Tips for Conducting Trials Remotely
Like many attorneys, Eastman & Smith of counsel attorney Stephen E. Chappelear never thought he would argue a case from the comfort of his home office. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made that a reality. In the Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Mr. Chappelear recounts his experience and provides tips for conducting a trial remotely such as:
- Be prepared with a working internet connection, appropriate physical space and functioning equipment.
- Use multiple monitors to both participate in the trial as well as refer to exhibits.
- Look at the camera.
- Determine who is in the room with the witness and ask the witness to refrain from contacting others while testifying.
- Dress professionally since this is a professional engagement.
With more than 40 years of experience handling complex litigation, Mr. Chappelear knows the value of presenting evidence and arguments in a manner that is understandable and compelling. He has represented clients in many industries, such as financial, real estate, energy, manufacturing, education and government, on a variety of legal issues from breach of contract to unfair competition. Additionally is a prolific author and frequent speaker.