Navigating, Innovating, and Litigating Through the Global Pandemic

Legal Area:        Litigation Trial Appellate Civil Personal Injury Labor Employment Family Consumer Construction
Total Credit Hours:        1.75
Ethics Credit Included:        1.00
Registration Fee:        $20.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        07/31/2023
Information:        LAST CHANCE $10

** Available on-demand any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through Session End Date above **

This in-depth CLE presentation will explore and analyze the benefits, risks, and concomitant opportunities of virtual litigation (court & ADR), the acceleration of digitalization and ramifications (including scrutiny of data collection practices in litigation, etc.) and the solutions to these complex issues during this “new normal” time while cognizant of all commensurate ethical responsibilities. This course features streaming video and downloadable audio presentations from a CLE seminar by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) on December 18, 2020.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

  • Background and Overview of the Status of Litigation (State & Federal, ADR proceedings, Statistics, Reference Materials, etc.)

  • Status of Virtual Civil Trials (State & Federal, Bench & Jury)

  • Considerations of Moving a Trial from the Physical Courtroom to a Virtual Courtroom (including permissibility and constitutionality issues)

  • Discussion Regarding Reduced Ability to Obtain Adequate Cross Section of Jurors

  • Analysis as to Whether a Virtual Jury Trial Would Deliver the Same Quality of Justice (as well as Impact on Court Costs)

  • Discussion Regarding the Ethical Considerations

  • Acceleration of Technology, Acceptable Data Collection Practices, & the Need for Vigilance Regarding the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

  • Discussion of “Who’s in the Room”, Confidentiality, and Other Ethical Considerations

  • Analysis and Efficacy of Virtual Mediations, Arbitrations, and Court Proceedings

  • Speakers:

    Sofia Adrogué, Diamond McCarthy, LLP.  Among Ms. Adrogué’s many honors and awards: “Texas Super Lawyer” 10th Year Anniversary, Super Lawyers (2020); "Texas Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers Corporate Edition (2008-2010; 2014-2020); "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine (2007-2009; 2014-2020); ALM & Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer, Litigation (2014-2020); "Texas Super Lawyer,” Texas Monthly Magazine (2019).  More information about Sofia may be found on her firm's website.

    Honorable Caroline E. Baker, Mediator, Arbitrator, Senior District Judge [Retired], Baker Mediation LLC.  Caroline Baker served the citizens of Harris County as a judge for 21 years before retiring at the end of 2018 as a senior judge. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law, she is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. She also is a mediator with a certificate from the AA White Dispute Resolution Center and has served as an adjunct professor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center. Strongly committed to professional service, Caroline serves and/or has served on several committees of the State Bar of Texas, including the Committee on Judicial Ethics, Judicial Section. She has served as Past President of TACTAS and of the ADR Section of the HBA, and has been a member and Chair of a State Bar Grievance Committee. Hon. Caroline Baker Hurley was appointed to the Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on April 22, 2021.  More information may be found on her firm's website and the Texas Southern University website.

    Richard T. Garcia, FBI [Retired], Principal - The 3RB Consulting Group, CyVantage LLC.  Mr. Garcia has extensive experience in investigative, analytical and security matters. Mr. Garcia retired as an Assistant Director from the FBI after 25 years of service. During his career with the FBI, Mr. Garcia managed several complex investigations and operational programs at various field domestic offices and at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. One of the operational programs included having responsibility for the FBI’s data centers, computer systems, global telecommunications and classified networks. The 3RB Group provides consulting services for investigative analysis and cyber security matters, specializing in analytical support for complex investigations for Federal, State and Local Agencies, Fortune 100 Companies, law firms and internal investigations. CyVantage LLC helps clients address complex cyber threats and risks through customized solutions and the application of world-class expertise for both government and commercial clients.  More information may be found on his company’s website.


    This course is approved for CLE credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238). Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation requirements.

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