A free virtual summit provided by National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Online Courtroom Project. As courts around the country have struggled to continue operations in the face of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, each state and the federal courts have issued their own set of guidelines to try and resume trials. However, each jurisdiction, and each judge has also implemented their own set of practices, given their resources, staffing, budget, and judgement. While most of these national, regional, and individual practices have been conducted on a trial and error basis, the goal of this conference is to provide practical recommendations on procedures, resources, and skills for both courts and attorneys who are looking to conduct jury trials in this challenging time.

Speakers: Ricky Raven

Event Type: Webinar

Start Date/Time:
13 November 2020, 3:05 PM ET
End Date/Time:
13 November 2020, 4:00 PM ET

This conference is free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to donate to a designated charity to assist underserved communities gain greater access to technology and the internet. For more information, please visit our day 2 event page, or nita.org for coverage of the whole event.

13 November 2020, 3:05 – 4:00 p.m. (ET) - Panel 3: Practical Tips for Complete Online Trials

Moderator:

  • Karen A. Lisko, PhD., Senior Litigation Consultant, of Perkins Coie, Phoenix, AZ

Panel:

  • Ricky Raven, Partner, Reed Smith, Houston, TX
  • Hon. Emily Miskel, 470 District Court, Collin County, TX
  • Hon. Pamela Gates, Presiding Civil Department, Maricopa County, AZ
  • Hon. Nicholas Chu, Justice of the Peace, Precinct Five, Travis County, TX

Topics:

  • Judicial pre-trial conferences
  • Attorney preparation
  • Instructions for jurors on participating meaningfully in online jury service
  • Types of cases that will and won’t work for online trials
  • Ability to streamline cases for online trials
  • Opening statements and closing arguments
  • Attorney presentation and persuasion skills in an online forum
  • How empathy and emotion work in online trials
  • Securing and enabling online jury deliberations