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Confessions of a
Trial Lawyer Geek
Great iPad Apps for Trial
BY JENNIFER AUER JORDAN
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
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.
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Confessions of a Trial Lawyer Geek: Great iPad Apps for Trial
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