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Nov 9, 2020

Preventing improper witness coaching during remote depos

Anyone who has peeked at his or her cellphone during a Zoom meeting likely has recognized the potential for improper witness coaching during a remote deposition. When lawyers, the deponent and the court reporter are in physically different places, it is difficult for an attorney conducting a deposition to observe or control the way the […]

Nov 9, 2020

Listening to others during a videoconference

Most meetings lately are held via some form of videoconferencing platform — Zoom, Teams, Webex, etc. Those of us who use that medium throughout the day know that “Zoom fatigue” is a real thing. According to a article by Sander & Bauman, meeting online causes fatigue because it actually increases our cognitive load. We […]

May 4, 2020

Remote mediation: Best practices for lawyers

In the blink of an eye, the pandemic changed everything.  Even courts have curtailed their activities.  Yet, the disputes confronting our citizens have not abated. Lawyers have responded to these challenges by using phones, desktops, laptops and tablets to mediate remotely.  It’s working!  Cases are settling.  Importantly, people are safe.  Lawyers and mediators are now […]

May 4, 2020

Security tips for lawyers using Zoom

Social distancing has eliminated in-person interactions, causing lawyers to “meet” with clients through telephone calls or video conferencing. One of the most popular video conferencing platforms is Zoom. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Zoom’s daily active users have shot up from approximately 10 million to 300 million as people use the platform for work meetings and […]

May 13, 2019

C u in court: Text messages now remind defendants to show up

(AP) — C u in court. Courts around the country are embracing text messages as a way to nudge people into showing up for their hearings. On any given day, up to half of defendants fail to show up for their scheduled proceedings. No-shows cost the courts time and money, and failure to appear can […]

May 1, 2017

‘The bad guys WILL get in’

Lawyers who once sought stronger firewalls and tighter security to keep the bad guys out of their computer files are now hearing a sobering new message. “The bad guys will get in, and you better plan for the crisis,” was the message from tech experts at the 2017 Virginia State Bar TECHSHOW. Despite the latest […]

Mar 22, 2017

Telemedicine catches on, offers glimpse into health care’s future

Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic is using video cameras to connect babies born in distress at small hospitals to neo-natal specialists at their Rochester hospital. In Maryland, intensive care unit patients in 11 hospitals — 10 of them in sparsely pop­ulated rural areas — now have instant access to top specialists across the state through vid­eo cameras […]

Dec 16, 2016

Technology: prioritize in money and time

Google the word “technology” and in less than one second you’ll get almost 3 billion — yes, that’s right, billion — results. Love it or hate it, technology is not only here to stay, but also here to have an impact on your law practice. No one can argue the importance of technology in a […]

Sep 13, 2016

Roundtable: Cybersecurity

Virginia Lawyers Weekly held a roundtable on Aug. 30 on cybersecurity, sponsored by the Fairfax law firm of Berenzweig Leonard. The participants included a lawyer, a risk assessment manager, an insurance specialist, a cybersecurity strategist and a public relations professional. The discussion in this special section is excerpted from the 70-minute session, which covered, among […]

Jun 9, 2016

Three bad tech habits that your law firm needs to break

During a lifetime, most people develop less-than-ideal habits that can be detrimental to wellness and maybe even financial health. But when it’s an enterprise or law firm that’s putting those habits into place, it can impact every aspect of operations, from recruiting to client services. Technology is notorious for creating bad habits — checking email […]

Apr 25, 2016

Tracking child-related costs? There’s an app for that

The cost of raising children includes many ex­penses beyond the day-to-day, from summer camp tuition to medical bills to algebra tutors. But between divorcing parents, disputes over incidental costs that fall outside regular child support responsibilities can escalate quickly. An app called SupportPay, which helps parents track child-related costs, upload receipts and send the other […]

Mar 28, 2016

Social media terms of service and your firm

When you take a photo with your cell phone or write a blog post or a short story or a poem, in general you are creating a copyright that you own. Under United States copyright law you, as the owner of the copyright in that photo, blog post or poem, are the only one who […]

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