Graphic: Masthead for Law in the Zoom Era symposium.

Law in the Zoom Era: The Future of Virtual Lawyering

Washburn Law's Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government in partnership with the Washburn Law Journal is pleased to host "Law in the Zoom Era: The Future of Virtual Lawyering."

The symposium will be held Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University campus. Free parking is available south and west of Bradbury Thompson. The symposium will also be broadcast live via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the link for the Symposium.

In 2020, in response to novel coronavirus, lawyers across the country moved from lavish corner offices in skyscrapers to make-shift workrooms in their homes. The result has been an increasing number of lawyers who have converted their law practice to hybrid or entirely virtual practices. As people continue to adjust to a post-pandemic world, virtual lawyering has remained prevalent. Our keynote and panels of speakers will explore the legal, ethical, and social impact virtual law practice has on lawyers, clients, and the courts.

The symposium will consist of a keynote speaker and two panels.

  • The Disconnect: Exploring the Virtual Connection between Lawyers and Clients
  • Keynote: Can You See Me? Empathy and Remote Legal Proceedings
  • Trial by Zoom: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Follow the Symposium on Twitter at #virtuallawyering and #wljvirtuallawyering.

Symposium Schedule

NOTE: All times shown below are Central Time (CT); e.g., 9:50 a.m. CT = 10:50 a.m. Eastern Time = 8:50 a.m. Mountain Time = 7:50 a.m. Pacific Time.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

9:50 a.m. – Welcome

Photograph: Jeffrey Jackson. Photograph: Marissa No.

  • Jeffrey D. Jackson, Dean and Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law
  • Marisa A. No, Editor-in-Chief, Washburn Law Journal

10:00 a.m. – Panel 1: The Disconnect: Exploring the Virtual Connection between Lawyers and Clients

Lawyers are now more connected than ever to their clients through email, text, social media, and video conferencing. The result is that more people have access to attorneys and legal advice. But without the four walls of an office, lawyers are struggling to define boundaries for themselves and their clients. This panel will explore the ethical implications of the remote attorney-client relationship and how a competent, remote presence is integral for successful attorney-client relationships.

Photograph: Raymond Bresciax. Photograph: Isaac Mamaysky. Photograph: Brittany Stringfellow Otey.

Photograph: Patricia Judd.

  • Raymond H. Brescia, Hon. Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology and Professor of Law, Albany Law School [ Bio ]
  • Isaac Mamaysky, Partner, Potomac Law Group PLLC and Adjunct Professor, Albany Law School [ Bio ]
  • Brittany Stringfellow Otey, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic, Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law [ Bio ]
  • Moderator: Patricia Judd, Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law [ Bio ]

12:00 p.m. – Box Lunch (provided to registrants)

12:30 p.m. – Keynote Address: Can You See Me? Empathy and Remote Legal Proceedings

Empathy is about how attorneys personally relate to clients, jurors, and other people. As clients, jurors, and others become more virtual, can attorneys still adequately relate with their intended audiences?

Photograph: Elisabeth Wilder.

  • Introduction: Elisabeth M. Wilder, Senior Articles Editor, Washburn Law Journal

Photograph: Neal Feigenson.

  • Neal R. Feigenson, Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law [ Bio ]

1:15 p.m. – Panel 2: Trial by Zoom: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

From remote hearings to jury trials conducted exclusively by Zoom, the drama and prestige of the courtroom is now available from your couch. Lawyers have to be prepared not only with the skills to direct and cross examine witnesses, but now to do those skills in front of a screen. This panel will discuss how technology is drastically changing litigation for clients, attorneys, judges, and juries.

Photograph: Charles Gibbons. Photograph: Nancy Marder. Photograph: Dyane O'Leary.

Photograph: LeTiffany Obozele.

  • Charles B. Gibbons, Of Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC [ Bio ]
  • Nancy S. Marder, Professor of Law; Director of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center; and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Humanities, Chicago-Kent College of Law [ Bio ]
  • Dyane O'Leary, Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Director, LIT Concentration, Suffolk University Law School [ Bio ]
  • Moderator: LeTiffany Obozele, '12, Staff Attorney, Kansas National Education Association [ Bio ]

3:00 p.m. – Closing Comments and Adjourn

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https://washburnlaw.edu/virtuallawyering

Registrations for this symposium can be made beginning September 6, 2022.

Date / Location

Date
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Location
Washburn University
Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
Parking: south and west of Bradbury.
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Registration

There is no charge to attend. A box lunch is provided to those who pre-register by NOON on Friday, October 28 (we are not offering specific dietary restriction accommodations though lunch will include a vegetarian option).

No CLE credit is being offered.

Cancellations

So that we may accommodate as many attendees as possible, if you register and are unable to attend please contact, as soon as possible, Donna Vilander at donna.vilander@washburn.edu or (785) 670-1105.

Assistance for Special Needs

If you require special services or auxiliary aids to assist you while attending the event, please call Donna Vilander at (785) 670-1105.

Washburn Law Journal Special Issue

Washburn Law Journal, volume 62, issue 3 (spring/summer 2022), will be dedicated to the topic of this symposium, and will feature articles written by the participants. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to take advantage of this opportunity for publication by submitting an article or essay. Authors who cannot attend the symposium, but would like to submit, will also be considered for publication in the Journal.

Recent symposium issues of the Washburn Law Journal have focused on

See the Journal's archive for other past issues.

Inquiries about publication opportunities in the Washburn Law Journal should be directed to Marisa No, Editor-in-Chief, at marisa.no@washburn.edu.

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General Inquiries

Shawn Leisinger
Associate Dean for Centers and External Programs
shawn.leisinger@washburn.edu
(785) 670-2464

Professor David Rubenstein
Director, Center for Law and Government
david.rubenstein@washburn.edu
(785) 670-1682

Marisa No
Editor-in-Chief, Washburn Law Journal
marisa.no@washburn.edu.

Elisabeth Wilder
Senior Articles Editor, Washburn Law Journal
elisabeth.wilder@washburn.edu

Media Contact

Karli Davis
Director of Marketing Communications
karli.davis@washburn.edu
(785) 670-2013