the two most popular. As you might imagine, both have strengths
and weaknesses. Good trial presentation professionals will be able
to use both. Single-user licenses start at $695 (plus maintenance)
for TrialDirector. Although LexisNexis does not include pricing
on its Sanction website, its sales department replied to our inquiry
about pricing. Sanction 2. 9 includes support and software compatibility with all versions of Adobe Acrobat and PDFs for $695,
and Sanction 3 includes access to Sanction 2. 9, Adobe Acrobat
and PDF compatibility and support for $895.
DO YOU REALLY NEED A PROFESSIONAL?
Why hire an expert? For the same reason we did in the paper
world—to get better and more professionally produced demon-
strative exhibits and deposition videos, with the latter often being
a valuable impeachment tool if done well. In an age where the
average attention span of jurors seems to be eight seconds, using
professionally produced exhibits and videos can keep jurors (and
judges) engaged. Echoing our advice above, Bender warns against
the overuse of technology, having seen cases where the technol-
ogy became the focus for the jurors rather than the compelling
arguments in the trial.
REVOLUTION II: TRIALPAD AND THE IPAD
New age litigators using iPads are most often using TrialPad. Many
of them seem comfortable with the technology and don’t feel the