Virtual Technology and its Application to Civil Litigation

The Bar Association of San Francisco presents
Virtual Technology and its Application to Civil Litigation – Post COVID-19

Date Friday, June 4, 2021 
Program 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
MCLE 1.5 Hours


Honorable Samuel K. Feng
Presiding Judge,
San Francisco Superior Court
John R. Brydon
Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP
Guy O. Kornblum
Guy O. Kornblum,
A Prof.Law Corporation

This seminar will discuss how the remote process is going to fit in to the litigation process after we return to a more normal state when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The remote process has been used of necessity but the benefits of its use in the civil litigation process have been tested. Have they passed the test? What will remain of the use of this remote process after “the dust settles:” What have we learned from this brief interlude of “distancing” and “masking”? As a result, what are the benefits of the remote process, and what are its limitations? 

PART I: Pre-Trial Uses of the Remote Process

  • Client intake and interview
  • Witness interviews
  • Case Management Conferences (vs. audio only)
  • Pre-trial discovery motions
  • Depositions
  • Motions for Summary Judgment and more

PART II: Mediations and Settlement Conferences

  • Advantages using remote technology
  • Disadvantages.
  • “Musts” if you use the remote process.
  • Limitations
  • Impact on Ability of Sitting Judges to Be More involved in Settlement Conferences (“day of trial” settlements vs. scheduled settlement conferences)

PART III: Trials and and Trial Related

  • Will “totally” remote trials be necessary?
  • Will they be desired?
  • If not, what will be the use of the remote process once restrictions are lifted?
  • Remote appearances of witnesses: advantages, disadvantages, and the limitations (including security of the process)
  • Pretrial activities using the remote process rather than “live appearances”: e.g. pretrial motions/motions in limine.
  • Remote process to “screen” jurors before a more intense voir dire.
  • Motions during and after trial
  • Lessons from prior remote trials
  • Post trial Motions


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BASF Litigation Section

Event Code: G211620

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To receive MCLE credit, you must sign in during the designated MCLE registration period. This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. BASF is a certified provider: Provider #103


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6/4/2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Online only CA
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