COURT TECHNOLOGY AND TRIAL PRESENTATION

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mobile Apps for Law – A New Searchable Database for Legal Professionals

First, I’ll share the press release:

“Mobile Apps for Law (www.mobileappsforlaw.com) is a just-released comprehensive database on the web covering all legal research and utility apps for all types of mobile devices. Whether you use an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, BlackBerry, Android, Palm PC, or...this is the place to find out which law apps are available for your device.

“The database includes over 800 different mobile applications for law and lawyers, and is growing weekly. Each entry provides detailed information, including: title, publisher, description, subjects, price, devices, version, size, last update date, links to reviews, where available, and most importantly, a link to click on to download the app immediately to your device.  Powered by dtSearch, the search function allows you to search through the entire database, or to limit by specific fields, such as title, subject, or device.

“Brought to you by InfoSources Publishing, pioneers in the field of reference publishing for law since 1981, Mobile Apps for Law is the only database devoted to mobile apps for lawyers. For a limited time, subscriptions are being offered at a 50% discount.”

At first, I wondered, since this a paid subscription service, if I would be getting downloads of the software included as part of the fee – now that would be nice. Well, if that sounds too good to be true…
So, at the “Special Introductory Price” of $25 for the subscription (50% off), what does it include, and do I need this?
The full-featured search functionality is similar to what you’d find in litigation support software – in fact, dtSearch has been used for years by law firms and vendors. While the search engine is much better than you might expect, it appears the searchable data may have a few holes.

I ran several searches to see what would turn up, and what would not. Here are the results of a few search terms:

Trial Presentation - No hits for “trial presentation,” even though Evidence included both terms in its description, and TrialPad included the terms “trial” and “present.” It makes me wonder how the search is configured. I can’t see how it could miss this with a simple Boolean search.

Present - Brought 2 app hits: Evidence and TrialPad. The TrialPad app result listing shows version 1.02 (rel. 1/6/2011), although the current version is 1.5 (rel. 1/26/2011) Not sure how frequently this database is updated, but this is already at least a day behind.
Jury - Brings 4 hits, including TrialPad, which only mentions the term in the description. The search did not locate another new jury selection app, Jury Duty, released 1/18/2011 – nine days prior to writing this article. With the crazy-fast pace of iPad app development, it would be nice if there were truly some way to have an up-to-the-minute resource. The search doesn’t appear to be operating in a consistent fashion, unless perhaps it is searching another set of linked data.

California Rules - did not turn up any apps published later than 7/27/2010, thus not including AB 2284, the new Expedited Civil Jury Trial Act – a very important recent California law. Looking at the actual app site for one of them revealed that it had indeed been updated as of 1/13/2011.

With a 32 bit browser, clicking the link to download goes to the iTunes web page and then launches iTunes on your computer with the app all linked and ready for downloading. A 64 bit browser does not launch iTunes properly.

Links to reviews are included in the search results. Although several of my reviews have been published on this blog, Law Technology News, and even at least one on an app site, they were not included in the listings (now that hurts). TrialPad had no reviews listed. Clicking a link to a review leaves the current page. It would be better if the site launched a new page, leaving the search results in place. There appear to be a few minor html coding issues with the site. Once again, I am curious as to where the information is coming from, as the currency and search results appear to be somewhat inconsistent.

Next, I decided to try searching for an app that is not legal-specific, but yet is very popular in the legal community.

Documents – This term brought a number of apps, including “Documents To Go.” When I isolated it to the BlackBerry version of the app, there no apps listed, even though the DataViz site shows several.

CONCLUSION

So, would I recommend shelling out $25 to be able to locate some, but not necessarily all available apps? This site is brand new, and I would expect it to be refined and tuned up in the coming months. If you are looking for one place to get a lot of info with direct, easy links, this is a good resource. However, after seeing the actual results, I would also want to search iTunes and the web for any others I might have missed. It looks promising, but I’m not sure I’m ready to pay for searching for openly-accessible apps or information just yet, unless I’m getting something else with it, and/or I know that it will bring every possible result.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

iPad Apps for Lawyers: iJuror, JuryTracker, Jury Duty, WordPerfect Viewer

Author’s Comment – Well, as soon as my reviews of iJuror and JuryTracker were safely in the hands of Technology Editor Sean Doherty of Legal Technology News, and just in time for their brand-new site launch (looks great, by the way), I discovered that Jury Duty, yet another new iPad app, had just been released. Jury Duty is designed by Texas Attorney Stacy Kelly, priced at $39.99. I will be reviewing it for Law Technology News (see screen-shot preview at end of this article).



