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Episode Info: With our entire world moving online, is it any wonder that the courts are moving there too?  On this week's episode of The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast, Susan Guthrie speaks with leading family law attorney and litigator, Randy Kessler, a veteran of inumerable courtroom proceedings who recently had his first opportunity to experience a virtual courtroom and the results surprised even a seasoned attorney like him!  Randy shares his insights and thoughts about what worked about the online platform (and in some ways was even better than in person matters) and where it still may fall short.  This is a fascinating peek into what is sure to become a staple of our judicial system as we move through COVID and beyond!  Some Highlights from this Episode:How are objections handled in a virtual trial and why is it better than in-person?What effect did the fact that all the participants could see themselves play in the proceeding?Why is witness sequestration so much easier online?What are the environmental benefits of holding trials virtually?Why is a virtual trial especially effective for family law trials?Randy covers all this and more in the episode so be sure to LISTEN NOW!Here is a link to Randy's article for Law.com on the Zoom trial experience.  Trial by ZoomMore about this week's guest:  In 1991, Randall M. Kessler founded the law firm now known as Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, a 30 person family law firm in Atlanta. He is the author of many family law books including Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids and Your Future, The GA Library of Family Law Forms, and How to Mediate a Divorce. He is an adjunct professor of Family Law Litigation at Emory Law School. Mr. Kessler has served as the Chair of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.Born in Gainesville, Florida, raised in New Orleans and having attended college at Brandeis University near Boston, MA, Randall M. Kessler came to Georgia in 1985 to attend Emory Law School. He has over 30 years of experience in Domestic Relations and Family Law matters including divorce, custody, paternity, prenuptial agreements and child support. He Founded KS Family Law in 1991 after practicing for years at other family law boutique firms. Mr. Kessler teaches family law jury trials at Emory Law School and taught Family Law at John Marshall Law School from 2005 – 2019. He has lectured for the ABA, AAML, AICPA, NACVA, IAAR, NFLPA, NBPA, the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Atlanta Bar Associations and others all over the country and in fact, all over the world. Mr. Kessler is the Editor Emeritus of the Family Law Review for the State Bar of Georgia and is the former Chair of the Family Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association and the Atlanta Bar Association. He is author of many Family Law Books including Divorce, Pr...
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