Don’t Be Jeb: A "Low-Energy Person"

August 27th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has picked his preferred insult for fellow GOP hopeful Jeb Bush. On at least six occasions over the past few days, the Donald has referred to the Jeb as a "low-energy person." He doesn't have strength, passion, or enthusiasm, Trump says, at least not so much that we would ever get away with calling him “the Jeb.” It’s clever politics: Trump’s way of turning Bush’s comparative calm and maturity into a point against him. I have no criticism of Jeb Bush’s style, but Trump’s use of “low energy” as ...

The One Trial Graphic You Can’t Go Without in a Construction Case

August 26th, 2015 by Litigation Insights
Construction schedules are the most critical piece of any construction project. They show in visual form the many steps and procedures fundamental to project completion. So it follows that a trial graphic created to represent such a crucial project document is equally crucial to the presentation of your case. The clearer the graphic representing the [...]The post The One Trial Graphic You Can’t Go Without in a Construction Case appeared first on Litigation Insights.

Winning BEFORE Trial – Part 4 – Don’t Overlook Visual Persuasion

August 25th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
  by Ryan H. Flax Managing Director, Litigation Consulting & General Counsel A2L Consulting In our last post in this series, we explained why storytelling is the key to gaining and keeping the attention of any decision maker and thus the key to winning before trial. How does one develop an effective story? Here are the rules of thumb.   First, the simpler the story, the better, and the simpler the language, the better. Use metaphors involving sensory descriptions.... Read more at http://www.A2LC.com/blog

Identity Protective Cognition: Are you watching “I am Cait”?  

August 25th, 2015 by The Jury Room
It’s the new reality show/documentary of the transgender transition of Cait Jenner. According to a new article in The Conversation, liberals and conservatives are both watching it but for very different reasons. The authors of this article (a group of philosophers) say that where you stand on the transgender debate is largely a function of your political ideology: liberals support her, conservatives question whether Caitlyn Jenner is mentally ill. Of course, say the authors, there are exceptions to these rules. Liberals and conservatives say they are watching because they want to “get the ...

“Tokenism” does not equal “Diversity”

August 25th, 2015 by The Sound Jury Library
By Jill D. Schmid, Ph.D. A tweet from Bloomberg Law caught my eye: “#Gender gap persists Among Lead Trial Counsel.” The tweet was a reference to a recently released report titled, “First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table.” The report was prepared by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession and the American Bar Foundation (authors Stephanie Scharf and Roberta Liebenberg). The report is an excellent analysis of the lack of women in lead trial roles and what can be done about it. I urge anyone involved in the legal profession –law schools, corporations, f...

Don’t Persuade

August 24th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  Of course I don't mean that literally. Given the title and the content of this blog, it would be pretty ironic if I took a dim view of persuasion. But others -- consumers, jurors, and persuasive targets of all kinds --  do take a dim view of persuasion. They want to feel like they're reaching their own conclusions without the influence or the manipulations of a motivated persuader. So what I mean by "Don't persuade" is don't frame your communication first and foremost as an attempt to influence, and don't make your motives too ob...

This and that: The secret to crowdfunding success, cold offices,  and nosy smartphones

August 21st, 2015 by The Jury Room
Here’s another collection of interesting tidbits that don’t rate an entire blog post on their own but that we think worthy of mention. Think of them as our contribution to your conversational contributions over dinner, drinks, or to fill that awkward silence that pops up unexpectedly. Be thin, White and attractive for crowdfunding success! It’s disappointing to read the research on leadership and find that still, in 2015, people think the best leaders are “tall men”. While I understood that finding back in the late 1970s, the idea that it still works today is disturbing. But that isn...

If You Want to Know, Just Ask: Using Post-Trial Juror Interviews to Dissect Your Case

August 20th, 2015 by Tsongas Litigation Consulting, Inc.
The Serial podcast comes up often at family gatherings, as my aunt and I have both spent years in the legal field.  We discuss whether Adnan can argue ineffective assistance of counsel, if the case was proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and why Jay’s timeline has more plot holes than Fifty Shades of Grey. If you haven’t heard of Adnan Syed, Jay Wilds, the Serial podcast, or it’s follow-up podcast, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed, start by listening to Serial here (trust me – you will start looking forward to your morning commute with hopes of getting stuck in traffic, just so you ...