Also, for those of the WordPerfect persuasion (as many law firms are), you will be happy to know that there is a new iPad app just for you – the WordPerfect Viewer by Corel, only $4.99 (you heard it here first). This new app lets you read, search and place bookmarks in your .wpd files. Unfortunately, you cannot edit them. I’m sure that’s on the way soon.

If you know of any new legal-specific apps or other things you’d like me to consider for review, just let me know. If you have any trials coming up, I’d be happy to help out with that, too! Thanks for reading!
Reprinted with permission from the Jan. 21, 2011 issue of Law Technology News. ©2011 ALM Media Properties, LLC.
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Selecting and Monitoring a Jury on an iPad
Ted Brooks

Two iPad Apps for Jury Selection and Monitoring

In a recent article published in Law Technology News, "Two iPad Apps Make Their Cases for Trial," (see enhanced version here) I noted that the iPad is currently one of the hottest topics on the internet. To determine how attorneys and other legal professionals use iPads, I conducted an informal poll on LinkedIn. The results showed that, although the majority of respondents view their iPads equally, as a toy and a tool, the next-highest group used it more for work than play. And one important part of work in the legal profession is a jury trial.

Two iPad apps have been developed to aid in selecting and monitoring jurors: iJuror, from Front9 Technologies, and Jury Tracker, from John Cleaves, who recently shared how to "Build Your Own App."

Although both apps relate to the observation of jurors, each is focused on a different part of the process, and thus do not necessarily compete directly against one another. In fact, one might even want to utilize both apps in a jury trial -- something that won't make a big dent in your savings, at $9.99 for each. iJuror is focused more on the jury selection process, while JuryTracker is designed for use during trial.

IJUROR

When I first started iJuror, there were four buttons showing: New Trial, Saved Trials, Stats, and CLE Credit Tracker, which is actually just an advertisement link to another app in the iTunes store. Clever, but I can live without that one.

If you'd like to change the desk interface to walnut from the default mahogany, you can tap the options icon, which looks like a gear in the top right corner. The options window also lets you change the seat in which juror No. 1 is located, and whether you'd like your last-opened case to automatically start next time you launch the app.

One problem in setting where you place the first juror: the setting applies to all cases -- but not all courtrooms are set up the same. So if you have more than one case going at a time in different courts, you may have to reset the jury seating order on the app for each trial. It would be nice to save a jury seating template for each trial.

I liked the look and feel of this app -- the interface is like a legal pad, complete with a pen lying on it, and moving from task to task was akin to flipping through pages on a real yellow pad. After I set the juror seating order, the next option was to create a new trial. Once I entered my case name, date, and the number of jurors and alternates, I then tapped the Save New Trial button where my information was available from the Saved Trials list.

Since it takes a lot of data entry to create a case to work with, it would be nice if iJuror (and JuryTracker) was preloaded with sample case information to aid in quickly learning the app.

After I created a case, I opened it and entering the details of up to 60 prospective jurors. The layout of the interface is determined by how many jurors and alternates there are.

Most anyone who has been in trial with a jury consultant has played the sticky-notes version of musical chairs. Although sticky notes are a proven method of moving names and their information quickly around in a seating chart, it can be a little clumsy. In effect, iJuror can play sticky-notes, but doing the same thing on an iPad is just plain cool. I would expect professional jury consultants will be using this app, in addition to attorneys.

There are a couple of ways to enter information on each prospective juror. You can tap on an empty seat, which then brings up a form where you can enter their name, work, hometown, and additional notes. You may then tap on the top line, which opens up a dialog that looks something like a slot machine (see Figure 1, below), with choices to "roll" into place: age, gender, race, marital status, number of children, education, and whether you generally like or dislike them.




