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BECOME CERTIFIED AS A TECHNOLOGY MASTER ADVOCATE

 

Congratulations to our newly certified technology master advocates, class of 2018.

 

Here are the names of our 21 FDCC certified Technology Master Advocates, each having completed the required coursework and attended/completed Tech U 2018:

  • Mark Anderson: Goebel Anderson, PC, Salt Lake, UT

  • Victor Anderson: Thompson Coe, Los Angeles, CA

  • David Bertschi: BOS Law, Ottawa, ON, Canada

  • Daniel Carter: Emerson Church Law, Fresno, CA

  • Robert Christie: Christie Law Group, PLLC, Seattle, WA

  • Rayma Church: Emerson Church Law, Fresno, CA

  • Tom Cordell: Frailey, Chaffin, Cordell, Perryman & Sterkel LLP, Chickasha, OK

  • Ned Currie: Currie Johnson & Myers, PA, Jackson, MS

  • Jack Delany: Delany McBride, Philadelphia, PA

  • Michael Denning: Heyl, Rooster, Voelker & Allen, Rockford, IL

  • Robert DiSandro: Delany McBride, Philadelphia, PA

  • Nicole Duffy: Delany McBride, Philadelphia, PA

  • Steve Embry: Frost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville, KY

  • Paul Finamore: Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP, Baltimore, MD

  • Heidi Goebel: Goebel Anderson, PC, Salt Lake, UT

  • Denise Jaffe: Robinson + Cole LLP, Hartford, CT

  • Miranda Lundeen Soto: Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Miami, FL

  • Gregory Varga: Robinson + Cole LLP, Hartford, CT

  • Ben Watson: Butler Snow LLP, Ridgeland, MS

  • Jimmy Wilkins: Watkins & Eager, Jackson, MS

  • David Zizik: Sulloway & Hollis PLLC, Providence, RI

 
 

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 5-7, 2019

VERITEXT HEADQUARTERS PHILADELPHIA

FDCC Evolve successfully completed the first Tech U, graduating 21 newly certified Technology Master Advocates.  The program was incredibly well received.  The faculty of 8 led our group through over 20 hours of intense training and presentations.  In a collaborative and small group environment, members demonstrated their use of information presentation technologies to enhance their already powerful story telling skills.  Everyone left Tech U as a better lawyer than when they arrived, grasping the power of a visual mindset.  

We thank our 2018 Tech U sponsors:  

  • Veritext Legal Solutions

  • Engineering Systems, Inc.: ESI

  • Exponent

  • Epic

  • S-E-A

Save the date for FedTech U, 2019.  We look forward to working with a new group of members, assisting them in distinguishing themselves professionally with the power of persuasion that comes from visually connecting your audience to your message.


 
 

The details

 

What is FedTech U?   

Slight name change—Tech U is now FedTech U. This comprehensive 2 1/2 day program is the safest place possible for those members that want to advance their exposure to information and presentation technologies. What does that include? Many of the apps and programs featured on this website are designed to present information in a more visually impactful way. PowerPoint is obviously one of these technologies, one we have all used. Learn how to use it better. But there is more out there. There are well-designed intuitive apps, primarily ones designed to run on an iPad, that allow you to display digital documents, video, and other media in a way that connects you with your audience. And while some of us actively try cases, many of us do not. FedTech U is for any member that makes presentations to people in any setting and would like to be better at doing so. So whether you make presentations in the boardroom, the conference room, at mediation, or in court, this is a way for you to get the personal attention you have never received from knowledgeable instructors to help you personally improve.

We limit attendance to 25 members. We work in very small groups, with lots of time for one on one instruction where no question is left unanswered. We would like our members that are planning to attend to spend some time working through the training modules that our education partner, Traveling Coaches, has built for us. Once you sign up you will get a link that allows you to access these materials online. Expose yourself to these modules and get a strong sense for how your device (your iPad) works how these apps function. Don’t worry if you get confused. We will help you at FedTech U.

There is power in group learning, especially in a supportive and collaborative environment. That is what we offer you.


