Wednesday, December 2, 2009

how visual media are changing the law

Neal Feigenson, at Quinnipiac, and Christina Spiesel, at Yale, have written a new book on Law on Display, The Digital Transformation of Legal Persuasion and Judgement. 
At you can take a virtual tour through the various media they discuss in their book.
Here's a summary:
"In this comprehensive survey and analysis of how new visual technologies are transforming both the practice and culture of American law, Neal Feigenson and Christina Spiesel explain how, when, and why legal practice moved from a largely words-only environment to one more dependent on and driven by images, and how rapidly developing technologies have further accelerated this change. They discuss older visual technologies, such as videotape evidence, and then current and future uses of visual and multimedia digital technologies, including trial presentation software and interactive multimedia. They also describe how law itself is going online, in the form of virtual courts, cyberjuries, and more, and explore the implications of law’s movement to computer screens. Throughout Law on Display, the authors illustrate their analysis with examples from a wide range of actual trials."
Those readers of this blog who were teaching legal writing some 20 years ago may recall that Neal started out as a legal writing director, so he's lived through this transformation with a writing professor's eye for its impact. 

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