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State Bar issues guide to virtual lawyering during COVID-19 pandemic

August 18, 2020 Rob Abruzzese
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Ever since March, the legal community has developed a “new normal” of working virtually and away from the courthouse and downtown offices.

What that means exactly is different for everybody, but the New York State Bar Association helped put attorneys on an even playing field when it issued a comprehensive guide to virtual lawyering.

The 341-page book is titled, “Virtual Lawyering: A Practical Guide,” with 22 chapters written by former federal judges, law clerks and some of the state’s leading practitioners.

“Virtual Lawyering contains everything, from state and federal trial court practice, to appellate practice, to civil and criminal practice, to arbitration and mediation, to ethics and law practice management — and so much more,” said NYSBA President Scott Karson, who wrote a foreword to the book. “And all of it is focused on just one goal — to help our members become better lawyers in our rapidly changing times.”

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The book covers a variety of topics, including cyber security, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, virtual alternative dispute resolution, and virtual trust and estates practice.

Edited by Mark Berman, the book is available as an e-book from the NYSBA’s website for $45 to members and $60 to nonmembers.

“Whether you are a litigator, transactional attorney or in-house attorney, this book provides practical, best practices as you seek to navigate through our ever-changing virtual legal world,” said Berman. “The purpose of this publication is to address how virtual lawyering will be the ‘new normal.’ The legal profession is now operating virtually, and will continue to do so more and practice in person less in the future.”

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