Video conferencing is now convenient and affordable due to the advancement of technology. There are several ways, outside of the traditional out-of-state deposition setting, to use video conferencing to your advantage. Video conferencing is now convenient and affordable due to the advancement of technology. There are several ways, outside of the traditional out-of-state deposition setting, to use video conferencing to your advantage.
In today’s professional climate, video conferencing is far-reaching. In the legal industry, where all matters are sensitive and every minute is billable, attorneys and clients must connect quickly, easily and efficiently. One solution to reducing travel while still consulting face-to-face, deposing witnesses and finalizing deals is video conferencing. Whether high-end or basic, video conferencing for lawyers is becoming more common both in smaller firms and corporate legal departments.
From law firms who know first hand that “time is money” to overworked court systems looking for ways to save money and reduce overhead, video conferencing offers a big value for organizations at all levels of the legal field. At CUMeeting, we’ve worked with everyone from counties to private firms and more to provide them with high-quality video conferencing to meet a myriad of needs.
Below are just a few of the ways these legal organizations are using their video conferencing capabilities:
1. Remote Depositions
Video conferencing eliminates the inconvenience and money spent having to travel across the country or state for a deposition. This also saves the attorneys and court reporter travel expenses and valuable time.
2. Accelerate the judicial process.
Issue or receive warrants, stays of hearing, and do so faster than ever before.
3. Hold court arraignments remotely
Hinds County, Mississippi has eliminated the costs associated with transporting and guarding prisoners to and from the courthouse by conducting their arraignments remotely, courtesy of video conferencing technology. It’s saving the taxpayers thousands of dollars, and providing them incalculable peace of mind in the process.
4. Working in teams
Video conferencing can facilitate collaboration between legal teams in different offices. Instead of waiting for everybody’s schedules to coincide for your quarterly meeting, teams can meet in real time over video, with team members even having the ability to share visual graphics with the entire team.
This allows team members to brainstorm and talk in real time, as well as provide feedback to one another, thus eliminating the many emails that sometimes are involved in situations where you need input and opinions from several people.
5. Eliminate deposition-related travel
Depositions can cost a hefty sum of money when considering the travel (by either the witness or the law firm) and amount of time they often take to conduct. By using video conferencing instead, this process can be much simpler and cost-effective.
6. Remote Training
Employers and instructors may find it helpful to have employees or law students log on at a certain time to attend training seminars. Not only does this save time spent in traveling, but it may also save money on expenditures such as hotel rooms and providing meals for large groups of people. If you’re a member of a law firm with more than one central office, this can spare attorneys and employees the headache of traveling in from different locations to attend a training session.
7. Participate in distance learning
Continuing legal education can get expensive, but with video conferencing, you can save the time, money, and hassle of travel, while still growing your legal skills.
8. Hold team collaboration sessions
Jones Walker, a major law firm with 375 lawyers spread out across eight states, is rolling out video conferencing units in all 17 of its offices so that employees can collaborate, hold practice group meetings, and more. They find it an invaluable – and time-saving – asset and use it on a daily basis.
9. Meet with clients remotely
Video conferencing has the ability to replicate real-life meetings, and that can certainly apply to attorney/client interactions. If your client is located in a different city or county within your state, or even a different state altogether, video conferencing can help bridge the gap.