Thank you to Thomson Reuters Westlaw for sponsoring iPhone J.D. this month. Westlaw is incredibly useful on a computer, but it also works really well on an iPhone or iPad with the fantastic Westlaw app. With the Westlaw app, you can extend the power and collaboration capabilities of Westlaw so that research begun in one place can be continued on your mobile device and vice versa.
There have been countless times when I was in court and I suddenly needed to pull up a case or statute. With the Westlaw app on my iPhone or iPad, I was able to do so quickly and easily. And using KeyCite, I could quickly see if there were cases distinguishing the jurisprudence cited by opposing counsel.
Even when I have been in my office with my computer on my desk, and thus I didn't technically need to use Westlaw on a mobile device, I have often used Westlaw on my iPad so that my computer screen can be devoted to a brief that I am writing. Also, it is nice to be able to lean back in my chair and review cases on my iPad, and then pull back up to my desk when I'm ready to type again on my computer. The Westlaw app lets you run searches and filter the results, review prior research in folders, and add notes and highlighting.
I'm not the only one who has had good experiences with the Westlaw app. Earlier this year, the Westlaw app was named the Best Legal App in the seventh annual Best of The National Law Journal Readers Rankings.
If you haven't yet checked out the Westlaw app for iOS, or if it has been a while since you did so, use it the next time that you perform legal research. It's a great tool for any attorney with an iPhone or iPad.