Earn CLE Credits and Gain Insights into Improving Your Law Practice
Law has changed significantly due to the pandemic. So we decided to do our part and shift some of our regular Lunch and Learns into full CLE courses approved by the Florida Bar to cover various topics.
We brought judges from multiple courts to ask them questions and gain their perspective on handling cases with virtual appearances:
Learn answers to questions such as:
- If you had one piece of advice for attorney appearing before you on Zoom.
- Do judges prefer attorneys who are not arguing (but represent a party in the case) to appear on video or keep the camera off?
- What is your expectation of zoom hearings in the foreseeable future?
- Should we stand for judges at the beginning of zoom hearings?
- How are judges making sure that the parties/witnesses are not reading from notes or don’t have others in the room who are helping them and that the witnesses are properly sequestered
- when the rule is invoked?
- When will the “zoom is new, let’s give the other side/party/opposing counsel time to figure it out” (cutting into my hearing time significantly and I took the time to figure it out before the hearing) excuse no longer be used?
- How do exhibits get admitted into evidence? How does it work in different divisions?
- Is it unprofessional to use a background at a zoom hearing?
- How do we cross examine? Some Judges do not know have to allow attorneys to share their screen.
- What if my client is at another location/incarcerated, and I need to confer during the hearing? Should we recess each time? Most lines at the detention facilities are recorded. What goes?
- What are your feelings or thoughts on attorneys holding up a sign saying “objection!” during examination of witnesses?
- To what extent do the judges recognize that moving forward, zoom may not be the best option for everything. In other words, to what extent do they recognize that it is not the equivalent of being in person and that sometimes the in-person aspect is strategically better.
- With respect to interpreter, how is this being handled?
- How do you politely interrupt Opposing counsel when they are going on and on?
Additional topics we have covered include: managing overflowing email inboxes, dealing with difficult clients, and best practices to hire law clerks.