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Effective Use of Technology at Trial in Illinois

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Produced on May 05, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

In this day and age, it is borderline legal malpractice to choose not to incorporate technology into your trial presentation. This program, presented by attorney Matthew Passen, will discuss the reasons for using trial technology, the options available for use during pre-trial litigation and trial—including iPad app and PC software recommendations—and the legal standard for use of various demonstrative exhibits in Illinois.

Relevant Illinois statutes, case law, rules of civil procedure and evidence addressing this topic is discussed. The presenter will provide examples of effective demonstrative exhibits and other technology from actual cases, and discuss "how to" technologically equip a typical courtroom in Illinois.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explain why trial lawyers should consider using technology at trial
  2. Discuss cost-effective trial technology applications for iPad and PC
  3. Review Illinois law regarding demonstrative evidence
  4. Provide examples of effective trial graphics
  5. Summarize the technology equipment necessary to properly equip a courtroom in Illinois state court

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Mathew Passen

Passen & Powell

Matthew Passen, partner with Passen Law Group based in Chicago, represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability actions. In the past year alone, he secured a $10.9 million jury verdict in a strict product liability action against a chemical company, followed two weeks later by a $1,000,000 recovery at trial in a medical malpractice action involving a gallbladder surgery.

Mr. Passen has been recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in Illinois by multiple organizations, including the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, the National Trial Lawyers, and the American Society of Legal Advocates. He has received several other awards and distinctions, including repeatedly being named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and an "Emerging Lawyer" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Mr. Passen is also heavily involved in local and national bar associations. He is past-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS), which has over 9,000 attorney-members in the Chicagoland area. He is also Past-President of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Young Professionals Board (YPB), which is dedicated to securing equal access to justice for all members of the community. Mr. Passen currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Foundation, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was recently elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, which is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

Mr. Passen received his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2002, and law degree, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law in 2006. He is also a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, an invitation-only program dedicated to training and educating trial lawyers committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals. Before joining Passen Law Group, he was a litigation associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.


Ronald H.

Really and excellent presentation, useful to practitioners in many litigation contexts.

Bryan M.

Very informative!

William W.

Helpful suggestions regarding the use of technology especially with Millennial Jurors.

Mark Z.

Very helpful presentation

Sandra S.

Very useful, practical information and great presentation.

dennis s.


thomas t.

imaginative use of visual aids at all phases of trial

Robert S.

Very Good!

Catherine F.

This presentation gave great practical advice. One of the best I've seen.

Amy B.

Helpful information

Richard H.

Good program.

Lawrence R. F.

good presentation

Nicholas A.

The concept is simple, yet is under-used. This is my favorite presentation so far.

Emily E.

Several of the tools were already familiar but useful discussion and anecdotes.

Laura M.

Matt Passen is the best presenter I have seen in these courses

Makedonka B.

This program was very interesting. Speaker was knowledgeable and delivered info in a way that kept my attention the entire hour. Please recruit him to submit more Illinois specific programs.

Gerardo D.


Timothy M.

Interesting presentation which was well done

Gary D.

This is a great course. The lecture interwove great information about the use of technology in the courtroom with very helpful reminders about the rules of evidence. One of the best.

Lee H.

excellent presentation--as a "senior" attorney, you really get the sense that it's a whole new ballgame out there!! The technology is incredible, and to me, it seems beyond the reach of anyone who didn't grow up with it!! You really have to start over, but you're probably too old to start over!! :-):-):-)

Elizabeyh L.

This program and this specific presenter was truly outstanding!! He spoke at a nice pace, explained his points very well and gave memorable examples. Excellent presentation!!

Donna W.

The instructor was so well informed and his materials and practical advice were so helpful. Great webinar!

Neil H.


michael p.

Really useful

Michael R.

great speaker very informative

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