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Using Litigation Technology Successfully

Until a couple of years ago, the steno machine was the most advanced piece of equipment used regularly in federal and state courts. More than 64 years have passed since stenography machine notes were first used in the Charles Lindbergh/Bruno Hauptmann murder case...the first "trial of the century."

If the legendary Clarence Darrow were still practicing law, he would be carrying a laptop computer from deposition to courtroom, and playing back animated exhibits. Because Darrow's exceptional oratory skills, the electronic information at his fingertips and a big screen TV, would make an unbeatable communications combination.

Senior citizens no longer occupy the majority of seats on our juries. Younger, visual-minded, computer-literate jurors are filling those chairs in most metropolitan areas. These TV-generation jurors dont want attorneys taking hours and days making and proving their points. They want you to get to the point while using a medium they feel comfortable with...the TV screen and computer.

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Today's legal communications has to be fast, efficient and powerful. Clients, opposing attorneys, judges and jurors require presentations that maintain interest, support oral arguments, and explain complex ideas.

Post-trial interviews with jurors confirm what studies have long shown: visually delivered information is 650 times more effective than just oral argument; remembering and understanding testimony is the key to believability. Jurors have frequently commented to researchers on how helpful visual aids were in their decision process.

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