Arguing Dispositive Motions Remotely in COVID Times
Litigation Partner Daniel Small co-authored an article with the Honorable Judge Douglas H. Wilkins in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as part of a biweekly series. This column dives into remote motion hearings, which quickly became the norm after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only can remote proceedings seem misleadingly informal, they also bring a host of new considerations for attorneys. Rehashing previous advice, the authors focus on the importance of knowing one's audience. This includes careful planning, such as addressing screen-sharing prior to the proceeding, as well as acting in a way that fits the occasion, such as choosing an appropriate background and taking care to look at individuals in the eye (or, in this case, in the camera) when addressing them.