Trial lawyers keep finding new ways, some expected and others surprising, to put the iPad to work in all aspects of litigation.
Don’t wear a pinky ring. Don’t wear monogrammed shirts. Don’t drive your fancy sports car to the courthouse.
These are some of the rules lawyers follow if they don’t want to alienate jurors on Day 1.
Why? Because juries are taking note of everything that happens at trial, not just the evidence.
In a new posting on his Lean & Mean Litigation Blog, Stewart Weltman provides tips for dealing with witnesses during depositions who are so slippery they “answer your questions with slime.”
An article in The Jury Expert takes a swipe at some trial lawyers’ interest in “reptile trial strategy.”
Paul Luvera, author of Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips, suggests trial lawyers can learn something from watching Tiger Woods’ efforts to control his temper during golf tournaments. “When anger is in control we are out of control,” Luvera notes. “Often, our chief challenge during a trial is to not allow anger to dominate us.”
From David Letterman to Eliot Spitzer to Tiger Woods, “Americans have been bombarded with examples of powerful people acting like the rules don’t apply to them,” notes Beth Foley, a founding partner of Zagnoli McEvoy Fioley, a litigation consulting firm in Chicago.
Lawyers USA looks back at how social networking crept into the courtroom, as well as other trends and issues that affected trial strategy in 2009.
Online focus groups are more popular than ever as the Internet has made it cheaper and faster to get mock jurors to log on and cast their “verdicts” on cases.