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

With courts changing to include more virtual capabilities, learn how this shift impacts attorneys, how they’re responding, and things to consider to make the shift more seamless for all parties.

You’ll come away with some actionable information on how to work with the courts more effectively going forward and how to better prepare for and conduct virtual hearings.

This is the second 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.

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.

Ron Hedges
Senior Counsel

Ronald is a member of Denton’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has extensive experience in e-discovery and in the management of complex litigation, and had served as a special master, arbitrator and mediator. He also consults on management and discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).

Previously, Ron Hedges was a United States Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey until 2007. While a magistrate judge, he was the Compliance Judge for the Court Mediation Program, a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee, and both a member of, and reporter for, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee.

Ron was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School, where he taught mediation skills. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and remains an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark.

Gail Gottehrer
Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC.

Gail Gottehrer is the Founder of the Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC. Her practice focuses on emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), biometrics, robots and facial recognition technology, and the privacy and security laws and ethical issues associated with the data collected and used by these technologies. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.

Gail teaches Law for Knowledge Innovation at Columbia University, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Rutgers University’s Leading Disruptive Innovation Program, and a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School.

Gail is a member of the State of Connecticut’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and the Law, and Co-Chairs the Task Force’s Regulatory, Safety, Law and Policy Subcommittee. Gail serves as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Technology and the Legal Profession Committee, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Transportation Law Committee, Chair-Elect of the ABA TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee, and Co-Chair of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ IP & Technology Affinity Group.  She is also a Member of the IEEE P7014™ Working Group that is developing a Standard for Ethical Considerations in Emulated Empathy in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Gail was selected as one the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM and one of the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Gail is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

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