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WELA & WSAJ Present: Pandemic Jury Trials: Show Up and “Be Flexible”

January 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


We know it’s been a long year, so with the help of the
Washington State Association for Justice we are offering a free
CLE to kick off 2021.

As courts balance public health with the need for fair and timely administration of justice, the remote jury trial is a solution gaining acceptance in Washington’s federal and state courts.  In this 90 minute special session, learn from trial attorneys Beth Bloom and Jack Sheridan who have both tried successful cases to verdict since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will share lessons learned from their experience in all video and partial video-social distancing trial proceedings in state and federal court. Topics covered will include:


Persuasion in the Time of Live Video and Social Distancing

Witness Credibility Assessment: Can it be done?

Exhibits, Charts, and Videos, oh my!

Arguing to the Court in the Time of COVID-19

Juror Engagement: Is Anyone There?

But is it Constitutional?

Open Season: Your Questions Answered


The coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on our society and court operations. The ability to take cases to trial is critical, so our clients can achieve closure either through the trial itself or because defendants are incentivized to settle to avoid the trial. Delay is a frequent tactic of corporate defendants. But no more. With courts embracing new technology to reopen the courts it is time to learn new skills.  This special session is co-sponsored by the Washington Association for Justice and the Washington Employment Lawyers Association.

Happy New Year!


Please note: This CLE is only open to current WELA Members.
To check your membership status, log in to your account click here.
See you there!



January 7, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm