8:00 a.m. — Use of Powerpoint and Other Electronic Media in Presenting Your Case
Jimmy E. White, Member, Hughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren, LLC
• Why Electronic Media Is Essential with Today’s Jurors.
• Effectiveness in Setting the Table (Opening Statements).
◊ Basic Demonstrative Exhibits to Help the Jury Visualize What is at Issue
◊ Strongest Supporting Evidence to Get the Jury Thinking My Way
◊ Pre-Empting the Other Side’s Strongest Arguments
◊ Linking the Opening to the Closing by Following the Theme
◊ Being Prepared For Surprises
8:45 a.m. — Sir Thomas Moore, Capt. Murphy and the Wisdom of the Ages. Test, test, then test again.
David Weber, AK Public Defender Agency
• Pushing buttons. Fear and the Creative Process
• Federal Court, State Court and Your Own Resources
• Evidentiary Issues with Openings and Closings
• Taking and Using Evidence
◊ Scanned Documents vs. Paper
◊ Authentication, Confrontation, Publication, Deliberation, Incorporation
9:30 a.m. — Powerpoint and All the Little Secrets
Aaron D. Sperbeck, Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot
• Step-by-Step Instruction on Creating a Multimedia Presentation
◊ Inserting a Photo, Document, Audio or Video
• How to Make Changes on the Fly as Evidence Develops
◊ Federal Court, State Court And Your Own Resources
10:30 a.m. — BREAK
10:45 a.m. — Juror Perceptions
Jeff Barber, Barber & Sims, LLC
• Different forms of demonstrative evidence – Why Lawyers should care
◊ Inserting a photo, document, audio or video
• Using Elmo
◊ The nuts and bolts mechanics of using video projection devices during trial
◊ Compare the state vs. federal equipment
• Using different presentation methods during different parts of the trial
◊ Opening vs. Closing
11:30 a.m. — Judicial Perspective
Judge Larry Card
• What Can You Convince a Judge to Allow You to Present to Jurors
• What Do You Need to Prepare for Jury Deliberation if You Decide to Utilize Electronic Media for the Display of My Audio, Video, Graphic Evidence
• Should You Utilize Electronic Media to Outline an Opening or Closing
• Who On the Judge’s Staff Should I Contact a Day, Week, or Month Before Intending to Use Any Type of Electronic Presentation
Noon — Q & A with Panel
12:15 p.m. — Adjourn
Mr. White is an experienced trial attorney representing clients in complex product liability, commercial, insurance, and personal injury litigation. His career began in Atlanta with a national firm, where he specialized in product liability and complex commercial litigation. Mr. White’s product liability experience includes construction product and pharmaceutical litigation in single plaintiff, multi-party, class action, and multi-district litigation.
David R. Weber has been practicing law since 1983 and hopes to get it right, someday, soon. He has tried Civil and Criminal matters in both State and Federal Court, though the vast majority of his cases are State Criminal matters. He has destroyed, rebuilt and reloaded at least a dozen computers – all while lacking the slightest clue as to what he was doing or why it was/was not working. His PowerPoint expertise consists primarily in knowing his wife’s telephone number and a willingness to beg.
Aaron Sperbeck is the guy the court calls when the parties’ can’t get their presentation to work. No, seriously! Aaron worked for the DA’s office in Anchorage as the Cyber Crimes prosecutor, former Law clerk to Judge Card (hence the invite); Computer Training - Microsoft; Access Data; Dept. of Homeland Security and CIA’s National Computer Forensics Institute. FYI, he’s been trained to do some really cool stuff, the government just wont let him tell you about 90% of it!
Jeff Barber is a partner in the Anchorage law firm of Barber & Sims, LLC. Mr. Barber is a plaintiff’s trial attorney and practices primarily in the areas of personal injury, insurance law and bad faith. He earned his B.A. degree from Connecticut College and his J.D. degree from Northwest School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. Mr. Barber is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Alaska Association for Justice (AkAJ).
Judge Larry Card, Superior Court Judge from 1993-2006. Was appointed by Governor Walter B. Hickel and honored to be the first African American judge in Alaska; managed major civil and criminal cases, administrative appeals, civil and criminal appeals from lower court; trial of numerous jury and judge tried cases; conducted settlement proceedings; held hearings for children in need of aid; divorce and dissolution hearings; held numerous probation violation proceedings for felons; bail hearings; organized and managed hundreds of cases pre-trial and conducted post trial proceedings, including habeus corpus proceedings; held civil commitment proceedings; held numerous pre-trial suppression proceedings, evidentiary hearings, and associated proceedings.