Figure 1. Click image to enlarge

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The information you enter is also reflected in the icon on the desktop (see Figure 2, below), including long or short hair, female or male, and skin color according to race. You can also select whether there are any familial relation with a police officer, if they have prior arrests, whether they have been a victim, whether they've served on a jury, and whether there was a verdict. These last few options also have an N/A option.


Figure 2. Click image to enlarge.





During voir dire and jury selection, you also have the ability to flag jurors for peremptory challenge, dismissal them for cause, or simply delete them. There is a Quick Enter feature, which allows you to quickly enter basic information: gender, race, and name. You can then complete the details later. Another option is a multiple-juror view, which allows you to view each juror and their attributes on one page.

Once you have details on the jurors, you can then drag and drop their icon to another seat (to perhaps dismiss and replace a juror), or into a Peremptory or Dismissal bucket -- each bucket shows how many jurors are in it and tapping on a bucket displays its contents. This is much more fun than sticky-notes.

Once you've reached the end of the day, or have completed jury selection, it would be nice to have this information available to discuss. In the upper right-hand corner is perhaps the most useful button of all -- it looks like an envelope. Tapping the little envelope will prepare a detailed report of everything you entered, and automatically generate an e-mail for you. E-mail the report to yourself, co-counsel, jury consultants, your client, or whomever you wish. That feature is quite a bit easier than photocopying an oversized sticky-note chart, or rewriting the whole thing. While the purpose and functionality of this app is somewhat limited (as you might expect from an app), it works.

JURY TRACKER

The first step in the process for Jury Tracker is to set up a new case file. While there is an option to select previously created cases, there is no sample case included. As noted above, sample data would be helpful to quickly learn the app.

Setting up the case information is somewhat automated, in that once you complete one field, you automatically advance to the next -- a nice touch. While some fields bring up the keyboard for data entry, others have a drop-down menu with a few common choices to select. Everything worked out nicely until I had to enter the number of jurors and alternates. I was forced to select either 6 or 12 jurors, and then from 0-2 alternates. There needs to be an option to enter any number in each of these fields -- especially with the introduction of laws such as California AB 2284, the Expedited Civil Jury Trials Act, which allows only eight or fewer jurors, with no alternates. The next step is to choose the jury layout.

In the Jury Layout (see Figure 3, below), you can quickly assign gender and race with a single tap; double tapping an icon will open its full details, which offer a similar set of input fields as iJuror.


Figure 3. Jury Tracker Jury Layout. Click image to enlarge.





Although JuryTracker is not very flexible with the number of jurors, and although iJuror seems to have an advantage with the jury selection process (since that is what is designed for), it begins to show its real benefit from this point forward.

Selecting the JuryTracker option brings up a screen showing icons with the names of all the jurors, with their gender represented by hair style (all brunettes), and race as indicated by skin color. A single tap brings up the Juror Observation screen (see Figure 4, below), which allows you to select from a number of emoticons (think smiley faces) to assign to your juror, along with other notes, e.g., whether they are a key juror, and are leaning toward plaintiff or defense.


Figure 4. Jury Tracker Jury Observation. Click image to enlarge.





The TrialTimer is a handy stopwatch which may be used to keep track of how long each party is presenting. This can be a very helpful feature when time limits are imposed. It would be even more helpful if it prevented the iPad from going into sleep mode at around 5 minutes, which stops the clock. The clock did not count the time when the iPad was asleep. Note that there are helpful on-screen tips available throughout the app.

At the end of the day you can select the Reports icon, which lets you save juror information to a text file. The report can be e-mailed or exported to a CSV file and imported into a spreadsheet. Once in a spreadsheet, the report can be sorted by juror, party presenting, or juror responses. The format of the report is nicely detailed, including all of the information you've noted on each juror, and even includes the date and time you made each entry. You can also generate a report showing how long each party has spent presenting their case. JuryTracker would be particularly helpful in long matters.

CONCLUSION

So, which app is better, and which one should you shell out $9.99 for to help you select and keep an eye on those jurors? Well, unlike my comparison of TrialPad and Evidence, where both iPad apps were direct competitors, in the right scenario, you might actually want to add both iJuror and JuryTracker to your i-Arsenal.

iJuror has its advantages for use during voir dire and the jury selection process (no more sticky-notes!), while JuryTracker helps you track each juror during the trial. For less than twenty bucks, you can get them both.

