Demonstrative Aids at Trial


Effectively employ demonstrative aids to persuade and reinforce understanding.

Written by highly experienced American College of Trial Lawyer Fellows, and informed by consultation with trial judges, jury consultants, and graphics consultants, Demonstrative Aids at Trial shows how to provide persuasive visual explanations to juries.

This spiral-bound book includes:

  • Over 70 pages of full-color sample exhibits to guide and inspire trial lawyers, demonstrating timelines, processes, anatomical depictions, spatial relationships, scene depictions, and much more
  • A thorough discussion of the law and rules that apply to the use of demonstrative aids
  • The best practices of experienced lawyers, with general guidelines all lawyers should follow
  • Insights into the views of highly experienced federal trial judges, along with opinions of jury consultants on the topic
  • Useful checklists for judges, and for the lawyers appearing before them

In this book, the Complex Litigation Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers identifies and unravels the legal and practical issues presented by demonstrative aids, and offers suggestions for their persuasive and proper use. 




    Part I: The Law of Demonstrative Aids

    Chapter 1. The Law Concerning Use of Demonstrative Aids

    The Foundation * Opening Statements and Closing Arguments * Policy and Logistical Issues

    Chapter 2. Best Practices: General Guidelines for Use

    Developing Form and Content * Strategize with the Goal in Mind * Choosing Content and a Medium

    Chapter 3. View from the Bench

    Best Practices: What Makes a Good Demonstrative? * What Not to Do: Judicial Pet Peeves * When Is a Demonstrative Unfairly Prejudicial?

    Chapter 4. What the Jury Consultants Say

    Jurors Expect Lawyers to Use Demonstrative Aids * When and How to Develop * Effective Demonstratives

    Chapter 5.  Checklist for Judges

    Substantive Exhibits vs Demonstrative Aids * Offering in a Timely Manner and Avoiding Unfair Prejudice * Is the Content Helpful?

    Part II: Examples of Demonstrative Aids

    Sequences * Timelines * Anatomical Depictions * Processes * Spatial Relationships * Technical Information * Charts, Graphs, and Pie Charts * Maps * Illustrated Trial Boards * Key Case Documents * Geographic or Scene Depictions * Depicting Damages or Numbers * and more!

      About the Editors-in-Chief

      Harry J. Roper is a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice.  He is Chair of the Complex Litigation Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Upstate Illinois Committee of the College of Trial Lawyers.

      Douglas R. Dalgleish is a partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP, where he represents individuals, manufacturers, industrial developers, technology companies, transportation businesses, and other clients before federal and state courts throughout the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Complex Litigation Committee.


      2017/160 pp. Softcover, Spiral-Bound with Full-Color Images

      ISBN: 978-1-68267-370-6

      Order #3370


      “[W]hen the outcome largely depends upon your ability to reach a… jury, it’s essential to present your evidence using a medium that resonates. Demonstrative Aids at Trial provides all trial lawyers, both young and old, the background and means to do just that.”

      Chief Judge James F. Holderman, Retired, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL

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