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June 18, 2012
8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Only $95

Lansing Community College, West Campus Auditorium
5708 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917



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Order in the Court: Trial by iPAD


    • Everyone who attends our "Trial By iPad" seminar will receive $250 worth of "Trial Touch" iPad technology from DK Global!!! (Free "Trial Touch" App and a complimentary one-year subscription to the service)

    • Other Great Giveaways: Two licenses of TrialPad (each worth $89.99), two licenses of TranscriptPad (each worth $49.99) and one license of ExhibitView (a $29.99 value)

Experience Cutting-Edge Technology for Case Management in the Courtroom

Learn from U.S. Court of Appeals Judge David McKeague and Others How to Present, Authenticate, and Publish Electronic Exhibits to the Jury

Seminar Agenda

8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Housekeeping
9:15–9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks & Review of Valuable Membership Benefits

Julie Fershtman, Esq., President
State Bar of Michigan

9:30–10:30 a.m.

From Discovery to Verdict:
Building Your Case for Trial Using the iPad,
Part 1

Michael Caldwell, President and CEO
DK Global

Alex Deaconson, National Sales Director
DK Global

Amy Brummel, Visual Consultant
DK Global

The pendulum shift in technology has occurred. The question is, have you embraced it and used it to your advantage? DK Global will show you just how simple it can be to incorporate technology into your everyday practice. If you have an iPad, bring it. This will be an interactive session and you will learn how to start implementing easy-to-use techniques for organizing and presenting a case on an iPad. If you don't own an iPad, you will gain valuable insights on why you might want to make the purchase, while also learning about other technology tools for the courtroom.

10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–11:15 a.m.

From Discovery to Verdict:
Using your iPad in Trial, Part 2

Michael Caldwell, President and CEO
DK Global

Alex Deaconson, National Sales Director
DK Global

Amy Brummel, Visual Consultant
DK Global

Join us as we put into practice the amazing courtroom tools introduced in part 1. In another interactive session, you’ll witness how easy it is to use this technology yourself. DK Global will engage in a mock trial to demonstrate how you can effectively begin incorporating these tools into your practice today.

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Preppin' the iPad for Trial:
Moving Documents, Managing Transcripts, and Tracking Jurors!

Brett Burney, Esq., Technology Consultant
Burney Consultants LLC

The iPad is great for presenting information at trial, but that's not all it can do! Why not pull up exhibits from your iPad instead of digging in a box or wrestling with a binder? In this session we'll discuss how to copy documents onto the iPad and the best Apps for organizing, annotating and searching those documents. The iPad is also great for instantly pulling up procedural or evidentiary rules so you don't have to lug around heavy reference books. You can even do "on-the-fly" research through Casemaker, Westlaw or Lexis. This session will be chock full of tips to help you prep your iPad to be your all-in-one document and reference center while you're in court.

12:15–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–2:30 p.m.

Perspectives From the Bench

Honorable David McKeague
U.S. Court of Appeals—Sixth Circuit

Bonnie Kipp, Judicial Assistant,
U.S. Court of Appeals—Sixth Circuit

Judge McKeague brings a judicial perspective to the subject of courtroom technology and will speak about the advantages of presenting a case electronically and the logistics involved in doing so. With his assistant, Bonnie Kipp, they will demonstrate effective use of electronic evidence while providing vignettes from past trials of misguided attempts. Judicial expectations of trial lawyers using courtroom equipment will be addressed, including suggestions on how to present, authenticate and publish electronic exhibits to the jury.

2:30–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45–3:45 p.m.

Presenting from the iPad:
Hardware, PowerPoint, and Other Trial Presentation Apps!

Brett Burney, Esq., Technology Consultant
Burney Consultants LLC

The iPad is potentially the most innovative presentation tool we've seen in a long time! But like anything new, some education is necessary to fully harness its power. Lucky for you, this session will cover everything you need to know about the logistics of presenting from the iPad—including the requisite cables, tools, and equipment. Lastly we'll survey the current crop of Apps that have been specifically developed for presenting documents, images, and videos directly from your iPad in trial. If you're interested in presenting from the iPad, don't miss this session.

3:45–4:15 p.m. 30 Apps in 30 Minutes

Brett Burney, Esq., Technology Consultant
Burney Consultants LLC

Diane Ebersole, Practice Management Advisor
State Bar of Michigan

JoAnn Hathaway, Practice Management Advisor
State Bar of Michigan

Hang on to your iPad as our presenters quickly survey the latest and best Apps that can benefit the busy lawyer. From productivity tools to cool Apps that are just plain fun, we’ll help you sort through the 200,000 plus Apps to find the right ones for your busy practice and lifestyle!

