Using An Ipad In The Practice Of Law

            Is the iPad just a toy, or does it have a place in the modern practice of law?

In the days just after the beginning of the New Year, I attended the American Association of Law Schools 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Among the various interesting programs was one entitled “IPad and IPhone Apps for Legal Practice.”  Jeffrey E Richardson, a partner in the New Orleans law firm of Adams and Reese enlightened the audience on this extremely timely topic.  Along with a busy legal practice, Richardson maintains a blog called iPhone JD: Lawyers Using IPhones and IPads.

Along with the more common apps, two apps that Richardson found particularly helpful are GoodNotes and GoodReader.

Richardson uses a bamboo stylus and GoodNotes, as the name suggests notetaking app, in this case for handwritten notes using a stylus.  One of the handy aspects of GoodNotes is that it has a magnified input field.  This means that writers don’t have to try to squeeze their handwriting into a tiny lined space on the iPad, rather they can open up two screens on the iPad the lower one of which magnifies your handwriting recognizing a workable size for writing with a stylus. The upper half of the screen reduces the text to a size where you can see many lines of writing.

GoodReader, is an app that allows users to store PDF files on your iPad.  Richardson downloads cases from LEXIS-NEXIS, files them on Dropbox, a cloud filing place, and then opens them on his iPad.  GoodReader also provides the ability to highlight relevant portions of cases..

As part of Richardson’s blog he provides an alphabetical index to the reviews that he has completed.

Those of you who are already using iPads should remember the Cornell Library’s array of online subscription databases   contain documents that can be downloaded not only onto computers but iPads, and Android equivalents. And remember, e-books in the Library collection can be downloaded onto your iPad for 14 days. .

And indeed access to Julien, the Cornell Library’s online catalog is available as smartphone version.  While not an app in the full sense of the word, you can set up an icon that can take you directly to Julien. Directions for Mobile Julien are available here.

             Carl Yirka

I Hate to do This…But I Need A Raise

Seriously Girls, Read this Book!

Seriously Girls, Read this Book!

I had never heard of Mika Brzezinski until I started watching Morning Joe. I love Morning Joe. It is a morning talk show on MSNBC during which politicians and our nations leaders have actual discussions about the important issues facing our nation. Mika Brzezinski, co-host with Joe Scarborough,  is one of the reasons the show is like no other. She asks the tough questions, and raises the points that others are too afraid to say; she is a strong, powerful woman.

Yet, when Mika started on Morning Joe, her salary did not equal that of her co-hosts, Joe Scarborough or Willie Geist. In fact, it was less than both of their salaries, much less. Mika was making the salary that she did fifteen years before.

Mika Brzezinski’s book Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth   is a quick read, which I recommend to every woman on campus. In the book, Mika chronicles her salary negotiation mishaps, as well as the mishaps of other powerful women including: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and editor of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, Tina Brown, among many others.

For all the 3LS graduating, this  book offers great advice and insights on how women should negotiate their salaries–check out Chapter 6, “At the Bargaining Table: Table Manners and Tactical Maneuvers.” This chapter offers real examples about how to negotiate your salary, as well as how to successfully ask for a raise, and how not too. For example,  starting a negotiation by saying “I hate to do this,” I’m sorry,” or “I know you’re busy,” will most likely not get the results you are looking for.

Beyond salary negotiations, the book offers other very insightful information about how women are perceived in the workplace, women’s value, and what women can learn from men when negotiating.

Interested in learning more about women, work, and the gender gap? Check out these books:

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

The New Feminist Agenda: Defining The Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family

Voting the Gender Gap

:) Heidi