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Covid-Enforced Virtual Working Boosts Litigators’ Confidence In Tech Skills

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | November 2, 2021

Of all the changes that COVID-19 imposed upon us, remote working has been one of the most profound. Now it has become a permanent fixture in full-time, part-time, or hybrid variations across many industries, including the legal profession. To understand how remote work affects attorneys’ day-to-day lives, Esquire executed a survey with litigators to explore…

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eBook: Seven Keys to a Perfect Deposition Transcript

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | August 18, 2021

Conducting remote depositions during the COVID-19 pandemic required attorneys to litigate cases under unfamiliar circumstances as everyone coped with social distancing and other government health mandates fashioned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of the circumstances, however, the litigator’s objective has always been the same: to create an accurate record of the deponent’s testimony…

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eBook: COVID-19’s Impact on the Future of Virtual Depositions

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | May 10, 2021

Historically, face-to-face depositions have been the norm in litigation. Even as technology has advanced over the last several decades, ushering the world into the internet age, legal practice has clung to tradition. In the last 15 years, there has been a steadily growing acceptance of technology’s role in litigation due in no small part to…

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eBook: Make Your Zoom Meeting as Secure as Possible

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | March 11, 2021

This eBook reviews security measures deployed by Zoom and security measures that should be adopted by users of the platform. Together, they can create an information-sharing environment that meets the legal profession’s ethical obligation to take reasonable measures to protect client information from access by unauthorized persons in most uses.

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eBook: Elements of a Strong Remote Deposition Protocol

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | February 23, 2021

Remote depositions are an efficient means of obtaining discovery at a time when few are able or willing to travel or gather in groups. More importantly, the reality for litigators today is that it is very difficult to obtain a continuance until some future date when the public health crisis will abate sufficiently to allow in-person depositions to resume.

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Sophisticated Ransomware Criminals Pose Growing Threat to Law Firms

By Jim Ballowe | January 25, 2022
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The new year brings with it worrying trends about the rising threat to law firms posed by ever-more sophisticated ransomware attacks.    Cybersecurity firm Skybox Security reported that ransomware criminals are thriving in the remote work environment ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent Skybox security update, ransomware attacks rose 72% during…

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Report: Lawyers Are Behaving Better, Particularly During Depositions

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | January 18, 2022
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Depositions are among the least likely places to encounter unprofessional behavior by opposing counsel, according to a survey recently released by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. In fact, videotaped depositions were the most infrequently cited environment for encountering incivility — lower than the responding attorney’s own law office. This (somewhat surprising) data point…

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Judges Have a Crucial Role in Promoting Lawyer Wellness

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | January 11, 2022
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The practice of law can be a bruising, competitive profession, especially for litigators. Competition for clients, competition for advancement within the law firm, competition in the courtroom, and the overarching stress of attempting to wring positive outcomes out of stressful problems all take their toll on a lawyer’s physical and mental well-being — a fact…

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2021 Saw Litigators Keenly Interested in Keeping Pace with Technology

2021 Saw Litigators Keenly Interested in Keeping Pace With Technology

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | January 5, 2022
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Out of the many law-related articles Esquire Deposition Solutions published in 2021, those dealing with technology and the future of the legal profession consistently attracted the highest level of interest within our community of lawyer readers. We believe this admittedly minor data point bodes well for the legal profession. This is an exciting time to…

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Cognitive Science Says Metaphor, Emotion, and Brevity Drive Juror Behavior

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | December 20, 2021
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The philosophers of the Enlightenment believed that rational thought is one of the highest values in human life. They could be right. Rational thought, defined as thinking “based on facts or reason and not on emotions or feelings,” has created the modern world we live in today. We’re comforted by the idea that our world…

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Exercising Due Diligence in the Selection of a Tech Vendor

By Jim Ballowe | December 14, 2021
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The task of conducting due diligence in the selection of technology vendors is a critical component of the lawyer’s ethical obligation to maintain reasonable security over client confidential information. However, for several reasons, it is also one of the most difficult tasks that law firms will undertake. Rule 1.6 of the American Bar Association’s Model…

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8 Ways Lawyers Are Getting Together Online This Year

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | December 8, 2021
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There’s no doubt that most lawyers are social creatures and that, until recently, the practice of law has been a hands-on, in-person, tradition-bound business. Litigators spend a large part of their professional lives in social settings: courtrooms, conference rooms, and public meeting spaces. Opportunities for in-person communication — “networking” — are vital for business development.…

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eLitigate Platform Improves Questioning, Document Handling in Remote Depositions

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | November 30, 2021
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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, litigators reached for any technology they could find to conduct depositions at a safe distance. In most cases, that technology was Zoom video conferencing — an inexpensive, user-friendly technology platform that could, with preparation and practice, be repurposed for remote depositions. Remote depositions — many of them…

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Post-Pandemic Reforms Are Remaking the U.S. Justice System

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | November 15, 2021
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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, the legal profession responded with a one-two punch. The first response was to fashion emergency procedures that enabled courts to function during the pandemic and, if possible, to find ways to use technology to replace in-person proceedings. Overnight virtual arraignments, virtual bench trials, and remote depositions emerged…

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4 Small Tech Investments That Pay Big Dividends for Remote Depositions

By Esquire Deposition Solutions | November 10, 2021
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Professional communications today are pervasively mediated by technology. Courtrooms, conference rooms, and judges’ chambers — those familiar environments where most of a litigator’s work was traditionally accomplished — are now frequently replaced by microphones, cameras, and computer screens.  As is the case with most technological progress, these changes carry both peril and opportunity. And while…

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