The Court Technology and Trial Presentation Blawg features articles, reviews and news of interest to lawyers and other legal professionals. This blog is published by Ted Brooks, a Trial Presentation and Legal Technology Consultant, Author and Speaker. Ted's trial experience includes the Los Angeles Dodgers divorce trial, People v. Robert Blake murder trial, and a hundreds of high profile, high value and complex civil matters.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Delaware Technology Inn of Court

Just in case you've missed the buzz on the new Delaware Technology Inn of Court, here is a link. If you're involved or interested in legal technology (and in particular, e-discovery), this is pretty exciting news. Good news for progressive legal professionals, good news for trees, bad news for lovers of walls filled with file boxes neatly stacked in a war room.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Converted Twitter Account

Following the leaders, I've converted my Twitter account from "hobby" to "professional" version. I hope to be able to keep up with all of it.
Happy Tweeting: @litigationtech

Friday, September 25, 2009

How To Choose a Trial Presentation Consultant

(Note: The link to this article was removed. Here's a link to the original article on the Litigation-Tech website.)

Just published on the Litigation Educators web site, a timely article on things to consider when you need some assistance with trial presentation. There are many to choose from, but which is the best fit for you? How much might you expect to spend on trial support? Does less money mean less qualified, or does more money mean more qualified? How can you tell if they actually have a lot of courtroom experience, or if they are a trainee assigned to your case? What about software? All this and more is covered in this article.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Controversy, intrigue, mystery, suspense...

Certification of Trial Technicians has become the hot topic du jour on the Trial Technology group of LinkedIn. There are at least two organizations currently working on developing this, the National Court Reporters Association and the Organization of Legal Professionals.

Here is my recent comment on the topic:

Additional key items to consider in this are who is providing the certification, what are their qualifications with this topic, and what is their motive. If it is simply an opportunity to profit by slapping together a quick test and possibly some training, and then sell a certification, I would be against it.

If, however, it is demonstrated that they are indeed qualified to offer the testing, verification of qualifications AND actual trial experience, perhaps even requiring a recommendation from an attorney or legal professional whom they have worked with in trial, then it may be worth the paper it is printed on.

As with any other profession, going to school, taking a test, and gettting certified, while all helpful, do not make you a qualified expert in your field. You must also serve some time in your craft, working to perfect the art.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New LinkedIn Group: Trial Technology

Attorneys, legal professionals, law students, vendors and others interested in discussions, news and jobs related to the use of technology for purposes of trial prep and presentation are encouraged to join this new group.