(Webcast) Virtual Lawyering: Reaching Your Audience During the Pandemic

Monday, April 12, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Program Co-Instructors:
Gail L. Gottehrer, Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC
Nicole Lancia, Attorney, National Labor Relations Board
Ronald J. Hedges, Senior Counsel, Dentons

  • The rapid emergence and continuing use of remote litigation-related proceedings has increased the need for effective advocacy skills.  Remote proceedings, via digital meeting and online platforms, create new challenges for lawyers, putting some into unfamiliar surroundings and requiring all lawyers to advance their clients’ interests and maintain professional composure while dealing with technical glitches or interruptions. This webinar will examine how lawyers might hone their skills to be effective remotely in various stages of litigation, including conferences with judges and opposing counsel, bench and jury trials, and oral arguments before judges and juries.  The presenters will consider differences in advocacy skills when lawyers are before a court by audio or video conferences as opposed to in-person appearances and offer tips for effective oral advocacy in virtual proceedings; examine challenges to direct and cross-examination of witnesses in virtual proceedings; suggest best practices to reach juries that are participating remotely or in socially distanced courtrooms, including opening and closing arguments; and provide insights into post-pandemic proceedings and how lawyers might respond to opportunities for court appearances in-person or virtually.

    Program Fee:
    $119 for Members | $219 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Law Students, Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2019-2021), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, and attorney members who practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • 5:00 pm – 5:05 pm
    Introduction & Program Overview

    5:05 pm – 5:30 pm
    Differences in Advocacy Skills 

    • Video v. audio proceedings; virtual v. in-person appearances
    • Tips for effective oral advocacy in virtual proceedings

    5:30 pm – 5:50 pm
    Examination of  Challenges to Direct and Cross-Examination of Witnesses in Virtual Proceedings

    5:50 pm – 6:10 pm
    Best Practices to Reach Juries Participating Remotely or in Socially Distanced Courtrooms, Including Opening and Closing Arguments

    6:10 pm – 6:20 pm
    Insights Into Post-Pandemic Proceedings: How Lawyers Might Respond to Opportunities for Court Appearances In-Person or Virtually

    6:20 pm – 6:30 pm
    Question/Answer Session

  • New York: 1.5 Skills
    New Jersey: 1.8 General
    California: 1.5 General
    Pennsylvania: 1.5 General
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org