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iJuror (version 1.17) Front9 Technologies, $9.99
Jury Tracker, John Cleaves, $9.99

Preview: Screen-shot of Jury Duty

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Friday, January 14, 2011

AB 2284, The Expedited Civil Jury Trials Act

While I was working on a different article, reviewing Jury Selection iPad apps, I was reminded of this new law, which will likely increase the number of jury trials in California. Similar legislation is being considered in other states.

Also see: How to Prepare for Shortened Litigation: Mediation, Settlement Conferences, and Expedited Trials

AB 2284, the Expedited Civil Jury Trials Act (click link for PDF), which was signed into law by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 30, 2010, provides for the option of an abbreviated civil jury trial, with only eight or fewer jurors, and no alternates.

Here is an interesting quote from the Legislative Counsel’s Digest:
“The bill would establish procedures for conducting expedited jury trials in civil cases where the parties sign a consent order to stipulate that those procedures apply, including provisions for a jury of 8 or fewer members, with no alternates, a limit of 3 peremptory challenges for each side, and a limit of 3 hours for each side to present its case.”

So do you really think you’re going to try your expedited case without the added efficiency of technology? You won’t have time to look in the file for that exhibit, or to cue up that depo DVD. You’d better have it all ready to go in a trial presentation database, and you'll probably want to have someone there to run it for you, who really knows what they’re doing. (for additional info, also see ADR and the Art of High-Speed Trial)
If you have a case that may fit this profile, let me know - we have the experience necessary to help in matters such as this, and can offer some special rates.

Also see: How to Prepare for Shortened Litigation: Mediation, Settlement Conferences, and Expedited Trials

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Apples to Apples: Two iPad Apps for Trial Presentation - TrialPad v. Evidence



1/20/2011 - iJuror and JuryTracker review is "live" on the new law.com. An enhanced version, including a review of Jury Duty, another brand new app for voir dire will be posted here shortly. Stay tuned, follow @litigationtech tweets for updates.

Author’s Comment -- When I decided to do this review, I had no idea how complex the whole process would become. I wanted to write a fair and unbiased comparison, didn’t really want to bash anyone, and yet didn’t want it to look like a “sponsored” marketing piece. Based on the positive feedback I’ve received, I think I may have succeeded. My affinity for software testing and review goes back several years, and is something I often did in-house for Brobeck when I wasn’t in trial. There were updates to both apps during my testing, causing me to go back and edit parts of my review – a tough task since I was almost done, working on a tight deadline. In this exclusive “blawg” version of the article, I will add a few screenshots and add comments here and there, denoted by the words, “Author’s Comment.”

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Reprinted with permission from the Jan. 11, 2011 issue of Law Technology News. ©2011 ALM Media Properties, LLC.
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Two iPad Apps Make Their Cases for Trial

Many tech-savvy attorneys already own an iPad today, even though there aren't many legal-specific applications available for it. The iPad technology is still new and reminds me of the Wild West days of the internet in the 1990s, when so many different people were developing different but similar ideas. Regardless, the iPad is one of the hottest topics on the internet.

Author’s Comment – I posted an online survey entitled “iPad for Legal Professionals, Tool or Toy?” on LinkedIn, posing the following options:

• Tool - Must have it - all work, no play
• Tool - Slightly more for work than play
• Tool and/or Toy - Both about equal
• Toy - Slightly more for play than work
• Toy - OK for games & movies, not work

The results show that while the majority is split between tool and toy, the next group uses the iPad slightly more for work than play. It seems we are trying hard to incorporate new technology into law.

Two iPad apps designed for trial presentation were introduced in December 2010. TrialPad, from LitSoftware , and Evidence, from Rosen Litigation Technology Consulting. It seems ironic that they appeared in the App Store within only a few days of each other, with presumably the same purpose and target market, yet with a significant disparity in pricing. In fact, it is quite possible that neither knew of the other before I uncovered them on the Court and Trial Technology Blawg.

Author’s Comment – It was, in fact, confirmed by one developer that this was the first they had heard there was a competing app – I suspect that is the case for both.

TRIALPAD V. EVIDENCE

Downloading and installing the applications on my iPad was simple, although Evidence requires the latest iOS version 4.2. If you don't have the latest update, it simply won't install.

