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Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Advanced Trial Advocacy: Litigating in a High Tech Courtroom (CANCELLED) (LAW-913-001)
Ryan Flax, Mark Austrian


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Your job as a litigator is ultimately to make persuasive presentations to a judge or jury. Computer technology and electronic demonstrative evidence are integral parts of litigating in the modern, high-tech courtroom and are key components of persuasive advocacy to win your case. Evidence in the modern courtroom, be it demonstrative or fact evidence, is presented by the creation and design of persuasive litigation graphics in platforms like PowerPoint, and CaseMap/TimeMap and also the organizing, on-the-fly-annotating, and presenting of evidence using platforms like Trial Director. This course teaches you how and why to use these organization, design and presentation software platforms to create persuasive visuals and integrate different types of evidence (exhibits, videos, illustrations, demonstratives) into a jury-trial setting to support your well-crafted, thematic, arguments and storylines. Finally, you will (as litigation teams) conduct a mock trial using a NITA case file, focusing on the visual presentation of evidence and then watch as the jury analyses this information during its deliberations.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

Flax, “Planning for Courtroom Persuasion via Storytelling and Visual Support”; Austrian, “From the Frying Pan into the Fire: Electronic Case Management in the Digital World.”


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