The Best Litigators Love Sales, Love Storytelling and Persuasion

August 20th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
  by Alex Brown Director, Operations A2L Consulting I hate selling. How many times do we hear this in our daily lives? Many of us have chosen our careers at least in part to avoid having to sell. I bet that many law students thought they’d never again need to be in a position to sell something. Then they became litigators. Whether you believe it or not, as a litigator your whole essence is to sell. But no: You believe that selling is manipulative, annoying, and even boring. Think... Read more at http://www.A2LC.com/blog

Select Your Jury on Race-Neutral Criteria

August 20th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  At a time of heightened attention toward the disproportionate impact of law enforcement on African-American communities, it matters that prosecutors in many of the same communities appear to be actively limiting the participation of African-Americans on juries. In an illuminating new article, the New York Times reports on a study of strikes in Louisiana's Caddo Parish showing that over the last decade, prosecutors were three times more likely to use peremptory strikes against African-Americans rather than whites, striking fully 46 percent of Africa...

Have you seen our latest work in The Jury Expert? 

August 19th, 2015 by The Jury Room
We’ve written for The Jury Expert a fair amount. In case you don’t know, The Jury Expert is the online journal published by the American Society of Trial Consultants dedicated to the art and science of litigation advocacy. Our articles in The Jury Expert are focused on litigation advocacy and meant to help you do your job with the latest information available. The last time we updated you on the articles we’ve written for The Jury Expert was in July of 2012. Take a look at what we’ve done in the past couple of years. Loyalty, Longevity and Leadership: A Multigenerational Workforce Upda...

“Don’t Take That Tone With Me!” Working with Witnesses to Improve Performance

August 18th, 2015 by The Sound Jury Library
By Jill D. Schmid, Ph.D. When you were growing up did your mom or dad ever say that to you? Do you say it to your kids? My son is a pro at turning a relatively innocuous response into a mordant-laden one simply through his tone. The answer “We’re going to the movies,” reads innocent enough until tone is added by the 17-year-old who is completely taken aback that his mom would dare ask where he and his friends are going. He’s equally successful at adding a charming tone to any question asking for money, the car, or new Nikes. For a wonderful example of the power of tone, look no fur...

Social Proof and Jurors

August 18th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
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Time To Vote!

August 17th, 2015 by COURT TECHNOLOGY and TRIAL PRESENTATION
No, this has nothing to do with the Primaries -- although that has certainly been an interesting and entertaining topic lately. Readers of the Court Technology and Trial Presentation Blawg are encouraged to nominate us in a blog competition currently found online at The Expert Institute. According to the site, they are in the process of “creating the largest and most comprehensive ranking of legal blogs online today as chosen by thousands of voters ...Each blog will compete for rank, as well as exposure to our monthly readership of more than 200,000 legal professionals.” Listed categories ...

Experts: Stay in the Box

August 17th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  Here is a quick quiz. Who is more likely to guess or speculate about something they don't know, a novice or a trained expert? While we would like to think that the uninformed novice is more likely to make things up, the surprising answer is that it's actually the expert. A new study (Atir, Rosenzweig, & Dunning, 2015) finds that those with a high-level of self-perceived expertise are more likely to exaggerate their own knowledge and to claim to be familiar with concepts that are simply made-up by the researcher. Once someone thinks they're an expert in a give...

The Bias Awareness Scale 

August 17th, 2015 by The Jury Room
Here’s a new way to measure our awareness of our own biases in four easy questions. Yes. Four. We are constantly writing about bias here and when we see ways to measure bias it is usually convoluted or prohibitively expensive, or contains language not suitable for courtroom use. This scale, however, is different—it is short (four questions) and as it happens, being aware of your own biases leaves you better equipped to respond to what the authors call “contemporary race challenges”. Essentially, the researchers say that “modern racism” is a form of racism that has largely gone unde...

Sound Jury Consulting’s Deposition Training Video for Witnesses

August 15th, 2015 by The Sound Jury Library
http://soundjuryconsulting.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Deposition-Training-for-Witnesses.mp4 By Thomas M. O’Toole, Ph.D. After receiving several requests from clients, we recently put together this 7-minute video for attorneys to share with key witnesses in their case before their depositions. It is always preferable for attorneys to meet with their key witnesses in advance of the depositions to spend time practicing the testimony. This helps familiarize witnesses with the common pitfalls of a deposition, can increase their comfort level, and give them an opportunity to fail in ...

