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PowerPoint for Litigators.

PowerPoint for Litigators
Deanne C. Siemer
Frank D. Rothschild
Edward R. Stein
Samuel H. Solomon
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, IN 46556-6500
458 pp., $49.95, includes CD-ROM

Reviewed by Brent Carpenter

PowerPoint for Litigators is a book that is tailored to meet lawyers' PowerPoint needs. Written by litigators and a trial technology support professional for litigators (and their support staff), the book discusses how to create effective illustrative aids and demonstrative exhibits for trial, mediation, arbitration, and appeal.

Readers can choose from three case files--personal injury, business contract, or criminal--to learn how to prepare and animate bulleted lists, document and photographic enlargements and callouts, time lines and relationship charts, and annotated diagrams.

When I first picked up the book, I assumed that it would be one of those I would look through and then put aside, confident that I already knew all it has to offer. I was mistaken. The book is set out in a user-friendly format that makes it easy to read from cover to cover or to go to a specific section. In fact, I read the book from start to finish and later used it as a reference manual.


PowerPoint for Litigators comes with a CD-ROM that includes a number of electronic exhibits that you can import and use in your PowerPoint slide presentations. They include video clips, photographs, diagrams, reports, transcripts, and various other documents.

The CD also contains a PowerPoint slide show that has examples of the slides you can learn to create. The CD supplements the book well and helps explanations come to life.

In addition to a glossary and index, the book features a "How-To Finder List," which lays out the exercises and steps that are involved in a variety of PowerPoint tasks and techniques. This how-to list helps readers apply what they learn quickly and effectively.

The book and CD will help lawyers who are considering using PowerPoint for depositions, mediation, or trial convey their ideas in a clear, straightforward manner. The authors' suggestions for presentation features that are effective or distracting are right on target.

Had I had this book the first few times I used PowerPoint, I could have avoided several beginner's mistakes. It is a helpful resource for new and experienced PowerPoint users alike.

Brent Carpenter practices law in Sugar Land, Texas.
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