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The Mississippi Attorney and was posted Feb. 13,
Previous Slide, we talked about the dissimilarities involving the use of demo
know-how by Andrew’s 350+ individual legislation organization and Taylor’s
two-man or woman law company. We both equally had sturdy inner thoughts about the use of
engineering in the court docket room. That conversation led to a CLE
plan aimed at getting technology solutions that get the job done for
each individual litigator and at every single funds.
We talked to a bunch of professionals. The ideal information we
got was from Main Choose Dan Jordan. He instructed us that pretty much every single
juror has astounding technology in their properties. Virtually just about every juror has
a intelligent cell phone that presents them the news and tales in just about every
possible structure. Those people jurors be expecting legal professionals to be knowledgeable
working with technology and to use technological innovation in a way that adds to the
tale they are telling.
These 6 dos and don’ts need to get you begun efficiently
incorporating engineering into your apply:
1. Begin From the Commencing
At the Northern District of Mississippi Bench and Bar CLE, Choose
Kristi Johnson noted the great importance of educating the choose about
your circumstance. She and Decide Taylor McNeel claimed that just one of the things
they had uncovered as new judges was how little was completed to educate
judges about what was actually occurring in the scenario. Judges are
usually hearing instances involving legal challenges that may possibly be day to day to
the attorneys but are novel to the judges. The lawyers will be
intimately acquainted with all the specifics of the scenario, but judges are
not. Judges Johnson and McNeel said they had been routinely questioned to
choose objections on the fly when they had not been offered all the
One way to aid teach judges is to use technological innovation from the
beginning of your situation. There is nearly no expense to embedding
photographs, maps, or timelines into a grievance. That’s typical in
infringement and unfair levels of competition instances. Andrew just lately filed a
actual estate dispute case that included photographs of the home, a
look at of the residence from Google maps, and the web page plan. The
difference in reading legal descriptions of residence and looking at how
an easement and parking great deal is used in photos is massive. These
varieties of photographs assist educate the decide about just what is at
stake and the context that underlies the dispute.
2. Fully grasp the Engineering You Are Employing
Maybe the most crucial point about engineering is
proficiency. No subject the know-how a lawyer is using, he or she
will have to be proficient at using that know-how. That implies follow.
The most basic idea we can offer you is to get in touch with the clerk or courtroom area
deputy and go to the courthouse to follow utilizing technological innovation in
advance of a demo. It is far better not to use know-how than to use
it terribly. Practically nothing is worse than the counsel who simply cannot screen a
doc or desires to acquire a recess every single time a movie clip is
made use of.
If you can find the money for it, we recommend possessing anyone else sit in
the incredibly hot seat and run the demo engineering. This can be a further
attorney, a paralegal, or an outdoors consultant. Obtaining a second established
of hands to do the job technologies will make your presentation operate
smoothly. It will also allow for you to focus on the trial and that
second person to target on technology.
3. Use a Mix of Technological innovation Procedures
One particular way to preserve a jury’s consideration is to do anything that
is distinct. If you undertake know-how, but only use the identical process
more than and in excess of for a five-day jury demo, there is a excellent chance
that approach will lose its influence. Employing a mix of PowerPoint, ELMO,
flip charts, video, and animation is more most likely to pique the
fascination of the jury. The more fascinated the jury is in what you
are likely to exhibit them, the additional most likely they are to pay out
This technique is also a very good way to use know-how on a finances.
There is an ELMO in most courtroom rooms. Flip charts are quite
affordable. Your Microsoft license likely now incorporates the
proper to use PowerPoint. If opposing counsel is using Trial
Director or other specialised computer software, your combined use of
engineering can exhibit all the diverse strategies you are
presenting the points as opposed to utilizing a single fancier piece of
As you use the various systems, assume about the most effective way
to deploy them. For instance, instead of owning your skilled develop
a PowerPoint it is in all probability improved to have them publish and diagram
on a flip board. This results in the impact, correct or not, that it
is the specialist providing a actual time opinion as opposed to simply
parroting a pre-manufactured presentation. That minimal-tech presentation
will likely be a lot more persuasive than a large-tech presentation that
would seem too canned.
4. Videotape Depositions When You Can
In the immortal terms of ABBA, this suggestion is all about
“Dollars. Cash. Revenue.” There is practically nothing much more productive
than a movie of the opposing occasion confirming the significant specifics
or telling contradictory tales. This is the huge expose of so quite a few
law enforcement procedurals. Videotaped depositions give attorneys a substantial
advantage. Nonetheless, we have an understanding of that money is the driving
power at the rear of depositions that are not videotaped.
In an suitable planet, each individual deposition would be videoed, and
attorneys would constantly be in a position to have clips prepared as impeachment for
each individual demo issue. Even the most significant conditions have budgets while.
Employing pounds to movie the most important depositions can be
In Mississippi condition courts, there is also a much less expensive approach.
Mississippi Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(4) enables for
depositions to be recorded by a wide range of indicates. Compared with in
federal courts, an lawyer can history a deposition himself or
herself. Attorneys do not even have to have high-priced video clip machines but
can file the deposition with a clever phone or the Zoom recording
functionality. These sorts of recordings will not be synced, but when
revenue is tight this may well be a good alternative.
5. Do not Rely Much too Substantially on Know-how
HBO’s Previous 7 days Tonight commonly opens with a skewering of
some enterprise, human being, or event. We warranty that John Oliver and
HBO are much better at telling stories than anyone reading this report.
When Mr. Oliver tells his tale, he helps make eye get in touch with with the
viewer. He tells his stories just like a trial lawyer need to.
Technological know-how simply cannot be a substitute for old fashioned
storytelling. Like John Oliver, use movie clips, diagrams, and
documents to guidance your tale. Do not just depend on
know-how to notify your story. You tell the story and allow
engineering be a resource to illustrate and present help for that
An vital related stage is to only use know-how when the
technological know-how suits the story. If you clearly show a diagram to illustrate a
level in your closing argument, do not leave that diagram up for
viewing when you go to the next issue. Leaving premature visible
aids shown can distract from your presentation as jurors may possibly be
reading the diagram as an alternative of listening to you.
6. Do not Depend on the Goliath Metaphor
A Pew investigate survey carried out this 12 months states that much more than a
quarter of People below 30 decades aged get their information from Tik
Tok. In planning for our CLE, Decide Jordan questioned his clerks what
is the worst blunder attorneys make with technologies? They told him it
was attorneys expressing the massive lousy business was heading to use engineering
though the weak wronged specific did not have obtain to that
Jurors know what know-how they use at residence or in their
workplaces. They hope each law firm to be ready to competently display
proof in a significant way and to illustrate essential details. No
matter your finances or the worth of the circumstance, you ought to be able to
use accessible technological know-how to support your story.
Most instances are received or lost on their info. Placing forth the
proof that proves people specifics is a litigator’s work. No
know-how can swap seeking a juror in the eye and
truthfully and earnestly summing up people details. Know-how is
a wonderful way to notify stories nevertheless. In 2023, minimum competency
signifies mastering to use technologies to convey to your client’s tales.
We hope these guidelines help you do just that.
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tutorial to the issue issue. Specialist tips ought to be sought
about your precise situations.