Big Talkers, Know-It-Alls and Other Jerks Not Suited for Trial

Have you hired someone who has no business in this business?  A trial technology consultant who’s better suited for government work of some sort?

Maybe you’ll get lucky.   You might be treated to remarkably slow responsiveness, he might not show up for meetings or even hand you astonishingly incorrect video edits before you let him drive your presentation off the cliff at the end of the bumpy, embarrassing road in court.  Maybe he’ll even show up at your office literally waving a red flag.  That’ll give you time to fix things before trial.

It’s doubtful you’ll be so lucky,  … Read the rest

iPad at Trial: “like an extra monitor that does stuff”

If you’ve been wondering if this “magical” tablet is something you’d like to add to your on-site arsenal as a technology consultant, wonder no more, because I just spent a month on-site with one.

Everyone has their theoretical and practical business reasons to get one.  I got one because whenever I tried to watch movies or read on the iPhone I’d think “this would be a whole lot cooler right now if it had a way bigger screen.”

So did it alter my life at trial in ways I’d never imagined?  Nah.  But it was really cool and convenient for a  … Read the rest

Trial Equipment: A Vision for Web-based Ordering

I’ve ordered rental equipment for trial a lot.  Figuring out what we’ll need for the courtroom and war room, working from old lists that were similar to what’s needed this time and reworking them, scaling up or down based on the size of the team, looking at the price quote and adding, subtracting or starting from scratch.  It gets pretty tedious, but I recently had a brain thingy about where it should be headed.

Here’s the idea, and it’s up for grabs.

  • Initial orders begin with some basic packages like Large Trial, Medium Trial, Small Trial with definitions for

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Tech’s Dirty Secret

Waiting patiently.  Lots and lots of waiting patiently.

Technology consultants, trial techs, technicians, technologists, whatever you want to call us, spend a considerable amount of time waiting around patiently for lawyers to be ready to deal with us.  That fact has a low probability of changing any time soon.

So what is your techie doing while he waits for you?

Is he coming up with new techniques and presentation software features, writing them down and applying them to your needs?

Is she organizing the data presented in court in a way that lets you instantly retrieve it?  Is she tightening up the video cuts  … Read the rest

Better Deposition Videos in Court: Getting the Best Results from Trial Presentation Software

INTRODUCTION (to a Four-Part Trilogy)

ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH videotaped deposition testimony has seen the infinite variations in image and sound quality in such video. When you’re dealing with video collected from different sources, shot by different videographers on different dates and in different cities, it’s inevitable: the pictures and the sound will vary from witness to witness.  When you’re presenting video testimony in the courtroom — often as a series of short clips from various witnesses — the differences may be striking, if not downright distracting.

Under normal circumstances, and within a normal quality range, this variation isn’t a  … Read the rest

Life Lesson Learned in 4th Grade

It was my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Gooden, who first showed me the word “assume” hyphenated. It’s something we’ve all heard before – Never “Assume” because it makes an ASS out of U and ME. After the grade school giggling had subsided, I learned two important lessons that day. First, I would never misspell the word “assume” again. Second, I would never assume something was fact in fear of making an ASS out of U and ME (mostly ME). I was recently reminded of this little nugget while supporting a trial in the rural town of Zapata, TX.  … Read the rest

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