The Reporter Newsletter – February 2010


The Reporter Newsletter – February 2010

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February 2010

From the President

Our goal is to provide you with relevant and helpful information that you will use in your daily work or that you will forward to other legal professionals inside or outside of your firm.

In this issue, our feature article focuses on utilizing teleconferencing for out-of-town depositions and outlines its benefits and convenience. We hope that this article either gives you new information about teleconferencing or is a reminder of the benefits of its use as an option in the deposition setting.

As always, we invite you to send us any articles or tips you may have regarding the litigation process so we can share them with our readers.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

A Low Tech Advantage in a High Tech World

By Barbara LynchStaff Writer

Today’s technology certainly is cutting edge and it’s advancing at a very quick pace. We are continually introduced to new techno-gadgets and electronic ways of communication which, only naturally, is overshadowing the more simple “technology” from yesteryear that still exists and is still quite useful.

Remember rotary phones that were attached to the wall? They once were sufficient. How about the time when the only button on the TV was the On/Off button?  So simple.  And the days when handwritten letters were commonplace? Oh, how uniquely special that was.

Today’s world of technology promises to make our lives more organized and efficient, but does it really? In some cases, the older (what now seems almost archaic) technology choice can be the wiser choice.

Take the common conference call, for example.

Conference calls, or “audio conferencing” or “phone conferencing” by today’s standard, used to be the only alternative option to face-to-face meetings. Now, with video taking over, we often forget and don’t continue to take advantage of this medium that, if we look closely enough, can fill the same need just fine.

Brian Sykes, a Workers’ Compensation defense attorney in Norfolk, Virginia, has been conducting most of his depositions via audio conferencing for over ten years. He relies heavily on it for out-of-town depositions both with clients and for obtaining expert testimony which he otherwise couldn’t acquire.

“In my Workers’ Compensation defense practice, I handle litigation all over Virginia. Audio conferencing services allow me to provide efficient, cost-efficient, and accurate representation to my clients state-wide,” he said.

Our memories of “conference calls past” might include the many times we had to ask the now popular question, “Can you hear me now?” over and over while we were taking a deposition over the phone. Or we can remember how irritating it was to hear the constant, unidentified clicking noise on the line or being so annoyed by having to place the speaker phone six inches from our face only to have to lean toward it even more just to be heard.

Well, today those memories can be just that – memories. Over the last two decades, the evolution of audio conferencing has grown to the point that it’s still a simple medium but with a much higher quality experience and result.

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A. It’s nothing out of the ordinary that I didn’t, you know, go by and see Ms. Smith and Jim, you know, because, you know, I’ve always helped Jim out, you know – and, of course, – Ms. Smith having this Alzheimer’s disease and all, you know, I always wanted to visit with her as often as possible.

Q. You say Ms. Smith has Alzheimer’s?

A. That’s what I understand.

Q. Is she lucid?

A. No, sir. She’s smart as a whip.

Are You Ready?

Q. Am I talking loud enough to where you can hear all of my questions distinctly and clearly?

A. Yes, sir. I don’t know how good I can talk. I left my teeth at home, in a glass of water.

Q. Well, gum it out good and loud.