PowerPoint and Other Technologies in the Courtroom: What’s Happening in 2007

Adam Lynn’s article, “Fancy gadgets replace oratory in courtrooms,” paints a good picture of what lawyers are doing with PowerPoint and other technologies in the courtroom in 2007. It’s a good read for both trial lawyers and those who hire them.
I’m quoted in the article on one of the points about courtroom technology that has always intrigued me most – how the greatest impact of presentation technology might be how it improves the organization and efficiency of case presentation and results in more streamlined and better organized trials than those done using traditional methods.
The money quote comes from Todd Flaming, one of the most knowledgeable trial lawyers I know about using courtroom technology:

“At a presentation I recently gave to a room of 150 to 200 lawyers, almost every one raised his hand in response to my question: ‘How many of you have used PowerPoint or an electronic presentation program in a closing?’”

For those of you interested in the history of legal technology, I recommend comparing Lynn’s article with my 1998 article called “Using Computers to Keep a Judge and Jury Interested.” That article also shares some wisdom of St. Louis legal technology pioneers Art Smith and Alan Steinberg that definitely stands the test of time.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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  1. says

    As a freelance PowerPoint designer, I have created presentations for attorneys that (they tell me)have been extremely useful. PowerPoint provides you with a blank canvas on which you can put before-and-after pictures; images of accident scenes; scans of x-rays, police reports, and medical reports; videos showing how difficult life has become for an accident victim; animations of illustrations of medical procedures; charts showing everything from fever records to potential lost earnings; even audio recordings of interviews. If you are very skilled in PowerPoint, you can even make a diagrammatic simulation of an accident. It is clearly a very useful tool.