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2016 ASTC Featured Conference Videos

We are happy to provide these featured session from our 2016 Conference. These videos are completely free for all 2016 conference attendees. There is a $39 fee for members and a $49 fee for non-members.

Keynote Address Disappearing Civil Trial (free to everyone)
Presented by Steven Susman, Esq., Susman Godfrey, LLP, Houston, TX / Executive Director, 
Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law 
In 1962, juries resolved approximately 6% of all federal civil cases. Since 2005, less than one percent of federal civil cases have been resolved by use of a jury. This staggering development has ominous implications for trial consultants. In response to the trend away from juries, distinguished trial attorney, Steve Susman, created the New York University Law School Civil Jury Project, which is designed to preserve our Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury. Mr. Susman has honored ASTC by asking ASTC to join his efforts to revitalize the American civil jury. In an effort to extend Mr. Susman’s work and the goals of the NYU Law School Civil Jury Project, we have asked Mr. Susman to give the conference keynote presentation. You are encouraged to attend Mr. Susman’s keynote presentation so you can learn what truths his efforts have uncovered. Do not be surprised if you find yourself wanting to join Mr. Susman’s effort to revivify the American jury system.

Panel: The Disappearing Civil Trial 
Presented by Peter Rowland, Ph.D., Litigation Insights, Overland Park, KS; Richard Gabriel, Decision Analysis, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Tara Trask, CEO Tara Trask and Associates, San Francisco, CA; Bob Gerchen, Litigation Insights, St. Louis, MO 
The implication of the disappearing civil trial is indisputable: trial consultants have fewer and fewer opportunities to work. If you are committed to adapting your trial consulting practice to the changing legal landscape, this workshop is for you. Moderated by ASTC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Pete Rowland, this panel is composed of eminent trial consultants who will share with you their efforts to deal with the way that the trial consulting field has changed. As the panel members will explain, the decreased number of trials has put a strain on everyone but there are ways to improvise, adapt and overcome.

More Than Pretty Pictures: Integrating Graphics with Trial, Mediation, and Other Trial Consulting Services 
Presented by Chris Ritter, Esq. and Michelle Diago, The Focal Point, LLC, Oakland, CA
Most lawyers live in “Wordland”— a place inhabited by individuals who rely on precisely defined words, linear thinking, and logic. While some jurors and other decision makers also reside there, the majority do not. Instead, they rely on other tools to analyze a case, including mental images, themes, analogies, and actual graphics. This program examines a highly effective five-step process that every trial lawyer should use to create and leverage nonverbal tools. The steps include: determining what really matters; brainstorming ways to convey information; simplifying the case; using “informational architecture” to emphasize what is important; and determining what technology, if any, best conveys the message. This presentation includes examples (good, bad, and ugly) from real cases as a way of illustrating what works and what does not.

What an Attorney Wants From A Trial Consultant…when an attorney is not going to trial 
Presented by Bruce Stern, Esq., Stark & Stark, Lawrenceville, NJ  
Just as trial consultants feel the pinch of fewer and fewer trials, litigators are also affected. But this does not mean that litigators are not working. They just aren’t litigating. In this workshop, Bruce Stern, Treasurer of the American Association of Justice and Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America (2003-2015), talks about his work outside the courtroom and how trial consultants can be of assistance. As Mr. Stern will explain, many of the services trial consultants offer are relevant outside the courtroom and there are a few services that trial consultants could add to their skill base that would make them more relevant.

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