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April 6 - 8, 2018

 

Veritext Headquarters, Philadelphia

 

Official Meeting Hotel:

Sofitel Hotel, Philadelphia

120 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

215.569.8300  | website

 

 

 

 


The FDCC is proud to launch this one-of-a-kind, innovative two and a half day program. Working in teams, members will collaborate and demonstrate their mastery of the information presentation technologies featured in the teaching and testing modules built by Traveling Coaches/Legal Mind, the FDCC's educational partner.


Distinguish yourself professionally with the power of persuasion that comes from visually connecting your audience to your message. Attendance for this event is strictly limited, register early to reserve your place in the inaugural TECH U class. 





OVERVIEW



The Tech U program allows members to complete their training to become FDCC certified as a Technology Master Advocate. This is a hands-on indoctrination into the setup and uses of information presentation and organization technologies that will allow you to distinguish yourself professionally.  The program offers lectures, demonstrations and performance workshops designed to enhance your ability to develop a visual mindset and tech strategy in managing case information, and building presentations for use in arbitrations, client updates, mediations, mock jury work, and in the 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 testing modules built by Traveling Coaches/Legal Mind, the FDCC’s education partner. Members will come into the program having spent time completing all of the training and testing modules, and fully equipped with an iPad and the prescribed Apps. Participants will leave with the distinction of having been certified by the FDCC as Technology Master Advocates, using the power of persuasion that comes from visually connecting their audience to their message.




THE DETAILS


What is Tech U?
  

Tech U is the name we have given to the comprehensive two and a half day program designed for those members that are integrating the technologies – apps and software – featured on this site into the way they digest, evaluate, and present case information to their clients, their companies, their mediators, their mock jurors or focus groups, and ultimately to their judges and juries.  These members see the power of persuasion that comes from personally using these readily available and easy-to-use tools to connect their audience to their message, not just relying on others to make the presentation for them.

To attend this conference, members will need to commit to completing the on-line training and testing modules that our education partner, Traveling Coaches/Legal Mind, have built for us. Access to this training through our exclusive member portal will become available in late-February 2018.


What are the Goals for the Program?
 

The Tech U program allows members to complete their training to become FDCC certified as a Technology Master Advocate. This is a hands-on indoctrination into the setup and uses of information presentation and organization technologies that will allow you to distinguish yourself professionally.  The program offers lectures, demonstrations and performance workshops designed to enhance and strengthen your ability to develop a visual mindset and tech strategy in managing case information and building presentations for use in arbitrations, client updates, mediations, mock jury work, and in the 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 testing modules built by Traveling Coaches/Legal Mind, the FDCC’s education partner.  Members will come into the program having spent time completing all of the training and testing modules, and fully equipped with an iPad and the prescribed Apps. They will leave with the distinction of having been certified by the FDCC as Technology Master Advocates, using the power of persuasion that comes from visually connecting their audience to their message.


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 FDCCEvolve.com.

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 that 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 storytelling.

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, accessible through the portal that will be linked to this site beginning in February 2018.  And these members have attended and successfully completed Tech U.




ACCOMMODATIONS

 

 

Sofitel Philadelphia is the official hotel of FDCC TECH-U.

 

Location:  120 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Hotel Telephone #:  215.569.8300

Group Rate:  $195 single or double occupancy plus 15.5% room tax

Hotel Reservation Deadline:  Friday, March 16, 2018

Hotel Cancellation Deadline:  24 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date

 

To receive the group rate, please provide code FDCC.

 

 

Walking Directions from the Sofitel Hotel to Veritext Legal Solutions:

 

  1. Exiting the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, walk North on 17th Street for three blocks, crossing over Chestnut Street. The next street is Market Street. Walk one block to 18th Street.

  2.  Veritext Legal Solutions is located at 1801 Market Street on the Northwest corner (also known as Ten Penn Center).

  3. Reception inside the building will direct you to the correct elevator for the 18th Floor. 

 

 


 

MEETING INFORMATION



When is Tech U?

Tech U begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, April 6, 2018. It will end on Sunday, April 8th, at 3:30 p.m. A detailed syllabus and schedule may be found below. 


Where Will Tech U be Held?

  

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





SCHEDULE AND SYLLABUS
(As of March 22, 2018; schedule and speakers subject to change)

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 6th:

 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration, Dinner, Orientation

 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Lecture Series (Part 1) (includes Q&A)

 

“Plaintiff’s Perspective”

Speaker: Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, Philadelpia

 

"The Latest in Visualization Methods"

Speaker: Chris Espinosa, Exponent

 

7:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Break

 

7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Team workshop with circulating coaches;

End of day

SATURDAY, APRIL 7th:

 

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Arrive/check-in; Breakfast

 

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Workshop – Student systems (equipment troubleshooting & questions, etc.); Hands on demonstration of hardware setup

 

8:30 am – 11:00 am

Workshop - Hands-on work in teams to finalize first round presentations

 

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Break

 

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Full group Q&A on workshop, how-to, etc.

 

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Lunch & Lecture Series (Part 2)

 

“Technology in the courtroom”

Speaker: Hon. Linda K. Caracappa, Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break

 

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Live group presentations

 

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Break

 

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Second round of live group presentations

 

6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner on site

 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Group debrief on first and second round live presentations; Learn parameters of new assignment

 

 SUNDAY, APRIL 8th:

 

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Arrive/Check in; Breakfast

 

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Third round of live group presentations (as necessary); Additional time spent on finalizing individual presentations

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Group debrief on third round live presentations

 

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Break

 

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Individual presentations

 

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Individual presentations and debriefing

 

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm

Break

 

2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

Final wrap up; Presentation of Technology Master Advocate Certification; Congratulations all around; Review of the program; Dismissal for flights home

 




EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE NEEDS



Click here to find a comprehensive list of equipment 
and software requirements for TECH U.




Thank you to our meeting sponsors for the generous support:

 

         

 

Thank You to Our Venue Host:

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to learn more.


 

CONTACT US



Any questions regarding TECH U may be directed to Program Director, Robert Christie

 

Questions concerning registration or accommodations may be directed to Registrar@thefederation.org

 

FDCC Cancellation Policy:

 

We hope you will not have to cancel or ask for a refund once you have registered for the convention. We realize however that last minute emergencies and trial schedules may require cancellation and request for a refund. A refund of registration fees, less $85 and any applicable credit card fees, will be given if the FDCC Office (registrar@thefederation.org or 630.433.4517) receives written notice no later than thirty (30) days before the first day of the Meeting. No refunds will be given if notice of cancellation is received by the FDCC less than thirty (30) days before the first day of the Meeting.

 





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