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No Excuses: Remote Depositions Required in the Age of COVID-19
By Tamara Fraizer and Steven Auvil
Today’s litigators are advocates and strategists, excelling in the application of rules, the art of negotiation, and the power of oral argument, and they use these tools to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients. In the age of COVID-19, with stay-at-home orders in effect across much of the nation, litigators may have lost one of their most important tools: the in-person deposition. Anticipating that in-person depositions will return in the near future, some litigators have filed stipulated motions to extend schedules and deadlines, to provide time to permit their return. Such efforts have been rebuffed by several courts, which have entered orders requiring that depositions be taken by remote means and according to schedule to keep cases moving during this period of enormous uncertainty. If this trend continues, parties and their counsel should no longer expect to be able to conduct in-person depositions, and, instead get accustomed to taking depositions remotely.
How to Conduct Videoconferences Ethically and Securely
By Nicole Black
Like most lawyers, you’ve probably been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more likely than not you’ve been conducting a lot of video meetings. After all, now that social distancing is commonplace, videoconferencing has become the new normal.
Of course for lawyers, many conversations with both their colleagues and clients are confidential. And regardless of the mechanism for any discussion, lawyers should always ensure that confidential communications are protected. That being said, because videoconferencing is such new phenomenon for most lawyers, you may understandably have questions about how to ethically and securely conduct videoconferences.