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How to Get Google Earth Images Admitted for Litigation

Many attorneys rely on Google Earth as the primary source for finding visual information for specific locations, all over the world, involved in litigation (see my prior post discussing how to use Google Earth for images and obtaining archival images). However, when finding great images, or determining precise locations based on GPS coordinates, the next question is

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Use Your iPhone6 for Better Presentations

With the introduction of larger screens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, attorneys now have another powerful tool in the world of presentation equipment. Whether planning a presentation for court or mediation, it’s worth trying to use your iPhone while presenting. Having your phone in the palm of

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When Photos Don’t Tell the Story in Litigation

While a picture is surely worth a thousand words, there are times when photographs of a scene don’t cut it for case presentation. In many cases, the scene may have substantially changed from before the incident occurred. This is most common in personal injury cases when a car is damaged beyond recognition,

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PowerPoint Skills for Litigators Webinar – Video, Animation and Hyperlinks – Thu. 12/11/14 at noon

Free webinar on PowerPoint Skills for Litigators: Animation, Video & Hyperlinks on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at noon Pacific.

Join me in this free webinar and learn how to:

Embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint;
Download a YouTube video and edit it in PowerPoint;
Insert hyperlink buttons in your PowerPoint to jump instantly to the slide you need;
Animate a series of screen shots (or other objects) to explain a concept step by step;
Put control buttons in the footer of slides to jump to a menu.

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Adobe Shape: an iPhone App for Quick Vector Drawings

Vector graphics allow you to expand and zoom in on details without pixelation and loss of clarity. This post has a video demonstration of a new free iPhone app, Adobe Shape, which makes it very easy to create quick vector graphics. With this free app, you simply point your iPhone camera at an object (or choose a photo on your camera roll) and the app creates a vector graphic that you can then use in Adobe Illustrator or on other Adobe apps

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Plan Your Oral Argument With Integrated Visuals

This blog post uses video of a mock deposition and motion argument to review lessons including start thinking about your visual trial presentation before you take depositions; think of visual analogies to explain complex concepts; and give yourself time to edit visuals, just as you give yourself time to edit your briefing.

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When Trial Graphics Give Crucial Context to a Case

Trial graphics can go far beyond photographs to enhance juror understanding. This post discusses graphics used to display an unguarded chain-and-sprocket mechanism within a sugar silo. As the attorney stated, I don’t think the jury could understand what happened without the graphic displays.

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Illustrate Digitally to Show the Details Clearly

This post discusses how to avoid the problem of ugly pixelated blow-ups and projections by having images redrawn with vector graphics. Vector graphics like those used in Adobe Illustrator will stay clear and readable when magnified to very large sizes.

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Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith

Morgan C. Smith, president and founder of Cogent Legal, is an attorney who litigated complex, high-value cases for almost two decades.

Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher is a registered patent attorney and former partner at the firm of Folger Levin & Kahn where he litigated IP and complex business cases for 16 years.

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker is the Co-Executive Director of the Sacramento office, and an attorney with many years' experience in mock trial work.

Deep Athwal

Deep Athwal

Deep Athwal is Co-Executive Director in Sacramento, and also an attorney with extensive mock trial experience.

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