Upcoming Trial Skills Seminar

I will be presenting at the CBA and COAJ‘s The Trial Skills Institute on November 9, 2012.  The seminar will once again present a full mock trial from jury selection to verdict.

So THAT’s what it looks like!

This year’s trial is a personal injury/car crash case.  In addition to seeing some of central Ohio’s premiere Plaintiff’s and Defense litigators in action, attendees will also be able to watch and listen to the jury’s deliberations via closed circuit television. This ability to “get inside the heads” of jurors provides unique and invaluable insight into their thinking process for all litigators.

Here is the brochure with all the details – COAJCBA brochure.  You can also register now online.  Hope to see you there.


Think inside the (jury) box


While not all jury deliberations are watched by hordes of people in underground bunkers with wiretapping equipment and video monitors like those in movie The Runaway Jury, they are serious nonetheless – and meant to be secret.  But in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, jurors posts or internet research about a case can have dire consequences.

I cannot believe it. An iPhone 4?!?

Judges around the country are concerned.  In one case, a juror’s Tweets may have even let a murder off of death row.  Some states have outlawed the practice.  There are proposals online for jury instructions to help steer jurors in the right direction.

What does this mean to you:

Our civil justice system depends on fair and impartial jurors deciding cases based on the facts presented.  Trial lawyers should keep abreast of these constantly evolving technologies to best represent their clients.


The last medical exhibit you will ever need

I am, what the kids call, an Apple fanboy.  There, I said it.  That includes the iPad, which, lets face it, is revolutionizing the practice of law, and indeed, our very reason for existence.

One area where the iPad shines is trial presentation.  Suddenly, even a svelte laptop begins to seem positively brick-like compared to the paper-thin iPad in the courtroom.  And with its touch-screen interface, trial exhibits – particularly medical exhibits, such as Visible Body, make it all the more elegant.

The ability to rotate medical images in 3D and zoom in and out with the effortless flick of your fingers provides more clarity than a static, 2D foam-core board ever could.  And at $30, it may be the best, and the last, medical exhibit you ever buy.

Speaking of buying things, if you are in the market for an iPad, hold your horses for the next few weeks.  iPad 3 is probably right around the corner.

Questions or comments about iPads in trial?  Drop me a line.