MSBA UNVEILS FREE SMARTPHONE APP
With the practice of law more mobile than ever, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) has created a free smartphone application to provide Maryland attorneys with easy, on-the-go access to the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Professional Conduct, MSBA’s website and more. Versions of the Maryland State Bar Association Mobile App are available for the Apple iPhone and iPad, Android and BlackBerry smartphones, and may be downloaded directly from Apple iTunes Store, Android Market and BlackBerry App World.
"With this free app, there’s no need to guess what the ethics rules are, wherever you are — so long as you have a smartphone, the answer is literally right at your fingertips," says Erek Barron, Chair of the MSBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS), which developed the new substantive app — the first its kind in the nation among state bar associations — as part of its technology initiative this year.
Produced by application development company TenPearls, the MSBA app allows users to easily browse the Rules of Evidence; the Rules of Professional Conduct; Attorney Trust Accounts; the Court of Appeals’ Ideals of Professionalism; and the MSBA Code of Civility. The new app also allows users to search for rules by chapter, title or rule, and bookmark them for future reference. Additionally, it features links to portions of the MSBA website (http://www.msba.org), including the MSBA Ethics Hotline, Ethics Opinions (accessible to members only) and Fastcase online legal research (accessible to members only).
"The development of mobile applications, or apps, has exploded in the last few years, and now there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps from which to choose," says Paul V. Carlin, MSBA Executive Director. "Our Young Lawyers Section has impressively taken the initiative to develop practical, relevant apps for MSBA members."
Other technology-driven YLS projects this year include the launch of a new YLS website (http://www.yls.org) and blog (http://ylsgavel.wordpress.com). "Technological advances are changing how lawyers practice law and how they relate to clients and one another," says Barron. "The organized bar should lead the discussion in what these advances are and what they mean for the future."
YLS will celebrate the launch of these new technologies with an open meeting on October 20, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia, Maryland.
The Maryland State Bar Association is a voluntary, non-profit membership organization comprised of more than 23,000 attorneys and judges. The MSBA monitors judicial and legislative issues, offers legal education opportunities and promotes leadership within the legal profession. The MSBA offers public service programs to ensure the delivery of quality legal services to all citizens and is committed to furthering the efficient administration of justice and equality for all.
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