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Date: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 1:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
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If you think you will ever try a case in Federal Court, you need to attend this CLE.
In response to a survey regarding their federal jury service, most jurors say that the use of the courtroom equipment aided their understanding of the evidence. However, many jurors also indicated that attorneys need training on use of the DEPS equipment and that their ineffectiveness adversely affected the presentation of the evidence. This is your chance to make sure your crucial exhibit works properly on the DEPS equipment and the presentation of your evidence runs smoothly.
In the twenty-first century, courtroom dramas in movies and on television have changed the way jurors view a case. Jurors are used to dynamic presentations, involving photographic displays, video demonstrations, and computer reconstructions to illustrate the various issues to be determined. For the most part, lawyers have been slow to change the way they present evidence to the jurors. In a fast developing technological age, attorneys need to incorporate more and more interesting methods of communicating with the jury.
Designed for litigators, this seminar will benefit the beginner and the specialist alike. Our presenters will share trial practice tips including Do’s and Don’ts of presenting evidence in order to enhance your effectiveness in front of the judge and jury. Attendees will receive copies of the new DEPS Guide developed by courtroom staff that will assist attorneys and their staff in preparing their evidence for court.
Faculty & Schedule:
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - CLE Program
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Hands-on Training
Welcome from the Court - 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Hon. Curtis L. Collier, Chief U.S. District Judge
To Boldly Go - 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
John Mobius, Litigation Support Specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Mr. Mobius will demonstrate some of the computer technology available in the courtrooms for the presentation of demonstrative evidence. Using evidence to lay the foundation of a case is a significant part of the trial process. It helps jurors recall, organize and understand the evidence.
Rules of the Road: Technology in the Courtroom Using the Rules of Evidence
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Stephen Ross Johnson, Ritchie, Dillard & Davies, P.C. Local attorney Stephen Ross Johnson will shares his extensive experience with using demonstrative evidence as a powerful and dynamic courtroom tool. He will discuss opening statements, closing arguments and the introduction of evidence during the examination of witnesses. Mr. Johnson will also discuss the federal rules relating to the use of demonstrative evidence and offer some key considerations to make sure the jury gets to see your evidence.
An Insider’s Look - 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Julie Norwood, Courtroom Deputy to the Hon. Thomas A. Varlan, U.S. District Judge
Over a 72 hour period, the average juror retains 65% of what he or she sees, but only 10% of what he or she hears. With the aid of an experienced courtroom deputy, you will leave this CLE knowing what it takes to make sure your exhibits are organized, and that your audio and video exhibits are in the correct format to play on the DEPS equipment. In addition, Ms. Norwood will explain how the jury is able to view evidence in the deliberation room using the new JERS system (The Jury Evidence Recording System).
CLE attendees are invited to bring your own evidence (photos, video or audio files) and get hands on experience following the seminar. Courtroom deputy clerks will be on hand to assist KBA members and their staff to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the equipment
Attention: Each KBA member who registers to attend this CLE program is entitled to bring one staff member at no charge. Please let the KBA office know the name of the staff member that will be attending. If paying online, please list the name of the staff member that will be attending in the "Special Instructions" section.
Location: Ceremonial Courtroom at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. U.S. Courthouse - *Due to security please come early with photo ID & Leave cell phones at the office.