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In psychology, “gestalt” refers to an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts. If someone is being treated, for example, for depression, the gestalt form of treatment will look at the entire person, their lifestyle, family history, and more in order to determine the cause of the depression. In law, attorneys must focus on the gestalt of their clients. Given social distancing, our legal world is going to revert more to computerized interactions with clients, the courts, and adversaries. Instead of prolonged in-person interviews with clients, we may be forced to resort to Skype and Zoom. Our interaction with clients will not always be in person, eyeball to eyeball. We will be compelled to give legal advice through a medium, which is like television.

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