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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by Editor-in-Chief Zack Needles and Newsroom Innovation Director Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Sep 4, 2020

As the pandemic drags on, lawyers and judges are starting to confront questions about how to administer justice in a world that’s gone virtual. We’re devoting two Legal Speak podcasts to exploring the issues. In this episode, Cooley global litigation chair Michael Attanasio talks with California bureau chief Alaina Lancaster about what gets lost in a virtual proceeding—and explains the one thing that would compel him to give it a try. Attanasio is a former federal prosecutor and a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Among other concerns, he says that virtual proceedings would fundamentally change advocacy and could exclude jurors who don’t have access to the needed technology.