Touch screen display technology for the legal profession is rapidly making the difference between attorneys that win and ones that flounder. Smart attorneys understand the visual nature of their clients, peers, judges and jurors and capitalize on this wherever possible with the most visual representations needed to compel their audience. In the past this was affected with rhetoric and courtroom gesticulation, but today’s lawyers have the ability to put the facts right where they need to be, exactly when they need to be there and in the most compelling and memorable form possible. However, the use of touch screen display for lawyers extends far beyond the ability to persuade. It can be used as part of a continuing education program, as a presentation tool, a trial preparation tool and trial presentation tool.
Attorneys have some of the most rigorous continuing education requirements of any profession. This is attributed to constant changes to existing laws and the creation of new laws every year. Staying abreast of these changes is not only essential for success in the field; it is required by most states. Touch screen display education offers one of the most interactive methods available for training and development related to continuing education requirements. Furthermore, this type of graphical interface education is widely thought to provide retention rates that are considerably higher than traditional methods.
To be successful, an attorney must be an effective communicator and public speaker. Presentations must be delivered in the most impactful way possible, and there is no better format for this than a touch screen display. Multi-touch hardware and software applications can be custom made to meet any presentation needs, including both fixed and portable systems up to several hundred inches in size. Presentations can be made using specialized software or compatible Windows-based programs.
Trial preparation is the most intensive part of any busy law practice and often involves a multitude of assistants including legal secretaries, paralegals, research assistants, interns and trial attorneys. Collaboration between all of these individuals can be streamlined and made more efficient using a touch screen display. Presentations can be made, data shared, developed and showcased in graphs, charts and other visual aids, videos can be played with striking clarity and evidence can be reviewed in the most interactive manner possible. Additionally, in some cases a touch screen display can be used with clients during the trial preparation process.
Most of an attorney’s efforts will ultimately end up being utilized for presentation at trial. With a touch screen display, evidence is more vivid, graphs, charts and other data is more easily understood, timelines can be featured with incredible clarity and linked graphically, and an attorney can even develop a “theme” for a case that can help to win a case against the odds.
Nevertheless, there are undoubtedly attorneys who would shun this technology and prefer to do things the old-fashioned way. But while this might work for a time, the fact of the matter is that modern judges and jurors prefer to see things in an interactive, digital format. Attorneys that make their case with a touch screen display stand the best chance of success in a society that is ever more visually-oriented.