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Multnomah County Courthouse Open House

Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by Angel Falconer

We have blogged previously about some of the improvements we would like to see at the new courthouse. Next week is your opportunity to share your own ideas and learn more about the new Multnomah County Courthouse. Attend the open house in person next Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 4-6 PM or online at the project’s website.

A Courthouse Wish List

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Angel Falconer

Anyone who has provided assistance in trial presentation will identify with this. When I go to trial I bring with me everything you might expect: miscellaneous office supplies, several volumes of paper exhibits, a rolling bookcase, a laptop, small printer, second monitor, splitter, and if I’m sharing equipment with opposing counsel, a switch; and since most courtrooms were not built with any of this technology or the extra set of hands required to run all of it in mind, I find I usually also need a chair, small desk, projector, a table for my projector, sometimes my own projection screen, speakers, lots of cords, extensions for all those cords, power strips, my own personal hot spot, and plenty of duct tape. Most judges and court personnel are very friendly and accommodating, and I do my best to try to make all this extra gear fade into the background, but unfortunately, sometimes, despite my best efforts, cords that extend to the opposite side of the room get in the way, there is no ideal place to project evidence onto a screen without blinding someone, binders overwhelm witnesses and attorneys, and my presence behind counsel’s table, with all this equipment, does not go unnoticed. The good news is that any distraction it causes is temporary and is outweighed by the benefits of being able to publish and annotate key evidence for the jury and display dynamic demonstrative exhibits for them without fumbling around with large poster boards (not to mention the advantage of being able to edit them on the fly). However, hauling it through security (often up stairs in buildings that also weren’t built for ADA compliance), setting it up and breaking it all down (sometimes several times to make way for other court proceedings) can be time consuming and very difficult. It sure would be nice if courtrooms were designed to handle modern-day trial presentations, and as Multnomah County considers plans for the new courthouse, I hope that they’ll make a few improvements. Here are some suggestions that would help with some of the biggest obstacles:

  • Several power outlets located at counsel’s table;
  • Empty shelves behind counsel’s table and in the witness stand;
  • Speakers, large projection screen, and monitors that both sides can tie into and positioned so that everyone in the courtroom can see and hear the evidence;
  • Lighting designed for displaying electronic evidence;
  • Space behind counsel’s table for a paralegal or someone else hired to assist with trial presentation (maybe even a small desk or table?);
  • Internet access.

Obviously, the most important thing is that we build a secure courthouse that won’t crumble in an earthquake, but I think there’s also an opportunity to design it for the courtroom technology that attorneys and jurors have come to rely on and expect.

Smartwatch Security in the Workplace

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by Matthew Clover

Smartwatches have been around for awhile, but the upcoming release of the Apple Watch has the potential to bring them into the mainstream. While the Apple Watch, and other Smartwatches, have the potential to increase efficiency, they also provide another device that can store and/or access corporate data. This presents another device that will need to be incorporated into a business’s BYOD security policy as well as another device to manage.
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Google Glass Already Leaving its Mark on Legal Landscape

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Josh Ross

Google Glass—the wearable computer that allows users to, among many other things, take photos, shoot videos, send messages, find directions, and browse the web using voice commands—has been available to beta users, called “Glass Explorers,” for some time and is reportedly set for broader public release later this year.  Entry to the general market will undoubtedly give rise to questions about how the device, and its uses, will change the legal landscape (if at all) and how the device will differ from existing technologies as a target of discovery requests and related discovery obligations of litigants. Read more…

Tile: A new way to track your most important items

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by Matthew Clover

There are many companies who provide the ability to track the various important objects in your life, from the built-in Find My iPhone, to a bluetooth sticker like StickNFind. A new product called Tile, aimed for release this winter, takes the idea and puts a new spin on it that uses the Tile community to help find what you have lost. In general, this means that you can “mark” your item as lost via the app on your iPhone, and then anyone that walks by your lost item with the Tile app running will send you the location, unbeknownst to them.

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Samsung looks to assert itself with a new security feature: Samsung Knox

Posted on: March 18th, 2013 by Matthew Clover

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was introduced last Wednesday to great fanfare at an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It has been described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary by various members of the tech press, and not a threat to Apple’s iPhone 5S likely to be announced at some point this year. That said, unless Apple is planning something radically different from their normal release cycle, there is one feature that distinguishes the Galaxy S4 from the iPhone: Samsung Knox.  Read more…

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  • Angel Falconer is Stoll Berne's Litigation Support Manager. She supports attorneys and clients through the entire litigation process and has worked on cases involving the securities laws, complex commercial disputes, class actions, unfair competition and trade secrets. Angel has expertise directing large-scale discovery projects and helps manage Stoll Berne's in-house e-discovery systems. Angel supervises electronic evidentiary presentations in arbitration hearings and in state and federal trial courts.
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