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Free ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale webinar to explore Zoom jury trial strategies

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Eric RosenFive months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced most of Florida’s court proceedings to be conducted remotely, experts say that lawyers are still adjusting to the technology.

“The number one example that comes to mind is that lawyers don’t have proper lighting,” said Ft. Lauderdale attorney Eric Rosen, founder of Rosen Injury Law, P.A. “It can make a dramatic difference with the way you present yourself.”

A board-certified civil trial lawyer and secretary of ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale, Rosen will be hosting a free webinar, “Tips and Strategies for Zoom Jury Litigation, Discovery to Closing Arguments.”

The webinar begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 7 and can be accessed here.

Topics will include:

• Optimizing image quality for Zoom.

• Using virtual backgrounds

• Managing Jury Selection Remotely

• Opening and Closing Arguments

Rosen said he developed the techniques after participating in scores of Zoom hearings and while conducting mock jury selection sessions, including one featuring New York University law students as volunteers.

Rosen said he received an enthusiastic response when he recently presented the webinar to a group of California lawyers with the San Diego County Bar Association.

Rosen is currently working with court officials to design and organize the 17th Judicial Circuit’s first remote jury trial.

In addition to the technical tips, Rosen said he will also offer a “kind of state-of-the-union” on the national status of remote jury trials.

“I foresee there will be Zoom jury trials this year and possibly into early next year,” he said.

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