November 10, 2020
As trial attorneys, our clients depend on us to be at the top of our game in every courtroom in which we appear for trial. This includes our interactions with the judge, witnesses and the jury. Part of our skill comes from being able to read the room, to perceive how the judge is responding to an argument or a juror is reacting to a witness. What happens when that our ability to interact and perceive is compromised by use of remote technology that forces us to select juries, present evidence or conduct cross-examination in a room far from where the witness sits, and limits our full perception of what is going on in our courtroom?
J. Scott Donald, Esq. of Spinelli Donald Nott in Sacramento recently participated in a case that was in trial when COVID hit. Trial resumed months later after the court implemented a new technology platform that required remote appearances by all. He will share his personal insights into the process, what worked and what didn’t, and what every trial lawyer needs to know when answering “ready” to trial call in this day and age. He will also give us his perspective on the serious due process concerns we need to anticipate for our clients.
Presented by: J. Scott Donald, Esq., Spinelli Donald Nott
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