January 31, 2018

New ABA book helps litigators picture success with compelling advocacy graphics

CHICAGO, January 31, 2018 — A new American Bar Association book titled, “Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion guides lawyers and consultants in creating and using compelling and effective visuals to make their cases in the courtroom. 

This book is an in-depth reference guide to the theory and practice of crafting persuasive trial graphics. It dives deeply into the strategy of demonstratives, exploring when to use charts, tables and maps, but, more importantly, when not to use demonstratives and which stages of litigation that could benefit from still and animated graphics. The book also delves into the design principles behind potent advocacy graphics. 

To spark ideas, the book features an “Inspiration Index” with more than 300 visual examples to help litigators communicate more clearly, efficiently and persuasively.

Topics include:

  • What are Demonstratives?
  • Advocacy Design: The Thought Behind the Images
  • Using Demonstratives in Briefs, Expert Reports, Depositions and at Trial
  • General Demonstrative Design
  • Inspiration Index

Title:                “Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion”
Publisher:        ABA Section of Litigation/First Chair Press
Pages:             246
Product Code: 5310456
ISBN:               978-1-63425-951-4
Size:                6 x 9 paperback
Price:               $89.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or  shop.americanbar.org

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Chad Johannes at Chad.Johannes@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Sara Jordan Pickett, ABA Section of Litigation, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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