Evernote, Penultimate, Days Between, Time Value and more Productivity Apps

By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.

Lynne DeVenny

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar certified paralegal who works for Elliot Pishko Morgan P.A. in Winston-Salem. She specializes in civil litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability cases.

DeVenny is also the co-host of the monthly podcast, The Paralegal Voice, at Legal Talk Network. She blogs at Practical Paralegalism and is a frequent CLE speaker in the areas of ethics, social media, workers’ compensation and civil litigation, and has written articles for numerous legal publications, including Paralegal Today.

This week, DeVenny shares some of her favorite iPhone and iPad apps with Lawyer Tech Review.


iPad, and as of last month, DeVenny enthusiastically gave up her Droid phone for what she’s nicknamed “baby iPad,” an iPhone 3GS

Apps for work

iPad note-taking app

DeVenny does a great deal of writing and note-taking as a paralegal for a small civil rights firm. She easily generates content, including intake and CLE notes, as well as drafts of blog posts, using an Apple Wireless Keyboard and the free Evernote app. (Affiliate links) Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device available today. She also frequently uses Evernote with her office desktop and dual monitors, keeping it open on one screen to save helpful information – particularly from specialty listservs and research – which she organizes in online notebooks. (For more information, read our post Evernote App Review: An Alternative to Printing Information)

Other iPad apps that DeVenny uses for work include the free Fastcase app for legal research, Penultimate (currently .99) for taking quick handwritten notes with a stylus, the free Days Between app for calculating dates and Time Value ($3.99) for calculating the present value of a case.

iPhone news app

Apps for fun

“As a blogger, I am a complete news hound,” DeVenny says. “I love the free Fwix app for local news, the free Huffington Post app for national news and columns, and Instapaper ($4.99) for saving articles to read later. But when I want to relax and think about nothing, I turn to my free Pocket Pond app, a peaceful virtual aquarium which even lets me feed the koi.”

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