Lawyering In the Era of the Zoom Boom
RequiredRequired Question(s)
This short MTLA survey is designed to collect information from civil practitioners within the Maine Bar about their experiences with remote proceedings (i.e. hearings, depositions, ADR, oral arguments, etc.) during the pandemic.  We want to know what has worked, what has gone wrong, and what can be improved upon in the future.  We want to hear from members on whether certain remote proceedings and technologies should remain mandatory and/or become normalized as part of regular court rules and procedures in 2021 and beyond.

The MTLA intends to review the results of this survey in an effort to understand where members of our organization and others stand on remote proceedings.  We also intend to share the results with Maine State Court System, its leadership, and its stakeholder working groups. 
 
Required 1.

What is the nature of your civil practice?

I represent plaintiffs either exclusively or almost exclusively
I represent plaintiffs more than defendants, athough I represent defendants
I represent defendants more than plaintiffs, although I represent plaintiffs
I represent defendants either exclusively or almost exclusively
I represent plaintiffs and defendants about evenly
I solely or primarily serve as a mediator, arbitrator or other ADR professional
I do not have a substantial civil practice
Other  
Required 2.
How many Zoom or other remote legal proceedings (e.g. trials, hearings, depositions, mediations or other ADR proceedings, oral arguments at the Law Court) have you participated in as legal counsel or as a neutral since March of 2020 (i.e. the beginning of the pandemic)?
None
Approximately 1-5
Approximately 6-10
Approximately 10-20
More than 20
3.

Please rate your experience using Zoom for each type of legal proceeding.  Also, if you are willing to share any specific positive or negative experiences about a particular type of proceeding, please do so in the comment section.

 No experience Poor Average Good Excellent 
Depositions
ADR (mediation, arbitration, judicial settlement conferences)
Hearings
Court Conferences, Including Discovery Conferences
Trials
Law Court Proceedings (including oral argument)
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4.

Once the Court's emergency order presuming the use of remote depositions sunsets, will you want to continue to take depositions via Zoom or other remote means?  If "yes," how often?  

Yes, the majority of the time
Yes, approximately half of the time
Yes, but only on occasion
No
5.

As we return to more in-person meetings and proceedings, how often do you anticipate that you and your clients will voluntarily opt for remote mediations, arbitrations and judicial settlement conferences?

The majority of the time
Approximately half the time
On occasion
Never
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Please respond to the following statements:
 
6.

Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding COVID-19 and health and safety concerns, I would like to see the court orders on presumed remote proceedings in certain contexts remain in place until at least January 1, 2022.

Strongly Agree
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
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7.

Zoom and other remote proceedings allow me to practice law more efficiently.

Strongly Agree
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
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8.

Zoom and other remote proceedings save my clients money.

Strongly Agree
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
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9.

Presenting, reading, reviewing, and answering questions about exhibits is generally not a problem for attorneys, parties, and witnesses at Zoom depositions, mediations, arbitrations, hearings, and other and other remote proceedings.

Strongly Agree
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
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10.
I would like to see the court return to primarily holding in-person proceedings in these types of proceedings as soon as possible.  Check as many as you would like.
Depositions
ADR Proceedings (mediation, arbitration, judicial settlement conferences, etc.)
Hearings
Discovery Conferences
Bench Trials
Jury Trials
Law Court Hearings and Oral Arguments
Other  
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11.

What has and hasn't worked well about Zoom and other remote proceedings?

 

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12.

What provisions, if any, within the Court's emergency orders would you like to see continuing after those orders sunset?

 

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