4:15 p.m. Adjourn

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Brett Burney—Brett Burney is principal of Burney Consultants LLC, and focuses the bulk of his time on bridging the chasm between the legal and technology frontiers of electronic discovery. Brett is also very active in the Mac-using lawyer community, working with lawyers who desire to integrate Macs, iPhones, & iPads into their practice. Prior to establishing Burney Consultants LLC, Brett spent over 5 years at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP where he worked with litigation teams in building document databases, counseling on electronic discovery issues, and supporting them at trial. Brett graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2000 and quickly became active in the world of legal technology. Brett is a frequent contributor to and speaks around the country on litigation support, e-discovery, Mac and iOS-related topics.

Amy Brummel—Ay is a visual consultant at DK Global (Trial Touch Software) and has a passion for what she does and helping attorneys and other legal support take that step into the new age of technology. She comes from a business background where she loves working with people on a team to reach a common goal.

Michael Caldwell—As the owner and president of DK Global Inc., Michael Caldwell has spent over 10 years shaping and developing a media production firm that has expertise in animation, graphics, video, and medical illustrations. Michael has consulted on hundreds of cases and has personally provided expert technical services to over 50 jury trials and countless mediations.

Alex Deaconson—Alex brings diverse skills to the table from many different backgrounds. He was a successful analyst in finance at T-Mobile Corporate headquarters in the Northwest where he eventually moved into a fraud analyst position. As the national sales director, Alex represents DK Global on a national level by being a consultant, producer, and director of all services.

Bonnie S. Kipp—Bonnie is an adjunct instructor at MSU College of Law and has taught technology enhanced trial advocacy for the past seven years in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute. She also serves as Judge McKeague's judicial assistant in the U.S. Court of Appeals. She first began working with Judge McKeague in 1998 as his case manager and courtroom deputy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Ms. Kipp was instrumental in creating the first federal electronic courtroom in Michigan in 2003 and trained attorneys in the use of the courtroom technology prior to trial and managed the equipment during trial. Since becoming a certified trainer on electronic evidence presentation software in 2004, Ms. Kipp and Judge McKeague have instructed nearly 1,000 lawyers in the use of digitized evidence in the courtroom.

Hon. David W. McKeague—Judge McKeague has been a Circuit judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 2005. Prior to his nomination to the appellate court, he was a judge with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Before taking the bench, he worked in private practice as an associate and later as a shareholder and director at Foster, Swift, Collins, and Smith from 1971 to 1992. Judge McKeague is an adjunct professor at MSU College of Law and is a frequent guest lecturer in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute and other educational programs. He is the co-author of a chapter on removal jurisdiction in the third edition of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts and currently serves on the Michigan State University College of Law Board of Trustees. He is also a founding master and president of the American Inns of Court at the Law College.

Diane Ebersole—Diane is a practice management advisor for the State Bar of Michigan. She is the chair of the Practice Management Advisors of North America, and chair of the ABA State and Local Bar Outreach Committee, member of the ABA TECHSHOW Board of the Law Practice Management Section, and serves on the board of the ABA Law Practice Magazine. She is a frequent speaker presenting topics encompassing office management technology and best practices, mobile practice tools, and integrated practice management applications. She became certified in HotDocs consultant in 2007 and is also a certified Clio consultant. Her background includes a stint at as the regional IT director for a fortune 500 company, a law school IT training coordinator, a network administrator, and as the instructional design and testing coordinator for a medical school. Diane strives to empower attorneys and their staff with the technology tools and training to maximize the efficiency of their law firm while developing sound legal business practices.

JoAnn Hathaway—JoAnn Hathaway began working for the State Bar of Michigan in 2005 as a practice management advisor to develop the Practice Management Resource Center. Her duties include advising members on law practice and risk management issues. Prior to joining the SBM, JoAnn worked for ProNational Insurance Company as a legal liability claims director and risk manager. She also has experience as a litigation paralegal working for Fraser Trebilcock Davis and Foster, PC, and a legal administrator for Dykema Gossett, PLLC. She is an Adobe Acrobat Certified Expert, and holds software certifications in Clio, LexisNexis Time Matters, Billing Matters, and Total Practice Advantage practice management software. She is a registered professional liability underwriter and a licensed property and casualty insurance agent.

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