Coping with COVID: Administering Jury Trials, Mediations, and Complex Litigation

As we saw in the first episode of Season Two of Coping with COVID, our state and federal courts have adapted much of their work to digital platforms. But some procedures or litigation events do not easily or obviously translate to digital. In this episode, ALI President and Director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, David F. Levi is joined by judges and court administrators Karen K. Caldwell (E.D. Ky.), Sherri R. Carter (LASC), Mark A. Drummond (NYU Law; 8th Circuit IL-Retired), Robin L. Rosenberg (S.D. Fla.), Samuel A. Thumma (Ariz. Ct. App.), and Vaughn R. Walker (N.D. Cal-Retired) who reveal how procedures and processes that traditionally rely heavily on in-person interactions, such as jury trials or mediations, can be modified to accommodate social distancing. The panel also explores how complex litigation, including multidistrict litigation (MDL), is coping with COVID.

This episode was produced jointly by The American Law Institute and the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School. To listen to the podcast version of this episode, visit The full episode transcript is available here. Please excuse typos due to inaudible passages or transcription errors.

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Published: 2020


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