Jury Trials in a Remote World (9/22/20)

As jury trials slowly return to Chicago, the process is bound to undergo a myriad of changes in order to keep all participants safe in the wake of the pandemic. In this seminar, we’ll have two experienced litigators on hand to provide anecdotes about their experiences surrounding remote proceedings to date, as well as to predict what the landscape of jury trials might look like in the near future. We’ll also be joined by the founder of JurorSearch, a software platform designed to help streamline the jury selection process. Registrants will see a short demo of the platform in order to understand how products like this might become crucial to the process in a world gone remote.


Ian Fry, Regulatory Associate and Data Privacy specialized attorney at Ascent RegTech.  He is a graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, IN.  During his final two years of law school, Ian worked as prosecutor in Indianapolis.  Ian is now a member of the Illinois Bar Association with a particular interest in Data Privacy and Politics.

Matthew A. Passen, partner with Passen & Powell. Matt represents plaintiffs in personal injury, medical negligence, and wrongful death matters. He is a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers, past-member of the CBA Board of Managers, and currently serves as Chair of the Trial Practice Committee.

James L. Wideikis, partner with Much Shelist. James represents business owners in a broad spectrum of industries, including manufacturing, retail, distribution, utilities, entertainment and real estate.  Over the last 5 years, Jim has averaged more than one trial per year.  In July of 2020, Jim was part of the first remote trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division.  The case was tried before Judge James Snyder.  Jim is a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers, and currently serves on various boards.

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Jury Trials in a Remote World (Originally Recorded September 22, 2020)
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