The Discovery Update – December 2020

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The Discovery Update – December 2020

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From the President

Hello,

In our December issue of the Discovery Update, we present articles on remote depositions, technologies that the legal profession is using to collaborate, plus other technology-related tips.

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We very much appreciate your support during this challenging year.

Best wishes,

Sheila Atkinson-Baker

How Lawyers are Communicating Online in 2020

By Nicole Black

If you’re interested in learning about how lawyers are using technology, then the ABA’s annual Legal Technology Survey Report is exactly what you’re looking for. In this Report you’ll find timely statistics regarding the technologies that lawyers are using and how they are being implemented in law firms. Topics covered in the Report include cybersecurity, basic office software, legal-specific software, cloud computing, mobile usage trends, and marketing tools used by law firms.

The 2020 Report was released a few weeks ago and its results reflect responses obtained from members of the legal profession during the timeframe of March through May 2020. The Report includes data collected from firms of all sizes, with solo and small firms making up more than half of those who responded to the survey: Solo firms (28%), firms of 2 to 9 attorneys (31%), firms of 10-49 attorneys (16%), firms of 50-99 attorneys (4%), firms of 100-499 attorneys (8%), and at firms of 500 or more attorneys (13%).

Included in the Report are a variety of interesting sets of statistics regarding how lawyers are using technology to communicate and collaborate online. Now that many lawyers are working remotely either full-time or part-time due to the pandemic, this data is all the more relevant.

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What Lawyers and Their Clients Should Do to Be Webcam Ready

By Scott Brennan

COVID-19 has upended the day-to-day professional lives of most lawyers, including an abrupt shift to video conferencing. While this new way of communicating with colleagues and clients, along with making court appearances, may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be.  By paying attention to just a few key things, lawyers can ensure they — and their clients — are webcam ready.

Webcam tips for lawyers

Using a webcam successfully requires understanding how the technology works, along with adequate preparation and some tweaks to speaking styles and body language.

First, the technical aspects:

  • Lighting: This is crucial as it will make or break an attorney’s webcam presence. Generally, you want to avoid only being lit from behind, above, or underneath. Light should come from a source directly in front of you, and it shouldn’t be too bright. Invest in a ring light designed for webcam/video if lighting conditions aren’t ideal.

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HOW LAWYERS ARE COMMUNICATING ONLINE IN 2020

WHAT LAWYERS AND THEIR CLIENTS SHOULD DO TO BE WEBCAM READY

SHOULD YOU COPY CLIENTS ON EMAILS TO OPPOSING COUNSEL?

HOW LAWYERS ARE HANDLING VIRTUAL TRIALS

20 IPHONE TIPS FOR LAWYERS IN 2020

VIRTUAL TOOLS WE RECOMMEND FOR YOUR LAW FIRM

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED 

Employee Use of Personal Technology at Work- What’s Discoverable?

Business Resiliency Planning for Law Firms

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Should You Copy Clients on Emails to Opposing Counsel?
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How Lawyers are Handling Virtual Trials
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20 iPhone Tips for Lawyers in 2020
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Virtual Tools We Recommend for Your Law Firm
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