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There's been a lot of speculation as to whether iPads, smartphones, and other devices will ever play an active role in the practice of law.
While most attorneys may own these devices, many are unsure how to actually use them to help their practice. However, as apps for lawyers continue to be developed (and improved upon), we may be entering a time of transition as these devices and their apps go from novelty to practicality.
Recently, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) recently released its ADR app for lawyers. Unlike most other apps developed for your tablet or smartphone, this app actually provides some utility for lawyers involved in arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternate dispute resolution.
The ADR app is free to download and easy to use. It allows attorneys to access all AAA rules, codes, and protocols, reviews attorney Robert J. Ambrogi. It also provides quick access to contact information for AAA offices throughout the United States and regional locations throughout the world.
The application is especially helpful because it includes all the arbitration and mediation rules covering labor and employment, commercial, construction, real estate, environmental, government and consumer, and international cases. The app also covers AAA due process protocols. And for those attorneys located in foreign jurisdictions, the international dispute resolution rules are provided in multiple languages.
As apps for lawyers on tablets and smartphones continue to evolve, the ADR app represents the next step for an app becoming a practical tool for attorneys. Perhaps one day, Angry Birds will be replaced on your phone with the Federal Rules of Evidence.