Not only is this a Change of Friday, but it’s also the last day of the month. And on that doubly good occasion, I decided to try something different: I made a video.

Don’t get too excited; Martin Scorsese doesn’t have to worry about me upending his legacy. Instead, I got to try some funky animated functionality to convey some good news, which is: We at Arizona Attorney Magazine are going to improve even more our digital offerings. That’s right, an app is on your way.

Our digital edition already can sense (through computer magic, I guess) when you reach the site through a mobile phone. At that point, it opens up a version that is extremely readable. Still, we thought we could do better.

The app will be accessible via many devices, both iPhone (and iPad) and Android. And it will include not just the content from the print magazine, but feeds from a variety of our news channels.

I’ll send out more information as we get closer to our launch. But for now, enjoy a brief video that has two lawyers (O’Connor and Simpson) explaining the new effort.

Go on; click to watch the video. You can afford the minute and a half on a Friday!

Have a great—and animated—weekend.

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Should your lawyer app be here?

Today’s post title has to be one of the most unappealing I’ve ever written. I admit that it is evocative—in a bad way—for more than one reason. But it involves not wallet-snatching or worse, but new technology that alters the lawyer–client relationship.

As you may have guessed, I’m talking about lawyer applications for cell phones. Apps, primarily for the iPhone or other smartphones, have transformed the daily existence of many people. They modify our experience in gaming, business, entertainment and more.

But can they—and should they—modify experiences with lawyers? If so, how?

That is something I’d like to explore in Arizona Attorney Magazine. So as we begin looking into this, contact me with your thoughts on: 

  • Whether you have or are developing an app for your law practice.
  • Whether you think apps have a place in the law.
  • Whether you fear ethical pitfalls in regard to apps (for instance, how do you provide the app to the world without making it appear that random downloaders have become a client?).
  • How do you develop a lawyer app that potential clients may download without providing confidential information, which may violate HIPAA or risk a conflict with an existing client?

Our story will focus on these and other issues, and will include stories of some lawyers who have had app success.

Don’t wait for the story to run to say, “Hey, I had an app! Why didn’t he call me?!”

Here’s why: I don’t know you. Contact me; let’s talk.  Write me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.