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American Law Review
     Established 1890  

June 5, 2001
State-of-the-art Courtroom
At State University College of Law
By Eileen Brill Wagner

    CLOVIS -- In a press release today, Wagner Catherine O'Grady, director of clinical programs at the Arizona State University College of Law, is determined that the students she trains will be up on the latest technology trends in the legal industry.
     For the past two years, she has been working on the remodel of ASU's student courtroom into a state-of-the-art facility, complete with computers, cameras, scanners, lasers, recording equipment and digital technology.
     The courtroom is being paid for by the university and by Phoenix attorney John "Chip" Harris, who donated half the funds in memory of his son Ryan. It will ready for classes by this fall, O'Grady said. O'Grady told the Clovis Free Press, the new courtroom will have student seating on different levels and offer various camera angles, so students may watch different aspects of a trial at the same time.
     "We will be the first in the country to shake up the notion that spectators have to look at the back of people's heads," said O'Grady. "Our new courtroom will have tiered student seating and four different camera angles so students can see all the different angles on a large screen." Professors in the clinical program will be able to repeat what happened in "court" during a class discussion with the click of a mouse.
     ASU's techno-courtroom is expected to put the Tempe university one step ahead of the University of Arizona's "Courtroom of the Future" that was launched in 1994.
     "The new courtroom at ASU will eclipse what we have," said Winton Woods, who has been teaching courtroom and law office technology at UA since 1994. "I need new monitors and projection equipment that can show large images and handle the new software. I'm hoping for an angel like Cathy got," he said of O'Grady.
     According to Patricia White, dean of the ASU College of Law, Wood was the Arizona pioneer for training law students in the use of courtroom technology. "We are copying many aspects of his courtroom of the future," she said. "His model was impressive, and he has worked graciously with Cathy in designing ours.
     "Technology training is a necessity for litigators, and it must become a part of litigation training," she said. "We have a responsibility to our students to make sure they have the skills necessary to compete and succeed in today's legal market."


    [Editor's Note: The most recent three years of final examinations at the College of Law are available in the College's Copy Center (Room 7A). The IKON Copy Service in the Law Library also has exams available for copying.
The Law Library retains bound volumes in the reserve collection for prior years back to 1968. The library also offers selected exams through the web. Check out ASU College of Law Library exam files and the Law School's Web Site -- http://www.law.asu.edu]

 

 

 

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