Courtroom Presentation Specialist

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Courtroom Presentation Specialist

Responsibilities/Duties:

The Courtroom Presentation Specialist needs to be a "jack-of-all-trades" capable of performing all trial and courtroom support functions, including war room and courtroom equipment set up and troubleshooting, scripting, advising on graphics presentations, and courtroom operation of equipment.  

Consults with the trial team, court and courthouse staff, court reporters, equipment vendors and opposing counsel to develop plans for equipping a courtroom for a “paperless trial.”  Recommends appropriate equipment, software, etc., taking into account courtroom layout and lighting, whatever equipment may already be available, requirements for cost-sharing between the parties, requirements for portability, trial schedule, the preferences of the judge, etc.  Obtains, installs, integrates, tests, and maintains equipment, cabling, and software, particularly for complex installations. 

Works with the trial team, including expert witnesses, to develop plans for trial or hearings using a courtroom presentation system.  Prepares exhibit images for particular uses (e.g. zooming in on or highlighting a particular paragraph, or setting up two exhibits side by side on the screen).  Consults with and advises attorneys on the effectiveness of certain exhibits or sequences of exhibits and to conceptualize and develop strategies, appropriate graphics and other media for presenting evidence in the courtroom.  Develops graphic images/exhibits using standard off-the-shelf software packages.  Is responsible for the smooth operation of the presentation system in the courtroom.  Digitizes audio and video clips.  Synchronizes clips with written transcripts. 

 

 

Education

Qualifications:

Senior level individual with minimum of three years’ experience in the trial support environment is required. Must be fully trained in standard courtroom presentation packages, such as Trial Director and Sanction, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint. Must be thoroughly familiar with the state of the art in courtroom presentation hardware, distribution systems, techniques, and procedures. Must have outstanding oral communications skills for discussing the case, capabilities and limitations of various equipment and distribution options, and exhibits with the trial team, court reporters, opposing counsel, expert witnesses, courthouse staff and/or judge, and the ability to make a compelling case for the optimum technology solution. Needs to be able to anticipate in-courtroom problems with hardware and software so as to minimize their impact. Must be able to understand the attorneys’ needs and arguments to be supported by the graphic materials, and be able to translate that understanding into effective media presentations. Demonstrated ability to evaluate the effectiveness of graphic and multi-media presentations, and to make constructive suggestions for improving. Must be able to work effectively as a team member in an extremely pressured environment. Must be able to travel for long periods of time. Must be able to work long hours for an extended period of time.

Desired skills:

Prior paralegal experience, preferred. Familiarity with DOJ office automation environment, helpful. Other automated litigation support experience, such as Concordance and/or similar databases, valued.
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