How to Use Technology for Effective Cross-Examination

presentationAA049409The following is a guest blog post by Jeff Bennion, a solo practitioner in San Diego who specializes in personal injury and consulting on e-discovery and litigation technology.

A good cross-examination should come off as scripted. California Evidence Code §767(a)(2) allows for leading questions on cross-examination, and a good trial attorney should lead the witness through the narrative using only questions that he or she knows the answer to. But things don’t always go according to plan. When a witness gives an answer that you did not expect or that is contrary to what you learned in discovery, you need to have a plan for showing your impeachment evidence to the jury. Continue reading

Free, Open-Source, and Possibly Risky

177229229Once an exception, the use of free and open-source software (FOSS) in commercial software products has become the rule. FOSS is particularly attractive to resource-strapped companies looking to avoid high software development costs or licensing fees, but even the biggies in the tech industry use FOSS. Despite its common use, FOSS carries risks and you need to do your due diligence.

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Beyond the Virtual Law Firm: Thinking Outside the Cloud

The following is a guest blog post by Michael Benjamin Moradzadeh of the Rimon Law Group:

Cloud technology allows attorneys to work anywhere they have a secure internet connection. This provides for greater flexibility, happier lawyers, higher profits, and better-served clients. However, a purely virtual law firm is not the answer. Law firms need to think outside the cloud: Utilize all the benefits of the 21st Century without throwing out the important aspects of traditional law firms in the process. Continue reading

Jazzing Up Trial Presentations with New Technology

Modern technology has had a major impact on the way that we do almost everything. As attorneys, it has changed the way that we develop and present evidence as well as the manner in which we present and argue cases at trial. Because judges and jurors will more likely remember a vivid visual presentation than a complex and dry presentation of the raw data in documentary or testimonial form, attorneys need to integrate visual presentation techniques into their cases. Continue reading

Mobile Lawyering on the Move

The ABA Journal reports the results of its recent survey showing the rise of mobile lawyering:

Seventy-one percent of ABA members surveyed say they sometimes telecommute, and they are working in a variety of places. Lawyers are telecommuting at home (88 percent), in hotels (32 percent), in others’ offices (21 percent), in public places such as libraries or courthouses (14 percent), and in coffee shops and cafes (12 percent).

Of these lawyers on the move, 79 percent said they use BlackBerrys or smartphones, and legal research is among the work being done away from the office. Although attorneys are not abandoning their brick and mortar offices for entirely virtual ones, the trend appears to be a more flexible mix of the two. The New Jersey State Bar recently encouraged rule changes in that state’s judiciary to make the practice of law more open to virtual offices.

For a great program that will give you an overview of some of the latest and most cost-effective equipment and services to help you go more mobile in your law practice, check out CEB’s program Jeff Allen and Tony Vittal on Integrating Technology into Your Law Practice, available On Demand. You’ll even get 3 hours of MCLE credit in legal ethics!

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