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CHICAGO - Technology at Trial

Presented by the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section

Friday, February 22, 2019
ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
8:55 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 6.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following category: Professionalism, Civility or Legal Ethics MCLE credit

Learn how to use technology to present evidence or dispute a claim during your next trial!

Technology is permeating every aspect of the legal practice – from digital evidence replacing paper to how key components of a case are presented to the jury. Flat screen displays, videotaped testimony, dual screens that present several documents at once, and even personal screens for each juror in the jury box are all ways that technology can simplify and organize the trial presentation process and provide information in a way that is easy to understand. And it’s well established that for a lawyer competency requires more than just a passing familiarity with technology. Don’t miss this full-day seminar that shows you how to use technology in your next case. Trial practice attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:
  • How technology can help you with discovery; 
  • The type of data that is collected by vehicle computer systems; 
  • How to use or dispute mobile discovery; 
  • How to authenticate and present your case to the court; 
  • How to simplify the presentation process with technology; 
  • The alternative methods for delivering exhibits, depositions, and graphics; and
  • The requirements for laying the proper foundation and admitting digital evidence at trial

Program Coordinator:
George S. Bellas, Bellas & Wachowski, Park Ridge

Program Moderator:
Richard Lee Turner, Jr., Attorney at Law, Sycamore

8:55 – 9:00 a.m. Introduction
Richard Lee Turner, Jr., Attorney at Law, Sycamore

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Using Technology at Trial: A Judge’s Perspective
Learn which technology issues are affecting the court, how to successfully use technology when presenting matters to the judge and jury, and how technology can help you with discovery.
Hon. Iain D. Johnston, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois, Rockford

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Vehicles: Rolling Treasure Troves of Data
Modern vehicles contain a wide variety of connected computer systems, which create and collect data. This session examines what type of data is collected in vehicles, as well as what impact it may have on a case.
Scott Greene, CEO, Senior Technology Examiner, Evidence Solutions, Inc., Arizona

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Mobile Discovery: Outsmarting the Smartphone
Six billion smartphones will be in circulation by the year 2020. These phones and other mobile devices can leave behind an indisputable digital trail, and the electronically stored information (ESI) on them can often be relevant, unique, and a treasure trove of data. Many employees freely admit sending confidential company information with their mobile device. Join us for an in-depth look at how to use or dispute mobile discovery in your next case.
Chad Gough, 4 Discovery, Chicago

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Using Social Media at Trial
With social media evidence becoming more prevalent in litigation, it’s important that attorneys learn how to authenticate this type of evidence using the recent amendments to the Illinois Rules of Evidence and avoid other foundational objections at trial.
Dustin J. Karrison, Purcell & Wardrope Chtd., Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Digital Evidence
  • 1:15 – 1:35 p.m. Digital Reconstruction Using Engineering Software
    John Stamm, Caulfield Engineering, Naperville
  • 1:35 – 2:00 p.m. Digital Evidence at Trial: Innovative Ways to Introduce Digital Evidence at Trial
    Hon. Brian R. McKillip, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Wheaton

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Trial Presentation Software
Using technology at trial to present your assembled evidence in the best possible light is important for communicating your case to the jury. This presentation discusses the must-have features your trial presentation software needs to have (such as instant document and deposition retrieval, and instant video playback) and how software programs can be used effectively in trial.
Derek Miller, Ipro (Trial Director 360), Arizona
Richard Lee Turner, Jr., Attorney at Law, Sycamore

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Streamlining Your Trial with Technology
This comprehensive overview examines the effective solutions for depicting exhibits, depositions, and graphics at trial. A review of creative visual strategies for organizing your evidence and a look at alternative methods of delivery are also discussed.
Scott M. Horwitz, DecisionQuest, Chicago

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Using Digital Evidence at Trial
So much of our life is consumed by technology (not to mention the various forms digital evidence can take!), it’s no wonder that trial attorneys are unsure how to introduce emails, texts, voicemail, internet websites, social media evidence, and computer generated data at trial. Don’t miss this closing segment as we explore the requirements for laying the proper foundation and admitting digital evidence at trial.
Khalid J. Hasan, Lucas & Cardenas, Chicago

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials only.
Printed course materials may be purchased and will be delivered at the program.

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Pricing Information

  • ISBA sponsoring section members get a $10 registration discount (which is automatically calculated in your cart when you log in to register).
  • Special pricing is available for Legal Service Attorneys.
  • An additional $15 fee is charged for live/onsite Chicago registrations that are received on or after Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Fees:
    • ISBA Member - $135
    • Non-Member - $290
    • New Attorney Member (within the first five years of practice) - $25