What are the goals for the program?  

The Evolve FedTech U program allows members to improve their use of information presentation technologies and become a master at making their presentations more compelling and visually impactful. This is a hands-on collaborative seminar that teaches you how to set up and use visual technologies that will allow you to distinguish yourself professionally.  The program centers on small groups and one on one teaching. We combine this with demonstrations and performance workshops designed to enhance and strengthen your ability to develop a visual mindset and tech strategy to building presentations for use in any venue whether it is a conference room talk, an arbitration, a client update, a board roundtable, a mediation, a mock jury evaluation, or a courtroom.  Working in teams, members will collaborate and demonstrate their mastery of the information presentation technologies featured on FDCCEvolve.com and in the teaching and learning modules built by Traveling Coaches/Legal Mind, the FDCC’s education partner.  Members will come into the program having at least some time working through the learning modules.


What is a Technology Master Advocate?   

This is an FDCC mark of distinction, bestowed by our organization on members that have objectively demonstrated high proficiency in utilizing the various technologies--apps and software designed to make our presentations memorable to our varied audiences--featured on this website.  Technology Master Advocates are proficient at setting up the hardware necessary to utilize these presentation technologies.  They know how to use these programs to create powerful visual connections between the documents, pictures, video images, and locations that are part of a case and the audience that is being informed about the case.  These members have recognized the having a visual mindset and developing a tech strategy are fundamental to being effective advocates for our clients, and they have devoted the time and effort to excel at this component of good story telling.  Very specifically, to obtain this certification, members have completed all of the training and testing modules developed by our education partner, Traveling Coaches/Legal Mind, and have completed FedTech U.

FedTech U is for you even if you do not desire complete the additional work necessary to secure this certification. Your goal may be simpler—gain a good working knowledge of these presentation technologies and gain confidence that you could use some of these tools in a future presentation.

The FDCC certified 21 Technology Master Advocates in the Class of 2018.  Be a member of the Class of 2019!


Where will Tech U be held?   

 Veritext Legal Solutions will again host FedTech U at their Philadelphia offices located in the heart of downtown at 1801 Market Street, Suite 1800.


When is Tech U?  

Tech U begins at 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon, April 5, 2019.  It will end on Sunday, April 7th, at 3:30.  So Friday will be a travel day, and we will gather that evening to get started on our program.  We will work all day Saturday, and be back at it Sunday morning, finishing on time for everyone to catch flights home.


Where do I stay?  

We will again book a block of rooms at the Sofitel Hotel, located just a couple of blocks from Veritext's offices.  This is the same hotel that has hosted the Corporate Counsel Symposium for the last two years. 


What is the syllabus for the program?  

Here is a working agenda for this year’s program:

FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Arrival and registration.

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm– Orientation, introductions & workshop and material review

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Guest Lectures;

5:15 to 5:45 — Chuck Fox, Director of Visualization for ESI. Part 1 of 2 — “Why images are so effective: the science behind what makes images memorable.”

5:45 to 6:15 — Plaintiff counsel’s perspective on technology – a look at what the other side is doing with technology and why it matters. (includes Q&A)

6:15 pm– 6:45 pm – Dinner on site.

6:45 pm– 8:00 pm – Team workshop with circulating coaches. End of a long day.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Arrive/check in – breakfast

8:00 am – 8:45 am– Opening Remarks followed by Guest Speakers:

8:00 to 8:15 — Corporate counsel’s perspective - what we are learning at FedTechU is not just for trial lawyers!

8:15 to 8:45 — Chuck Fox, Director of Visualization for ESI. Part 2 of 2 — “Using image effectively: maximizing the power and persuasion.”

8:45 am – 10:45 am – Workshop – Circulating “how do I do that” coaching on all technologies. Making sure everyone individually is comfortable with technologies and ready to proceed. Specifics on how in-house lawyers and insurance industry professionals can effectively utilize apps such as Notability, LiquidText and others. Troubleshooting and hands on demonstration of hardware setup.

