A smartphone app that allows lawyers to search statutes on the fly and email snippets to judges or opposing counsel is available for a free trial starting Sept. 15. But there’s a catch: If a lawyer wants the Texas Legal App after the trial period ends on Oct. 15, she must join the State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section. To download the app during the free trial, visit http://webapp.sbot.org and type username “texas” and password “lawyer.” At $25 per year, a membership in the section includes the app, which works on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Blackberry users can access a web-based version, which also works on computers. Section Chairman Ralph H. Brock (pictured) says the app has a little bit of everything: It catalogs more than 50 Texas statutes and codes such as the Family Code, Civil Practice & Remedies Code, Penal Code and more. The app also makes federal and state rules of procedure searchable. “We can’t put the whole body of codified law in there, because there’s just not room, but we can put the things most practitioners would probably use,” says Brock, a Lubbock solo. The section currently includes more than 1,700 members, he says, and leaders hope the giveaway will attract even more. Members must renew each year to continue using the app. “We’re just trying to get the word out,” says Brock.
-- Angela Morris