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9 ESSENTIAL CYBERSECURITY QUESTIONS TO ASK in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond

September 8, 2020

How secure is your case and client data? Cyber threats are very real. According to a 2016 study, over 3 million records are compromised every day, roughly 44 records every second. With increased online activity due to the onset of COVID-19, hacking attempts and breaches continue to become more prevalent. In fact, the FBI has […]

Courtroom Coping in Times of COVID-19

August 21, 2020

A guest post by professional court reporter, Sharon Pell Velazco, RPR, FPR, CLR While in court reporting school, I remember asking my instructor, Ms. Silverman, for suggestions on how to become a successful court reporter. Without hesitation, she, a former agency owner, replied, “never say no to a job.” So, that, and “get your pages […]

Maximizing Witness Effectiveness in a Remote Deposition

August 19, 2020

Ann T. Greeley, Ph.D.  DecisionQuest®  Remote depositions have been around for a long time. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has cast them in a new light. Traditional face-to-face depositions are now often impossible and remote depositions have evolved into the rule rather than the exception. Accordingly, conducting them effectively has become critically important. At U.S. Legal […]

BEYOND THE BASICS: WHAT LITIGATORS HAVE LEARNED ABOUT REMOTE DEPOSITIONS SINCE THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWN

July 30, 2020

By: James B. Drimmer, Esq. U.S. Legal Support At the outset of our country’s March lockdown in response to COVID-19, court reporting vendors quickly introduced remote deposition technology into their service offerings.  Lawyers were initially skeptical toward embracing remote depositions as part of litigation’s “new normal.”  Once it became apparent that this pandemic was wreaking […]

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Groundhog Day & COVID-19

May 8, 2020

Exploring the Coronavirus through the 5 stages of grief  Ann T. Greeley, Ph.D.  DecisionQuest®  Working at home. Same routine day after day. This time of self-distancing and social isolation has me remembering the movie, Groundhog Day. Bill Murray, playing cynical Phil Connors, the weatherman at a Pittsburgh TV station, experiences the same day, February 2, over and over, and he is desperate to change this reality. As a psychologist, I believe that he is going through what appears to be the stages of grief as described by Elizabeth Kubler […]

PSYCHOLOGY OF JURORS IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS 

April 28, 2020

Ann T. Greeley, Ph.D. DecisionQuest®, A U.S. Legal Support Company INTRODUCTION  Jury trials are “paused” in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.  We know that a profound universal experience is bound to have psychological repercussions after the crisis has passed and the worldview of those who will eventually serve as jurors will likely be different when those trials resume. How do we as jury psychologists think these potential jurors will be changed? We can […]

A Litigator’s Guide to Remote Deposition Basics

March 29, 2020

By: James B. Drimmer, Esq. U.S. Legal Support By now, the COVID-19 virus has caused major shifts in our daily lives, from personal interaction to the way we conduct business. The technological capability to work virtually through web-based meetings and conferences is moving at full speed to support many industries that previously eschewed such technology […]

THE ETHICS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND JURORS: THE RISING IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE COURTROOM

October 22, 2019

by Leslie Ellis, Ph.D. and Samantha L. Schwartz, Ph.D., M.L.S. As of January 2015, almost one billion people worldwide (and two-thirds of Americans) used Facebook at least monthly, and 400 million tweets were sent per day. A vast majority of those under 65 use social media and, contrary to many assumptions, so do more than a third of adults […]

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Jury Research

October 15, 2019

“WHEREAS LAWYERS ARE TRAINED TO THINK LEGALLY – JURORS TEND TO USE THEIR EXPERIENCES TO UNDERSTAND CASES.” Following are some of the most frequently asked questions about jury research: WHAT IS JURY RESEARCH? Jury research is the study of the behavior of jurors. The study of jury attitudes and decision making in the world of […]