10:45 am – 11:00 am – Short break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Full group Q&A and workshop, how-to, etc.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm – Lunch with your team – brainstorming and final revisions

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Live group presentations

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Short break

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Second round of live group presentations

6:15 pm – 6:45 pm – Short break / Dinner

6:45 pm – 8:00 pm – Group debrief on first and second round live presentations. End of another long day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Arrive/Check in - breakfast

8:00 am - 11:00 am – Third round of live group presentations

11:00 am - 11:15 am – Short break

11:15 am – 12:00 am – Group debrief on third round live presentations

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – Lunch.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Sharing technology discoveries: new apps, new approaches.

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Final wrap up and presentation of Technology Master Advocate Certification. Congratulations all around. Review of the program and dismissal for flights home.


What equipment do I need in advance of Tech U?  

The only hardware you will need is an iPad. You don’t need a new one, but if yours is more than 3 years old, now might be the time to update it. We recommend an iPad Pro model with at least 256 Gb in memory. We recommend you get the Apple Pencil. Here is a sample build out of an iPad Pro model with the Apple Pencil and the Keyboard cover. The total cost is just over $1,000.

https://secure1.store.apple.com/us-k12/shop/checkout?_s=Fulfillment-init


What Apps do I need to download for Tech U?  

We will update this next year. For this year, all of the Apps used are those featured on this site under the Software/Apps section of this website.  

  1. This suite of three Apps, bundled together and called "The Ultimate Litigation Bundle" by Saurian, consists of three separate Apps that work integrally; TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad. This is the most expensive App you will be asked to purchase. The bundle is $299.

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2.   Notability is an App that is great for taking notes and organizing information.  You also download it on your laptop and smartphone.  It seamlessly syncs your notes across all three devices and backs them up to your cloud program. It might be the best $10 you will ever spend.

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3.   Timeline 3D by BeeDocs is an App for making visually impressive timelines that have a three dimensional appearance (hence the name) and an elegant way of moving from event to event. You can also download it on your Mac laptop if you have one. The cost is $24.99.

 

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4.   Body Anatomy by Visual Body is a "comprehensive 3D atlas of the human body" as described by its developers.  It is a powerful App that allows you to view any part of the human body in perfect detail and in three dimensions.  You can manipulate the image--rotate it, flip it, enlarge it--in ways that are captivating.  You can also take an image from the App and insert it into PowerPoint or other Apps.  The cost is $24.99.

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5.  StagePro is an App that makes your iPad into a full-blown document camera and whiteboard.  Use it with an inexpensive Belkin Light Table (don't worry, we will have light tables for use at Tech U, so don't bother bringing your own).  The cost is just $4.99.

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6.  Teleprompt +3 turns your iPad into a full-blown teleprompter.  Combining it with the companion App on your iPhone gives you a remote control device that works seamlessly with your iPad as your teleprompter.  The cost is $19.99.

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7. Google Earth is a free App that--well what do you expect from Google--just gives you THE ABILITY TO FLY AROUND THE WORLD AND GET THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGES OF ALMOST ANY GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION ON EARTH. You can get street view images from most major cities.  Wow.

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8.  POWERPOINT, and the Apple equivalent Keynote, are the foundation of any tech strategy.  It has been around for a long time, and is a versatile platform for organizing and presenting images, documents, video, and text.  Use it a whiteboard for assembling a comprehensive outline of your case.  It runs on any platform, Mac, PC, iPad, Surface.  We use it as part of Office 365, a subscription service with Microsoft that gives you access to PowerPoint and all the Office suite of programs, anytime, anywhere.

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9. Haiku Deck is a simplified version of PowerPoint with pre-built slide backgrounds that are easy to use and visually dynamic. The program allows you to quickly access a vast library of excellent images to match your written content. You can build your deck online for free. The better use of the app is to buy a subscription (about $100 for a year), which allows you to download your decks and open them in PowerPoint for adding transitions and animation. 

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Here is a slide built in Haiku Deck using one of the images from the online library.

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Watch this short video for more information on this great app.