By default, neither app comes with sample files, so you will need to add your own samples or dive in with files from a specific matter. While Evidence supports the import of several file types, only PDF image files, JPG, and PNG loaded and displayed properly for me. Multipage TIFF images only displayed the first page of the document. And although PowerPoint and text files are supported, they did not show up in the Evidence database after the files were uploaded. TrialPad supported and displayed PDF image files in its database, in color and monochrome. Searchable PDF files are not supported in either application.

Figure 1. The Evidence database view displays highlighted content in a dull, semi-transparent yellow, similar to what happens when you highlight content in PowerPoint. Highlights are vibrant, however, when they are viewed in presentation mode.

I added files to both apps using a computer connected to the iPad and iTunes.


With TrialPad, I also imported exhibits from the iPad while viewing e-mail by using a tap-and-hold action on a message attachment until the option to import to TrialPad was presented. Although TrialPad is developing Dropbox integration, I would like to see better methods of accessing and importing files directly on the iPad. As it stands, both apps play in a sandbox on the iPad and cannot see files in other apps.

At first, I could not add additional files, i.e., exhibits, to Evidence via iTunes. Rosen informed me that the feature was not working. Restarting the app, however, fixed my immediate problem, which has since been corrected by a software update. When I added exhibits with the same file name as exhibits that were already present in both apps, Evidence prompted me to continue overwriting existing files or to cancel the operation. TrialPad did not prompt me, but automatically added duplicate files with a suffix denoting it was a copy of an existing exhibit.


Figure 2. TrialPad database View.

When I scrolled a multipage exhibit in Evidence, a display popped up to show my relative position in the document: Page 1 of 2. TrialPad displayed the page number in the upper right-hand corner, and added a scroll bar on the right side of the document to indicate my position in the document. While TrialPad can display one full page, Evidence cannot zoom out enough, forcing you to view about 3/4s of a page. Both apps can zoom in on content, but Evidence featured a magnifying-glass tool when I tapped and held an exhibit for a second or two. Both apps handled large PDF files up to 4 MB well, although they had a slight delay in displaying large color files. Evidence displayed files over 7 MB, while files that large caused TrialPad to crash.

File management is similar in both apps, but I could create and name several folders in TrialPad to organize exhibits by issue or other criteria, e.g., by witness. Evidence allowed only one folder for all exhibits. And although I could search for exhibits by file name in TrialPad, neither app provides full-text search capability.

Once I uploaded files to Evidence, outside of folder organization, there is no way to reorder the exhibits in the database. So make sure you name files in such a way that they fall into some logical order that lets you find them, e.g., by alphanumeric or exhibit number. TrialPad allows you to rename your exhibits, which will also affect the sort/display order. Note that TrialPad has a Hot Docs button that allows you to highlight an exhibit and save it to a Hot Docs folder for quick access during trial. You can also duplicate, rename, and delete exhibits in TrialPad without having to connect to iTunes.

Evidence rotates exhibits in clockwise and counterclockwise motion, but only displays partial pages of your documents. TrialPad only rotates documents in a clockwise motion, but exhibits them as full pages in both landscape and portrait. Unlike Evidence, TrialPad gives you the option to rotate a single page or the entire document.


Author’s Comment: As demonstrated with the above image, it is apparent that both apps have styled their database structure in a similar fashion as TrialDirector or other mainstream trial presentation programs.

ANNOTATIONS

Both Evidence and TrialPad feature tools to highlight and underline content in exhibits. TrialPad adds a handy redaction tool, but other than that, neither app has the bells and whistles to annotate exhibits like you will find in TrialDirector. But note that, although TrialDirector is loaded with features, the three most commonly used functions in presentations are zoom, highlight, and underline.

The two apps differ in how their annotation tools operate, and how they appear in presentation mode. Both apps highlight in the same fashion -- drawing a yellow rectangle around the text you wish to highlight. With TrialPad, if you wish to highlight a second area on a page, you will need to tap the highlighter tool icon again, as it automatically returns to the default zoom state after each use. The Evidence highlighter remains active until you deselect the tool.

For underlining, Evidence locked an anchor point and forced a straight line under text -- a box is drawn with 4 separate lines. TrialPad also uses a drawing tool, but it is akin to a free-hand draw, so the line can appear wavy depending on your hand-eye coordination.

