I received an email this week from Hon. Joseph C. Adams, a judge in York County, Pennsylvania, telling me about a fantastic CLE that took place on October 13, 2016 sponsored by the York County Bar Association. The first part of the hour was a mock trial that takes place in the Star Wars universe in which the Empire was prosecuting Han Solo for first degree murder: shooting Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina with a concealed blaster. Evan Kline acted as the prosecutor, and he used Keynote on both a Mac and an iPad. Edward Paskey represented Han Solo, and he used TrialPad on an iPad. The mock trial was very impressive and utilized many trial technology tactics that could be used in almost any kind of litigation. And if you are a Star Wars fan (like I am), there were lots of great jokes and references.
In the second part of the hour, Kline, Paskey and Judge Adams went behind-the-scenes to explain how the iPad (and Mac) were used to create the demonstrative exhibits and display them (and even annotate them) using Keynote and TrialPad along with an Apple TV.
Judge Adams posted on YouTube a video of the presentation, and the judge did a great job creating a video in which it is easy to see the slides. I seriously doubt that you can get CLE credit for watching YouTube, but I can tell you that if you watch this presentation, you will learn lots of great tips for using an iPad as a presentation tool. I really enjoyed watching it.
Here is a link to the video, and I've also embedded the video below. A big thumbs up to Kline, Paskey and Judge Adams for doing such a great job.
[UPDATE: As noted in a comment to this post by New Jersey attorney Victor Medina and in a tweet by Evan Kline, this presentation was based on an earlier presentation by Illinois attorney Mark Metzger at the 2015 MILOfest conference (which is now called MacTrackLegal). I'm glad to hear that Metzger was nice enough to give permission for someone else to use his original idea because I myself would love to give a presentation like this one day. Metzger: we'll talk!]
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