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PowerPoint Skills for Litigators Webinars: Recording and New Session on Animation, Video & Hyperlinks

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Free Recording Available: PowerPoint Skills for the Litigator: Templates, Timelines and Tools

Our webinar on PowerPoint Skills for Litigators last week had great attendance and enthusiastic reviews from attendees. The webinar recording is now available for viewing, and you can download the slides used in the presentation for your own use.

In this recorded webinar, Mike discusses how litigators should customize PowerPoint to their needs with templates and layouts, how to create and edit timelines, and some key PowerPoint tools that litigators should understand. Along the way, we learn how to create and edit master slides and slide layouts, how to draw and edit simple objects in PowerPoint, and how to create and use images of your evidence in your PowerPoint presentation. We’ll be submitting this webinar to the State Bar of California for approval for continuing legal education credit. Click here to register and view this free recorded webinar.

The PowerPoint template that we used in this webinar is available for free download at this link: Slides Used for PowerPoint Skills for Litigators Webinar. Feel free to download it and adapt it to your uses.

There was so much to cover that we’re going to hold another PowerPoint webinar with new content:

PowerPoint Skills for Litigators II: Animations, Video and Hyperlinks, Free Webinar, Thursday, December 11, 2014, Noon Pacific to 1:15 PM

Click here to register.

Free PowerPoint Skills for Litigators II webinar

Mike Kelleher of Cogent Legal will demonstrate a number of basic and advanced PowerPoint techniques, including animations, hyperlinked navigation systems, video, and differences between PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2010. This event will be submitted to the California State Bar for approval as one hour of California MCLE credit.


Two Webinars for Litigators: Adobe Acrobat (10/1 at noon) and PowerPoint Skills (10/8 at noon)

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I'm leading two webinars in the coming week that litigators may want to join. First, tomorrow Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at noon Pacific, I'm leading "Technology Tips for the Litigator on Using Adobe Acrobat" for the Law Practice Management and … [Continue reading]

PowerPoint Features Litigators Should Be Using – Free Webinar Wed. 10/8 at Noon Pacific

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At Cogent Legal, we often help litigators with PowerPoint, and now we plan to share some of our PowerPoint secrets for litigators in a free webinar. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at noon Pacific, and you can register by … [Continue reading]

PowerPoint Skills for Litigators – Free Webinar Wed. 10/8 at Noon Pacific

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Litigators use (and misuse) PowerPoint more than any other presentation tool. At Cogent Legal, we often help litigators with PowerPoint, and now we plan to share some of our PowerPoint secrets for litigators in a free webinar. The webinar will be … [Continue reading]

Tips for Better Presenting Photographs in Court

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Well-presented photographs are powerful tools for litigators. In this post, I'll share some samples that show how we've helped litigators use photographs in court, along with a number of tips for getting the most from your photographs in … [Continue reading]

Best Courtroom Presentation Provider, Once Again

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We're honored and thankful that The Recorder has recognized Cogent Legal as "Best Courtroom Presentation Provider" in its 2014 Annual Survey. This is the second year in a row that Cogent received the honor. If you're one of the people that voted … [Continue reading]

How Storyboards Helped Win a Multimillion-Dollar Verdict

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A recent case Cogent Legal worked on highlights how storyboards can be a great option for your case presentation. The name "storyboard" comes from animated movies where the entire plot of a movie is made in images, generally drawn by hand, … [Continue reading]

Beautiful Graphs of Large Data Sets for Litigation

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Numbers, and the interpretation of numbers, play a big role in litigation. Presenting numerical data in court often requires a good graph of the numbers to show changes and trends in the numbers. Litigators or litigants may be able to make simple … [Continue reading]

Step by Step Development of an Animation That Helps Settle a Case

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We all know the power of a well-done animation in front of a jury. Such animations can help visually explain concepts in moments instead of in hours. However, they can also be instrumental in settling a case. This fact was true in a recent case … [Continue reading]

Remote Tech Help for Busy Attorneys


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke I’ve recently been using a cool new tool at Cogent Legal, remote conferencing software from Adobe Connect. The software allows me to share computer screens … [Continue reading]