF8902.E43 E5 2014
ISBN: 9781578040100
Publication Date: 2014-05-07

Electronic Discovery for Small Cases - Bruce A. Olson; Tom O'Connor
Call Number: KF8902.E42 O47 2012
ISBN: 9781614383505

Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers - Ben M. Schorr
Call Number: KF 320 A.9 S367 2014
ISBN: 9781627228480

Powerpoint in One Hour for Lawyers - Paul J. Unger
Call Number: KF322.5.M52 U54 2014
ISBN: 9781604429275

Tools - Practice/Case Management

Below are some of the more popular practice/case management tools available.  In addition, capterra has a list of case management software. The ABA also created a table comparing various options.

Tools - Cloud Storage/File Sharing

Check out this site for an overview of how cloud computing works.  Keep in mind that although people tend to refer to cloud computing when discussing services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, if you or your firm is using web based email, such as gmail, you're already using cloud computing.


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