Long ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, I dreamed that some enterprising developer would open the world of Android legal apps. Alas, as I discussed, developers don’t care about Android apps for lawyers. (I confirmed this at ABA TECHSHOW when the TrialPad guys told me, “it’s too tough.” Which is an outright lie and misunderstanding of the current Android ecosystem. Let’s be honest, marketability and ROI is the problem.) I realize is that developing applications for Android is difficult and costly. Users demand free or low-cost applications, but the actual work required for development is monumental. This is also why I’m more forgiving, and I’m encouraging all Android users to purchase applications, and expect to pay some costs for quality.

My dreams were continually kindled by the prospects of apps like DroidLaw and Depose, but those are even gathering dust on the shelves of Google Play Store.

Encouragement, even if it’s still alpha

Now, a new glimmer of hope is rising in the form of TrialNote.

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The premise of the application is to create a trial notebook program for tablets. It’s very much Beta — perhaps even Alpha — but I have high hopes that the app will take off and be available soon.

TrialNote comes from Depose developer, Stewart Boling. Stewart and I collaborated on the concept — meaning I told him what I thought the tabs should be and some of the basic labels — and he developed this sweet application.

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Each tab has a specific function, including the ability to attach files, associate contacts, and add calendar dates.

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My preview version has a lot of bugs — it’s alpha, so it’s not available for testing yet — but still looks very sharp, clean, and will be a great asset for litigators.

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Once you attach a document, it’s available for the remainder of the time. Plus, you can attach documents from a variety of sources such as Google Drive or Dropbox. TrialNote will have Google sync capabilities, which will allow you to sync information across devices — right now it’s single-device only.

I’m really impressed with the design and app in its current situation, and I expect the addition of a ton of useful features in the future versions. If you’re interested in learning how to encourage Stewart to devote more time to developing this app, send me a message. In the next few weeks, I’ll also create a kind of Kickstarter campaign to help motivate this app’s development.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


John Upton · May 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

Yes this looks good and interesting. I’m curious, why isn’t OneNote a contender in the trial note area and how is this app better than OneNote?

    Jeff Taylor · May 19, 2015 at 10:51 am

    OneNote is a contender, especially since there’s an Android app. OneNote though isn’t necessarily a trial/legal specific app, as much as it is a note-taking app.

John Upton · May 20, 2015 at 7:44 am

Yes, but you can have tabs and put documents in the appropriate tabs such as jury instructions, or exhibits, or research, etc. I prepared for a civil rights trial in Federal Court with OneNoteit but then had an argument with co-counsel and wasn’t around for the trial. (He lost the trial!)

    Jeff Taylor · May 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Are you saying counsel lost the trial because he didn’t use OneNote? I think OneNote is great, perhaps well worth using, especially with the Android app factor and improvements. I also know there are a number of people who want to do away with MS products, and Google (or others) doesn’t really have a solution to OneNote.

John Upton · May 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Why he lost the trial? Let’s just say his strategy was flawed! Microsoft-I hated them when they succeeded by monopoly alone (Windows, Office), but maybe now they’re coming up with some innovative products. If so, I’m afraid credit is due.

    Jeff Taylor · May 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I certainly agree that Microsoft is “upping” their game. If they had taken this same approach 5 years ago, they’d be number 1 in the market.

Melinda · May 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

This program looks like it has a LOT of potential! Is it meant to compete with the likes of Clio or is it a supplement? I’m interested in checking it out, but also would want a couple additional tabs – tasks (maybe like Trello?) and a Communications tab too. Good luck, guys!

    Jeff Taylor · May 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    It’s nothing like Clio. Clio is a practice management program, this is a trial notebook. TrialNote is to manage the trial information, not the entire case.

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