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by Dennis DevineApril 2021 All legal cases involve a host of important decisions. In litigation or in preparation for trial, consider these: Should we file Motion X with this judge? How will jurors react to Witness Y? What will jurors think the case is worth? What are our chances of a favorable judgment if this … more »
we cannot truly know whether the spirit of holiday generosity resounded in the minds of jurors, whether consciously or not. Nevertheless even without the backing of hard science, there is the strong perception of a “holiday effect” upon jurors, and attorneys would be wise to contemplate it during this time of the year, lest they be left with a “Bah humbug!” of a verdict.
Video Series for Litigation Professionals New data reveals meaningful differences of opinion between lawyers and judges about jury trials. Many lawyers and judges have lamented the decline of jury trials over time. But, nobody has really answered the question of exactly why it’s happening. New survey data shows lawyers and judges don’t necessarily agree on … more »
Digital Graphic Overlays are layered materials designed for presentation on top of or in front of, another image/object. These overlay graphics are usually a set of image layers and often include transparency or opacity.
Today’s litigators recognize the importance of using good visuals to help tell their client’s story. Appreciating and harnessing the power of effective storytelling at trial can have an impact on the outcome. Visual storytelling, with graphics or demonstratives, can help trial lawyers deliver their client’s story in a more compelling and persuasive way, helping judges and jurors better understand the evidence.
The COVID-19 pandemic has moved much of the business of courts around the country online. Some courts are continuing to delay and even shut down jury trials completely. Here are a couple of recent examples noted by my ThemeVision colleague Dennis Stolle. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6733824625433751552/ https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6733067875273240576/ https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6735555771460849664/ But trials – in-person trials or some combination of virtual … more »
Presenting a mountain of numbers and documents in evidence to judges and juries is often an overwhelming task. Because the average juror is more likely to remember what they see rather than what they hear, it is helpful to incorporate visual depictions of summary evidence whenever possible.