Demonic transference and other reasons you can’t be a juror… 

August 14th, 2015 by The Jury Room
Nominations are now being accepted for the ABA Blawg 100 list. If you value this blog, please nominate us at the ABA site: http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs/blawg100_submit/. The only catch is you have to do it fast! Nominations close at midnight THIS COMING SUNDAY (8/16/2015). We like a good conspiracy theorist and last year we ran across an article on some out-of-the-mainstream-conspiracy-theories we had not heard of before. So naturally, we blogged about them. Along the same lines, although Stan Brodsky and some of his colleagues have written an article on jury duty excuses—it appears th...

Windows 10 Upgrade—Smooth Sailing So Far

August 13th, 2015 by Cogent Legal » BLOG – News, Views & Tips on Graphics, Technology and Law
Yesterday I upgraded my Windows laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I’m happy to report that everything is working fine so far, and I’m enjoying some new Windows functionality. I’m an early adopter, and a Windows user, so the lure of a free upgrade to Windows 10 pulled me in. Below, a few things I learned during and after the upgrade, and some observations on why I upgraded. Before You Upgrade, Leave a Trail to Allow You to Undo It I was cautious going into this Windows upgrade because an earlier upgrade from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1 had temporarily disabled my ability...

Build Resistant Jurors: Lessons from the Aurora Theater Trial

August 13th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  By all accounts available so far, deliberations in the trial of James Holmes, the gunman in the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, ended without conflict, regrets, or recriminations – at least on the part of the jury. But their deliberations didn’t end on a point of agreement either. Instead, the seven-hour deliberations concluded with the Defendant receiving the default sentence of life without the possibility of parole after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict for either a life or a death sentence. Based on the description provided by J...

Winning BEFORE Trial – Part 3 – Storytelling for Lawyers

August 12th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
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Are the Millennials wrong? Bias against leadership for teen  girls…

August 12th, 2015 by The Jury Room
Nominations are now being accepted for the ABA Blawg 100 list. If you value this blog, please nominate us at the ABA site: http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs/blawg100_submit/. The only catch is you have to do it fast! Nominations close at midnight THIS COMING SUNDAY (8/16/2015). As we completed the research for our latest article in The Jury Expert, we commented on the Millennial perception that, with their generation, gender bias against women in leadership would be nonexistent. Here’s what we wrote about this ‘rose-colored glasses’ view of their futures: “Finally, in a testament to c...

The Donald Trump Problem

August 11th, 2015 by Sound Jury Blog
By Jill D. Schmid, Ph.D. With that headline, there are quite a few things I could write about. This blog, however, is about the Trump problem for the other seventeen GOP candidates. Watch any interview with a Republican candidate and what do the interviewers spend most of their time asking the candidate about? Trump. A few candidates are fairly good at deflecting and putting the focus back on their candidacy, but others buy in and spend their valuable network time talking about Trump. Now, I’m not saying that Trump is going to win the nomination since Trump’s biggest problem is also Trump...

Love & Mercy — Movies for Lawyers — The Act Of Communication Point Of View

August 11th, 2015 by Legal Stage
Katherine James:   LOVE & MERCY is a film to which you should run and not walk. If you have always wondered what was really going on in the life of Brian Wilson as he struggled with art and fame and love as he created the sound of a generation, your questions will be answered here. If you enjoy amazing performances by wonderful actors, this is the film for you. Paul Dano is just brilliant as Brian Wilson in the “past” and John Cusack equally amazing as Brian Wilson in the “future”. Paul Giamatti is just terrifying as Dr. Eugene Landry, the shrink who manipulated his way into ...

Finding the Flow in Every Case, Big or Small

August 11th, 2015 by Tsongas Litigation Consulting, Inc.
I was recently reminded of a conversation I had with two attorneys near the beginning of my career as a baby jury consultant. I was working with a senior partner and an associate on a witness preparation for trial for a small matter. During some down time, the associate asked me about what we did, as we apparently had novelty value for him. I explained that we were a full service trial consulting firm, described mock trials, shadow jury projects, trial monitoring engagements, and everything else. He asked how I balanced all those big things with “little cases like this,” to which I respond...

