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...
Power Your Data in Digital Format

Power Your Data in Digital Format

The decision to move your critical company data from paper files to an electronic form is typically not whether this should occur but how quickly this needs to happen. Obviously to convert all of your information may not be necessary. Just assessing what your desired end result is, can be a daunting task. Our expertise is helping you evaluate and prioritize the process. It may also not be necessary to image old records and is entirely appropriate to maintain them in paper files if you have the storage room. Developing a priority checklist is the first step. What is your goal? Do you need simply to organize your information for storage? Can the documents then be destroyed after they have been scanned; is their regulatory or tax reasons the originals need to be maintained? The good news is this process can be automated, even on what we call a “rolling production.” Documents are picked up, imaged, electronically organized, saved in the desired format and then the originals shredded. This process can be orchestrated one box or file drawer at a time, if necessary. The data then can be immediately loaded onto your company server for access by the designated end users. Or depending on the specific project, the entire job can be picked up at once, scanned and returned with documents archived on a furnished hard drive. The main question to be answered is does the information need to be readily accessed- even if historical? Obviously during the scanning process documents can be organized chronologically, files named in a predetermined method or documents can be electronically numbered (E-bates). Additionally...
Walk In Others’ Shoes

Walk In Others’ Shoes

Management within companies can lecture until they are blue in the face about building and maintaining teamwork but unless the example begins with them it will never happen. The effect of utilizing the management team to effect positive change is critical but not always obvious. Even strong companies assume their managers are communicating and working closely together as a team. But more often managers feel it is their responsibility to handle as much as they can on their own and direct their individual teams. It is not natural to ask for help; it may allow their decisions to be second guessed. Company leadership needs to instill a spirit of cooperation. It is one thing to ask for open exchange of ideas and another to insist on it. Policies to reward cooperation, idea sharing, outstanding customer service initially may seem forced or contrived. If these policies are encouraged and not allowed to drift away it will reinforce the company ideals that teamwork is critical to its long term success. At each level of the company it may not always be practical to divide the responsibility but if there are various members of the work group it is essential that the mission is understood and shared. Making new ideas or technology short cuts available to the whole group via email blasts, a company newsletter, topic at a team meeting or communicating the information up the management chain is “proof in the pudding”. The single greatest enemy of teamwork in our society is lack of empathy. Previous generations seemed to have had a better understanding of this. We are so focused on...