Making the Most of Trial Graphics

Making the Most of Trial Graphics

With today’s jurors expectations in our visually stimulated world with movies, TV and video games, it is a challenge for trial lawyers to know when to use graphics and videos in trial and when to avoid overusing them.   Many times it depends on the case, the location of the trial and what appeals to the jurors to best emphasize the key points of evidence in your case. Sometimes just a good old trial exhibit board on foam core or a flip chart on an easel will work best that the judge may leave up for a while in the courtroom for the jury to see, instead of quick slides or graphics in trial presentation software.   Or many times just being a good storyteller connects best with the jury. A good mix of persuasive discussion supplemented that with use of visual aids or illustrative evidence is actually recommended to ensure juror’s understanding and retention.   Visual graphics and video clips are invaluable on explaining complex topics, medical procedures, showing timelines, animations or just to reinforce or highlight points of key witness or expert testimony in your case that you want the jury to remember.   It can bring the topic to life as they say “A picture is sometimes worth a thousand words”. A couple recent articles that discuss using trial graphics most effectively for additional reference are: A recent short blog in Litigation Insights© by Adam Bloomberg, Managing Director – Visual Communications  provides some tips for trial lawyers on how to balance using the right mix of cutting edge graphics and when to keep it “old school”.    See the website link: http://www.litigationinsights.com/trial-technology/multimedia-in-the-courtroom/ Another...
E-Discovery Software Questions

E-Discovery Software Questions

Considering selection of an eDiscovery software platform or upgrading to a better one for your case or your entire law firm to use? There are numerous in-house, vendor outsourced or cloud-based software solutions both for e-discovery processing and document review in the current litigation support marketplace to choose from. A recent article on Legaltech© News provides some useful questions for a law firm to ask to help select the solution that best meets your needs. In Buying a New E-Discovery Platform? 8 Questions You Need to Ask First, the author (Zach Warren) interviews two prominent e-discovery attorneys: Gareth Evans of Gibson Dunn and John Rosenthal of Winston & Strawn, to get their input on the questions firms should ask themselves before investing in an eDiscovery platform or consider cloud-based solutions from a vendor. See the website link to read the full article: http://www.legaltechnews.com/id=1202746790142/Buying-a-New-EDiscovery-Platform-8-Questions-You-Need-to-Ask-First The article is more from the perspective of a firm looking to invest in an in-house e-discovery solution. The key points to consider are: • What do your attorneys and staff actually use now? What are their likes and dislikes on using current software if they even are? • Will they use the technology? Are greater functionality needed like data analytics or do they just need to review documents? Most attorneys prefer ease-of-use. • Can your firms IT network and IT staff handle and support an in-house platform? • What is the overall cost components, licensing fees, and contract length? Consider your internal IT, hardware and project management resources in addition to the software cost too. Does the costs and internal IT resources needed justify or...