When Your Deposition Witness Won’t Stop Talking

August 11th, 2015 by The Winning Litigator
Every trial lawyer has taken a deposition of a witness who talks too much. Sometimes the witness supplies additional irrelevant details.  Or answers indirectly where a direct response would be more desirable. And adds their opinion when it wasn’t requested. Or tells you what they think you are trying to get out of them, even... Continue Reading The post When Your Deposition Witness Won’t Stop Talking appeared first on The Winning Litigator.

Winning BEFORE Trial – Part 2 – Parallel Trial Preparation Tactics

August 10th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
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Be Real: Seven Ways to Humanize Yourself to Your Jury

August 10th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  Pick a trial venue in the United States, grab the average citizen who shows up for jury duty and put them next to the average attorney: What will stand out most immediately are the differences. Comparing education, social class, linguistic ability, habits, and a bevy of other qualities, you might think you're looking at two different species. Those differences, combined with a broad cultural disparagement of lawyers, can invite a juror's perception that the lawyers in front of them in court are distant, arrogant, elitist, and condescending. To get past that, advo...

Simple Jury Persuasion: Do you follow your head or your heart?  

August 10th, 2015 by The Jury Room
And….do you think I can now guess your opinion on abortion? And brain death? It’s like a dream-state voir dire question. Today’s researchers used 8 different studies to explore the relationship between participants identifying with either the head or the heart and the participants’ positions on various hot-button issues. It’s a question that has been with us for centuries—does the heart or the brain represent “the seat of the self”? Current-day scientists are now saying how individuals respond to this question is related to their beliefs about hot button issues and even the cha...

Pew Research says 15% of Americans don’t use the internet and  asks “who are they”?

August 7th, 2015 by The Jury Room
We know who they are and we’ve done a lot of pretrial research with them! It’s like walking backwards in time. Perhaps the most shocking example we’ve seen was one in very rural Texas which we blogged about in a post on working in very rural areas: “Other very rural venues have shown us the extent to which the internet has passed by some Americans completely. At one site, of 36 mock jurors, only 4 had internet access. At another, of 48 jurors, only 11 had ‘smart phones’ while a majority didn’t understand the question. Most had “not heard of” Amazon.com’s website. One called...

Winning BEFORE Trial – Part 1 – Consider Litigation Costs and Opportunities

August 5th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
  by Ryan H. Flax Managing Director, Litigation Consulting and General Counsel A2L Consulting High-stakes litigation is hugely expensive these days. But what if there were a means of reducing litigation costs in a way that helps both the trial team and the client and doesn’t sacrifice the quality of legal representation? That would make in-house counsel very happy, since an important part of their job is to budget and control litigation costs. There are a number of ways to do this,... Read more at http://www.A2LC.com/blog

Protect Your Precious Resource — Energy Industry-Friendly Jurors

August 5th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Shelley Spiecker:    ‘Precious resource’ in the energy industry typically refers to a saleable commodity like a coal seam or shale play.  Yet when an energy company finds itself in the courtroom, it is not coal nor shale, but industry-friendly jurors that are a ‘precious resource’. I recently spoke at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law’s 61st Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska about how the trend of more favorable public perception is impacting litigation strategies for energy companies. Returning home after the Conference, I received an email from a...

Key Issues in Lead Paint Litigation

August 5th, 2015 by Litigation Insights
Over the years, we have been asked by attorneys in lead paint litigation about the key lessons we have learned in these type of cases.  Our experience conducting Mock Trials, assisting with opening statements and in jury selection, and interviewing jurors post-verdict has seen a few key issues over which jurors often divide.  Whether your [...]The post Key Issues in Lead Paint Litigation appeared first on Litigation Insights.

How to Organize and Present 77,000 Construction Photos for Trial

August 4th, 2015 by Cogent Legal » BLOG – News, Views & Tips on Graphics, Technology and Law
77,000 photos!!! I admit to being shocked when the key expert on a recent construction defect case told us that over the last couple of years he and his staff had taken over 77,000 electronic photos of the scene. The photographic documentation started when the plaintiff identified defects in 8- to 9-year-old buildings.  The expert started documenting all the testing conducted at the site: the removal of plaster; exposure of the Oriented Strand Board (OSB); damage to OSB and great swaths of areas with no damage. In this case, defendants asserted that plaintiff unnecessarily replaced a great ...

