Russ Campbell, chair of the Litigation Practice, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on courtroom appearances, including the growing transition to technology-based platforms with the Birmingham Business Journal on June 29, 2020.
Russ discussed the adaption of new technology in Alabama courts, such as Zoom, as the pandemic prevents many physical courtroom appearances. Russ explained that remote proceedings and videoconferences offer many advantages, however many attorneys are finding there are also challenges in the virtual legal space. Russ shared, “While the efficiency aspects are obvious, there are some unfortunate drawbacks in not having the opportunity to appear live, especially on case-dispositive motions.” He continued, “For example, the ability to read the body language of the judge and opposition is greatly compromised, and the opportunity to redirect an argument using a new exhibit/authority can be cumbersome.”
Many in the profession are embracing the change and adapting to the ‘new normal’ as it is unclear when regular courtroom operations will resume.
Russ represents clients in joint use (pole attachment) work, energy-related litigation, complex commercial litigation and is a partner in our Balch Sports practice representing collegiate football and baseball coaches.