- What is Litigation Support? Database Administrator
- What is Litigation Support? Project Management
- What is Litigation Support? Legal Technology Expert
- What is Litigation Support? Help Desk / IT Support
- What is Litigation Support? Vendor Management
- What is Litigation Support? Marketer and Speaker
- What is Litigation Support? Trainer
- What is Litigation Support? Trial Presentation
A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support.
Overall, litigation support can be described as:
We assist litigators.
We speak and translate geek.
We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format.
One of the careers within litigation support is Trial Presentation. In this role, we help litigators prepare for trial and we assist them during the trial. There are many logistical aspects in preparing for a trial that will make the use of technology in the courtroom.
For instance, all of the exhibits, video clips or audio clips are prepared using trial presentation software. The two most popular software products are TrialDirector and Sanction. There can be many hours of preparation time creating annotated versions and callouts of items the attorney plans to present at trial, as well as presentation rehearsals.
Other aspects of preparation can involve coordinating logistics with the courthouse, setting up a war room at a location near the courthouse and preparing backup copies of all documents, databases, etc. so the legal team can function without internet access if it becomes necessary.
This role can be an exciting one because you get very involved in why the litigation case exists in the first place and you get a lot of exposure to the parties on both sides. However, you must be able to handle stress well because everyone on the legal team has a heightened level of stress during the trial phase because everything is on the line on behalf of the client.
Here are some photos of a mock electronic courtroom to give you an idea of how the technology is set up.
Below are videos describing the use of Sanction and TrialDirector.