Repelling the Reptile Trial Strategy as Defense Counsel – Part 5 – 12 Ways to Kill the Reptile

August 4th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
  by Ken Lopez Founder/CEO A2L Consulting This is the fifth and final installment in a series of articles focused on how defense counsel can overcome the increasingly popular Reptile trial strategy. In parts one through four, I offered an introduction to the strategy, I shared ten ways to recognize when the strategy is being used against you, I explained why the strategy does not actually work in the way that its authors describe, and I explained that despite the bad science, the... Read more at http://www.A2LC.com/blog

Stop the Ripples in Construction Jury Persuasion

August 3rd, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Kevin Boully:  A young woman carries two cups of coffee into the World Trade Center. The elevator doors squeeze to a close just before she can hop aboard to surprise her mother working on the 72nd floor. She waits patiently for another ding. You know what happens next. The 9/11 attacks shake the building and force her to safety and a long day of worrying before she finally learns her mother is safe. This story has a happy ending. If the line at the coffee shop is a little shorter, or the barista a little faster, she is aboard that elevator and life is forever changed.[i] The woma...

Simple Jury Persuasion: Combatting distrust of science  

August 3rd, 2015 by The Jury Room
The art of persuasion is often complex and diverse, but today’s study also shows how it can be simple and elegant. Here’s a surprisingly easy way to diminish the automatic, knee-jerk and distrusting reaction to scientific findings. Tell your listeners about scientific consensus. Today’s researchers call consensus a “gateway belief” that results in the ability to influence the listener. That’s very cool and even cooler is the fact that the article for today is not locked away—you can read it free on PLoS ONE. The authors use a basic conclusion from multiple articles in the peer-re...

10 Reasons You Should NOT Install Windows 10 (yet).

July 31st, 2015 by COURT TECHNOLOGY and TRIAL PRESENTATION
1. What could possibly go wrong? Just quietly ponder that on your own for a moment.2. Have you ever done something like this on your own before? Although Microsoft has made it appear to be a very simple process, the potential consequences are significant. Seriously – this is the Operating System for your computer. It’s like the techie version of open-heart surgery.3. Will your mission-critical software still work? Even after success during beta testing, some software does not work properly yet with the current release. It’s only a matter of time, but don’t jump off the bridge before ch...

Workplace rudeness: Death of a thousand cuts 

July 31st, 2015 by The Jury Room
It makes sense. If someone is rude to you, you might become grumpy and be rude in response, or rude to those who cross your path in the wake of the mistreatment. You may think of this as a small issue but new research shows us that rude behaviors are actually harmful—and, in fact, as harmful as other negative but illegal behaviors such as harassment or discrimination. This is not really a new finding as it’s been around since the initial introduction to workplace incivility. Some would say that workplace rudeness and workplace incivility cause the “death of a thousand cuts” and we wou...

Tell It: The Top 10 Posts on Story

July 30th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  The "story model" (Hastie, Penrod & Pennington, 1983) for litigation persuasion is appropriately considered gospel at this point. At the same time, there is an art to it. In most courtrooms, I see litigators who are aware of the need to tell a story, but not necessarily versed in the techniques of storytelling. As I've explored from time to time in this blog, beyond laying out the events in temporal sequence, there are some nuances relating to structure, imagery, audience, and point of view. In short, there is a substantial "advanced course" in narr...

70% of evangelicals do not see religion and science as in  conflict

July 29th, 2015 by The Jury Room
At least those are the findings of the Religious Understandings of Science (RUS) study which is based on a “nationally representative survey of more than 10,000 Americans”. Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this study (completed in early 2014) hit the media about a year later. Sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund conducted the study and says evangelicals are actually less conflicted about the relationship between religion and science than are many (non-evangelical) Americans. Here are some of her findings: 60% of evangelical Protestants (and 38% of a...

Big Words Don’t Make You Sound So Smart

July 29th, 2015 by Sound Jury Blog
By Thomas M. O’Toole, Ph.D. Most attorneys understand the obvious and immediate downside to using big words at trial. A key component of effective persuasion is comprehension. Audiences need to understand what you are saying. This drives action. People act on things that are easy to understand and re-articulate. Consider the results of one study where researchers found that consumers are more likely to buy products that describe features with simple language than they are products that describe features using complex language. In another study, researchers found that the fluency (ease with ...

