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My Trial Technology Bag

I’ve done trials the “natural” way, with large blow-up exhibits and flip charts. I’ve done trials the high-tech way, from the photographs, animation, and even medical records. Hands down, I prefer the techie version. Maybe this is because of my age, but I don’t think that tells the full story. Certainly, younger attorneys tend to be more comfortable with technology as a general matter. However, there are exceptions — I know lawyers in their 50s who can trounce the PowerPoint abilities of some 20-somethings. I grew up on the green-screened Apple IIe, used the DOS-based Logowriter turtle in math class in elementary school, and played the original Nintendo in 1985, the first year it came out (anyone remember Contra? Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start?). I’ve always been comfortable with technology — it’s much easier to understand than people. I’m preparing for two circuit court trials, one at the end of June, and one at the end of July, and helping with the technology for a third one set to go this month, as well. The technology prep is my favorite part of litigation. Creating a storytelling presentation for opening and closing, making eye-catching exhibits and finding a way to make even mundane medical records interesting is important to convince a jury to accept your perspective. Here are the basic components of my technological trial preparation:

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  1. You grew up on Nintendo? Yikes! Try Atari and Pong. I can’t remember if it had left-right.