In October of 2009, I described a free website by Loyola (New Orleans) Law School Professor Dane Ciolino, an expert on legal ethics, called Louisiana Legal Ethics. The portion of that website containing the latest Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct is now available in a free iPhone app. While the content comes from Prof. Ciolino, the iPhone app was put together by New Orleans attorney Matt Miller, who wrote the Louisiana Civil Code and Code of Civil Procedure apps that I also reviewed this past October.
The app allows you to browse the rules in two ways. First, you can view them grouped by Article. Second, you can just see a full list of the rules. I find it faster to use the second method, especially because you can quickly run your finger along the right side to jump to the part of the rules that you need.
Another way to get at the rules is to run a search. All rules containing the word will appear. Unfortunately, the word is not highlighted when you read the rule so you will just have to hunt for it. The final way to get to a rule is to tap the Bookmarks button to see the rules that you have previously saved as a bookmark.
When you view a rule, you get three things. First, you get the full text of the rule. Second, you get background and historical information on the rule provided by Prof. Ciolino. Finally, you get the ABA official comments to the model rule on which the Louisiana rule is based. If you find that you refer to a rule a lot, you can add it to your list of bookmarks by tapping a button at the top right. (The button does not appear if you have already added a rule to your list of bookmarks.)
If you are a Louisiana lawyer, you are likely to find this free app very useful. I've only had the app a few days and I've already used it several times. It is nice that Prof. Ciolino's website is nicely formatted for the iPhone and includes extra features like the latest legal ethics news, but this dedicated app is even faster when you just want the rules.