New Research on Recording Video Depositions Answers Old Questions

July 27th, 2015 by Tsongas Litigation Consulting, Inc.
Over the years we have heard and had many strong opinions on what approach deponents should take when being video recorded, which was not much of a concern just a few decades ago. However, as deposition transcripts have been increasingly supplemented by synchronized video and audio, witness credibility shifted from judgement of the words on a page to many of the same elements of credibility that apply at trial (i.e., does the witness look credible? do they sound credible?). Furthermore, depositions happen much more often than trials, and in the vast majority of the cases that settle a particul...

Top 3 Legal Technology Trends in 2015

July 27th, 2015 by COURT TECHNOLOGY and TRIAL PRESENTATION
A recent ThinkTank article asks several leaders in the Legal Technology space to share their big-picture thoughts on the direction we're heading. A few of the key issues mentioned are the billable hour, artificial intelligence, and smart devices. For my bit, I've included a bit on courtroom technology. Here is my Q&A. Links to the full article are below.Question:“What are the top three legal technology trends you have seen so far in 2015, and what do you expect to see in the near future? Why should law firms/attorneys be paying attention to these?”Answer:1. Courtroom trial presentation...

Expect Your Jury to Be a Pretty Good Lie Detector

July 27th, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  How good are you at knowing when people are telling you the truth and when they're lying? Generally, I'd wager that the average person probably thinks they're better than average. And those who are self-styled experts or who have undergone training in lie detection likely believe that they have a decided advantage in spotting the liars. There's just one problem with that: A long line of experimental research shows that when trying to detect falsehoods, even trained experts typically fare little better than chance. When tested in blind experiments, 'human lie dete...

Things you always wondered about—probably  not so much

July 27th, 2015 by The Jury Room
Here again is a collection of tidbits we don’t deem worthy of a complete blog post but which might be of interest or even amusing to you. Social media is how we get our news these days While you may think Twitter is receding in importance, the numbers beg to differ. A new Pew Research study tells us that ever-increasing numbers of Americans get their news from Twitter and Facebook. Sixty-three per cent of users on both platforms say they use the social media sites for news outside the realm of friends and family. (These percentages are up from 52% for Twitter users and 47% for Facebook users...

[New & Free E-Book] The Litigation Support Trial Toolkit 3rd Edition

July 24th, 2015 by The Litigation Consulting Report
  by Ken Lopez Founder/CEO A2L Consulting At A2L Consulting, we have just published our latest e-book – the third edition of the Litigation Support Professional's Trial Toolkit. It's 262 pages long, contains 88 articles and is completely complimentary to download. This new e-book will be indispensable to any litigator or litigation support professional who wants a summary of the latest thinking in the fields of trial technology, trial graphics, and litigation support. In this book,... Read more at http://www.A2LC.com/blog

Neurologically speaking, narcissists are needy 

July 24th, 2015 by The Jury Room
We’ve written about narcissists a fair amount here and today’s post shows us that the brains of narcissists are indeed very special—but not in a good way since they have “weakened frontostriatal connectivity”.  But you probably knew that already. It’s a sort of neural disconnect, say the authors, between the self and reward. That disconnect may lead the narcissist to seek excessive reassurance from others. Researchers from the University of Kentucky at Lexington recruited 50 undergraduate students and asked them to complete the Narcissistic Personality Index. Then they completed a...

Don’t Be Seduced by a Cheering Minority

July 23rd, 2015 by Persuasive Litigator
By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm:  Some observers didn't think it possible, but here we are: Currently sitting pretty at the top of the polls for the GOP Presidential Nomination for 2016 is...Donald Trump. The businessman, real estate magnate, reality show M.C., and general "Tell it like I see it" personality is currently polling at close to a quarter of likely Republican primary voters, well ahead of other contenders like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Despite a long history of insensitive statements, as well as a very recent history of comments taken as deeply insulting to immigrants and deeply disr...

What Are the Best Characteristics of a Great Trial Graphics Artist?

July 23rd, 2015 by Litigation Insights
The graphics artist you hire for your case is your doorway to a sleeker, more comprehensible case. Crafted carefully and creatively, the graphics you present to the jury will play a central role in juror comprehension and retention.  So the more talented, knowledgeable and flexible your graphics artist is, the more value he will add. [...]The post What Are the Best Characteristics of a Great Trial Graphics Artist? appeared first on Litigation Insights.