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CLE Seminar

When: 12/11/2014
From 1:00 pm until 4:15 pm
Where: Delaware County Bar Association
335 West Front Street
Media, PA  19063
Presenter: Barbara L. Ashcroft, Thomas G. Oakes, Hon. John P. Capuzzi, Sr., Donna Reason
Contact: Karen Newell
610-566-6627 Ext. 222

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                       “The Intersection of Trial Advocacy & Technology in the Courtroom”


                          COST: $60.00 ($20.00 per Credit Hour)

                         WORTH: 3.0 Substantive Law CLE Credit Hours

                           (Lunch will be included.)

Technology is quickly become an integral component to jury persuasion. Although most trial lawyers accept technology on some level, many remain either unaware of its dynamic impact, or avoid its inclusion in their practice. This CLE will knock your socks off with a team of two of the very best engaging experts in this field who will inform you: 1. What Technology is out there. 2. Why master Technology. 3. How Technology can benefit your advocacy.

Barbara L. Ashcroft, Director of Temple Law’s LL.M. In Trial Advocacy Program (Nationally Ranked for Excellence), and Trial Director Specialist Thomas G. Oakes join forces along with the Honorable John Paul Capuzzi, Sr., to showcase the power of a finely-tuned visual effects in the form of actual demonstrative evidence. This CLE will provide the vision for today and tomorrow as presenters share their knowledge and expertise of the newest and most user friendly technology sure to capture your jury’s attention, and aid you in highlight your recurring case themes and theories.

Ms. Ashcroft is also works for NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy) as a Faculty member, is a Lecturer at the Stetson Law School, and a Trial Consultant and a Legal Analyst for: The Morning Call, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other various news media and radio stations. Ms. Ashcroft has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, where she was the Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit prosecuting numerous high profile cases, and an ADA in Chester County for a period as well, specializing in Sex Crimes Against Children and Domestic Assault cases.

Mr. Thomas G. Oakes, has been the owner of Thomas G. Oakes Associates for nearly three decades as a technology guru, providing services in: Trial Preparation, Court Reporting (certified in MD,NJ,DE), Records Retrieval and Video Conferencing, and is a Certified Trial Director Trainer ( in 4.5, 5.0, and 6.0). Mr. Oakes also serves as a faculty member at the Beasley School of Law specializing specifically in teaching technology in the courtroom, and is extensively involved with IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel), FDCC (The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel), and the ABA (American Bar Association), where he has presented on “Effectively Using Trial Technology” in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation. Mr. Oakes has been involved in helping to present many high profile cases in the last 37 years. See:

Rest assured that you will walk away from this seminar with a whole new level of understanding, and be inspired by the platforms of technology including: Trial Director TD Mobile for the IPAD, Trial Pad, Power Point, Keynote, and the use of the IPAD in the Courtroom. Learn about case organization, technology-based exhibits for evidence presentation.

Please note that the Honorable John Paul Capuzzi, Sr., is paving the way from the Bench to bring 21st Century Technology into Delaware County Common Pleas Courts, along with Ms. Donna Reason, Director of the Courthouse Audio Visual Department. Both the Judge and Donna are consultants and participants in this presentation, and will be available to answer your questions at the close of the seminar during Q & A.

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