Objection!! 2.0 by TransMedia, is a computer game that lets the player assume the role of an attorney defending a client suspected of murdering a Beverly Hills heiress on New Year’s Eve.
I am not a real lawyer but I play one on my computer.
The facts (murder weapon, time of death, etc.) and questions change each time, making each new trial different and challenging.
The game itself does a great job of making learning or brushing up on the rules of evidence a fun experience. It is well suited for practitioners and students. It does not require extensive equipment, and the instructions are direct and simple to follow. With different versions allowing purchase of only the parts you want, it seems TransMedia Productions has thought carefully about its potential users and works hard to fulfill their needs. Bottom line: I would have loved using this while taking my evidence and trial practice classes, and I can think of no better way to fulfill CLE requirements.
The rest of the manual covers the specific types of evidence within the categories. Common examples, their peculiarities, and foundation requirements are covered. The stated goal of the manual is to allow users to look up specific requirements for any type of evidence they wish to present. Both the structure and the indexing achieve this goal of problem-oriented information dissemination. The full version of Objection!! with the manual and strategy tapes is certified for Continuing Legal Education credits in 15 states.
he game was a fun refresher for me and brought me up to speed again quickly on this aspect of evidence and law trial. Also, just from playing the game and using the explanation feature, a non-lawyer friend was soon able to spot and quickly give the correct objection to improper questions. Objection!! meets its goal of being a refresher for lawyers and an introduction for law students.
The heart of Objection!! is the computer trial game, which comes on one low-density floppy disk. Aimed at both law students and practitioners, the game succeeds in making evidence drills fun instead of monotonous. You are the defense attorney in a murder trial and must make the best objection in a timely manner (real quick!) to keep your client (in this case, you know he’s innocent) out of trouble.
It all takes place in a realistic courtroom with graphic displays and animated human actors.
The makers of the game claim that the facts change from game to game (I haven’t gotten that far) and that there are 5,670,000 variations. That should keep it challenging for most of us for some time.
The computer game, which can be loaded onto a hard drive in about two minutes, is accompanied by a scholarly, well indexed and well-written treatise, authored by Ashley Lip(s)on, a lawyer and author of two other books on Evidence. The printed materials themselves would be a valuable quick resource in most law offices, coupling it with the computer game will insure it gets thoroughly reviewed.