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Why Are Graphics So Compelling in the Courtroom?

Stanford psychologist Amos Tversky and others have proposed that learners rely on mentally efficient strategies when evaluating new information.  It is believed these mental shortcuts allow people to make decisions quickly – a necessity in a fast-paced world – but sometimes at the cost of accuracy in decision-making1 (you can read more about how this […]

How Do I Present My Expert Witness in the Courtroom by Video Conference (aka: Skype)?

The ability to present testimony by video conference or video chat has been around for several years, but the ability to use it efficiently, to its full potential, is a more recent development.  This blog will focus on the use of Skype but there are several other platforms (Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Chat, Facetime, Webex etc.) that will work as well. The first time we video conferenced […]

Graphics in Pre-Trial Motions & Hearings: An Early Advantage – Part II

In Part I, you learned how metaphors and imagery can be used to help the judge conceptualize difficult and/or abstract case points. So now let’s discuss how clear, concise graphics or animations can be used in technical hearings to ensure that the judge understands all the necessary details of your case: Pre-Trial Graphics to Teach & […]

3D-Printed Trial Exhibits: Futuristic Technology, Old-School Storytelling

Let’s go back several decades.  For a moment, picture this:  It’s a hot summer day; windows are cracked in a large, packed courtroom.  We center on an attorney (maybe a Gregory Peck type), unfazed by the heat, of course, mid-case, pacing before the jury box with a confident stride.  Today, in this moment, he’s trying […]

What Are the Best Characteristics of a Great Trial Graphics Artist?

The graphics artist you hire for your case is your doorway to a sleeker, more comprehensible case. Crafted carefully and creatively, the graphics you present to the jury will play a central role in juror comprehension and retention.  So the more talented, knowledgeable and flexible your graphics artist is, the more value he will add. […]

Part II -The 7 Keys to Effective Litigation Timelines

Our final four distinguishers are all about words, and how you use them. Despite the value of non-verbal cues discussed in Part I, words have their own indispensable place in your timeline—and can themselves be powerful visual cues: 4) Font Choices in Trial Graphics Are About Legibility, Not Flair Always start with legibility. As a […]

Part I – The 7 Keys to Effective Litigation Timelines

In a previous post, we covered the basics of timelines: their uses, anatomy and a number of possible types. But because great timelines are so beneficial to so many cases, we thought we’d delve a bit deeper. In this subsequent two-part discussion we’ll highlight the seven key timeline elements that will maximize its effectiveness, and […]

Timelines: The Jury’s Roadmap to Your Case

“You can’t miss this event!” your friend exclaims.  “It’s simple.  The event is on the left-hand side of the street, two blocks down Lincoln Avenue.  You’ll hang a right onto Third, before the gas station.  Third is a few miles straight ahead once you exit – when you’re on the freeway, just keep your eyes […]

The Best Time to Prepare Your Trial Graphics

Each new case brings a special pressure you know all too well: budgeting your time and your client’s money efficiently and effectively. Along the way, crucial elements, such as your trial graphics, may fall by the wayside, but waiting too long to begin work on them may prove costly. Given their persuasive and communicative power […]

What Does Adding a “Hot Seat” Operator to My Trial Team Cost?

Fifteen years ago there was a very small group of hot seat operators that were competent and trustworthy enough to run your technology in the courtroom. These days there are a lot of well-qualified hot seat operators across the country. This isn’t just an IT professional sitting behind a computer; this is a significant role […]

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