Stop fumbling around with your slides and videos and turn your court exhibits in from dull and unruly to simple and effective. While technology is designed to make our lives easier, it can easily distract from your presentation if you are not in control of it.
Authors Frank Rothschild, Donald Beskind, Anthony Bocchino, and Deanne Siemer have teamed up to help you overcome your handicaps with electronic equipment. This jargon-free, how-to book explains real issues and describes the technology driving the issues.
A CD-ROM is included with computer generated exhibits and a copy of the Microsoft Appeal e-brief, courtesy of RealLegal.com. The appendices include rules regarding use of technology in federal courts, ensuring that even experienced dogs can learn new tricks.
"Effective Use of Courtroom Technology will not only assuage our fear of technology but will also open the door for many of us to engage in visually richer, more creative, and less expensive forms of advocacy."
-The Federal Lawyer, January 2003
"In less than five years, every United States District Court in the country will be wired for every conceivable courtroom gizmo. And if you don't know how to use them you will be in deep trouble. Deanne Siemer has put together the book that tells you how to use everything - and how to avoid all the classic mistakes."
-James W. McElhaney, Joseph C. Hostetler Professor of Trial Practice and Advocacy, Case Western Reserve University Law School
Table of Contents
Address for Comments
About the Authors
How to Use the CD
Part I: Courtroom Technology: An Overview
Three levels of technology
Common problems-the general lay of the land
Summary of experience to date
Part II: Discovery
General problems in discovery involving technology
Discovery of documents
Discovery of photographs
Discovery of video
Digital format materials
Internet discovery repositories
Part III: Pretrial
Deciding on equipment
Deciding on software
Preparation of exhibits
Arrangements for making the record
Videoconferencing for pretrial matters
Other uses of technology by the court during pretrial
Part IV: Trial
Objections to evidentiary exhibits
Objections to illustrative aids
Part V: Tips and Techniques for Using the Equipment
Laptop computer and presentation software
Projector and projection screen
Color video printer
Appendix A: Federal Courts with Courtroom Technology
Appendix B: Federal Court Local Rules with Respect to Courtroom Technology
Appendix C: Sample Pretrial Order Provisions
Appendix D: Helpful Resources
Appendix E: Federal Rules of Evidence