ALM Event: Trial Tactics & Technology

Hey, the name alone, T3, makes me want to attend this ALM event. An then there's that ediscovery mock trial:

"The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and Law Technology News, together with ALM Events, present T3: Trial Tactics & Technology.

"T3 will be held in Chicago on May 31, 2007. Due to high demand, it will also be presented in London and New York City in November 2007."


"JuryTest.net Creates Self-Service Internet Mock Trials"

Very interesting find from EContent magazine:

"JuryTest.net, a provider of online mock trials since 2002, has launched on-demand access to its suite of online case presentation and evaluation tools. The JuryTest system is designed to enable attorneys to record, edit, and analyze case presentations any time of day or night. JuryTest case evaluations usually cost $1,000 - $3,000, depending primarily on case-length and number of jurors. After a lawyer records a case argument using the JuryTest recording line (1.888.JURYTEST), the recording pops up in the lawyer's casefolder on the JuryTest website, where the lawyer can add documents, photographs, or witness video and select questions for jurors to address."

Also see this post about a similar web-based sevice: TrialJuries.


''Mock Jury' Site Readies Launch"

Found this new service on the always-informative blog, Robert J. Ambrogi's Lawsites:

"A Web site offering mock juries where lawyers can test their cases is now online and preparing for a formal launch in January. Called TrialJuries, the site will allow lawyers to submit their cases and have them 'decided' by online jurors similar to those who would serve on an actual jury at trial."

You can sign up for possible selection as a 'juror' here. Read about the founders here & how everything works here & here.


"When Technology Doesn't Work"

Gosh, I hate when that happens!! Read the article for all the gory details:

"Consider, for example, the high-profile, widely reported problems recently suffered by industry leaders Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo at annual trade shows. Last year, Bill Gates endured multiple crashes of his own products, and even suffered his own blue screen of death during his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show.

[snip]

"In the practice of law, malfunctioning recording technology has exposed clients to judges' wrath -- and sanctions that can make a courtroom victory near impossible. 'Incomplete and missing transcripts and pages peppered with the word 'inaudible,' plain old "gibberish," and the simple 'failure to switch on a tape recorder' have generated adverse rulings -- and appeals, according to an article in e-Commerce Law & Strategy sibling New Jersey Law Journal."

Which Side Holds the High-Tech Edge?

According to LegalTechnology, defense firms are finally catching up to the plaintiff's bar when it comes to snappy trial presentations:

"Plaintiffs personal injury lawyers are making strong use of electronic visual aids to win the attention of drowsy jurors, and the defense bar and insurers are beginning to wake up, trial lawyers say.

"In courtroom after courtroom in New Jersey, plaintiffs lawyers are arriving for trials with computers that flash text or videos of dramatic testimony, medical evidence and accident animations.

"The second chair at the plaintiffs' table these days is less likely to be an associate than a $1,500-a-day technical director hired to spike the presentation with computer-generated graphics.

"The typical defense lawyer, meanwhile, continues to do battle with Magic Marker, whiteboard, easel and maybe a projector for paper exhibits."