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FACING ISSUES - When you really think about it, it’s amazing how quickly all of us (well, most of us) adapted to interacting with each other in public while dressed like surgeons and ninjas. Still, exchanging pleasantries with the Whole Foods cashier through a mask is a far cry from trying to convince a 12-person jury that your client is innocent while the lights are glaring off their face shields or the Zoom connection is getting fuzzy. Whether in-person or virtual, pandemic-era court proceedings pose unique challenges for litigators trained to read and react to jurors’ facial expressions. In this week’s Law.com Litigation Trendspotter column, we look at the drawbacks of trying to connect with jurors through masks, shields and computer screens—as well as a few unexpected advantages. I’m interested to hear what you think: is it really possible to connect with a jury through face coverings and Zoom calls? Let me know at [email protected].

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