YLD’s Tech Roadshows go virtual and focus on working remotely
As the nation deals with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division has transformed its popular Technology Roadshows series into a virtual experience.
“With stay-at-home orders and the advent of social distancing, we thought it was imperative to continue to provide our members with the resources they need to assist them in navigating the constantly evolving technology integral to the practice of law, especially now that so many lawyers are working from home,” said YLD President Santo DiGangi.
DiGangi said the last four free YLD webinars deal specifically with how to adjust and adapt your practice to the pandemic, including everything from understanding electronic signatures to running a successful Zoom meeting to selecting the right tools for your home office.
And the transition from in-person Tech Roadshows across the state to virtual meet-ups has proven popular.
“In terms of webinars we have conducted, these have been by far the most highly attended,” DiGangi said. “We had close to 700 people on one of them. It was unbelievable the turn out, because I think it is what people really need to know right now.”
The four newest webinars tailored to working remotely during the pandemic are hosted by Adriana Linares, a legal technology consultant and owner of Law Tech Partners; former YLD board member Liz McCausland, a mobile mediator with Liz McCausland, P.A.; and Board of Governors member Renée Thompson of Upchurch, Watson, White & Max, and include:
• The Adaptable Attorney: Understanding and Using Digital Signatures. Electronic signatures have been around for a while now but few of us have had to use them day to day. Now with social distancing, they have become increasingly important. Join us to discuss different ways to obtain digital signatures from clients and parties as well as some discussion on how to protect yourselves and your clients with these signatures.
• The Adaptable Attorney: How to Run a Successful Zoom Meeting. Online meeting services like Zoom help make communication with clients, colleagues, and partners easy and efficient. Zoom combines tools such as video, integrated audio, document sharing, and the ability to split parties into “rooms.” Attend this webinar to learn how you can make the most of Zoom for you, your clients, and your team.
• The Adaptable Attorney: Selecting the Right Remote Meeting & Collaboration Tools. Online meeting services like Zoom, GoToMeeting, Skype, and Hangouts make communication with clients, colleagues, and partners easy and efficient. These tools combine video, integrated audio, document sharing and more to engage attendees from anywhere. Attend this webinar to learn how you can make the most of these affordable and easy to use tools.
• The Adaptable Lawyer: Working from Home. Are you wondering what tools, services, programs, and apps can help you create a more mobile and secure law practice? Join us for this free session, brought to you by The Florida Bar YLD, to help members quickly and affordably address challenges in today’s environment. We will discuss topics such as mobility, video conferencing, e-signatures, document and email access, and bringing it all together.
DiGangi said all four of the latest installments of The Adaptable Lawyer series are free “and you earn CLE credit.”
DiGangi said one the biggest challenges he has encountered since beginning to work remotely is proving to his firm that he is being productive, something he has also heard from other young lawyers.
“I think these resources go a long way in helping young lawyers be as productive as possible if they are working from home and will help in making sure that their firms appreciate and value them and the work they are doing,” DiGangi said.