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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 Maximize Jury Comprehension Using Animation?

It’s widely accepted that visuals in the courtroom are a powerful storytelling device. We prefer to say that they can be powerful.  The actual efficacy of any trial graphic, in fact, hinges on an understanding of how people learn from multimedia presentations.  Our clients often ask us why animations and graphics are so persuasive in […]

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 […]

Eight Considerations to Help You Make the Best Document Callouts

Telling your story through the use of exhibits is one of the most longstanding and impactful ways to present your case.  When presented well, supporting documents – such as contracts, memos, emails, advertisements, studies or invoices – can showcase crucial information.  Therefore, it is critical to employ effective document enhancements that will both quickly direct […]

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 […]

How to Make Video Depositions More Engaging For Jurors

Let’s be honest. Video testimony is notoriously boring. But because it’s so commonplace in trial, and can be a source of crucial evidence, you don’t have the luxury of allowing your jury to nod off. Moreover, you can’t ask a videotape to repeat itself, clarify an answer – or to please stop mumbling; you only […]

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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