Tracy A. Brammeier, Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) and associate lawyer at Clifford Law Offices, wrote an article titled, “It’s Time for the CBA to Come Together as a Legal Community” for the Chicago Bar Association’s July/August 2021 issue.
In the article, Tracy addresses how the pandemic has changed the way the legal world works together in terms of now conducting conferences and hearings via videoconference (Zoom) instead of in person and ponders how the legal community will continue to use this new resource in the post-pandemic era. Her prediction, “that Zoom court is here to stay,” at least for simple items will help attorneys to eliminate “unnecessary commute… (and the accompanying legal bills for their clients) and reduces crowds” in addition to potentially “reducing the opportunity for petty fights and needless bickering” that sometimes happens in the courtroom.
While there are many benefits to videoconferencing, Tracy acknowledges that “some lawyers may miss the daily energy and collegial interaction found in the courthouse” and has encouraged the Chicago legal community to meet outside of the courthouse at the CBA, where “relevant and timely continuing legal education seminars and social events” are offered along with “the perfect forum to reconnect with friends and colleagues in our new post-pandemic legal world.”
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