Both apps offer a multistep undo function that let me undo my last annotation, then undo my next-to-last annotation, etc., as well as a "Clear All Annotations" button.

PRESENTATION

You need a VGA adapter to connect your iPad to a projector. Once connected, you don't have to worry about the iPad entering sleep mode -- the feature is disabled while presenting over a VGA interface -- I'm sure glad someone thought of that!

In Evidence, I selected Publish to present my exhibits. Any change to an exhibit during the presentation required me to double-tap the Publish button -- one tap to clear the presentation, the second to present the next exhibit. Anything I did in the database during the presentation did not display until I tapped the Publish button.

TrialPad presents exhibits a little differently than Evidence. Once I tapped the Output button to On, an option to Play became active, which mirrored my iPad activity onto the presentation screen. I chose Pause to select another document without changing the presentation view, annotated it, and then tapped Play to display it. I selected Stop to clear the presentation.


Figure 3. Evidence presentation view.

As with its database view, Evidence will not zoom out sufficiently to present a full page of an exhibit. This is a problem that needs to be addressed, because it would be difficult to discuss an exhibit if it is not viewed in its entirety. Note, however, that landscape-oriented graphics did show in full, but they filled the bottom half of the screen with a white background. PDF files did fill the entire presentation screen, although not the entire page. TrialPad displayed the entire page of an exhibit in presentation mode regardless of rotation to portrait or landscape -- a real plus.


Figure 4. TrialPad presentation view.

Both apps have pinch-zooming in presentation mode, which gave me the ability to zoom into an area of the page but not on a specific paragraph or sentence. Although the display looks cleaner than an ELMO (electronic document camera), the zooming capability is no better.


 Author's Comment: During testing, both apps posted an update to iTunes. Evidence had addressed their issue with loading additional files to an existing database, and TrialPad added a help file to their database - something which I have previously noted as a handy plus for Evidence. Both sites feature online support, while TrialPad has an extensive set of FAQ's and tutorial videos.

Figure 5. Key Chart comparison of features.




Author’s Comment: Perhaps the most important feature when addressing jurors is the ability to focus in on exactly what you want them to see – not just half of a page (as shown in this TrialDirector screen-grab).

CONCLUSION

Although both of these apps offer the ability to organize and present exhibits, they come with some severe limitations. First and foremost, they are not TrialDirector. That stated, if you were to bring the iPad into a small trial, mediation, or settlement conference, it could work. One thing is certain -- you'd sure look cool doing it as long as nothing goes wrong to frustrate your efforts in convincing judge or jury.

At this point in time, when trial presentation consultants are running the fastest, most powerful computers on Earth, using a tiny computer with no solid file management seems questionable. And I have not even mentioned the fact that the iPad has no DVD drive, no way to quickly present documents via a keypad, no ability to play deposition video, and the list goes on.


Author’s Comment: The list also includes lack of printing and USB ports to connect devices (although you can connect a flash drive via a Camera Connection kit). If you need to show depo video along with documents (as shown in this TrialDirector screen-grab), you’re going to need more than an iPad.

Are these hypercool iPad apps ready for prime time? At this point, perhaps for a very small and manageable matter, they could have a place for someone who likes toys and is willing to take the risks associated with them. They are both fun apps to work with, and I would be willing to bet that both will improve with time. I would also be willing to bet that the pricing disparity will level out -- as it did several years ago between Sanction and TrialDirector. Note to my past and future clients: I will not be using my iPad in trial (unless of course you insist).

Author’s Comment: Next up, a comparative review of iJuror and JuryTracker. Thanks for reading!

Ted Brooks is a trial presentation consultant, author, and speaker, with offices in Los Angeles & San Francisco. E-mail: ted@litigationtech.com. Blog: Court and Trial Technology Blawg.

:::: PRODUCT INFORMATION ::::

TrialPad, $89.99, from LitSoftware LLC

Evidence, $9.99, from Rosen Litigation Technology Consulting

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Red Well

The Court and Trial Technology Blawg is proud to announce that it has been picked up by The Red Well, a compilation of top-notch Blogs by members of the American Society of Trial Consultants.



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