Virtual Courts: Challenges, Opportunities and What’s Next
The Courts’ Perspectives

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The pandemic has caused a disruption in the court system which affects both the courts and law firms alike. Now, more than ever, all are looking for better ways to hold Virtual Hearings as needed. How are the courts dealing with the changes and how are they able to operate under new conditions? What does that mean for the lawyers and how they work effectively with the changes? This evolution in how the courts operate is not a one and done – these are changes  that enhance the ability of the courts to operate under varied circumstances and will be with us going forward.  

The Courts’ Perspectives

Many courts have been running virtual hearings for over two months. In this webcast, we will discuss from the courts' perspective:

  • What’s been learned
  • What’s working
  • What’s not working
  • What are the best practices
  • What does the future look like?

This is the first webcast in a 3-part series on Virtual Courts. Join Thomson Reuters and esteemed panels of judges, court administrators, lawyers and technologists as they share insights they’ve gained over the past few months as they transition to working in a virtual environment, lessons they have learned, and the impact they’re seeing. You’ll gain insight into how they're operating virtual hearings and the key solutions they're using.  

Gina Jurva
Attorney & Manager of Market Insights and Thought Leadership - Corporate & Govt. Segments
Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute

Attorney & Manager of Market Insights and Thought Leadership – Corporate & Govt. Segments, Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute

Gina lives and breathes the law, frequently writing, speaking, and moderating live forums, podcasts and webinars on issues critical to both Governments and Corporations. She works on solutions to some of the world’s most pressing fraud issues including anti-money laundering (AML), e-commerce fraud, and government fraud, in addition to risk and regulatory compliance.

In previous roles at Thomson Reuters, Gina worked as the Manager for the Risk & Compliance platform. She was also a Senior Legal Writer and Editor. Additionally, she is no stranger to the courtroom having spent a combined 11 years as a deputy district attorney handling both misdemeanor and felony cases and later, her own legal practice defending clients in criminal matters.

Hon. Jeffrey R. Jablonski
Judge, NJ

Jeffrey R. Jablonski was appointed to the Bench in 2013 and was reappointed in 2020.  Judge Jablonski is the Presiding Judge of Chancery Division in Hudson County. Before that, he served in the Civil Division as the designated Complex Business Litigation Judge for the Hudson Vicinage. A native of Kearny, New Jersey, Jeff attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his law degree, with honors, from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cooley Law Review and received both the American Jurisprudence Award for his legal writing and the Distinguished Student Award by the Cooley Alumni Association. After graduation, he was elected to Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers on Legal Subjects, and was appointed to the faculty of Seton Hall Law School as a legal writing professor. He currently serves on the Board of Editors for the Legal Writing Institute. Before his appointment to the bench, he was an experienced trial and appellate litigator and was certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a criminal trial attorney. Judge Jablonski serves as the Chairperson of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute resolution. Judge Jablonski has served as faculty for numerous Judicial Education conferences including the New Jersey Judicial College, the New Judge Orientation Program, and the Civil and General Equity Division Judges’ Retreat.

Hon. Emily A. Miskel
Judge, TX

Judge Emily Miskel has served as judge of the 470th district court of Collin County, Texas, since the court was created in 2015. In her time on the bench, she has presided over more than 8,000 cases. She has a record of integrity, experience, and commitment to the rule of law. She was awarded the highest overall ranking in the Collin County Bar Association 2017 Judicial Poll.

Judge Miskel received her law degree from Harvard Law School and is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She graduated from Stanford University in the top 15% of her class with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Judge Miskel serves on the Computer & Technology Law Council for the State Bar of Texas. She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor reserved for the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys. She is a member of many legal organization, including the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, the Henderson Inn of Court, and the Collin County Bar Association. In 2016, she was awarded the Exemplary Article Award by the Texas Center for the Judiciary and the McKnight award for best article by the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.

Hon. Roy B. Ferguson
Judge, TX

Judge Roy Ferguson has served as judge of the 394th Judicial District Court (Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio Counties) since 2013. He is a member of many legal organizations, including the Judicial Needs Assessment Committee and the Judicial Committee on Information Technology.

Judge Ferguson received his Juris Doctorate of Law from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and before that, his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He won Lawyer of the Year from the State Bar of Texas GPSOLO in 2012.

David Slayton
Administrative Director
Texas Office of Court Administration

In May of 2012, David W. Slayton began serving in his current position as the Administrative Director for the Texas Office of Court Administration and as Executive Director of the Texas Judicial Council. Prior to this position, Mr. Slayton served as the Director of Court Administration for the Lubbock County District Courts and County Courts at Law for 8 years. He has been employed by the judicial branch in various roles for almost 20 years. Previously, he served as Court Services Supervisor for the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, in Dallas, Texas, and as a Trial Court Coordinator for the 99th District Court in Lubbock County. Mr. Slayton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University. He is a 2007 Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. He received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts and the 2010 Robert O. Dawson Award for Indigent Defense. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Conference of State Court Administrators, is the co-chair of the National Court Joint Technology Committee, a Past President of the National Association for Court Management, and was formerly the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association for Drug Court Professionals. In addition to the aforementioned organizations, Mr. Slayton is a member of the Texas Association for Court Administration.

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