January 01, 2011
Training Tips Columnist Bio
Training Tips columnist Jerry Lawson has given many presentations for national organizations, including the American Bar Association, American Association of Law Libraries, Department of Justice, ALI-ABA, Price Waterhouse's Legal Tech New York, President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and Association of Inspectors General. He has also been an instructor for many state and local CLE organizations.
His book, The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers (ABA 1999), and many articles on legal technology have been praised for making the benefits of technology accessible to lawyers without technical expertise. The authors of the first edition of Persuasive Computer Presentations for Lawyers (ABA 2001) recognized his contributions.
Mr. Lawson says by far his toughest presentations were the ones he has done on teaching techniques, including presentations at OGE Conferences in 2007 (with Dr. Carolyn Chapman), 2008 and 2011 as well as the 2007 OGE "train the trainer" Symposium Time to Get Creative program.
Mr. Lawson considers his strongest qualification for giving training tips to be:
The fact that I am not a naturally good speaker. To get my performance up to an acceptable level took significant study and work. As a result, I believe I may be better able to understand and explain what goes into a good presentation than many speakers who rely on innate talent.