Visual Communication in Your Legal Practice - On Demand CLE

William S. Bailey

Format: On Demand Program
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The data is in: our attention spans are getting shorter. Since the invention of the smartphone—and with the proliferation of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and other short-form social media—humans have begun processing information differently than they once did: so much so that their decision making process often follows different neural pathways than it did in the days before the internet.

So what does this mean for the trial lawyer?

First the bad news: the juries you studied in law school simply do not exist anymore. The ways we were taught to advocate do not work. Long, exhaustive statements, and briefs full of heavily cited blocks of text, are relics of a bygone era. Both judges and juries report finding legal writing dull, dry, and tedious (and the same goes for long-winded opening statements and summations). Even as the stakes have gotten higher, far too few trial lawyers have evolved their communication style to meet the needs of the modern courtroom.

Now the good news: while our jurors do not listen and read as they used to, they are more attuned to visual stimulation—and smart attorneys know how to use this to their advantage. 

Bill Bailey, trial lawyer and decorated law professor, anticipated this phenomenon in 2011 with his groundbreaking book, Show the Story. His latest book, Show the Brief (2023), builds on this catalog with even more valuable insights into the power of visual advocacy. When attorneys put Bailey’s lessons to use in their legal practice, they unlock the secrets of powerful, persuasive communication.


  • The latest research on human behavior, attention, and motivation
  • How to highlight key liability issues with the use of visual aids
  • The power of a memorable, well-designed trial exhibit
  • The secret to making “Rules of the Road” accessible and compelling, even to resistant jurors
  • How to turn numbers and technical details into persuasive information graphics
  • Writing strategies that win the attention and respect of trial judges
  • Why journalists are better storytellers than trial lawyers (and what we can learn from them)
  • The importance of using graphic design principles in your briefs, motions, and more
  • How to maximize the impact of visual aids in depositions and mediations

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On Demand Program: 84 Minutes
Original Air Date: 03/08/2023

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