The Discovery Update – May 2020

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The Discovery Update – May 2020

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From the President

Hello,
 
We have located some very good articles, written by your colleagues, chock-full of helpful tips for keeping your deposition-taking and data security on track in the current environment. 
 
While it is unknown how long we will be working remotely, one thing is clear:  You can keep your cases moving with this technology. 
 
Best,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Protect Your Meetings from Zoom Bombers

By Craig Ball

Distanced by Coronavirus, lawyers and teachers are flocking to the teleconferencing platform Zoom to meet and share screens.  Zoom is also turning up as a way to emulate face-to-face social interactions ranging from AA meetings and book clubs to happy hours and rock concerts.  Last week, the Chipotle fast food chain sought to bring a little joy to COVID-stressed customers by hosting an online concert with singer/songwriter Lauv. Things didn’t go as planned, and there’s a lesson there for lawyers and others needing meeting security.

Per Tressie Lieberman, Chipotle’s VP of Digital, “As we saw large-scale events begin to get cancelled, we wanted to act fast and give our fans something to get excited about despite being surrounded by negative news.”  Chipotle acted fast–too fast it seems–and assuredly gave viewers something to get excited about, though not as intended.  Chipotle was forced to pull the plug after one attendee used Zoom’s Screen Share feature to broadcast pornography to hundreds of other attendees.  Zoombombing: When Video Conferences Go Wrong, New York Times, March 22, 2020.

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Eight Tips for Court Appearances via Videoconference

By Nicole Black

Over the past month, videoconferencing has become the new normal. After all, there hasn’t been much choice in light of the shelter-in-place mandates in effect in many states and the implementation of social distancing as a necessary safety measure. As a result, most courts have suspended in-person appearances and have begun to use videoconferencing tools to facilitate and streamline the swift administration of justice.

With the sudden increase in court proceedings via videoconference came unintended consequences, as lawyers tried to navigate the practicalities of videoconferencing etiquette. Unfortunately, not all lawyers walked that line as well as they could have, as evidenced by a Florida judge’s impassioned plea in a letter wherein he requested that lawyers appearing before him for videoconferences wear shirts and otherwise dress in a manner that befits the occasion.

Of course, this begs the question:  What is the appropriate etiquette for court appearances via videoconference? What steps can and should you take to ensure that your videoconferences are professional and suitable for the circumstances?

Since court appearances using videoconference are a relatively new concept, there are no well-established rules or accepted practices available as of yet. That being said, common sense along with practical know-how can be exercised to ensure that you put your best foot forward when representing your clients via videoconference. To that end, here are some practical steps you can take to achieve that goal.

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PROTECT YOUR MEETINGS FROM ZOOM BOMBERS

EIGHT TIPS FOR COURT APPEARANCES VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

VIRTUAL DEPOSITIONS DURING THE PANDEMIC

MAXIMIZE CYBERSECURITY AT HOME

POINTERS FOR TAKING DEPOSITIONS BY VIDEOCONFERENCE

CALIFORNIA JUDICIAL COUNCIL ISSUES EMERGENCY RULES

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Data Security – Your Client’s and Yours

Mobile Lawyer Trends in 2020

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Virtual Depositions During the Pandemic
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Maximize Cybersecurity at Home
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Pointers for Taking Depositions by Videoconference
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CA Judicial Council Issues Emergency Rules
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