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feature Confessions of a Trial Lawyer Geek Great iPad Apps for Trial BY JENNIFER AUER JORDAN T echnology is making it easier to do what we do in the courtroom. And unlike years past, it is not a break-the-bank proposition to use technology to help (at every point) in trying a case. I am a Mac user and I rely almost exclusively on my iPad in court, so this piece comes from one perspective. But even if your office runs on a PC, there are some useful iPad apps that can still help. And as a solo practitioner, I am always looking for the best, cheapest, and most effective way to present an argument to a judge or jury. Think about apps like mini-software programs that can give you a lot for your money. First things first, if you have an iPad, get an Apple Wireless Keyboard ($69.00 in Apple Store). While the onscreen keyboard on the iPad is nice, it is not up for heavy-duty use. I start using my iPad almost immediately with trial preparation. Two great organizational apps are Circus Ponies and DropBox that help you prepare before trial. I use Circus Ponies Notebook ($29.99 on iTunes) as my trial notebook in the courtroom. My iPad basically carries everything in it that I would normally put in boxes, redwelds and fi le folders. By setting it up at the very beginning of the case, the Notebook builds itself as the litigation proceeds. The best thing is that there is a powerful search function that will help you find any referenced word in the Notebook you have created. Because Circus Ponies is not an app made specifically for courtroom use, there is a learning curve. For anyone interested, there is a great tutorial for how to use Circus Ponies to create a trial notebook on YouTube that was created by a trial lawyer out of Texas named Kern Lewis. Visit: http://youtu. be/1RoAWOJKa80. Lewis goes through how he sets up his Circus Ponies Notebook and then shows you how to use the app as an effective trial tool. With technology, having someone walk you through the process is by far the best way to learn. I use DropBox (Free on iTunes) to organize my exhibits from the very beginning. DropBox is great because it allows me to organize my exhibits and documents however I want and lets me access them on any computer or device that I might be using. DropBox works great with PCs and with all Apple devices. So, you can load up your exhibits from your PC back at the office and then access them on the go with your iPad. You can arrange the exhibits by witness or by subject matter and rearrange them on the fly. The best app out there right now for dealing with deposition transcripts is TranscriptPad ($49.99 on iTunes). Think LiveNote without the hefty price tag and with total portability. TranscriptPad is important in the pretrial “get ready” phase because how effectively we manipulate depositions can mean the difference between an effective cross examination and one that falls flat. TranscriptPad lets you carry all of your transcripts in one app and then has powerful search abilities that let you search in a single deposition or across the entire case. It allows you to color code issues and flag important sections for review. Getting Ready for the Big Show Another app that I have used for public presentations and also for openings, closings, arguments -- you name it -- is Teleprompt+ for iPad ($14.99 on iTunes). This is a great app that can help you practice your presentation by using the iPad as a Teleprompter. You write your speaking scripts directly into Teleprompt+ and then track your time (estimate, actual and remaining). This is really helpful when you are in a court where the judge limits argument to a certain period of time. Another really helpful function of this app is that it will record your presentation while you use the teleprompter so that you can effectively critique yourself. You can also use the recording function to record your audience’s reaction. For example, if you are using Teleprompt+ while giving a presentation to a mock jury or focus group, you can record them while you give your presentation. Seeing their reaction can be helpful in determining the effectiveness of the presentation and the appropriateness of the use of certain words or phrases. Summer 2013 23 http://youtube/1RoAWOJKa80 http://youtube/1RoAWOJKa80

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2013

President’s Message
A Primer on Birth Injury Cases and How to Keep Them “Simple” for the Jury
Online Research of Potential Jurors: A Survey of Resources and Ethical Boundaries
Jury Selection and The Millennials
Confessions of a Trial Lawyer Geek: Great iPad Apps for Trial
GTLA Out & About
Ten Ways to Protect Clients Through Workers’ Compensation Settlements
A Letter from Your Listserv Committee
Case Updates: What’s New?
Workers’ Comp: Recent Developments
Champion Members
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Court Reporters Marketplace
Notes: What’s New with GTLA Members

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