Courts During COVID:
Challenges and Successes


There is no question that 2020 was a difficult year for the courts, lawyers and litigants.  But it also presented opportunities for courts to experiment with innovative technologies and explore alternatives to in-person proceedings.  The NJCHS, and the FBA of the Western District of Washington, present a two-part CLE series in which all-star panels of judges, lawyers and court personnel from across the Ninth Circuit discuss the challenges of 2020, the unexpected successes that were achieved, and to what extent new technologies and procedures may remain relevant post-COVID.  The series will begin with a more general program and end with a program focused on remote trials in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  Please join for either session or both – as you wish!


  • $25 per session or $40 for both

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  • Cal MCLE of 1.5 hours | Hughes Hubbard and Reed is the MCLE provider, No. 1103
  • CLE materials attached here.

Program Partner

For over forty years the FBA-WDWA has worked closely with the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to improve the federal judicial process for the courts, and for lawyers and litigants. You can learn more on their website here.


Thank you to our sponsor, the California Lawyers Association Business Law Section.

Program One:  Courts during COVID: Challenges and Successes

  • How challenges were overcome to keep the Courts open and what surprising innovations/experiences were learned that may carry over in the future.


Moderator: Judge Virginia Phillips (CDCA)

Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton (NDCA); Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman (District of Oregon); Magistrate Judge Candy Dale (District of Idaho); Susan Gelmis (Chief Deputy-Operations: Ninth Circuit); Kiry Gray (Clerk of Court: CDCA); Mo Hamoudi (AFPD: WDWA); Alexander Samuels (AUSA: District of Arizona)

Date and Time (Virtual Event)

  • Program One: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m (PST) including Q&A Session at the end of Panelist presentation.

Program Two: Trials Over Zoom

  • Lessons Learned and Practical Advice


Moderator:  Judge Barbara J. Rothstein (WDWA)

Judge Marsha J. Pechman (WDWA), Judge Robert S. Lasnik (WDWA), Michael S. Wampold (Peterson Wampold Rosato Feldman Luna), Mark P. Walters (Lowe Graham Jones)

Date and Time (Virtual Event)

  • Program Two: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m (PST) including Q&A Session at the end of Panelist presentation.

This series has passed.

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