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Pennsylvania Practice-Oriented Legal Research : Law Tech Talk

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


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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.

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.